REVIEW: Gibson 2014 Les Paul Standard

Gibson Les Paul StandardDon’t let the name throw ya: the Gibson Les Paul Standard of 2014 is a very different guitar to a 1959 Les Paul Standard, the guitar that launches a million riffs. But in a way the use of the name here makes perfect sense: there are all sorts of design enhancements on the 2014 Standard which represent what a guitar can be in 2014, rather than 1959, in terms of tone, playability and tuning stability, and Gibson has seen fit to apply the Standard name to this new evolution of the instrument. So what exactly is so different?  Read More …

REVIEW: Gibson 50th Anniversary 1963 ES-335

ES63SBNH1-Finish-ShotGibson unveiled the ES-335 in 1958 and it was an instant success, but even so the model underwent a few changes in 1963 which led to it becoming a bona fide icon. Those changes are often referred to as ‘Clapton-spec’ in tribute to this variant’s most famous proponent (have a guess who. Hint: it’s not Richard Clapton), and the most obvious change is the move from dot inlays to big chunky blocks. Gibson Memphis pays tribute to this revision with the 50th Anniversary ES-335. This version of the ES-335 is available in two period-correct finishes: ‘60s Cherry or Historic Burst, each of which is finished in hand-sprayed nitrocellulose lacquer and given Gibson’s VOS treatment for a gently aged look. This isn’t a ‘relic’ guitar by any means: rather it looks like it’s accumulated a few decades’ worth of natural ageing while being kept totally safe from dings and scratches. But it does feel nicely weathered.  Read More …

REVIEW: Gibson Les Paul Standard 2012

Since 1958 the Les Paul Standard has defined what we think of when we hear ‘Gibson Les Paul.’ The carved maple top, the mahogany body and neck, two humbuckers, the trapezoid inlays: the Standard by its very name is the guitar that leads the charge in the Les Paul army. This puts it in a unique place in Gibson’s line-up because it needs to pay tribute to the past as well as point to the future. Models like the Traditional [see my review of it here] and various Gibson Custom reissues recreate heritage-style Les Pauls, but the Standard must move with the times. The line underwent a revamp in 2008 but for 2012 it’s been given the ultimate refresher, a series of enhancements which keep the Standard’s classic styling but with more modern refinements.

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