Gibson has continued to develop this most iconic of guitar designs. Some of the features are:
New Asymmetrical Neck Profile
The 2011 Les Paul Standard features Gibson’s newer neck profile—an asymmetrical design that makes it one of the most comfortable and playable necks ever offered on any guitar. The new ergonomically-correct profile is tapered, and designed to be thicker on the bass side, and thinner on the treble side, closely outlining the natural form of the hand as it grips the neck. The Les Paul Standard necks are machined in Gibson’s rough mill using wood shapers to make the initial cuts. Once the rosewood fingerboard gets glued on, the rest—including the final sanding—is done by hand. That means there are no two necks with the exact same dimensions. So while it still has the basic characteristics of its respective profile, each neck will be slightly different, with a distinct but traditional feel.
Chambered Mahogany Body
This Les Paul Standard benefits from Gibson’s proven chambering technique, which leaves each guitar with perfect tone, balance, and weight. Prior to gluing the maple cap on top of the mahogany body, the expert craftsmen at Gibson carve out carefully mapped-out chambers in the body using a Computer Numeric Controlled (CNC) router.
TonePros Locking Tune-o-matic Bridge and Locking Stopbar Tailpiece
The Tune-o-matic bridge was the brainchild of legendary Gibson president Ted McCarty in 1954, setting the standard for simplicity and functionality that has never been bettered. The 2011 Les Paul Standard features TonePros locking Nashville Tune-o-matic in a chrome finish, which has saddle adjustment screws on the pickup side, and pre-notched saddles for quick installation. The chrome locking stopbar tailpiece is also from TonePros. These parts come with locking studs designed to secure both components firmly to the body so that there is no lean, yielding a great union between the strings and body which results in excellent tone and sustain.
Pickups: Gibson Burstbucker Pros
Gibson’s drive to recapture the magic of the original “Patent Applied For” humbucker pickups of the 1950s culminated with the introduction of the Burstbucker line in the early 1990s. In 2002, Gibson followed up this innovative accomplishment with yet another breakthrough in pickup design—the Burstbucker Pro, designed specifically for the new Les Paul Standards. The Burstbucker Pro features an Alnico V magnet (instead of the Alnico II), which offers slightly higher output and allows preamps to be driven a little harder to achieve a more natural break-up. Like all Burstbuckers, the Burstbucker Pro has asymmetrical coils—true to the original PAFs—which supply a more open sound. The Burstbucker Pro Neck is wound slightly less than the original PAFs, while the Burstbucker Pro Bridge is slightly overwound for increased output. The Burstbucker Pro pickups are also wax potted to allow loud volume pressures with minimal feedback.
Locking Grover Tuners
This Les Paul Standard is outfitted with locking tuners from Grover, which deliver ease of use through a standard tuner and positive locking mechanism that securely locks each string in place. Simply insert each string through the string hole, turn the dial on the bottom of the tuner to lock the string, and begin tuning. Each string can be tuned to pitch in less than one complete revolution of the post. These Grover machine heads feature completely sealed components with an improved 18:1 tuning ratio.
There are even more features to list, let’s just say “The Les Paul continues to evolve”!
Great guitar, nice price!
Original hard-shell case included.
Body Style: Les Paul Standard carved top
Top Species: Maple Top and Mahogany Back
Binding: Antique Cream Hardware
Tailpiece: Tone Pros Locking Stop Bar
Bridge: Tone Pros Locking Tune-O-Matic Style
Tuners: Locking Grover Keystone Electronics
Neck Pickup: Burstbucker Pro
Bridge Pickup: Burstbucker Pro
Controls: 2 Volume - 2 Tone - 3-Way Toggle
Control Knobs: Amber Top Hats
*This guitar has been played but not abused. The body and neck show light finish checking, and there are a few small blemishes in the top’s finish. Overall 8/10 condition.
These guitars are $3500 new so please don’t waste my time with low ball offers.