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Gibson Les Paul Standard

What Every Guitarist Should Know About Gibson Les Paul Standard

The Les Paul is a versatile electric guitar that can be used for any genre of music. The guitar was designed in collaboration with its namesake, Les Paul, a jazz, country and blues guitarist. It was the first solid-body electric guitar sold by Gibson, starting in 1952, and many of these can be found on eBay at a wide price range.

What types of wood are Les Paul guitars made of?

The Les Paul Standard is one of many models of the Les Paul guitar by Gibson. Some models may differ in the type of wood used, but the Standard model has largely stayed the same over the years. Many players believe that the specific combination of woods is what gives the guitar its unique tone and great sustain. The body and neck are made of mahogany. The body features a maple cap on top of the mahogany. This is often finished with a semi-transparent color to show off a flame pattern on the maple top. This technique lends itself well to sunburst style finishes that are often found on the Standard model. The fingerboard may be made of either rosewood or ebony.

What are the basic specs for this guitar?
  • Scale Length: Gibson uses a 24.7- inch scale for Les Paul guitars.
  • Fretboard radius: A 12-inch radius makes chording or fast lead playing comfortable.
  • Frets: 22 medium-sized frets.
  • Bridge: Tune-o-matic fixed bridge with a stopbar tailpiece.
  • Pickups: Dual humbuckers with one at the neck and one at the bridge.
What are the controls seen on the Les Paul?

Two of the knobs are tone controls, while the other two are volume controls. Each of the two pickups gets its own dedicated volume and tone knob. This is a great feature for players who like to switch between pickups during a song so that the tone and volume are just right. The toggle switch is a three-way selector for the pickups. You can set it to the bridge pickup, the neck pickup or both simultaneously for a variety of sounds. Many models also feature a coil-split or coil-tap feature that changes the pickup function from a humbucker to a single-coil sound for even more sonic versatility. These are accessed by pulling up on the tone knobs.

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