Gibson Les Paul Standard Premium Plus (Light Burst) (No Longer Available)
Solidbody Electric Guitar with Mahogany Body, AAA Flamed Maple Top, Burstbucker Pro Pickups with Coil Taps, and Hardshell Case - Light Burst
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A Les Paul That's Far More Than Standard!You can't beat the Gibson Les Paul Standard Premium Plus solidbody electric guitar for iconic vintage tone with uncompromising playability. You'll love the 2012 Les Paul Standard's premium features, like the "Modern" weight-relieved body that's lighter in weight but still packs ample sustain. The mahogany neck sports a '60s profile for fast and fluid fretwork, and the compound radius rosewood fretboard makes the Les Paul Standard perfect for both rhythm and lead roles. And with dual Burstbucker Pro pickups, with coil tapping to switch between humbucking and single-coil operation, you'll have all the classic guitar tone you can handle with the Gibson Les Paul Standard Premium Plus!
Gibson Les Paul Standard Premium Plus Solidbody Electric Guitar at a Glance:
The Les Paul recipe for sustain - mahogany body with AAA flamed maple top
Gibson's Les Paul Standard Premium Plus gives you the robust sustain you need for hot liquid solos and massive power chords. What's Gibson's secret? A major part of the Les Paul's tonewood recipe is the fusion of a maple top - AAA flamed maple on the Premium Plus - on a mahogany body. This combination is largely responsible for the legendary Les Paul sound, as well the LP's reputation for being rather heavy. But fear not! Modern weight relief has been scientifically applied to the Les Paul Standard, giving you all the sustain, without the pain.
'60s neck profile with compound radius fingerboard
Many guitarists consider Gibson's Slim Taper neck the most playable Les Paul neck ever made. On the LP Standard Premium Plus, it's joined by a compound radius fretboard for ultimate playability. The fingerboard is rounder near the nut for easy chord-grabbing and rhythm playing. As your playing heats up and moves up the fretboard, the radius flattens out for easier runs and big, big string bends.
Pickups deliver true Les Paul sound - and then some
The 2012 Les Paul Standard Premium Plus features Burstbucker Pro pickups that give you everything you need for a classic humbucking sound. But there's more! The volume and tone knobs feature a push-pull configuration that allows you to choose between classic humbuckers and single coils. You can run both pickups alongside each other in or out of phase, and you can even send the bridge pickup directly to the jack output for added volume and brightness.
Gibson Les Paul Standard Premium Plus Solidbody Electric Guitar Features:
You get classic plus modern with the 2012 Gibson Les Paul Standard Premium Plus guitar!
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A dream come true
by Andrew Clapp from Auburn, WAAfter 20 years of wishing, I finally ordered my first Gibson. I had always been a fan of the flamed maple tops, and when I saw the new 2012 Standards, I knew I had to have one. No other company post... read more [+]s high res photos of the guitars so you can carefully look them over. I really like how Sweetwater takes the time to do this. My sales associate Geoff Allen was very professional and efficient. I knew these guitars sold quick, and Mr. Allen really made an effort to make sure I was completely satisfied with my guitar. He even called me after to ensure everything was perfect with the guitar.
November 8, 2012
Music Background: 20 year hobbyist, local band.
The Standard is perfect. The flamed maple top is stunning. It truly is a piece of art in itself. When I'm not playing the comfortable speedy neck or messing around with all the push/pull pots I just stare at it. Heck, it even smells good, like warm marshmallows.
The tone out of the Standard is amazing. World class product. I am very proud to own my 2012 Gibson Les Paul Standard and equally impressed with the level of service I received at Sweetwater. close [-]
Very Nice Guitar
by Flip from AtlantaAs you might expect, this guitar is pretty and plays great, The weight reduction does NOT have a noticeable effect on the sustain, regardless of what you may have read.
June 28, 2012
Music Background: Guitar player, live sound engineer
The coil tapping feature... read more [+] is very cool. I still haven't wrapped my head around all the possible variations, but I can say that many of the sounds I get out of this guitar are ones that I really like, but never expected. close [-]
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by Jeff from Stockton, CAThis is a professional level guitar that will fit serious player’s budget. My task was to compare 2012 model to 2008 as far as the sound is concerned. On the neck position 2012 was too bright and shal... read more [+]low and did not have the depth of 2008, not good for blues or jazz. On the bridge position both were very close however 2012 lacked the thickness of the sound that makes LP different from PRS and others. When you pull the tone pot to have the bridge pick up go directly to output the ‘boost’ turns out to simply be a shrieking sound with higher output. I went ahead and compared both guitars to Custom Shop ‘58 LP. If blindfolded I would choose 2008 as being closer to vintage LP. I believe the brightness of 2012 may be the result of having Indian rosewood fingerboard made of two pieces glued together giving pretty much the same difference that you can get from a modern baked maple fingerboard compared to normal rosewood. I wouldn’t blame Gibson for this though. Another reason may be obtaining humbucker set up by wiring through all kinds of circuits and pots to become a humbucker rather than having one normally assembled pick up. However coil splitting provides different sound options not necessarily associated with the idea of Les Paul. While it is interesting in no way it can replace a Stratocaster. The compound neck radius had heavy buzzing in the upper position. After 12th fret it was great but I didn’t feel any noticeable difference. Possibly the buzzing could be fixed through better set up. To conclude, all these observations are true if you meticulously compare both models. If you simply pick up 2012, look at the gorgeous AAA top, plug in and play you will have little doubt that you should immediately purchase this guitar and that it will provide you years of enjoyment. Let alone that you can be proud of yourself anywhere where you pull it out from the case. close [-]
May 3, 2012
Music Background: Currently hobbyist
Henry, Marion, IL
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