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The Les Paul, Gibson's first solidbody electric guitar, was introduced in 1952.  It derived many of its features from Gibson's archtops.  However, it wasn't considered a very good guitar until it was fitted with humbucking pickups in 1957 and even then it was a marketing flop and discontinued in 1960.  Its popularity skyrocketed when such players as Mike Bloomfield and Eric Clapton began to use it in the mid to late 1960s.  Gibson saw fit to reintroduce the model in 1968 and it has remained in the line-up ever since.  The modern Les Paul Standard takes its cues from the original model of 1958 - 59.  It has a chunky, rounded neck as the originals did as well as the famous cherry sunburst finish.  However, it has been "modernized" with a chrome plated hardware and hotter pickups.  Regardless, the Les Paul Standard remains one of the most popular and most important guitar models from rock to blues.


Body:  Solid; 1-piece mahogany with 2-piece carved maple top, single bound top

Finish:  Cherry Sunburst, nitrocellulose lacquer

Neck:  1-piece mahogany, set-in

Fingerboard:  Indian rosewood, single bound; pearloid trapazoid markers

Number of Frets:  22

Pickguard:  Cream, 1-ply plastic

Bridge:  Tune-o-matic with stop tailpiece, chrome

Nut:  Plastic

Tuners:  Reproduction Kluson Deluxe, enclosed, chrome

Pickups:  Two, Gibson 490R and 498T humbucking with adjustable pole pieces, chrome

Controls:  Tone and volume for each pickup, 3-way pickup selector

Scale Length:  24 3/4 inches

Neck Width at Nut:  1 11/16 inches

Body Width at Lower Bout:  13 inches

Body Depth:  2 inches

Weight:  9.5 lb.

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