#1
Can someone explain to me what the difference is between the Gibson Les Paul Standard and the Gibson Les Paul Standard Faded?

I did a search and some say it's just about the finish, the faded is given a more vintage look but other say the quality control and stuff is worse?
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I prefer the Faded LP. The feel so SO much better. You can feel the mahogany when you run your hand up the neck. It just feels like quality. IMHO, it feels way better than the regular glossy LP neck. Although I wish the top would still be glossy.

I've played both the Standard and the Faded and there was no difference in quality. They were both superb.

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#5
Actully a Faded is just a regualr Standard wich is sanded down.
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#6
The finish is pretty much the only difference. A lot of people seem to equate the Faded series guitars as being 'lower' Gibsons because of their price. In reality, they're cheaper because their rough finish doesn't cost as much as the 'real thing'.

That being said, the best-sounding Les Paul I've heard in years was a Faded LP Std that our local shop had last fall. If I would have had the cash, it would have come home with me, despite my less-than-enamoured with its rough neck finish.
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most les paul standards have the fatter neck...while i think they sell the faded with the 60's slim taper neck. they do sell regular standards in a 60's neck version too. other then that and the finish theres no difference.
#8
Standard faded is the same as Standard, quality-wise. It's the Specials you gotta look out for.
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Actully a Faded is just a regualr Standard wich is sanded down.



Wouldn't that make them more expensive?


The faded has fewer coats of laquer, making it less time-consuming.
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Actully a Faded is just a regualr Standard wich is sanded down.


Not at all. The wood on the Faded is much rougher and LESS sanded if anything. And the finishing coats aren't über-buffed and polished smooth like a regular Gibson.
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^Well i asked in a store about Faded Standrdsn (Gibson sites also state the following): They are a regular Standard, with teh color sanded down.
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#12
Well, if you've ever actually held and played one, you'd know that isn't the case. That would be retarded - take a $2000 guitar, sand down the finish, and sell if for $1300. That certainly makes no sense to me. Trust me, Gibson are not in the habit of makign extra work for themselves without charging a LARGE premium for it. Christ, if they could find a way to do it, they'd probably charge more if the luthier farted on the guitar while polishing it.
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#13
^I'm thinking that too.
But I absolutely adore the faded Standards, they look amazing, I like it how it doesn't have as much shine to them, and they look more "vintage".
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#14
^We have one at my local store that I refer to as "CheetosBurst". Maybe we got a bad one?
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Well i havent seen one in real life (a shame i think they are amazing in looks), sicne no stores ive been to stocks them.
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^We have one at my local store that I refer to as "CheetosBurst". Maybe we got a bad one?

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Well fadeds are like the real thing except that it doesn't have a carved maple top and the finish is much much cheaper. This makes it like less than half the price of the real thing.

But it has the same pickups and electronics so it sounds as good if not better.

I mean the finish and maple top cost hundreds and hundreds of dollars. You really save a ton of money with the fadeds.
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Well fadeds are like the real thing except that it doesn't have a carved maple top and the finish is much much cheaper. This makes it like less than half the price of the real thing.

But it has the same pickups and electronics so it sounds as good if not better.

I mean the finish and maple top cost hundreds and hundreds of dollars. You really save a ton of money with the fadeds.


From the Gibson website:

"Top Species: Carved AA maple"
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^^^^ woah that's awesome I didn't know that

now I wish I would have gotten a faded instead of the studio plus
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^^^^ woah that's awesome I didn't know that

now I wish I would have gotten a faded instead of the studio plus


there not half the price either. they are still almost 2 grand new just like the standards. i love the way they have a shine to them but its not overly done and they are so clean looking. i'm trying to nab one for 1100 right now from a guy on ebay. hopefully it works out.
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The LP Standards sell for $2200 at our local shop. The Faded Standard sells for $1500.
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#23
Hmm. I don't dislike the Faded, but if I were to have a worn down guitar, I'd much better like to wear down the Standard I already have, not pre-worn down. Guitars worn in the factory don't appeal to me.
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#24
It's not really a worn / distressed finish. You really have to see it to be able to understand it.
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#25
I have seen it. I liked the Standard better.
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#26
Well, no arguing that. I like the regular standard better.
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The LP Standards sell for $2200 at our local shop. The Faded Standard sells for $1500.


man thats cheap. on musicians friend the faded's are still 1999....unbelievable how they are ripping people off. right now i'm trying to pick one up off of ebay for 1100. if i like it i'll keep it...if not i'll resell it for a few hundred more.