Price paid: C$ 540
Purchased from: Long & McQuade
Sound — 9
Excellent tones for jazz, hard rock, metal, classic rock, etc. A very versatile guitar. With the neck pick-up on cleans you can achieve this very smooth almost glossy-like clean tone, excellent for light jazz chords, relaxed solos and more. With the neck and bridge pick-ups both engaged, you can achieve a very unique tone that is only achievable with the Les Paul; a very nice belly-like clean tone! On overdrive the Les Paul is hot! Raw biting overtones and high output! Excellent mids overall.
Overall Impression — 9
Definitely a must-have for any guitar-head out there. Excellent for cleans, recording, hard rock, classic rock, primarily most genres! This guitar looks beautiful, feels solid, and sounds excellent. A very good bang-for-your-buck.
Reliability & Durability — 9
This guitar wails! It holds tune extremely well even after massive over-bends and hard chord chugs. I have already used the guitar once for a gig and it is definitely reliable. The finish is nice, it is not too thick and it also doesn't scratch easily. The one thing I would definitely suggest for any Les Paul owner/purchaser is to invest in strap-locks! For where one of the strap-button is located the strap tends to be put on an awkward angle where worn straps are very susceptible to letting go of the strap-buttons.
Action, Fit & Finish — 10
The instance I picked up the guitar it was almost perfectly set up. Action was perfect, I didn't have to make any adjustments to either pick-up heights, and the finish was absolutely flawless. Frets are smooth all along the edges of the neck/fretboard, cleanly done fret-inlays, all tone/volume knobs roll smoothly and firmly.
Features — 9
Mahogany body with hand-set mahogany neck. Rosewood fretboard with 22 frets, pearl fret in-lays and a 24.75" scale. My Les Paul Standard came in an ebony finish with cream accents (pick-up rings, pick-guard, toggle-switch). Silver Grover tuners, locking Tune-o-matic bridge and stop-bar. 3-way pick-up toggle-switch, Alnico neck pick-up, Alnico Classic bridge pick-up, and 2 volume knobs, 2 tone knobs.