1968 Les Paul Standard review by Gibson

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  • Sound: 10
  • Overall Impression: 8
  • Reliability & Durability: 8
  • Action, Fit & Finish: 8
  • Features: 8
  • Reviewer's score: 8.4 Superb
  • Users' score: 7.4 (141 votes)
Gibson: 1968 Les Paul Standard

Purchased from: N/A

Sound — 10
The Les Paul Standard give a very rich warm tone, fantastic with distort, sounds really smooth with the clean channel, but if you play country music I think you would want a sharper sound. When I play this with the band, it just blows me away with the sound, there is so much warmth and richness sound. But because I play mostly rock this guitar suits me well, even tho I play some blues you would propally want a Fender Strat for a bluesy tone.

Overall Impression — 8
The guitar was very pricy and left me a bit low on cash (I am only 17 so it took me a while to save). I don't regret buying this guitar one bit, it attracts a lot of attention and that feels great when people come to watch you. I would only recommend this guitar to some one who has been playing for a few years and has a great intrest in playing guitar, when I bought this I was surrounded by experenced players (they must have 10+ years of playing while I only have 4 years) so I had to play my best so they didnt think "why should he have a Gibson, has crap!" But I gave it my all with some of my own material and a bit of Hendrix and I end of have a small audience around me. But back to the guitar side! I have owned the guitar for 5 months and its allready got a small dent in the body (it's small and no one ever sees it) and a small dent in the head stock then again its nothing major they are tiny. The guitar feels great when I play it, it's solid, well set up and lives up to the Gibson name. The one thing I hate about this guitar is the price. Ah man, I hated handing over 1400 pounds over (I am sure some of it is just for the name). But I love this guitar over all.

Reliability & Durability — 8
The guitar would easly withstand live playing, just watch the finish. The hardware is top quality and might even out live me (if you take care if it). I highly recommend that you get strap locks for it. The strap buttons are too small on the Les Paul and with out a doubt come off when playing live. I would still allways gig with a back up (in my case a west field Les Paul as back up).

Action, Fit & Finish — 8
The guitar's setup fantastic, intonation, action ect all perfect. The fretboard was a diffrent story, because it had been in a shop for a while and not used the wood was dryed out a bit, so I has to apply some lemon oil to it, good as new after. The finish even though it's the best finish I have ever seen, it is easly dammaged, you can dent the lacquer easyer then most guitars (have you ever seen a Gibson with out a few small dents? I know I haven't).

Features — 8
My Gibson Les Paul Standard was made in 2004, has 22 frets, finished in Cherry Sunburst, nickle hardware, Burstbucker pickups, rosewood fretboard, body and neck made of mahogany, 3 way tone selector. Guitar came with hard case, scratch plate in the case, manual, size 10 stings.

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    You can not compare a hand-crafted, USA made guitar like a Gibson Les Paul with a sweatshop made POS like and Epiphone. Any guitarist with an ear can hear the difference, and any guitarist better than a garage band rhythm guitarist can feel the difference. Anything else is socialist bullshit.