Les Paul Standard 2008 review by Gibson

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  • Sound: 9
  • Overall Impression: 9
  • Reliability & Durability: 9
  • Action, Fit & Finish: 8
  • Features: 9
  • Reviewer's score: 8.8 Superb
  • Users' score: 7.9 (145 votes)
Gibson: Les Paul Standard 2008
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Price paid: £ 1600

Purchased from: dawsons

Sound — 9
The enlarged neck tenon gives god-like sustain (the longest of any Gibson models) and the burstbuckers can cope with plenty of gain for metal heads. It really shines when you drop the effects aswell, warm and colourful sounds resonate - this thing is versatile.

Overall Impression — 9
The most comfortable neck yet, wheter you play blues or heavy metal, this guitar will suit most your needs. would definately buy it again if lost or stolen. the build quality of the pots and electronics seem rushed but fortunately, it is made up by beautiful aesthetics and ground breaking ergonomics. Top guitar.

Reliability & Durability — 9
Solid build quality. Flawless binding. all round a quality crafted product. hardware should last (hopefully longer than epiphones), shouldn't need back up for a gig. being lighter than previous models, it does seem more fragile so be careful! fret wire is massive in height, should be years before a redressing or stoning is necessary.

Action, Fit & Finish — 8
Set up too low for gauge 10 strings. the strings grind on the frets, limiting bending, but nothing a little bridge heightening will not resolve. The tone and volume controls and put on wonky (not what you expect for 1600) and the volume pots are unresponsive. turning them down from 10 to 3 makes no difference what'soever.

Features — 9
22 frets, tune-o-matic bridge, 2 volume and 2 tone controls, 3 way pick up selector and burst bucker pros. Guitar comes with full plek set up, a computer set up measuring fret length and string distance, minimising fret buzz. The 2008 model is so light and the neck is thicker on the bass side, so it fits the hand better than previous models. case and strap locks included.

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    madvedon
    All the guys say that you buy the gibson just for the logo quite shurley don't own a gibson. Those guitars are best quality wood wise and construction wise. And I am not talking about those studios but standards are top notch guitar. Any good player no matter what he plays will have a smile when he tries a Gibson because those guitars are so good. they sound so clear. And its like earth and the sky from epiphones. so plese try before you talk
    madvedon
    HeavyDT wrote: madvedon wrote: All the guys say that you buy the gibson just for the logo quite shurley don't own a gibson. Those guitars are best quality wood wise and construction wise. And I am not talking about those studios but standards are top notch guitar. Any good player no matter what he plays will have a smile when he tries a Gibson because those guitars are so good. they sound so clear. And its like earth and the sky from epiphones. so plese try before you talk well people know that they are good but still overpriced i mean com on over 2,ooo buks thats crazy for less than a thousand you can get a amazing earth and sky moving guitar from a brand name company. also for that amount the gutar should be perfect and in the review there are some issues which is just unnacceptable at that price range
    Les Pauls are really hard to make because real flame maple to is realy gentle wood and rare to find so it costs a lot. Guitars without a top like sg cost half a price. About the review "Set up too low for gauge 10 strings. the strings grind on the frets, limiting bending, but nothing a little bridge heightening will not resolve." common this guys don't know what he talks about its quite common if you strum like gorilla on the 6th string for the string to be buzzing on any guitar.
    Deacon Blues
    no matter how nice an epiphone may be...the wood is inferior to the wood on a gibson and that makes the guitar. period. changing the pups wont do anything to change the way the guitar resonates. good wood is good wood and epis use cheap wood. i'll admit that gibsons are pricey, but a nice les paul is all the guitar you will ever need and it will hold its value. if you buy a good les paul used, it will probably never drop its value.
    sabbathfan4life
    Gibsons are "the" guitars to be owned. they are a little over priced I agree but the quality is exceptional to any other out there. There's a reason many ppl pick gibson over the rest. I won a 2002 custom les paul and just bought an 08 R9, my R9 VOS is the best guitar, I spent 4k on it and I'm not about to get rid of it. It's everything I wanted in a guitar and more. Bar none
    David Dark
    whats with the giant straplock? Should I use a cow chain for this guitar? 0_o
    Coz_Metal
    TooFast wrote: Gibson's are way overpriced. Great guitars, but it's just wood with strings. It's not worth $3000+.
    Yes but usually when someone buys a Gibson doesnt really buy it for the guitar but for the name of "Gibson". Thats why almost all guitars are so expensive.
    TooFast
    Gibson's are way overpriced. Great guitars, but it's just wood with strings. It's not worth $3000+.
    jackleg
    i purchased a 2008 les paul about a month ago,2900.00 canadian.worth every penny.i also have a gibson sg,and an epiphone sg,and all i can say is that the les paul absolutely crushes them in every category,mind you the gibson sg is also very sweet.ive got a lot of guitar playing friends,and they are all extremely impressed with it.anybody that is a doubter,should just take the time to give one a try,and im sure they will all be pleasantely surprised.it is an amazing instument,and can do it all.
    Individual1972
    What about the PLEK feature? Not something that great recorded music from the past had.. Still a very nice feature on the Standard, as far as intonation goes.
    Maldihr
    GreenDayfan445 wrote: Standardahhh I want a les paul standard but I can't afford it =(
    For half of the money you can buy an awesome Ibanez guitar. Don't spend your money at Gibson unless you play blues.
    rv_phoenix
    Maldihr wrote: For half of the money you can buy an awesome Ibanez guitar. Don't spend your money at Gibson unless you play blues.
    That's one of the most stupid advices I've read lately. No Ibanez can compare to a Gibson Les Paul, unless you pay for the Japanese axe the same price as for the American all-time classic. And, at the same price, 99% of the guitar players would choose a Les Paul. Pros know why. Les Paul is a great guitar for almost everything, and especially for Rock: all sorts of Rock, including Metal.
    Funkymunky71
    Every tune i hear and say "i love the sound of that guitar" usually has a Les Paul on it. I'd love one, but have tried a lot, and most have had bad fit and finish, with wonky pots, of going out of tune after a few big bends. (having said that I've tried a lot of AWFUL ESPs for 1000). I ended up getting a US Dean Hardtail (mahogany & quilt maple top)for 1750 (multiply by 1.5 if you're across the pond), that is beautiful, and sounds great, and has perfect finishing, a definite keeper, but i'd still love a GOOD Les Paul because i want THAT sound. I had a second hand PRS custom 24 10 top that was even more beautiful, but sounded awful. So even in big bucks territory you do have to source your guitar carefully, in person IMO.
    BornToLooze
    Sakke wrote: A 7 just because of a neck pickup? You're horrible.
    would you prefer all 10s? Because a 7 is pretty good
    Korzack
    Seems over-priced, and the 2008 thing is an excuse for Gibson to make tiny changes each year and charge more for the LP name. What are we, guitarists, or videogame fans? Because while if you want, spending some 40-50 a year on a new game's easily achievable, but 1600? Git tae smeg outta here.
    quazitron
    Considering this guitar cost you $2,500 (USD), your review is a trifle alarming or biased. Clearly you love your guitar, but rating it 8 for Action, Fit & Finish when "Set up too low for gauge 10 strings. the strings grind on the frets, limiting bending, but nothing a little bridge heightening will not resolve. The tone and volume controls and put on wonky (not what you expect for 1600) and the volume pots are unresponsive. turning them down from 10 to 3 makes no difference what'soever." is a major problem for me. Those problems shouldn't occur on $300 guitars, let alone a Gibson! It sounds like a decent enough guitar, but for my money, I'd want perfection.
    treefish
    It seems to me that with the '08 standard, Gibson has tried to find a new market in people who would buy, say, a PRS, or a similar, more 'boutique-y' instrument. With this in mind, the price seems slightly more understandable (It's still 1600 though, but maybe it'll come down as time goes on), but the comments in the 'Action, Fit and Finish' section are more than a worry.
    StevenTen
    Those who complain Gibson is overpriced are because you never used them. To me, I think Fender is the real overpriced thing. Only MIM is enough, and you just need change a little bit.
    MoroneSaxatilis
    Agreed all I'm shocked how much these things cost. To be honest, I'd be afraid to have one- I dropped my Epiphone down the stairs one day and while it was alarming, nothing broke, and I didn't flip out. Picture doing that with one that's $ 2500??? I would have stroked out on the spot.
    sss931
    Coz_Metal is right. Ppl are buing guitars mostly for name. Those ppl don't realy know why did they buy the guitar. If i will buy guitar i won't buy because of name. I wanna play just one's...
    Maniacal_Mikey
    Yea, the Gibson's are WAY OVERPRICED! I live in Nashville, TN, down where the main center is and I can actually go to the store and play the guitars, and in my opinion, Epiphone's are just as good. The only thing you're buying when you get a Gibson is the name. Still good guitars, but way too overpriced. And next time can we have a conversion for the price, btw? I'm not british, so I don't know how much that is in American dollars.
    jean_genie
    Gibsons are almost entirely handmade, by union guys. There's a CNC machine that cuts the blocked-out shapde of the neck and body, and then laser etches where the neck and headstock inlays will go. Some are plek'ed out. The rest is all done by hand. Your auto mechanic is probably a union guy too, probably billing at $60-$90 per hour, depending on your region. Considering their time, Gibson workers are effectively billing at about $30-$40 per hour. Not saying it's a good investment for everybody ... just saying that the cost of production isn't going to be anywhere near that of an Ibanez or ESP, where the factory workers are getting paid a dollar a day. Look at the cost of American Fenders v. Mexicans. Personally, it's worth my money just for the satisfaction of buying local. It's a shame I can't find any shoes or jeans made in the US anymore though ...
    hamsta_hobo
    Nah mate, What a rip off, unresponsive controls and an overall user rating on 7.6, Les Paul players must be right dumbarses to use these. If you want a Les Paul, build one yourself, your rules and cheap
    MetalGear1786
    TooFast wrote: Gibson's are way overpriced. Great guitars, but it's just wood with strings. It's not worth $3000+.
    Thank you!
    Daire
    Never really did see the appeal with Les Pauls anyway...Epi or Gibson. They are just to generic a shape for me. Every second guitarist has one! Im hopefully getting an ESP LTD Ex-400 soon which is absolutely mental looking and i love it!
    quazitron
    Maniacal_Mikey wrote: And next time can we have a conversion for the price, btw? I'm not british, so I don't know how much that is in American dollars.
    Dude. The world doesn't revolve around the U.S. Shocking, I know. How many other currencies is someone supposed to provide? Would it really hurt you to look it up yourself? ...and if you read the comments, you would see that I provided an approximate conversion to USD in an earlier comment. And I'm in Canada, so just consider me nice. :
    J.J.G.
    Coz_Metal wrote: TooFast wrote: Gibson's are way overpriced. Great guitars, but it's just wood with strings. It's not worth $3000+. Yes but usually when someone buys a Gibson doesnt really buy it for the guitar but for the name of "Gibson". Thats why almost all guitars are so expensive.
    +1. its true that the name is everithing for this brand but any decent person will see that even gibsons are great they are way over priced. but hey i guess that in some cases people just want to have a special boutique instrument, you just for showing off; and one month without paying bills is not that bad (sarcasm for those who don't get)
    AdamDK
    Doesn't sound like it is worth the 1600. Personally, going off your review, I'd take a '90s/early 00's Les Paul Standard over the 2008.
    Vauxite
    First Review- "Action, Fit & Finish" Everything you said was a bad point yet you still give it an 8? From what you've put i'd give that a 6 at best.
    Blas3
    ... The tone and volume controls and put on wonky (not what you expect for 1600) and the volume pots are unresponsive. turning them down from 10 to 3 makes no difference what'soever. ...
    Aren't they just loose, or have you tried it loud on a loud amp, and still no difference? isn'T because of the logarithmic nature of the pots? BTW, I agree with all you up there, that Gibsons are overpriced. Well overpriced. Thanks for the review tho.
    pattslash
    Aaaaahh what a nice guitar ) I agree with you guys saying about just paying for the name. I have a Vintage Les Paul Goldtop which is better than a lot of Epiphones, don't be fooled people!
    1nSingularity
    The_String_Man wrote: Volume pots unresponsive?! not worth the 1600 imo
    They're always like that though
    nileflows
    Yes but usually when someone buys a Gibson doesnt really buy it for the guitar but for the name of "Gibson". Thats why almost all guitars are so expensive.
    100% true. some kids just buy it for the name and have no idea what is it actually. they are too much overpriced.
    Emielio
    Pffff... why are so many people nagging about the price? I'm Dutch, but even I find it quite reasonably priced, I've payed 1900 euros, and, compared to some other guitars/brands, that is quite cheap.. or is it just because the dollar value is so low? I love the guitar anyway, it's a true beauty and she sounds like a goddess!
    philwhite
    BOSS-anaut wrote: By a studio instead.....
    I have a 2008 Standard Plus and a Studio from 2006. Both are amazing guitars. Studios are great but you can't really substitute a Studio for a 2008 Standard. Gibson made a lot of upgrades this time arround. New neck, plecked, strap locks, locking tuners, etc. I love the burstbucker pro pickups. Price is a bit high but I don't mind paying a bit more for something made in my own country. I'm happy with my purchase.
    wdaubo
    Dude even though people take it out on gibsons you realy cant compare gibbies with epis there in different leagues. Yes gibson are about 400 overprice for what they are but his guitar is better than any epi anyday. Some pople just dont get it questions like no ebony fretboard, standard hae nver had an ebony fretboard. That would be Ford changing the name of a Mustang to anhilator yeh it might be cool but its just messing with the car to much a bit like changing key features of standard is too much. Some people buy gibsons not for the name but for the quality andtone of the guitar!!!
    beanhead
    Vauxite wrote: First Review- "Action, Fit & Finish" Everything you said was a bad point yet you still give it an 8? From what you've put i'd give that a 6 at best.
    i give it a higher score because potential was there. two twists of the bridge n hey, the grinding was gone. i wasn t going to give it a low score because i imagined not all the gibson 08s are the same when they turn up (mine was a one off i hope). after the set up it played like a dream. good point tho, still hope the review helped
    beanhead
    it came pretty low, it felt horrible to play ( n i mean REALLY LOW)
    madvedon
    beanhead wrote: madvedon wrote: Les Pauls are really hard to make because real flame maple to is realy gentle wood and rare to find so it costs a lot. Guitars without a top like sg cost half a price. About the review "Set up too low for gauge 10 strings. the strings grind on the frets, limiting bending, but nothing a little bridge heightening will not resolve." common this guys don't know what he talks about its quite common if you strum like gorilla on the 6th string for the string to be buzzing on any guitar. .....what?????
    A LOW SETUP CAN'T LIMIT STRING BENDING
    beanhead
    coquet wrote: Wait, so you gave this guitar a terrible review in all your comments but good scores? I'm not trying to call you out or be a dick or anything, but seriously? I've always wanted a Gibson Les Paul Standard, but I've come to the conclusion that I'm buying a used late 90s model when I get around to it. The newer ones all sound lack crap despite the fact that Gibson jacks the price up a few hundred dollars every year.
    terrible? god like sustain, warm tones, versatile, comfortable neck? these are positive comments, apart from the dodgy tone controls the only negative i mentioned was low action (out of preference more than anything) but that is adjustable cos all guitarists are different. think about it, dodgy controls but i still bought it proves just how impressive this thing is. as soon as you play the thing you ll forget all about the wonky pots trust me