Price paid: $ 2000
Purchased from: Musician's Friend
Sound — 10
This guitar deserves a 10+ when we talk about its sound. Its sustain is just unbelievable, its pinch harmonics are sweet, the BurstBuckers Shine on this baby, they produce the most authentic LP tone. It has a nice bite to the tone: fairly smooth and solid lows, and sparkly highs. Obviously, this guitar was made for classic hard rock sounding - and this baby covers it amazingly. It's just a great sounding instrument.
Overall Impression — 10
With the look and feel of an old friend and the sound of a tonal dynamo, this gorgeous instrument sports a smaller, Vintage headstock and slim taper, '60s-style neck. Don't be fooled even though it's faded - it's still a nice looking instrument and it's really a quality guitar! You should at least give it a chance.
Reliability & Durability — 10
Very solid guitar. The finish is thin and seems to be wearing well, it's standing up well to pick scratches and all the hardware still works perfectly. Once again - it's a Gibson. So be sure, this guitar will last for years. You can rely on it without any doubts.
Action, Fit & Finish — 9
The guitar was set up perfectly. The slim '60s neck allows your hands to feel nice and comfortable when moving quickly. The frets are nicely finished. The flame on the maple looks absolutely amazing. It's a Gibson! These guys hardly could palm off a badly adjusted instrument on you.
Features — 10
Gibson craftsmen hand-rub the traditional sunburst finishes on the new Les Paul Standard Faded models. A satin treatment gives the Standard Faded the weathered look of an old favorite without the wear and tear. The Standard is outfitted with the new BurstBucker Pro pickups with Alnico V magnets producing the most authentic, Vintage Les Paul tone of any previous Standard pickups. They produce more bite and a seductive 'airy' tone with both pickups on.