Gibson Les Paul 08 Standard

Price Paid: 
$1600
Condition: 
Used
Country of origin: 
USA
Body wood(s): 
Mahogany back/Maple top
Neck wood: 
Mahogany
Fretboard: 
Rosewood
Fretboard Scale: 
24.75
Number of frets: 
22
Pros: 

Lightweight.

Grover locking tuners, kept it in tune well.

Tone Pro's locking Tune O Matic bridge, made changing strings a little easier not having the stop tail slide off.

Dunlop locking strap pins, this should be standard on all guitars.

Low friction volume and tone knobs.

Burstbucker Pro pickups.

Cons: 

Chambered body, not just weight relieved, this thing is pretty much a semi-hollow body guitar.

Asymetrical neck contour will probably not be for everyone who plays Les Paul's, as most are either a 50's rounded person, or a 60's slim person, I personally liked it more than the 50's neck on my Studio.

The Neutrik jack is an ok idea, but after a while the guitar started to have a fizzy sound that some attribute to the Neutrik jack. I don't see cables coming out of the jack as a major problem so it was pointless. Replaced it with a standard Gibson jack.

The Grover locking tuners are pretty flimsy, compared to Sperzel, they work well, but I wouldn't trust them to last.

Don't know what Gibson is calling it, but they have all the knobs on a circuit board now, and you can't replace one if it breaks, you have to replace THE WHOLE THING... Stupid design, IMO.

Price... This is not what a Les Paul Standard should be, the wood is gutted out, why does it cost more than a Traditional? Because of the asymetrical neck? Street price of $2600 is like $400 more than a Traditional.

Summary: 

I felt the need to review this guitar, which I have since sold (with regret), because apparently this is now THEE Les Paul Standard. For the crap people give Gibson for weight relieving and chambering, myself included, I honestly didn't have a problem with this guitar, at the end of the day it sounded like a good Les Paul, and was light as a feather. It was a solidly built guitar, played great, and I'd recommend it to any non traditionalist, with the advice to switch out the Neutrik jack, and try to get a good one used instead. Sold mine out of complete stupidity.

The pickups were good, but swapped them out for a set of Duncan Slash pickups, more so for the aesthetic look of the zebra bobbins than because the pickups sounded bad.

Overall Rating: 
4
Average: 4 (1 vote)