You can discuss the beauty of the burst and all the aesthetic merits of an LP Standard with a figured maple top, yet I’ve always had a soft spot for a gold top – So glad to see this Gibson Les Paul Classic, from 2001, with a gold top finish is now available for sale at £1495 – The overall condition is very good and the gloss finish only shows lighter signs of use – Certainly nothing approaching serious regarding any blemish to the nitro finish – So don’t expect it to be near mint, but considering it is 16 years old it is clean – Any graze to the top surface of the nitro finish is slight – Usual oxidization to the nickel hardware, so maybe fair to see it has a slightly aged or VOS patina about it – Frets are fine – Re-strung and set-up with a set of 10’s, plus a sensible playing action – Includes a clean black Gibson case
Additional comments in no particular order :-
- Whole guitar weighs 9lbs and 8oz – always hard to determine today which Gibson Guitars have a sold mahogany body and which are chambered, as Gibson have tended to duck around with such policies on many occasions – I generally quote that if it is ultra light or heavy, you tend to detect that it is chambered, or indeed solid – It is always the models in between which represent the questionable grey area – So without any X-ray proof, I’m edging my bets as a solid body
- One piece mahogany body on this Classic with a one piece 60’s slimmer mahogany neck – C profile that measures .820″ around the top nut end and .940″ around the 12th fret – So still a hint of meat on it but not a handful to play
- Dark and smooth rosewood fingerboard
- All original throughout including nickel hardware, with a vintage style ABR-1 bridge and wire retainer, old school Kluson tuners with the vintage style push in ferrules around the string post
- Includes the original hotter humbuckers – neck measures 8.79K so a hot paf flavoured pick-up, whilst the bridge is more powerful at 14.5K
The LP Classic v The LP Standard – effectively they were the same, but different – A Classic is spec’d with a slightly slimmer mahogany neck, based on the early 1960 Les Paul’s – Note the headstock facia and the script text that denotes Les Paul Classic and not Les Paul Model – A Classic is spec’d with a set of open coil hot humbuckers – Otherwise they can be considered a similar guitar – In recent years Gibson have tended to change various spec and features of the Classic, to set it apart from the Standard, so today it is now considered to be a more budget version of the Standard – Yet for a number of years they had a similar price tag and as such they can be considered a similar model, with a different neck shape and pick-ups – The neck pick-up is still fat and warm, but the bridge pick-up kicks out an extra touch of power – So more screamin’ highs, yet still plenty of muscle in the mid range and tight lows – To a degree a Les Paul sounds like a Les Paul, yet subtle and effective variations will please one customer more than another – The Classic can still deliver you that fat vintage flavoured Clapton to Moore classic rock n blues tone, but as an overview it does tend to possess an extra ounce of bite – So maybe more pleasing to the player who wants a Les Paul that delivers an extra kick – Horses for courses as they say
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