You can discuss the beauty of the burst, along with all the aesthetic merits of an LP Standard, with a figured maple top, yet there is something to be said about the simplicity of a black finish on an LP – So I’m glad to offer this Gibson Les Paul Classic, from 2002, for sale at £1469 – Gibson have mucked around with various models over the last few years, but this 2002 model is still the original spec’d Classic model, with a one piece mahogany body and in my opinion all the better for it
Additional comments in no particular order :-
- Whole guitar weighs 8lbs and 15oz – It is always hard to determine today which Gibson Guitars have a solid 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 can’t confirm one way or another, but at nearly 9lbs I know which way I’m edging my bet
- One piece mahogany body on the Classic with a one piece 60’s slimmer mahogany neck – C profile that measures .820″ around the top nut end and .922″ around the 12th fret – So still a hint of meat on it but not a handful to play
- Dark, plus smooth bound rosewood fingerboard
- All original nickel hardware, with a vintage style ABR-1 bridge + wire retainer, that sits on the vintage style bridge post – Old school Kluson Deluxe tuners with the vintage style push in ferrules, plus tulip buttons – Includes a set of nickel strap locks
- Includes the original hotter Gibson humbuckers – neck measures 8.34K, whilst the bridge is more powerful at 14.22K
- The original scratchplate sits in the case, so re-fit as required
- Includes original TKL case – damaged rear catch otherwise all okay
- Condition wise then played but not abused might be a fair comment – If you are looking for the as new mint condition model, then best to look elsewhere – A nick on the headstock is probably the worse marking, otherwise mainly compression marks to the nitro finish – Certainly nothing nasty, but a black finish always shows every slight nick in more detail than any other finish – But no grazes that are deep enough to show the wood – A couple of frets are just starting to show the merest hint of wear, but a) ‘merest’ is the key word and b) if it has taken 16/17 years to get to this level of wear, then you have plenty of playing years a head of you before any fret dress might be required
- Re-strung and set-up with a new set of 10’s and an easy action
The LP Classic v The LP Standard – effectively 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’s Classic is now considered to be a more budget version of the Standard – Yet for a number of years, they had a similar price tag – 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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