Before I introduce you to this used 2004 Gibson Les Paul Standard, with a classic black/ebony finish, can I give you a brief history lesson ? – It is fair to say that the 70’s, 80’s and 90’s, did not reflect Gibson’s finest period of history – Don’t get me wrong, in that all Gibson Guitars from that era are considered poor, as that is not the case – Yet a serious lack of attention to detail, various mass production methods, various changes and supply of ingredients, along with a corporate management structure, that was influenced by a bean counter style of accountancy, ensured a steady supply of mediocrity – In 2002, the Gibson team finally woke up and smelt the coffee – To put it simply, Gibson Les Paul Standard’s built from 2002, until around 2008, now have their own fan club – Many Les Paul fans like a pretty figured maple top, decked out with a lush ‘burst finish, but an ebony Les Paul has somewhat of a simple plug in and play, workmanlike approach, similar to that of a dirty blonde Tele – So functional over glamour
So let me supply you with a few key points regarding this 2004 Gibson Les Paul Standard :-
- Ebony nitro gloss finish on a maple top
- One piece mahogany body with a one piece mahogany neck – Both with an ebony finish – The neck measures .831″ around the top nut end and .992″ around the 12th fret – So a profile that is of ‘medium plus’ depth profile which Gibson tag as the 50’s profile
- Smooth and even grained rosewood fingerboard
- Whole guitar weighs 10lbs and 4oz – A touch distorted info in that LP’s of this era are tagged as weight relieved but not chambered – Weight relief generally means ‘Swiss Cheese’ holes mainly on the wings of the body – Chambered bodies have far larger cavities
- Kluson vintage style machine heads with tulip buttons, plus the push in ferule collars around the string posts
- Condition wise, wear and tear is on the lighter side – Yet black probably shows a slight blemish more than any other finish – You’ll find some compressed buckle wear on the rear of the body – Overall used but not abused and certainly nothing nasty – Frets are fine
- Re-strung with a set of 10’s and set up with a sensible playing action – ie not shred metal low and not high – Frets polished plus lemon oil applied to the fingerboard
- Includes the black TKL Gibson deluxe LP case plus manual – Case still fine including all latches, handle and the 3 didit security code/lock
- Fitted with Gibson Burst Bucker pick-ups – paf flavoured, with alnico magnets and ‘unmatched’ windings – #1 in the neck position that measures 7.5K, plus a #2 in the bridge position that measures 7.85K
- All original wiring loom
Tonal character :- Do you start of with a cleaner amp setting, that is on the edge of overdrive, for that Pete Green character, or add more overdrive for that sultry Kossoff character, or add even more gain to take you in the direction of the Moore/Bonamassa house hold ? – These tend to be reference points that many of us judge LP’s by, or certainly the tonal characteristics many strive for when playing a LP – The pots are fully interactive, so leaving them on 10 will seriously limit the subtle, yet effective, variations that you can obtain by rolling them back, as required – Use these correctly and you can almost leave the amp alone, allowing you to control the emotion, soul and gain levels from the guitar itself, so maybe just utilise an additional gain switch or pedal when you require that ‘turbo’ boost – On hi gain amp settings, pinched harmonics are easy to find, whilst scorching lead licks possess a bite and edge, yet still retain a musical vintage character – Remember a softer voice can be found just by rolling off the volume pot a touch – From succulent warmth and soul, to a throaty musical bite this LP is packed with expression – The neck pick-up is sultry, whilst the bridge pick up has that throaty bite and bark, with tight focussed lows and smooth highs that sizzle, whilst possessing just enough mids to thicken up the overall voice – At all times you’ll find and LP with an open voice, with mids that do not overpower, yet still thicken up the overall character, excellent articulation and above all, warmth and soul – Further more it blossom and blooms when you play those moody blues licks – It is hard not to judge a 59 LP by playing a few Kossoff, Green or Moore style licks and when you do, you instantly know you are somewhat in the right direction – Yet try a few Robben Ford style licks and chords and it is equally jazz/blues flavoured with clarity, warmth and excellent note separation – It certainly captures all the key attributes that many LP fans desire and should offer years of satisfaction to any potential buyer
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