The Gibson Les Paul Standard is one of the most iconic guitars in the world. It is the chosen guitar for professionals all around the world as its unique look and feel are matched by nothing else available today. Fitted with a figured maple top and top of the line hardware to match its perfect looks this is everything you could ever want out of a modern Les Paul
There is a particular feel that most have come to expect with a Les Paul. While other guitars focus on slimming down the neck and body to allow for crazy stage play. Gibson instead really focus on giving you the best sustain, tone and feel possible by putting a couple big old chunks of Mahogany in your hands.
The body is made out of weight relieved Mahogany topped with stunning flamed maple that keeps all of the sustain of a regular block but at a much lower weight. This means less back/shoulder pain and much more time being able to spent playing your guitar.
The neck does have a few changes as part of the High Performance line however. It is still made with Mahogany and finished with a Rosewood fretboard but it is a little bit wider than your normal Les Paul neck. At just 0.05" larger than a traditional it is not much but gives you enough freedom with vibrato for a more expressive tone.
Next Generation G-Force
G-Force is an incredibly interesting technology that simply wants to save you time. We have all played gigs where your guitar goes out of tune halfway through. Just like we have all played gigs where we need to quickly change between tunings.
Gibson's G-Force system makes those previous tasks a second thought. Just set it up with the tunings you want. Select what you want using the unit on the back of the headstock and you are in tune within seconds.
And don't worry just because it has the ability to tune itself does not mean that you can't tune manually. The machine heads are actually very accurate 40:1 ratio tuners so you can get pitch perfect in no time at all.
New Titanium Nut
The 2015 version of the Zero Fret Nut was made out of brass. Unfortunately that meant is was very soft for a nut and could be damaged from heavier gauge strings. To make sure this does not happen again Gibson have changed the brass for much stronger Titanium.
If you don't know what the Zero Fret Nut is let me fill you in. It is a Gibson USA exclusive nut that has two main benefits over a standard nut. Firstly you can adjust the action at the nut very easily now making setting up quick and easy no matter how high or low you like your action.
Secondly this nut has essentially a fret at the end of it (hence the name, Zero Fret). By having a fret in the zero position your strings in open positions ring out like fretted notes. This sounds amazing with open chords as you get a much more even tone across all of your strings.
Sweet Smooth Neck
One thing that we have heard a few times before about Gibson guitars is that the neck heel can get in the way. They originally remedied this with their Custom Shop Axcess model that had a smoothed transition. This meant greater access to the higher frets so lead players can dig in and let loose.
The neck on all of the 2016 USA models is based off of this Custom Shop model offering the same incredible feel that previously was only available on some of Gibson's most expensive guitars.
But they did not end it there with the neck. No this guitars neck width is slightly wider than you might be used to compared to other Gibson guitars. By increasing the nut width by just 0.05"and keeping string spacing the same you get more area to play with.
Wood Species: Maple
Grade: C (Ebony, Gold Top, and Blue Mist), AAAA (all other finishes)
Wood Species: Mahogany
Weight Relief: Modern
Average Weight (body only): 5lbs. 8.3oz