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      27.02.2011 19:45

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      A must for all guitarists

      Les Paul is the ultimate rock players guitar, built in the USA they all have a unique serial number which is registered on their website www.gibson.com so you can see your guitars history. They are solid seasoned and matured mahogany which gives the player a rich colourful tone, which other guitars can lack When you hold a Gibson Les Paul in your arms you feel like the guitarist you want to be, following in the footsteps of the likes off Jimmy Page. For a price tag of around £2000 it is worth every penny, however you may not play it as much as your other guitars as it has a special place in your heart, it becomes a personal pleasure rather than one to share. This guitar will last you a lifetime as you will never want to trade it in, it will always be in your collection and therefore well worth the price tag, the value will also hold as it is a very sought after guitar.

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      12.02.2010 10:07
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      beautiful guitar but is the name make it a placebo play?

      I have 4 guitars and this is the one I play least. Not because I like it less or that it doesn't sound good but because I love it so much I am genuinely a little bit too frightened to give it the 'rock and roll' roll out! I bought this guitar about 7 years ago and to be fair I have used it loads at gigs, jams and just playing at home I just do not want it to fall apart (which I highly doubt will happen but I am still being careful). It coast me £1399 which I also managed to get a small amp and a lead with also at a shop called Andy's in central London. The color is a really beautiful rich orange in the middle and it moves of to a deep rich red on the sides and all down the back of the neck too. It is really worth sitting down and get involved with examining the colors because it is very well done. So when I bought this guitar I was actually looking at a fender squire. But this is the thing the guitar chooses the person! So what happened was while I was playing around with guitars this one came into my possession and just like that I felt in move through my system. The rhythm has a very deep warm blues sound. This is ideal for playing anything slow, soulful and meaningful. The switch is at the top of the guitar which is common on most Gibson models and the volume on the bottom half of the body. The treble is great for when you want to slam some distortion and play some serious heavy, fast temp music. It has a great thrash feel with out having that empty feeling the cheaper squires' have. The neck is nice and long and the head is thick and bulky, so you know its made to be played! The guitar as a whole is actually very heavy especially compared to anything by fender. But it is of course a lot bulkier! Over all, the guitar is amazing and you can find cheaper models but the Gibson will always be that step better.

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      03.08.2009 18:22

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      This is an amazing guitar for guitarist who want a good sound

      Probably one of the best guitars around nowadays. What an incredible sound. I currently own a Les Paul Standard and a Fender, and my playing sounds 70% better on the Les Paul then on the Fender for various reasons. Firstly, the neck made of mahogany is so well bilt, that my hand runs smoothly up and down the fret board. Secondly, the fretboard is so smooth, that when i slide up or down, my fingers do not stop due to friction, which is one of the problems i have with my fender so my sounds sound clean and complete. Also, the sound produced from this guitar make it worth its money. It gives a clean professional sound, when put in distortion sounds amazing. Living proof that this Les Paul is one of the best sounding guitars around is professional guitarists. When Eric Clapton was in his younger years, he used to whip up some of the best licks i have ever heard on his Les Paul Standard. Another legend is Jimmy Page of Led Zeppelin. His riffs would never sound so good without his Les Paul Standard.

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      30.01.2008 01:12
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      An enjoyable play, does the job nicely but the most basic model

      After owning and playing an Epiphone Les Paul LP100 (the most basic one!) for several years and only dreaming of owning a 'real' Les Paul I thought it was about time I upgraded and managed to get one relatively cheap from a friend who works in the music industry. I must say the difference in moving up from an Epiphone to a Gibson is a stunning experience on it's own for any guitarist. Anyway, this baby has burstbucker pro pickups with alnico v magnets, twenty two frets on a rosewood fingerboard, trapezoid inlays and single-ply fingerboard binding with a mahoganey body tune-o-matic bridge, nickel plating finish, two tone and two volume controls and a rhythm/treble selector switch. I particularly like the sunburst effect as on this picture. To hold in position the guitar feels solid sturdy and the general feel that it contains a lot more power than you could utilize. Upon playing the guitar it became so much easier than playing on your average guitar and I found myself not having to put any effort in at all. My fingers were doing the work and I have to say I never realized I was that good before. Although there are plenty of guitars out there designed specifically for the beginner at affordable prices, I feel that the Gibson Les Paul makes playing a lot easier and a beginner would probably be able to perfect their techniques with a lot more precision and ease than with a standard beginners guitar. The price is a little hefty for the beginner though ranging probably from around £800 - £1200 in various stores. If you managed to come across a genuine Les Paul second hand at a reasonable price I would advise you snap it up straight away! The various tones and sounds attainable from this beautiful instrument are so warm sounding, clear and particularly sustainable. This is a superb guitar for lead guitarists as I find myself holding a single note which sustained for over a minute. This guitar is extremely enjoyable to play and does the job perfectly but with so many other more advanced models about, this would be the model of choice for a general consumer with a particular passion for Les Paul's. The more advanced musician would probably go for something a little higher up in the league.

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        08.01.2008 21:56
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        Easily the best purchase I've made in the last 16 years.

        What can I say? I've had my Gibson Les Paul for years now, and it is easily the best guitar I've ever played! Not only is it beautiful, but it's incredibly nice to play. As for the price, well... There's just too much to say about this guitar, so I'll do it in lots of stages. APPEARANCE: Incredible! When I first started playing guitar, I was looking for a beginners axe and I saw one of these on the wall. My jaw literally dropped! (No kidding, I didn't even think that happened in real life...!) Obviously I didn't buy it as my first guitar, I'm not that rich/stupid, but it was always the one I wanted and I eventually got it! The shape of the Les Paul is legendary; every famous guitarist you can think of has had a picture taken with one probably. It's elegantly curved and looks just perfect, and it suits any need from metal to blues. The finish? Well there's all sorts of different finshes. I myself went for the "Desert Burst" which looks incredible, a kind of sandy brown that fades darker to the outside. Every time I go on holiday, I come back and think "My god I've got a nice guitar!". 'FEEL': I've tried many guitars in my lifetime, and there really is no competition in this area. The only other guitar I've tried that has come close, is the Dean Vendetta, because I found it amazingly easy to do sweeps on, but it doesn't have anything like the versatility of the Les Paul, so this is the clear winner. The Standard can come with two different types of neck, 50's rounded, or 60's slim taper. I chose the 60's neck, and it feels fantastic. The fretboard lets your fingers glide effortlessly up and down, and it's just the right width and depth for a comfortable hold. TONE: The tone, in my opinion, is a large factor that separates the Gibson Les Paul Standard from it's cheaper alternatives. In every style you can imagine, this guitar will pump out a full bodied, gorgeous tone from start to finish, even if you're strings are old and rusty. (Like mine at the moment...!) I play in a Melodic Death Metal band, and a Punk band, and I record the occasional blues/jazz song on my computer, and I've never had a situation where I can't get the right tone out of my guitar! RELIABILITY/DURABILITY: I can't say that a guitar 'dying' or stopping working is a regular occurance, but it does happen, and has happened, to some of my previous guitars. However, as of yet, my Gibson has stayed as good as new since the day I bought it, and although I've tried my best to take care of it, it's had it's fair share of bumps and knocks. I can say though, that I've heard stories about Les Paul Standards from other owners, who bought them back in the 50's and 60's when they first came out, and alot of them have survived to this day, so I would say that they are a fairly reliable and durable guitar! FEATURES: The Les Paul Standard comes with two Burst-Bucker Pro pickups with Alnico V magnets, which sound great for factory pickups, and last a long time. It has a 3-way switch, to toggle between Bridge Pickup, Neck Pickup, or both, and separate volume and tone controls for each pickup. It comes equipped with Gibson Brite wires, which are really nice, they sound crisp and clear, and they feel great, but in my experience they don't last for very long. The back of the body is made from Carved AA Maple, and the front of the body Mahogany. The neck is also mahogany, and the fingerboard is rosewood. The tune-o-matic bridge is easy to adjust, and can give you a 12th-fret action of as low as 1mm if you want! Unfortunately it comes with some rather horrible pale green tuning keys, but these can be replaced for less than a fiver, so it's not a problem. Oh, and it also comes with a gibson hardback case, polish and cloth, strap, and string winder, which together can come to around £150 if you buy them separately. CONCLUSION: I think I've said enough really! Every aspect of this guitar is brilliant, and you're never going to run the risk of someone looking at you at thinking "Hmm, my guitar's better than theirs"!!! A final note, is the only downside to this guitar... the price! When I bought mine, I got it for £1300 off the internet, but at the time most places sold them for £1800. If you have the money, I would definitely recommend buying this guitar. If not, go down to your local guitar shop every day and just play it! It will make you feel warm inside!

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          28.09.2004 13:14
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          An Introduction A few montha ago I decided that it was time I purchased a new electric guitar. My faithful 1988 Gibson Les Paul has served me well for the last 9 years and is still going strong. The thing is though it’s now starting to increase in value and become a nice little investment so it could do with spending a bit less time on a beer soaked stage around clumsy band members and other musicians (including myself)! So a new guitar then, but what make should I get? A metal pointy thrash machine like an Ibanez? Nah! Not my style and they look so flimsy that they’d last five minutes! A Paul Reed Smith? Nah! Lovely guitars but I’m not paying nearly three grand for the privilege! So then, something that is built to last, classy and not way too expensive? Only one choice then, another Gibson Les Paul! Actually I should admit that I’m a bit of a Gibson nut, also have a 1973 SG too! Anyway after browsing through the guitar magazines, the ad for Peter Cook’s Guitar World caught my eye. It featured a brand new 2001 Gibson Les Paul, in a Honeyburst finish priced at £1,149. “That’s a good price”, I thought seeing as how a 2003 model costs about £1500! After chatting to the guy at the shop it turns out that he had a couple of brand new 2001 model Les Pauls that he’d found at the back of the storeroom recently, not realising they were there. He wanted to clear them out so had cut about £200 off the price. I couldn’t refuse so I popped up to the store in Hanwell and purchased one! OK I’ll stop rambling on and get to reviewing the guitar then! Construction A Gibson Les Paul is made from three different woods, mahogany, rosewood and maple. The mahogany forms the back of the guitar and the neck, the rosewood forms the fingerboard and the maple forms the top of the guitar body. The mahogany body itself provides the guitar with warmth and sustain, and the maple top is added to give a touch of extra brightness. A guitar with a thick mahogany body can sound too muddy and lacking in top end, which is why Gibson gives the Les Paul a maple top. Of course all this wood together makes this guitar quite a weighty beast! The maple top is carved to form an arched top, appearing similar to that on a violin. This gives the guitar a traditional feel and I think very classy look to it. The finish on this top is called Honeyburst, which could probably be best described as an amber colour, and it looks very nice in my opinion! The neck is glued into the body, which also helps to increase the sustain. The neck itself is based on the 1959 model profile. It’s quite fat, but sits very comfortably in the hand. The frets are Gibson’s standard medium type. These are fatter than those found on something like a Fender Stratocaster, but not as large as some you would find on those metal-machine-speed-neck guitars! The fingerboard is made from rosewood and has trapezoid shaped inlays made from mother of pearl on the neck. The nut is very well cut and the action and set up straight out of the case was spot on. The tuners on this guitar are Grovers. This seems be the norm for 2001 model, having abandoned the traditional Kluson style tuners they used for many years on the Les Paul Standard models. On the body the hardware is Gibson’s usual combination of tune-o-matic bridge and stop tailpiece. The pickups fitted to this guitar are two Alnico humbuckers. One fitted by the bridge and one fitted by the neck. A three way switch selects between the two pickups. The “lead” position selects the bridge pickup, the “rhythm” selects the neck pickup and the middle position selects both pickups together. Sounds Playing acoustically this Les Paul sounds quite warm and not overly loud. It doesn’t have the “twang” of an SG but it also doesn’t lack in projection, it’s more of a mellow sound really. But soft! Electric guitars are surely meant to be plugged into an amplifier, so that’s what needs to be done now to continue my review! I used my recently acquired Marshall TSL 100 head to help me review the sound of the guitar. I should add that I’ve reviewed this amp on Ciao, so why not pop along to the amplifiers section and give it a read? Anyway I’ll press on with describing the sounds… Starting off with a clean setting on the amp, selecting the “lead” setting gives a bright sound, but with added warmth there too. The sound cuts through but it never becomes too toppy. It’s very useful for getting those jangely chords coming through over the drums at gigs and rehearsals. Swapping to the “rhythm” setting the sound is much thicker and warmer but not muddy or muffled. This setting can be very useful for those jazz chords and also sounds great for strumming open chords when you’re doing your heart-felt ballads! The middle setting gives an almost hollow sound but with a bit of added “twang”. I find this setting very useful for funk as it lends quite a percussive sound to chords. Moving onto a more distorted sound, the “lead” pickup setting really comes into play. There is bags of sustain here but with a edge of brightness to it. With the amp running on just a touch of crunch, those classic rock riffs just ring out! Moving onto the “rhythm” setting and edging the distortion up, you have that classic smooth sound with sustain that seems to last forever. This is where you can do your best Santana impersonations! The “middle” setting I personally don’t use that much with distortion. I prefer to use this hollow sound on a clean setting. Of course when you throw bags of distortion on the amp, the “lead” setting will allow you to rock out with the best of them! This guitar can really handle anything from jazz all the way through to the latest down tuned metal. For a design concept that is 50 years old, I think this guitar is still as great sounding and versatile as anything out there! Conclusion Well I am very happy that I purchased this guitar. I think I paid a very good price for it (I’ve seen one recently going second hand for £1300!) I also believe that this guitar is built to last a very long time. I’ve used my other Les Paul for nearly a decade and never had a problem with it, so I think that shows the build quality of these guitars is not in doubt! If you haven’t tried a Les Paul before and can cope with the extra weight then I reckon you should give one a try. You’ll have a guitar that can match anything out there for sound and looks. Thanks for reading!

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            13.10.2002 03:05
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            I had a wee read through the Les Paul ops and I thought, why has no-one written one more than about fifteen lines long? I am quite possibly the worlds most novice guitar player, and I even I can see the greatness of a Les Paul, its probably one of the most revered sold-bodied electric guitars. If you’re a non-guitar playing person, the guitar you'll have most likely heard of is the Fender Strat, with good reasons. The Stratocaster is a single coil pickup instrument, which gives it a sharper, jangly sound. Championed by Eric Clapton AND Jimmy Hendrix, a good Strat is an amazing guitar. However, in the guitar world, the Les Paul is probably just as famous, and a genuine (Epiphone do cheaper versions in the same way Squier do cheaper Fenders) Les Paul is a highly coveted instrument, which will set you back at least somewhere in the region of £600-800 smackers, and you can buy (or theoretically, your likely not to have quite enough hundred pound notes floating about) a top-f-the-range (probably vintage) Les Paul for a mere £3300. The Les Paul is a favourite of Jimmy Page, Steven Craddock of Ocean Colour Scene, James Dean Bradfield and Slash. The Les Paul has a 'fat', warm sound when compared to the sharp jangliness (is that a word?) of the Strat. This is due to the humbuckers, or double coil pickups. A les Paul is often the favourite for those who think louder is better, such as metallers. The great sustain of this guitar (sustain is the length of time a note rings after playing) is another reason it is prized by metal players. However, when played softly, the Les Paul performs just as well, with a nice jazzy, rounded tone. While in any guitar shop, your likely to take note of many different copies of the Stratocaster shape and features, in everything from spangly purple to traditional black and white, a Les Paul is a classier looking instrument not copied quite as often. The bottom of the guitar is fairly wide, and in general the guitar has a beautiful curvy shape. The attractive cap on the surface layer of the guitar adds more to its already considerable sustain. The sound Players of harder types of rock music, as I have mentioned, revere the Les Paul’s distinctive heavy sound. Whether or not you like it is a matter of opinion. Some prefer the sharper sound of a single pickup electric guitar; others love the thick, warm sound of this guitar. Personally, I can go either way (lol, don't take that the wrong way), and when pushed, most guitarists love having a play on a Les Paul, even if they have no desire to own one. The sound is extremely powerful and carries well in big places, although clearly the power of the amp also plays a part in this. For these reasons, perhaps the Les Paul is better for a player in a band who get a lot of gigs in slightly more open places, as a Les Paul played loud in a practice room or small club can make your ears ring better than sticking your head in a bass drum with Dave Grohl's foot on the pedal. However, if you can bear to stop annoying the neighbours with that beautiful sound, a Les Paul played low still sounds beautiful, if somewhat stifled. And as I've mentioned, the guitar sustains beautifully due to the pickups and cap finish. It also gives great distortion with the right equipment, but then most good guitars do! The ease of playing A mate of mine who is a Strat devotee, often says, "Anyone can play a Les Paul". While it’s beyond me as to why ANYONE would purposely make guitar playing more difficult than it need be (probably because I suck), the Les Paul is a remarkably easy guitar to play. The action (the height of the strings from the fretboard) is extremely easy, and therefore a little softer on the fingers, and the neck is thin, which is great for small-handed players. When you have long fingers, like me, Les Paul playing is a little more challenging, and if you use the technique of hooking your thumb around the top of the neck, then you also might find yourself in treacherous waters. The wide frets are a good move for more studious players and the intonation is very consistent. The Les Paul works well with string bends and solos and is a very reliable stage guitar. The look I've often heard this guitar described as "orgasmic" and seen many a player drown in drool when they spot one in a shop. The guitars smooth curves and lines can only be described as sexy, and the cap finish on the standard, while it serves a more functional purpose, gives the surface an attractive swell and gleam. It does resemble an arch-top semi-acoustic, but the golden finish sets it apart from anything on the guitar market, a Les Paul is as instantly recognizable as a Strat. The inlaid fret markers make it more distinctive and attractive still. Cherry Sunburst Les Pauls are probably the most highly prized of all, they look (and are) extremely expensive. Prices I haven't done any checking on the prices of Epiphone Les Paul guitars; I suspect they're around the same price range as Fender Squier Strats (£190-£400ish). Genuine Les Pauls are enough to break the bank balance. A Les Paul junior will cost around £600, a Les Paul studio around £800, a Les Paul classic around £1200, and a standard £1500 at least. Do you think bank loans cover this kind of thing? Disadvantages There are few disadvantages associated with a guitar of this class, and the main one might be price. You can pick up a genuine Strat for maybe £500, whereas a genuine Les Paul starts around £600. Even Epiphone Les Pauls are more expensive, and where a top of the range strat rarely goes over £1100, a Les Paul can reach far more. However, the quality of the guitar makes its price worth it, and no guitarist would begrudge the money for one. The other disadvantage associated with the Les Paul is its weight. It is a very heavy guitar, and larger and slightly less easy to wear than the Strat. This is fine while sitting down and practicing, but standing and playing, the weight can get to be too much. Clearly, the way to remedy this is to practice standing up and sitting so your shoulder and back muscles develop to take its weight. The last disadvantage is a matter of opinion, and is, simply that some people don't like rich, high output sound. This is fair enough, and if you prefer sharp jangly noises, then clearly a single coil pickup guitar is your demographic. But for rich, powerful sounds, ease of playing and pure beauty, the Les Paul stills remains at the top of the double pickup guitars. I'm off to add one to my Christmas list now. Most of you will probably hear my mother screaming when she sees the price.

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              04.12.2001 04:49

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              This is the greatest guitar of all time without a doubt, I have never played anything like it, it really rocks! Its great for playing anything, a superb guitar for playing lead on you get set the fret board on fire, this guitar is electric. Not only does it look stunning it plays even better and there is no way you could get a better sound from any other guitar except may the custom or the jimmy page but really this is the dogs. It may be fairly expensive but its the best there is, in my opinion, although the stratocaster is very good it just can't compete with the les paul, whether you play blues, jazz or rock its the instrument for you. I wouldn't recommend it for a beginner but for the guitarist who is looking for that something extra this is the beast. Best served with a mother of a Marshal amp!

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              04.12.2001 00:06

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              As i developed as a guitarist, i got to a point where i realised that i had to upgrade to a higher quality guitar. This wasn't hard as i only had a mustang fender copy, with its tinney sounding pickups and bad intonation. I chose to upgrade to a Gibson Les paul standard, which i bought privately, secondhand. Yet, i discovered something when i got the new 'axe' home... on the back of the neck, there was a stamped message saying 'limited edition, 1 of 1000'. Obviously, i wondered about this message. So i took the guitar to Nevada music, and they informed me that the guitar i had bought was worth a lot more than what i had payed for it, £350. I decided not to sell the guitar though, because this guitar is unique sounding, and perfectly built.

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              29.12.2000 06:44
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              Ahh the Gibson Les Paul Standard, probably the.... NO definitely the greatest guitar ever made, well if you want to play rock music. Many famous musicians are known to play these guitars, most famous of all Slash of Guns N' Roses and Slash's Snakepit who plays an 87's standard. The guitar gives an amazingly strong heavy sound due to it's two humbucklers with adjustable tone and volume for both. You can switch between the two pickups with a small switch on the top. This way you can get a nice quiet sound or a huge in your face sound which blows the walls down (my personal favourite). The Gibsons are the best guitars owing in to their brilliant design and craftmanship. Even the Epiphones are brilliant and could be considered better than some of the more expensive guitars of other makes. The slim neck gives you a great action meaning that you can move up and down the neck from the different frets without too much hassle or time lose. These guitars are best used with Ernie Ball strings, for these two things together makes a great rock guitar. And to really top it off get a famous Marshall Stack which has to be the best rock amplifier ever designed. If you want a starter guitar and have around £200 - £300 then go out and get an Epiphone Standard or Studio. If you are an experienced then buy the most expensive one you can find, preferably an '87 standard.

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              29.11.2000 03:45

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              A favorite of metalheads and punkrockers for ages, the Gibson Les Paul standard is one sexy instrument. With an excellent crunchability distorted and a distinct, ringing clean tone; the Les Paul must be one of the greatest guitars in existence. But because of its high price range, many prospective guitar buyers do not consider it or go to Gibson's foriegn line, Epiphone. Epiphone makes a good quality guitar, but if you want the real thing, the first solid body electric guitar, designed by the one and only Les Paul. Because of it's exquisite tone and orgasmically beatiful craftsmanship, every guitarist should at least play, or even better buy, one of the greatest guitars in existance. It is very easy to play, but it is a little too heavy for my liking, so I haven't bought one. Whenever I get the chance though, I love to spend a little time playing a Les Paul.

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              I recently purchased a Les Paul Standard (an Epiphone one I have to admit) and I find that it is superb value for money. Its price, when I bought it was £300 and it is definitely worth it. It looks great, very similiar to the real thing, and more inmportantly, it plays extremely well. It could not really be better for the price. Mine is a blue limited edition. I would high;ly recommend this guitar for anyone looking for a quality electric guitar and is restricted on the amount they can pay for it, but I hear that the prices are going up, so be quick!

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            Guitar legend Les Paul and Gibson teamed up to release, in 1952, the guitar that set the standard for solidbody electrics. Still the all-time favourite Gibson model, the Les Paul Standard is the industry standard and an icon of rock music.