The Gibson Les Paul is perhaps the most iconic guitar, along with the Fender Stratocaster. It follows a deep and rich musical history of rock that goes way back to the invention of the electric guitar itself.

The Gibson Les Paul goes back to the pre rock and roll days where there was no such a thing as a proper solid body guitar that existed. Many failed attempts had occurred in order to create a solid body electric guitar that would work properly and not feedback. This was a major problem with semi hollow electric guitars that existed prior to the invention of the solid body electric guitar.

Les Paul was a fascinating and forward thinking inventor and musician who was instrumental in creating the Gibson Les Paul.

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A young inventor and guitarist named Les Paul came along with an idea for a solid body electric guitar that worked. Nicknamed “The Log”, it was a simple invention of a pine log with strings and pickups on it. Nonetheless, it worked, but not well enough for Gibson’s liking. Gibson management dismissed the guitar as “a broomstick with pickups on it”.

Still, it took the creation of a solid body guitar by another instrument maker named Fender to come up with the first commercially created electric guitars, the Fender Telecaster, for Gibson to recommence work with Les Paul on a solid body electric guitar model.

Eventually in 1952 after being nudged into the electric guitar market, the release of the original Gibson Les Paul was an instant success, creating a competitor for the electric guitar market. The original Gibson Les Paul came in a Goldtop finish and additionally with P-90 pickups. Eventually these were replaced with the world’s first humbuckers in 1957, patented for and designed by Seth Lover for Gibson.

Nudged along by Leo Fender, Gibson had to act in creating their own solid body electric guitar.

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Sadly, due to the lack of demand for electric guitars, the Gibson Les Paul was not made throughout the majority of the sixties. From 1960 to 1968, no Gibson Les Pauls were made and were replaced with what is now the Gibson SG. However, players such as Eric Clapton reintroduced the Gibson Les Paul back into the world of music and Gibson reintroduced them in 1968.

To this day, many guitarists favour the Gibson Les Paul. It has become one of the most popular and iconic guitars in modern day music. Players such as Slash, Jimmy Page and Randy Rhoads all played Gibson Les Paul guitars extensively throughout their careers.

The Gibson SG nearly replaced the Gibson Les Paul during the majority of the 1960’s.

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So what is the guitar made up of?

For those most part, the guitar follows a basic design that is very memorable for any guitar player out there. With an almost circular body with a lower cutaway for ease of access to the high frets on the lower area of the guitar, the Gibson Les Paul is instantly recognisable in that respect.

It has four control knobs. Two are for customisable volume on the neck and bridge pickup respectively, and two are for customisable tone on both pickups of the guitar itself.

The body is made out of mahogany, which gives it a rich and sustainable tone. The neck has a rosewood fretboard. It is very easily to dial in an instantly recognisable sound that is for, loud pulsating rock tones.

The Gibson Les Paul Black Beauty was originally an idea going back to Les Paul himself, relating the colour of the guitar to that of a tuxedo.

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On most Gibson Les Pauls, there is no vibrato bar or Floyd Rose style system unlike what is present on many Fender Stratocaster style guitars. It is a simple design for many to enjoy.

For those of you wishing to begin somewhere, there are a lot of different Les Pauls for people to choose from. One would separate the Les Paul categories into differences of design and also price. In other words, separating the Les Paul family into the Traditional and High Performance lines of production, and more noticeably, into the Gibson and Epiphone lines of production. From there, one can develop a sense of understanding about what one desires to pick in terms of Les Pauls.

There are all sorts of different types of Gibson Les Pauls to choose from. Let’s however, observe the Gibson Les Paul Standard T 2017, which is the flagship line of the Gibson Les Pauls out there, courtesy of

The Gibson Les Paul has been divided into two distinctive line ups by Gibson: the traditional (T) line and the High Performance (HP) line. These two guitar line have many different Les Paul options to choose from.

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PRICE: $799


Grover Locking Kidney Tuners

TekToid™ Nut

Rosewood Fingerboard

Slim-Taper Neck

AAA Flamed Maple Top

Mahogany Body with Ultra-Modern Weight Relief

Burstbucker Pro Rhythm and Lead Humbuckers

Classic Gibson controls with 4 push/pull switches

Aluminium Tune-o-Matic bridge and stop bar with steel thumbwheels/posts

‘Classic Gibson Hardshell case




Wood Species: Maple

Pieces: 2

Grade: AAA

Binding: Cream


Wood Species: Mahogany

Pieces: 2

Density: Low

Binding: None


Weight Relief: Ultra-Modern

Average Weight (Body only): 4lbs/6.7oz

Materials Used:

Glue: Franklin Titebond 50

Tonal, Resonant, and/or Technical Effect: N/A

Body Contour:

Carve: Classic




Wood Species: Mahogany

Pieces: 1


Truss Rod: Les Paul

Profile: Slim Taper

Thickness at Fret 1: .800”

Thickness at Fret 12: .875”

Average Weight: 1 lbs 2.0 oz

Peg Head:

Type: SP1-B

Inlay: Mother of Pearl

Peg Head Binding: None

Logo: “Gibson”

Silkscreen: Gold “Les Paul Model”

Headstock Angle: 17 degrees

Neck Fit:

Joint Angle: 5.0 degrees

Joint Angle Tolerance: 0 deg 0 min 15 sec

Type: Mortis and Tenon

Adhesive: Franklin Titebond 50

Gauges Used: Pitch Height Gauge and Alignment Gauge


Style: Nut

Material: Tektoid

Width: 1.695”


E – 0.046”

A – 0.036”

D – 0.026”

G – 0.016”

B – 0.011”

e – 0.009”


Wood Species: Rosewood

Pieces: 1

Shade: Dark

Fingerboard Details:

Radius: Compound Radius

Frets: 22

Nut/End of Board: 1.695” @ nut, 2.260” at end of board

Scale: 24.75”

Binding: Cream

Site Dots (Colour): Black

Fingerboard Inlays:

Style: Trapezoid

Material: Acrylic

Dimensions: Large – 0.66” x 1.17” Small – 0.24” x 1.56”

Average Weight: 4.16 oz



Bourbon Burst:

Colour Code: B8

Surface Texture: Smooth/Hi Gloss 90 Sheen Lacquer

Filler: Walnut

Sealer: 1.5-2 mils

Top: Bourbon Burst

Top Coat: Hi Gloss Lacquer / 90 Sheen, 7-8 Mils

Scraped: Fingerboard Sides, Body and Nut

Blueberry Burst:

Colour Code: B9

Surface Texture: Smooth/Hi Gloss 90 Sheen Lacquer

Filler: Walnut

Sealer: 1.5-2 Mils

Top: Blueberry Burst

Top Coat: Hi Gloss Lacquer / 90 Sheen, 7-8 Mils

Scraped: Fingerboard Sides, Body and Nut

Heritage Cherry Sunburst:

Colour Code: HS

Surface Texture: Smooth/Hi Gloss Lacquer

Filler: Walnut

Sealer: 1.5-2 mils

Top: Heritage Cherry Sunburst

Top Coat: Hi Gloss Lacquer / 90 Sheen, 7-8 Mils

Scraped: Fingerboard Sides, Body and Nut

Honey Burst:

Colour Code: HB

Surface Texture: Smooth/Hi Gloss 90 Sheen Lacquer

Filler: Walnut

Sealer: 1.5-2 Mils

Top: Honey Burst

Top Coat: Hi Gloss Lacquer / 90 Sheen, 7-8 Mils

Scraped: Fingerboard Sides, Body and Nut



Style: RHYTHM – Rhythm Pro; LEAD – Lead Pro

Winds/Coil; Screw side/Slug Side: RHYTHM – 5000 / 5200; LEAD – 5300 / 5500

Materials of Wire (Gauge): RHYTHM – Enamel (42); LEAD – Enamel (42)

Coil Dimensions (per coil): RHYTHM – 2.61” x 0.68”; LEAD – 2.61” x 0.68”

Coil Material: RHYTHM – ABS; LEAD – ABS

Coil Winding Process: RHYTHM – Machine Wound; LEAD – Machine Wound

Pole Piece Material: RHYTHM – Nickel Plated Steel; LEAD – Nickel Plated Steel

Pole Piece Position from Nut: RHYTHM – 18.625”; LEAD – 23.437”

Slug Material: RHYTHM – Nickel Plated Steel; LEAD – Nickel Plated Steel

Slug Dimensions (diameter x length): RHYTHM – 0.187” x 0.489”; LEAD – 0.187” x 0.489”

Magnet Material: RHYTHM – Alnico 5; LEAD – Alnico 5

Magnet Position from Nut: RHYTHM – Alnico 5; LEAD – Alnico 5

Magnet Dimensions: RHYTHM – 2.375” x 0.5”; LEAD – 2.375” x 0.5”

Cover: RHYTHM – Chrome; LEAD – Chrome

Qfactor: RHYTHM – 5.4; LEAD – 5.35

Resistance DC: RHYTHM – 7640 Ohms; LEAD – 7980 Ohms

Resonant Frequency: RHYTHM – 2863.30 Hz; LEAD – 2780.20 Hz



Type: LEAD VOLUME – 500k Push/Pull “Coil-Tap”; RHYTHM VOLUME – 500k Push/Pull “Coil Tap”; LEAD TONE – 500k Push/Pull “Pure By-pass”; RHYTHM TONE 500k Push/Pull “Phase”.

Peak Voltage: LEAD VOLUME – 500V; RHYTHM VOLUME – 500V; LEAD TONE – 500V; RHYTHM TONE – 500V.

Range: LEAD VOLUME – 0-500K; RHYTHM VOLUME – 0-500K; LEAD TONE – 0-500K; RHYTHM TONE – 0-500K.

Power Rating: LEAD VOLUME – ¼ watt above 100k ohms; RHYTHM VOLUME – ¼ watt above 100k ohms; LEAD TONE – ¼ watt above 100k ohms; RHYTHM TONE – ¼ watt above 100k ohms.

Resistance Tolerance: LEAD VOLUME +/- 20%; RHYTHM VOLUME +/- 20%; LEAD TONE +/- 20%; RHYTHM TONE +/- 20%.

Minimum Resistance: LEAD VOLUME – 200 ohms; RHYTHM VOLUME – 200 ohms; LEAD TONE – 200 ohms; RHYTHM TONE – 200 ohms.




Tuning Keys:

Style: Grover Locking Kidney

Material: Chrome

Weight: 1.5 oz

Tuning Keys Details:

Tuning Ratio: 18:01

Gear Type: Worm

What is allowable turn: +/- 4 degrees

Plating Specs: Chrome

Part Numbers: 430-15851 / 52

String Dimensions:

E: 0.046”

A: 0.036”

D: 0.026”

G: 0.016”

B: 0.011”

e: 0.009”


Style: Tune-o-matic

Material: Aluminum

Plating Specs: Chrome

Part Number: 430-14451

Weight: .96 oz

Dimensions of String Slots:

E: 0.058”

A: 0.048”

D: 0.038”

G: 0.028”

B: 0.019”

e: 0.014”


Style: Stop Bar

Compensated: No

Material: Aluminum

Plating Specs: Chrome

Part Number: 430- 14451

Weight: 1.12 oz

Output Jack:

Style: ¼” mono gold plated positive contact

Jack Plate:

Style: Les Paul Square

Material: Chrome

Part Number: 430-19467

Weight: 0.21 oz

Strap Buttons:

Material: Aluminum

Plating Specs: None

Part Numbers: 430-19160/60E

Weight: 0.14 oz




Style: Les Paul

Part Number: 430-12093

Truss Rod Cover:

Style: Black/White Bell, Stamp “Standard”

Part Number: 430-19398


Style:  Amber Top Hat

Part Number: 430-19691

Dial Pointers:

Yes/No: No

Control Plate(s) (Backplate Cover):

Style: SS infused polycarbonate for ESD protection

Part Number: 380-12209

Control Plate(s) (Switchplate Cover):

Style: SS infused polycarbonate for ESD protection

Part Number: 380-12211

Switch Washer:

Style: None

Part Number: N/A

Trim Rings:

Style: Cream Humbucker Low/High

Part Number: 430-13894 / 430-13893




Style: Hard Shell

Colour: Brown

Strap Locks: None

Tools: Gibson USA Multi-Tool, Gibson USA Premium Strap, Gibson USA Polishing Cloth

Manual: Gibson USA’s owners

COA/Other: None


For those who are unfamiliar with the Gibson Les Paul, the Gibson Les Paul deserves an honourable mention as a wonderful guitar, and a flexible one for the basic and easy-to-use design. Visit for further information. Keep an eye on this blog as other Gibson Les Pauls will be posted about in the future as well.

Virtually any guitarist should and must own a Gibson Les Paul at some point during their lifetime.

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