The Gibson Les Paul Standard is the flagship of the Gibson family. The 2017 model again comes in Traditional (T) and High Performance (HP) guitars. Gibson are calling it “the most luxurious and groundbreaking Les Paul Standard ever made”…

The Gibson Les Paul Standard 2017 T benefits from several groundbreaking updates. The new Ultra-Modern weight relief is Gibson USA’s new technique for a lighter guitar with enhanced resonance and sustain. A truly beautiful AAA Flamed Maple top, saluting the finest ’50s Bursts plus the new Blueberry Burst finish for 2017. An asymmetrical slim-taper neck profile is fast, comfortable, modern. The classic controls feature push-pull switching on all four knobs for coil tapping on both pickups, a pure bypass and the “Peter Green mod” Phase Reverse on the neck tone knob for authentic Gibson sounds, amazing versatility. The most noticeable visual difference to the 2016 model is the pickup selector switch surround has gone.

The Gibson Les Paul Standard T 2017 – as the name suggests – keeps to the special-sauce specs that have made the Les Paul Standard legendary & iconic for the last 60 years or so. All the T guitars have a regular top nut, classic neck width and manual tuners. Again, the classic Les Paul pickguard is an optional mounted accessory.

The Ultra-Modern weight relief on the 2017 Les Paul Standard T means the average body weight is 4 lbs 6.7oz (2.01 kg) compared to the Modern weight relief on the 2016 body of 5 lbs 6.3oz (2.44 kg) – a reduction of 17.6% by our calculations. The neck is also lighter at 1 lbs 2oz (0.51kg) down from 1 lbs 4oz (0.56kg) which is 9% lighter.

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  • Body shape: Les Paul
  • Body type: Solid Body
  • Top wood: 2-piece AAA Flamed Maple
  • Body wood: 2-piece Mahogany
  • Binding: cream
  • Body contour carve: classic
  • Weight Relief: Ultra-Modern
  • Average Weight (body only): 4lbs. 6.7oz / 2.01kg
  • Neck shape: Asymmetrical Slim Taper
  • Neck wood: 1-piece Mahogany
  • Joint: Set Neck
  • Headstock Angle: 17 degrees
  • Scale length: 24.75″ / 628mm
  • Truss rod: Les Paul single action
  • Fretboard material: 1-piece Rosewood with cream binding
  • Radius: Compound Radius
  • Fret size: Medium
  • Number of frets: 22
  • Inlays: Acrylic Trapezoid
  • Nut material: Tektoid
  • Nut width: 1.695″
  • Pickup configuration: H-H dual Humbuckers
  • Pickup (neck): Burstbucker Pro Rhythm
  • Pickup magnets: Alnico 5
  • Pickup (bridge): Burstbucker Pro Lead
  • Active or passive: Passive
  • Special electronics: Hand-wired with orange drop capacitors; phase reverse
  • Controls: 2 x volume (lead & rhythm), 2 x tone (lead & rhythm), 3-way switch
  • Lead volume knob: 500k Push/Pull “Coil-Tap”
  • Rhythm volume knob: 500k Push/Pull “Coil-Tap”
  • Lead tone knob: 500k Push/Pull “Pure By-pass”
  • Rhythm tone knob: 500k Push/Pull “Phase”
  • Bridge type: Tune-o-matic
  • Tailpiece: Stop Bar
  • Tuning machines: Grover Locking Kidneys
  • Hardware: Chrome
  • Control knobs: Amber Top Hat
  • Colours: Blueberry Burst, Bourbon Burst, Heritage Cherry Sunburst, Honey Burst
  • Weight: 2.6 kg / 5 lbs 11.7 oz
  • Orientation: Right Hand
  • Special features: Coil tapping, pure bypass, phase reverse
  • Country of origin: USA

The 2017 upgrades

Gibson Les Paul Standard T 2017 Blueberry Burst
AAA Flame Maple top in new Blueberry Burst finish
Ultra-Modern weight relief – 17% lighter than the 2016 Les Paul Standard T
Pickup selector switch surround ring has gone!
Lead tone knob: Push/Pull “Pure By-pass”
Rhythm tone knob: 500k Push/Pull “Phase” – the infamous ‘Peter Green Mod’

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