1996 Gibson USA Les Paul Standard. Ebony.

The Blue Book Says:

– single cutaway Les Paul-style mahogany body, two- or three-piece maple top, cream body binding, set maple or mahogany neck, 22-fret bound rosewood fingerboard with pearl trapezoid inlays, black headstock overlay with pearl Gibson logo inlay, “Standard” engraved on truss rod cover, three-per-side tuners, tune-o-matic bridge, stop tailpiece, cream pickguard, two exposed humbucker pickups, four knobs (two v, two tone), three-way pickup switch, chrome hardware, available in Cherry Sunburst, Dark Sunburst, Ebony, Gold Top, Heritage Sunburst, Honey Burst, Natural, Tobacco Sunburst, TV Yellow, Vintage Sunburst, or Wine Red finish, 24.75 in. scale, mfg. 1974-1997.

Between 1970-74, the Les Paul Standard was not offered as a model. However, the Les Paul Deluxe was also available with regular size humbucker pickups between 1972-74. Even though this is a Les Paul Standard model, it is only noted as a Les Paul Deluxe with regular size humbuckers.
In 1974, neck volute was introduced, slab cut body replaced original part/design. In the mid- to late 1970s, “Les Paul-Deluxe” may appear on the back of the headstock of Les Paul Standard models. In 1978, one-piece body replaced original part/design. In 1981, carved top replaced previous part/design, neck volute was discontinued. Gibson’s Les Paul Standards made between 1974 and 1981 often have maple necks and three-piece maple tops. These models are viewed as less desirable in the vintage guitar market. In 1990, TV Yellow finish became standard. In 1994, Cherry Sunburst, Dark Sunburst, Gold Top, Heritage Sunburst, Natural, Tobacco Sunburst and TV Yellow finishes were discontinued. In 1998, the Les Paul Standard was redesignated the LPS8, and reduced to only 4 finishes (choice of chrome or gold hardware). See listing below.
Gibson has offered a twelve-string version of the Les Paul in the past. However, these instruments have either been very, very low production batches, specialty productions, or custom shop orders.
Current Specialty versions of classic Les Paul configurations (Les Paul ’56 Gold Top Reissue, Les Paul ’59 Flametop Reissue, Les Paul ’60 Flametop Reissue) are part of the Historic Collection Series, and can be found at the end of this section.

I say:

Pretty much as “Standard” as you can get.

All stock and original parts,  BUT it has to be said from the outset that this is no Case Queen.  The guitar has clearly had some wear and tear, all of which is shown in the pictures – I guess you could phrase this as a “genuine relic.”

The headstock shows a little scratching, tuners all work well.

The neck is pretty much unmarked, and the rosewood fingerboard and frets show little if any wear.

The front of the body shows some significant lacquer checking that has a highly individual spider like quality.  The rear of the body has one significant chip right in the centre – Belt buckle damage I guess.

On the side of the guitar – near the jack plate there has been a reaction – I guess to Gaffa tape being used to hold a Jack in place – this has left a series of small holes through to the lacquer.