1997 Gibson USA Les Paul Standard – Heritage Sunburst LPS-HSCH

The Blue Book Says….

LES PAUL STANDARD (1974-1997 MFG., LPS)

– single cutaway mahogany body, set-in mahogany (or maple) neck, bound carved 3-piece maple top, 22-fret bound rosewood fingerboard with pearl trapezoid inlay, tune-o-matic bridge/stop tailpiece, blackface peghead with pearl logo inlay, “Standard” engraved on truss rod cover, 3-per-side tuners with pearloid buttons, chrome hardware, cream pickguard, 2 covered humbucker pickups, 2 volume/2 tone controls, 3-position switch, available in Cherry Sunburst, Dark Sunburst, Ebony (EB), Gold Top, Heritage Sunburst, Honey Burst, Natural, Tobacco Sunburst, TV Yellow, Vintage Sunburst and Wine Red (WR) finishes, mfg. 1974-1997.

Add $100 for Wine Red finish (LPS-WR).

Add $300 for Heritage Cherry Sunburst (LPS-HSCH), Honey Burst (LPS-HB), and Vintage Sunburst (LPS-VS) finishes.

Add $225 for left-handed configuration (production models 1990 to 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).

 

I say…..

A great “Standard” – this was bought by the previous owner from new, but almost never played.

That said it has accumulated a few marks during its life –  two unfortunate dinks on the front that are not through the lacquer – but are evident.  I’ve tried to show them in the pictures.  There is a small mark on the back of the neck around 5th fret position – you can only just feel it when playing, not really a big deal – again, it’s in the pictures!  The sides of the guitar likewise have a collection of marks  – no chips, but clearly the guitar has been bumped around at various times.  The back of the guitar has the usual “worming” due to either a belt buckle or a poor quality stand.  The trussrod cover has lost the top and bottom parts of the screw rings – but it still holds in place and looks fine – it’s the original bit and it looks great so I see no reason to change…

Electrics are all original and crackle free, comes with the standard (neck) 490R Alnico magnet humbucker, and (bridge) 498T Alnico magnet humbucker.

Beautiful rosewood fingerboard.

The frets show absolutely no sign of wear!

My suspicion regarding this guitar is that it’s spent most of its life in a room, on a stand where it has been greatly ignored, bumped and left to accumulate dust as an expensive ornament.  I’ve cleaned up the guitar and it looks great now as you can see in the pictures.

Comes with original Gibson Hard Case as pictured, which still has the Blue Gibson COA, and instructions on how to set the unused combination lock.