2003 Gibson Les Paul Standard Goldtop.

The Blue Book Says:

Les Paul Standard w/50s or 60s Neck (LPS5/LPS6)
– similar to Les Paul Standard, except has a 50s/60s neck with nickel hardware, available in Black Cherry (disc.), Desert Burst, Ebony, Gold Top, Heritage Cherry Sunburst, Honey Burst, Iced Tea, Light Burst, Manhattan Midnight Blue (disc., limited edition run of 275 instruments), Pacific (disc.), Root Beer (disc. 2007), Santa Fe Sunrise (disc.), Trans. Amber (disc.), Vintage Sunburst (disc.), or Wine Red (disc.) finish, mfg. 2002-08.

Add 7.5% (Last MSR was $3,793) for Desert Burst, Gold Top, Honey Burst, Heritage Cherry Sunburst, Iced Tea, Light Burst, Root Beer, Trans. Amber, Vintage Sunburst, or Wine Red finish.
Add 10% for Manhattan Midnight Blue, Pacific Reef, Santa Fe Sunrise finishes, or Black Cherry finish with creme body binding.

– single cutaway mahogany body, set-in mahogany neck, bound carved maple or mahogany (2002-04) 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, three-per-side tuners, cream pickguard, two or three (2002-04, HC finish and mahogany top only) covered humbucker (490R/498T) pickups, four knobs (two v, two tone), three-way toggle switch, chrome hardware, available in Bullion Gold (BG, 2001), Cayenne (CA, 2004 only), Darkburst (2002-04), Light Burst (2002-04), Trans Amber (2002-04), Gecko (GE, 2004 only), Heritage Cherry Sunburst (HS), Honey Burst (HB), Wine Red (WR) Vintage Sunburst (1999-2004), Frost and Crimson Sparkle (disc. 2000), Ice Tea (IT, 2004 only), Latte Creme (LC, 2004 only), Root Beer (RO, 2004 only), Green, Blue, or Diamond Sparkle (disc. 2001) finish, 24.75 in. scale, mfg. 1998-2004.


I say:

A completely, utterly, totally pristine Goldtop.  Well – almost – all I can find is a little lacquer checking line near the bridge pickup, but that’s hidden under the pick guard anyway!


Alnico V hum buckers are rich and aggressive, The Chunky 50’s neck is well rounded and fills the hand well.  I used to always think that skinny necks were easier, but as I get older I’m really favouring larger necks more – they seem to sustain better and just feel more secure!.

Not much more other than the electrics all work perfectly, and the case is in equally good condition.