2010 Gibson USA Les Paul Standard + (plus) Desertburst, Burstbucker Pro pickups

The Blue Book Says…..


– single cutaway Les Paul-style mahogany body, carved A grade maple or AA grade figured maple (Burst finishes only), cream body binding, set mahogany neck, 22-fret bound rosewood fingerboard with pearloid trapezoid inlays, black headstock overlay with pearl Gibson logo, silkscreened Les Paul model, and Standard truss rod cover, three-per-side locking Grover tuners, TonePros tune-o-matic bridge, TonePros stop tailpiece, no pickguard, two covered Burstbucker Pro humbucker pickups, four gold top hat knobs (two v, two tone), three-way pickup switch, Dunlop straplocks, Neutrik locking jack, chrome hardware, available in Chicago Blue, Desert Burst, Ebony, Goldtop with Aged Cherry back and sides, Heritage Cherry Sunburst, Honey Burst, Iced Tea, Light Burst, or Wine Red finish, 24.75 in. scale, black snakeskin case included, mfg. summer 2008-2012.

Add 10% (Last MSR was $3,899) for Desert Burst, Heritage Cherry Sunburst, Honey Burst, Iced Tea, or Light Burst finishes.

Updated features of the 2008 Les Paul Standard include an asymmetrical neck profile with an enlarged neck tenon, locking Grover tuners with 18:1 gear ratios, newly designed controls, gold-plated potentiometers by Bourns, TonePros bridge and tailpiece, strap lock buttons, and these guitars are set-up by the Plek system, which is a computer-controlled machine that measures and dresses each fret.


I say…

My favourite finish (again….) but this Les Paul Standard has a truly stunning three dimensional figured maple top, which appears to be unmarked, and well worth the “plus” designation. The Burstbucker Pro pickups are phenomenal – they scream when you tell them to!!  I find that the longer neck tenon gives greater sustain and a more prominent top end that results in a better note definition.

The previous owner doesn’t seem to have been very careful with the guitar – or had a rubbish stand! – there are a couple of chips on the rear lower edge of the guitar concurrent with “stand damage.” The rear of the guitar has a few scrapes and dinks – one, that was through to the wood, I have tried to fill with a little success.  The neck however was my biggest concern as it seems to have been repeatedly banged against the edge of a table or amp.  I have filled the worst of the chips and dinks with some nitro lacquer, and whilst it’s still obvious where I’ve done this work (lacquer matching is near impossible…), the neck now feels smooth and easy to play.

All in all a great example of a Les Paul.  Articulate and note to note definition is great, there’s a clear attack to each note and the Plek setup neck is just beautiful.  The Rosewood fingerboard has quite an open grain, but after a treatment with “Guitar Honey” it feels slick and smooth to play.  Beautiful.

All electrics are fully functional and Crackle Free, the case is in near perfect condition, and the neck pocket still has the (optional) scratch plate and paperwork.

RRP on this was over £2000 when it was purchased.