2011 Gibson Les Paul Standard – Pelham Blue

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.

I say:

Mmmmm.  In my 10 years on ebay I’ve only been stung a few times – which reassures my faith in human nature.   On this one I’m actually not sure if I’ve been ripped or not…..

Following discussion with Gibson and extensive photo’s back and forwards – they have managed to confirm that this is a genuine Gibson.  Unfortunately their records show that it was a Honeyburst, possibly a Cherryburst – 1960’s style Les Paul Traditional.  Gibson have also confirmed that the body and pickups are theirs – but the pickups were mismatched  – a burstbucker neck and a 498T bridge (with 4 wire conductor).

All hardware is correct for the period.


I like the Pelham blue finish – whether it’s original or not is open to debate.

1960’s style “D” shaped neck.

I have replaced the pickups with the all time classic Seymour Duncan Hot rodded Humbucker set (SH-4 JB Bridge and SH-2 N Jazz Neck).  These are a calibrated and matched pair  – the sound is awesome.

The tone capacitors have been replaced with Sprague Orange Drop capacitors, and now roll off in a super lush creamy way!

The guitar has one apparent finish issue imbetween the bridge volume and tone pots – as pictured.  Otherwise it shows relatively little wear.

A great looking and playing Les Paul, but I’m convinced,  and Gibson’s in agreement – that there are cataloguing issues here!

That said  – for a player it presents a great opportunity to get hold of a full on Les Paul – for less than market prices….