2011 Gibson USA Les Paul Classic Plus (50’s neck) in Manhattan Midnight.

The Blue Book Says:

– single cutaway Les Paul-style mahogany body, maple top, single-ply cream body binding, set mahogany ’50s rounded (LPCST5) or ’60s SlimTaper (LPCST6) profile neck, 22-fret bound baked maple (appears dark) fingerboard with figured acrylic trapezoid inlays, black headstock overlay with MOP Gibson logo and gold scripted “Les Paul Model” decal, “Classic” on truss rod cover, three-per-side Tone Pros vintage-style tuners with keystone buttons, tune-o-matic bridge, stop tailpiece, cream pickguard (comes unmounted), two exposed humbucker pickups (neck: 496R, bridge: 500T), four gold top hat knobs (two v, two tone), three-way pickup switch, chrome hardware, available in Heritage Cherry Sunburst, Manhattan Midnight, Trans. Ebony Burst, or Vintage Sunburst finish, 24.75 in. scale, 1.695 in. nut width, black hardshell case included, mfg. late 2011-present.


I say:

Believe it or not, this is my first “classic” – but I’m a sucker for the Manhattan midnight finish.

From the top…

Headstock is unmarked.

Full ’50’s shape neck is unmarked.

Fingerboard is “Baked Maple” – it’s not going to make this a “fender” but due to rosewood supply difficulties Gibson tried a different material.  It is lighter than rosewood, and slightly snappier sounding.  Fingerboard and frets are unmarked.

Body has a nicely figured maple top – just one ding between the pickups that I’ve tried to show in the pictures, and a couple of other small marks.  Standard Gibson uncovered 496/500 pickups deliver what you’d expect.  The pick guard has been fitted, but personally I’d remove it as the colour of this guitar is so awesome!

Rear and sides of the guitar show some buckle-rash and general usage marks.  It’s not a case queen, but it’s not unduly marked either.  There is one small chip in the paintwork on the rear of the cutaway – as shown in the pictures.

Electrics and hardware are all original and crackle free.

The gibson case is in near perfect condition.  Paperwork and truss rod adjuster in the neck pocket.