Gibson Les Paul - three words that are synonymous with the world of rock. The Gibson Les Paul is one of the best known electric guitars in the world.
One of the first solid-body guitars ever to be mass-produced, Les Paul suits a multitude of genres from rock, country, pop, soul, blues, punk and even heavy metal.
First sold in 1952, the Gibson Les Paul was initially released with two P-90 pickups. Gibson eventually updated the Les Paul to use two humbucker pickups instead - this version of the Gibson Les Paul guitar became somewhat of a standard. Furthermore,
The Gibson Les Paul is also one of the most imitated guitar models in the history of music - it's iconic design and incredible sound are some of the most sought after traits in rock music and although many have tried, nobody quite produces a Les Paul guitar in the way Gibson can.
As a result of slow sales in the early 1960's, Gibson discontinued the Les Paul line. It's hard to imagine rock without the Les Paul, isn't it? Subsequently, the Les Paul was replaced by its younger brother - the Gibson SG, until the original single cutaway Gibson Les Paul was reintroduced to the world and the Gibson SG and Gibson Les Paul coexisted alongside each other. True brothers in arms!
Together with the SG, American-made Gibson Les Pauls are seen by many to be the epitome of rock and roll style. They come in various lines with different features and price points to appeal to wider audiences.
Generally, the foundation of a typical Les Paul is built around a Mahogany body, Maple Top and a pair of Humbucker pickups. With variations in finishes, neck profiles and pickups, you can find the perfect balance that suits your playing style.
Later on, the more recent Gibson Les Pauls are split into Original and Modern variations. Whether you're after a time-honoured piece or the latest tech under the hood, we've got you covered at PMT.
The Studio is a quintessential Les Paul at a reasonable price. It's fitted out with 490R and 498T humbucker pickups, offering up trademark LP tone. Furthermore, a Slimtaper neck makes it supremely comfortable to play. The Les Paul Studio is available in Black, Wine Red, Smokehouse Burst and Tangerine Burst finishes.
The latest LP DC Tribute Junior run consists of four hot finishes - Worn Brown, Blue Stain, Worn Cherry and Worn Ebony. The recent Junior range also saw the addition of a Vintage Tobacco Burst finish which looks like a classic stripped-back LP!
Arguably the most popular Les Paul in the Gibson lineup, the Les Paul Standard has adorned some of the world's most recognised stages. Featuring a carved AAA flame maple top, asymmetrical Slim Taper neck profile and BurstBucker Pro pickups, the Standard offers a little something for everyone. 4 push-pull knobs and an internal 5 position DIP switch delivers a wealth of tonal variations.
The latest Les Paul Standards come in a wide range of luxurious finishes from the 50's and 60's era. The 60's finishes include Iced Tea, Unburst, and Bourbon Burst. Purists will love the classic 50's Gold Top, Heritage Cherry Sunburst and Tobacco Burst.
Designed on the slightly later 60's Les Paul models, the LP Classic comes equipped with the split open-coil Burstbucker 61R & 61T pickups. As a result, the Classic offers a bit of extra versatility and punch, all wrapped up with an authentic vintage vibe.
Perhaps one of the outstanding pieces in the new Gibson Original Collection is the Les Paul Special.
Modelled on the original 1955 Les Paul, the Special returns to the 'Golden Era' of Les Paul designs. A solid 'slab' mahogany body feels authentically vintage, whilst a unique pairing of double P-90 pickups delivers a characteristic voice from the ages.
Additional Les Paul Special features include a fat 50s-style mahogany neck, rosewood fingerboard, wraparound bridge, binding on the neck and additional controls for the rhythm pickup and the 3-way toggle switch. Available in a gorgeous TV Yellow finish.
As the name implies, the Tribute is a fitting homeage to the man himself. The LP Tribute faithfully captures the vibe and feel of some of the first Les Pauls ever made. Whilst the rounded maple neck profile and 490 Humbucker Pickups exude Vintage style, the Les Paul Tribute features ultra-modern weight relief. A welcome advancement without sacrificing tone or sustain!
Whilst your standard Gibson Les Paul is a more affordable option, Gibson Custom Shop guitars offer something a little bit more spectacular. These historic, authentically aged pieces are for the serious collectors and players that want something to appreciate in value over time.
Gibson True Historic Les Pauls and Collector's Choice Les Pauls are also more pricey instruments that embody everything that established the Les Paul as a timeless instrument.
Some of the most famous guitar players in the world are well known for playing a Les Paul, including Slash (of Guns N' Roses fame), Jimmy Page (of Led Zeppelin), Zakk Wylde (of Black Label Society and Ozzy Osbourne fame), Eric Clapton, Pete Townshend (of The Who) and Joe Perry from Aerosmith.
A great list of guitarists, known for their unique and incredible styles, have released their own Gibson Les Paul Signature models. The Slash 'Appetite' Les Paul Standard, the Peter Frampton 'Black Beauty' Les Paul Custom and the various iterations of the Jimmy Page Signature Les Paul have all been wildly popular releases.
Above all, whichever Gibson Les Paul guitar you play, there are a few things that never change; you'll be handling an absolute icon of popular music, a peerless in build quality instrument and you'll absolutely love it.
As an authorised UK Dealer for Gibson Guitars, we stock a massive range of Les Pauls. We have in-store guitarists and experts available to help you find the right guitar depending on your budget. Try before you buy at 15 Stores Nationwide. Or why not make use of our Musical Instrument Finance to get your hands on a dream Les Paul?