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Les Paul Series

The Les Paul models debuted in 1952, and were Gibson's first production solid body electric guitar. Early models are without binding around the fingerboard and do not have a plastic ring around the selector switch.

It has been noted that some of the early models have the Gold finish continuing on the sides and back in addition to the top. The original Gold Top finish is prone to a greenish hue around the lower bouts of the instrument where the player's arm(s) rubbed off the clear and/or color coat. Because the color coat was riginally mixed with bronze powder, the exposure of the bronze with air will produce a green oxidation (the same type of oxidation that occurs on the metal parts occasionally when the finish is rubbed off). Horizontal weather checking striations are also normal on original Gold Top finishes.

LES PAUL MODEL - single sharp cutaway solid mahogany body, bound carved maple top, raised cream pickguard, one piece mahogany neck, 22 fret bound rosewood fingerboard with pearl trapezoid inlays, trapeze bridge/tailpiece, blackface peghead with holly veneer/pearl logo inlay, silkscreen model name on peghead, 3 per side Kluson tuners with plastic single ring buttons, nickel hardware, 2 single coil P-90 pickups, 2 volume/2 tone controls, 3 position switch. Available in Gold Top/Natural back finish. Mfd. 1952 to 1958.

LES PAUL STANDARD - single sharp cutaway mahogany body, bound carved flame maple top, raised cream pickguard, one piece mahogany neck, 22 fret rosewood fingerboard with pearl trapezoid inlay, tune-o-matic bridge/stop tailpiece, blackface peghead with holly veneer/pearl logo inlay, 3 per side Kluson tuners with single ring plastic buttons, nickel hardware, 2 covered humbucker PAF pickups, 2 volume/2 tone controls, 3 position switch. Available in Cherry Sunburst finish. Mfd. 1958 to 1960.

LES PAUL (SG BODY STYLE) - double sharp cutaway mahogany body, layered black pickguard, mahogany neck, 22 fret bound rosewood fingerboard with pearl trapezoid inlay, tune-o-matic bridge/side-pull vibrato, blackface peghead with pearl logo inlay, 3 per side Kluson tuners with double ring plastic tuners, nickel hardware, 2 covered humbucker pickups, 2 volume/2 tone controls, 3 position switch. Available in Cherry finish. Mfd. 1960 to 1963.

LES PAUL STANDARD (1968-1969 Mfr.) - single sharp cutaway solid mahogany body, deeper cutaway binding, bound carved maple top, raised cream pickguard, mahogany neck, 22 fret bound rosewood fingerboard with pearl trapezoid inlay, tune-o-matic bridge/stop tailpiece, blackface peghead with pearl logo inlay, 3 per side Kluson tuners with double ring plastic buttons, nickel hardware, 2 single coil P-90 pickups, 2 volume/2 tone controls, 3 position switch. Available in Gold Top/Natural Back finish. Mfd. 1968 to 1969.

LES PAUL STANDARD (1971 Mfr.) - single sharp cutaway solid mahogany body, bound carved maple top, raised cream pickguard, mahogany neck, 22 fret bound rosewood fingerboard with pearl trapezoid inlay, wrapover bridge tailpiece, blackface peghead with pearl logo inlay, 3 per side Kluson tuners with plastic double ring buttons, nickel hardware, 2 single coil P-90 pickups, 2 volume/2 tone controls, 3 position switch. Available in Gold Top finish. Mfd. 1971 to 1973.

LES PAUL STANDARD (LPS-) (1974-1997 Mfr.) - single cutaway mahogany body, set-in mahogany (or maple) neck, bound carved 3 piece maple 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, 3 per side tuners with pearloid buttons, chrome hardware, cream pickguard, 2 covered humbucker pickups, 2 volume/2 tone controls, 3 position switch. Available in Cherry Sunburst, Dark Sunburst, Ebony (EB), Gold Top, Heritage Sunburst, Honey Burst, Natural, Tobacco Sunburst, TV Yellow, Vintage Sunburst and Wine Red (WR) finishes. Mfd. 1974 to 1997.

LES PAUL STANDARD (LPS-8) - single cutaway mahogany body, set-in mahogany neck, bound carved maple top, 24.75" scale, 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, 3 per side tuners, chrome hardware, cream pickguard, 2 covered humbucker (490R/498T) pickups, 2 volume/2 tone controls, 3 way toggle switch. Available in Ebony (EB, disc.), Heritage Cherry Sunburst (HS), Honey Burst (HB), and Wine Red (WR, disc.) and Vintage Sunburst (new 1999) finishes. Mfr. 1998 to date.

LES PAUL STANDARD LITE (LPLI) - double cutaway design, carved maple top, mahogany back, 24 3/4 in. scale, includes treble '57 Classic Plus humbucker and rythmn 492R Alnico magnet humbucker pickups, gold hardware, choice of Translucent Amber, Translucent Black, or Translucent Blue finish. New 1999.

LES PAUL STANDARD BIRD'S-EYE - similar to Les Paul Standard (LPS-), except has bird's-eye maple top. Available in Heritage Sunburst, Honey Burst and Vintage Sunburst finishes. Mfd. 1993 to 1995.

LES PAUL STANDARD PLUS (LPS+) - Available in Heritage Cherry Sunburst (HS), Honey Burst (HB), and Vintage Sunburst (VS). Disc. 1997.

LES PAUL ARTISAN - single sharp cutaway mahogany body, multi-bound carved maple top, raised bound black pickguard, mahogany neck, 22 fret bound ebony fingerboard with pearl flowers/heart inlay, tune-o-matic bridge/tunable stop tailpiece, multi-bound peghead with pearl split flowers/heart/logo inlay, 3 per side tuners, gold hardware, 2 single coil pickups, 2 volume/2 tone controls, 3 position switch. Available in Ebony, Tobacco Sunburst and Walnut finishes. Mfd. 1976 to 1982.

LES PAUL ARTIST - single cutaway mahogany body, multi-bound carved maple top, raised black pickguard, mahogany neck, 22 fret bound ebony fingerboard with pearl block inlay, tune-o-matic bridge/tunable stop tailpiece, multibound blackface peghead with pearl script LP/logo, 3 per side tuners, gold hardware, 2 covered humbucker pickups, volume/treble/bass controls, 3 position selector/3 mini switches, active electronics. Available in Sunburst finish. Mfd. 1979 to 1981.

LES PAUL DELUXE - single sharp cutaway 3 piece mahogany/maple body, deeper cutaway binding, bound carved maple top, raised cream pickguard, mahogany neck, 22 fret bound rosewood fingerboard with pearl trapezoid inlay, tune-o-matic bridge/stop tailpiece, widened blackface peghead with pearl logo inlay, 3 per side Kluson tuners with plastic double ring buttons, nickel hardware, 2 mini humbucker pickups, 2 volume/2 tone controls, 3 position switch. Available in Blue Sparkle Top, Cherry, Cherry Sunburst, Gold Top, Red Sparkle Top, Tobacco Sunburst, Walnut and Wine Red finishes. Mfd. 1969 to 1985.

LES PAUL PRO-DELUXE - similar to Les Paul Deluxe, except has ebony fingerboard, chrome hardware. Available in Black, Cherry Sunburst, Gold Top and Tobacco Sunburst finishes. Mfd. 1978 to 1982.

LES PAUL DELUXE 30th ANNIVERSARY - similar to Les Paul Deluxe, except has mini-humbucker pickups, chrome hardware, standard pearloid trapezoid inlays (w/o anniversary markings), available in Ebony or Wine Red finish. New 1999.

KALAMAZOO CUSTOM ORDER '59 REISSUE LES PAUL - '59 LP Standard style appointments, highly figured (flame or quilted) maple tops, ebonized holly veneered pegheads, original inked serialization, other '59 Standard features. Mfd. circa 1978 to 1979.

LES PAUL (1985 REISSUE) - similar specifications to the current Gibson Historic Collection Les Paul '59 Flametop Reissue (this was Gibson's first authorized 1959 Les Paul reissue). Mfd. 1985 only.

LES PAUL KALAMAZOO - single sharp cutaway solid mahogany body, bound carved maple top, raised cream pickguard, mahogany neck, 22 fret bound rosewood fingerboard with pearl trapezoid inlay, Nashville tune-o-matic bridge/stop tailpiece, large blackface peghead with pearl logo inlay, "Les Paul K.M." engraved on truss cover, 3 per side Grover tuners, nickel hardware, 2 cream colored covered humbucker pickups, 2 volume/2 tone controls, 3 position switch. Available in Antique Sunburst, Cherry Sunburst and Natural finishes. Mfd. 1979 only.

LES PAUL HERITAGE 80 - single sharp cutaway mahogany body, bound carved flame maple top, raised cream pickguard, 3 piece mahogany neck, 22 fret rosewood fingerboard with pearl trapezoid inlay, tune-o-matic bridge/stop tailpiece, blackface peghead with pearl logo inlay, "Heritage 80" on truss cover, 3 per side Grover tuners, nickel hardware, 2 covered humbucker pickups, 2 volume/2 tone controls, 3 position switch. Available in Cherry Sunburst and Honey Sunburst finishes. Mfd. 1980 to 1982.

LES PAUL HERITAGE 80 ELITE - similar to Les Paul Heritage 80, except has quilted maple top, one piece neck, ebony fingerboard.

LES PAUL LP-XPL - single sharp cutaway solid mahogany body, bound carved maple top, raised cream pickguard, mahogany neck, 22 fret bound ebony fingerboard with pearl dot inlay, tune-o-matic bridge/stop tailpiece, blackface peghead with pearl logo inlay, 6 on one side tuners, chrome hardware, 2 single coil pickups, 2 volume/2 tone controls, 3 position switch. Available in Cherry Sunburst finish. Mfd. 1984 to 1987.

LES PAUL SMARTWOOD STANDARD (LPSW) - (Alternative wood project Les Paul model) single cutaway mahogany body, carved top, 22 fret fingerboard with pearl dot inlay, tune-o-matic bridge/stop tailpiece, blackface peghead with pearl logo inlay, "SmartWood" engraved on truss rod cover, 3 per side tuners, gold hardware, 2 covered humbucker pickups, 2 volume/2 tone controls, 3 position switch. Available in Antique Natural (AN) finish. Mfr. 1995 to date.

LES PAUL SMARTWOOD EXOTICS - single cutaway mahogany body, carved Ambay Guasu (or Banara or Cancharana or Curupay or Peroba or Taperyva Guasu) top, 22 fret Curupay fingerboard with pearloid dot inlay, tune-o-matic bridge/stop tailpiece, blackface peghead with pearl logo inlay, "Exotic Wood" engraved on truss rod cover, 3 per side tuners with plastic buttons, gold hardware, 2 covered humbucker (490R/498T) pickups, 2 volume/2 tone controls, 3 position switch. Available in UV-Cured Matte finish. Mfr. 1998 to date.

LES PAUL SPOTLIGHT SPECIAL - single sharp cutaway mahogany body, bound carved 3 piece maple/mahogany/maple top, raised cream pickguard, mahogany neck, 22 fret rosewood fingerboard with pearl trapezoid inlay, tune-o-matic bridge/stop tailpiece, blackface peghead with pearl logo inlay, 3 per side tuners with plastic buttons, chrome hardware, 2 covered humbucker pickups, 2 volume/2 tone controls, 3 position switch. Available in Natural finish. Mfd. 1980 to 1985.

LES PAUL CMT - similar to Les Paul Spotlight Special, except has maple/walnut/maple body, curly maple top. Mfd. 1986 to 1989.

THE LES PAUL - single sharp cutaway body, rosewood bound carved 2 piece bookmatched flame maple top/back/sides, mahogany core, raised rosewood pickguard, maple neck, 22 fret bound 3 piece ebony/rosewood/ebony fingerboard with abalone block inlay, tune-o-matic bridge/stop tailpiece, pearl split diamond/logo peghead inlay, 3 per side Schaller tuners with pearl buttons, serial number engraved pearl plate on peghead back, gold hardware, 2 Super humbucker pickups with rosewood surrounds, 2 volume/2 tone rosewood control knobs, 3 position switch, rosewood control plate on back. Available in Natural and Wine Red finishes. Mfd. 1976 to 1980.

Les Paul Anniversary Models

LES PAUL STANDARD THIRTIETH ANNIVERSARY - single sharp cutaway mahogany body, bound carved maple top, raised cream pickguard, mahogany neck, 22 fret rosewood fingerboard with pearl trapezoid inlay, pearl Thirtieth Anniversary inlay at 15th fret, tune-o-matic bridge/stop tailpiece, blackface peghead with pearl logo inlay, 3 per side tuners with plastic buttons, nickel hardware, 2 covered humbucker pickups, 2 volume/2 tone controls, 3 position switch. Available in Gold Top finish. Mfd. 1982 to 1984.

LES PAUL STANDARD FORTIETH ANNIVERSARY - similar to Les Paul Standard Thirtieth Anniversary, except has ebony fingerboard, gold hardware, 2 stacked humbucker pickups. Mfd. 1992 only.

LES PAUL 25/50 ANNIVERSARY - mahogany body, carved maple top, slashed block fingerboard inlay, 25/50 peghead inlay, 2 humbuckers. Mfd. 1979 only.

LES PAUL CUSTOM TWENTIETH ANNIVERSARY - single sharp cutaway multi-bound mahogany body with carved top, raised bound black pickguard, mahogany neck, 22 fret bound ebony fingerboard with pearl block inlay, Twentieth Anniversary engraved into block inlay at 15th fret, tune-o-matic bridge/stop tailpiece, multi-bound peghead with pearl split diamond/logo inlay, 3 per side tuners with plastic buttons, gold hardware, 2 single coil pickups, 2 volume/2 tone controls, 3 position switch. Available in Black and White finishes. Mfd. 1974 only.

LES PAUL CUSTOM THIRTY-FIFTH ANNIVERSARY - similar to original Les Paul Custom Twentieth Anniversary, except has Thirty-Fifth Anniversary etched on peghead inlay, 3 humbucker pickups. Mfd. 1989 only.

LES PAUL DELUXE THIRTIETH ANNIVERSARY - similar to Les Paul Deluxe, except has mini-humbucker pickups, chrome hardware, standard pearloid trapezoid inlays (w/o anniversary markings), available in Ebony or Wine Red finish. New 1999.

Les Paul Classic Series

LES PAUL CLASSIC (LPCS) - single sharp cutaway mahogany body, bound carved maple top, bound rosewood fingerboard with pearl trapezoid inlay, tune-o-matic bridge/stop tailpiece, blackface peghead with pearl logo inlay, pearloid button tuners, nickel hardware, cream pickguard with engraved "1960", 2 exposed humbucker pickups, 2 volume/2 tone controls, 3 way toggle selector.

LES PAUL CLASSIC PLUS - similar to Les Paul Classic, except has curly maple top. Available in Honey Burst (disc.), Heritage Cherry Sunburs (disc.)t, Translucent Amber, Translucent Purple (disc.), Translucent Red and Vintage Sunburst (disc.) finishes. Disc. 1995, retinroduced 1999.

LES PAUL CLASSIC PREMIUM PLUS (LPPP) - similar to Les Paul Classic, except has higher quality curly maple top. Available in Honey Burst (HB), Heritage Cherry Sunburst (HS), Translucent Amber (TA), Translucent Purple, Translucent Red and Vintage Sunburst finishes. Disc. 1996.

LES PAUL CLASSIC BIRD'S-EYE - similar to Les Paul Classic, except has bird's-eye maple top. Available in Honey Burst, Heritage Cherry Sunburst, Translucent Amber, Translucent Purple, Translucent Red and Vintage Sunburst finishes. Disc. 1994.

LES PAUL CLASSIC PREMIUM BIRD'S-EYE - similar to Les Paul Classic, except has highest quality bird's-eye maple top. Available in Honey Burst, Heritage Cherry Sunburst, Translucent Amber, Translucent Purple, Translucent Red and Vintage Sunburst finishes. Disc. 1994.

Les Paul Classic Premium Plus

The origin of the Les Paul Reissue dates back to the mid 1970s when a few vintage-oriented dealers began requesting reproductions of the increasingly precious late 1950s Les Paul Standards. In the early 1980s Gibson added a variation of the model to the product line. At the time, merely applying a figured maple top to the current stock model seemed to suffice. Although it received minor cosmetic and hardware changes through the 1980s, it was not based on accurate 1950s design and detail until 1993. The Les Paul Reissue had been distinguishable because of its figured maple top, inked serial number, ABR bridge, etc. until the appearance of the Les Paul Classic in the early 1990s.

Designed by J.T. Ribiloff of Gibson R & D, the Classic featured a noticeably thinner 1960 neck profile as well as features previously exclusively found on the Reissue. To enhance the vintage look, Ribiloff redesigned a smaller headstock with push-in bushing tuners and aged fingerboard inlays. Of course, these features soon made their way to the Reissue. It was at this point that the Reissue and the Classic were structurally very similar.

Originally, the Classic was not to have a figured maple top, but the grading standards for the figuring in the tops for the Reissues became so high that the tops that did not qualify as Reissue quality were applied to the Classic - thus creating the Les Paul Classic Plus. Some of these "Plus" tops would turn out to be more figured than others, and thus became "Premium Plus" tops - and introduced the Les Paul Classic Premium Plus.

By 1992, there existed the Les Paul Classic, the Classic Plus, the Classic Premium Plus, and the Les Paul Reissue –and one more! The thin profile 1960 "classic" neck was offered on the Reissue, creating the 1960 Reissue. At this point, there was some confusion between the 1960 Classic and the 1960 Reissue.

Gibson actually began addressing the problem as early as 1991, and began blueprinting original instruments in 1992. By the winter NAMM show in 1993, the redesigned '59 Reissue (Model LPR9) was introduced. In the spring of 1993, Gibson changed the model decal on the headstock face of the Classic to read Les Paul Classic.

Reissue Les Paul models in 1993 retained the silkscreened logo (just like the originals). The Historic Reissue line can be identified by the "R" plus the model year (R9 = '59 Reissue, R7 = '57 Reissue, R6 = '56 Reissue) stamped into the ledge in the bottom of the control cavity. From 1993 until the spring of 1994 all Reissues received a Historic decal on the back of the headstock (some early 1993 models may have the Custom Shop decal instead).

LES PAUL XR-I - single cutaway mahogany body, carved maple top, 22 fret rosewood fingerboard with pearl dot inlay, tune-o-matic bridge/stop tailpiece, 3 per side tuners with pearloid buttons, chrome hardware, 2 exposed humbucker pickups, 2 volume/2 tone controls, 3 position/coil tap switches. Available in Cherry Sunburst, Goldburst and Tobacco Sunburst finishes. Mfd. 1981 to 1983.

LES PAUL XR-II - similar to Les Paul XR-I, except has bound figured maple top, "Gibson" embossed pickup covers. Available in Honey Sunburst finish.

Les Paul Custom Series

LES PAUL CUSTOM - single sharp cutaway multi-bound mahogany body with carved top, raised bound black pickguard, mahogany neck, 22 fret bound ebony fingerboard with pearl block inlay, tune-o-matic bridge/stop tailpiece, multi-bound peghead with pearl split diamond/logo inlay, 3 per side Deluxe Kluson tuners with plastic single ring buttons, gold hardware, 2 single coil pickups, 2 volume/2 tone controls, 3 position switch. Available in Black finish. Mfd. 1954 to 1960.

LES PAUL CUSTOM (SG BODY STYLE) - double sharp cutaway mahogany body, white layered pickguard, mahogany neck, 22 fret bound ebony fingerboard with pearl block inlay, tune-o-matic bridge/side-pull vibrato, multi-bound peghead with pearl split diamond inlay, 3 per side tuners, gold hardware, 3 covered humbucker pickups, 2 volume/2 tone controls, 3 position switch. Available in Black or White finishes. Mfd. 1961 to 1963.

LES PAUL CUSTOM 1968 REISSUE - single sharp cutaway mahogany body, multi-bound carved maple top, raised bound black pickguard, one piece mahogany neck, 22 small fret bound ebony fingerboard with pearl block inlay, tune-o-matic bridge/stop tailpiece, multi-bound peghead with pearl split diamond/logo inlay, no neck volute, 3 per side Grover tuners, gold hardware, 2 humbucker Pat. No. pickups, 2 volume/2 tone controls, 3 position switch. Available in Black finish. Mfd. 1968 only.

LES PAUL CUSTOM 1969 REISSUE (LPC-) - similar to Les Paul Custom 1968 Reissue, except has 3 piece mahogany/maple body, 3 piece neck. Available in Alpine White (AW), Black, Cherry, Cherry Sunburst, Ebony (EB), Heritage Sunburst, Honeyburst, Natural, Tobacco Sunburst, Vintage Sunburst, Walnut, White, and Wine Red (WR) finishes. Mfr. 1969 to date.

LES PAUL CUSTOM PLUS (LPCC) - similar to Les Paul Custom, except has bound figured maple top and gold hardware. Available in Dark Wineburst, Honey Burst (HB), Heritage Cherry Sunburst (HS), and Vintage Sunburst (VS) finishes. Disc. 1996.

LES PAUL CUSTOM PREMIUM PLUS - similar to Les Paul Custom, except has highest quality bound figured maple top. Available in Dark Wineburst, Honey Burst, Heritage Cherry Sunburst and Vintage Sunburst finishes. Disc. 1994.

LES PAUL CUSTOM REISSUE '54 - similar to original Les Paul Custom. Mfd. 1972 to 1977.

LES PAUL CUSTOM LITE - single sharp cutaway multi-bound mahogany body with carved top, raised bound black pickguard, mahogany neck, 22 fret bound ebony fingerboard with pearl block inlay, tune-o-matic bridge/stop tailpiece, multi-bound peghead with pearl split diamond/logo inlay, 3 per side tuners with chrome buttons, gold hardware, 2 covered humbucker pickups, volume/tone control, 3 position switch, mini coil tap switch. Available in Black finish. Mfd. 1987 to 1990.

Les Paul DC (Double Cutaway) Series

The Les Paul DC Standard is a Gibson production model; the DC Pro is a Gibson Custom Shop model and will have the Custom Shop logo on the back of the headstock.

LES PAUL DC PRO (CSDC4TH[ ]NH) - offset double cutaway mahogany back, bound AAA flamed maple top, set-in mahogany neck, 24.75" scale, 24 fret ebony fingerboard with pearl dot inlay, tune-o-matic bridge/stop tailpiece, 3 per side Schaller mini-tuners, black slimmed peghead with pearl logo inlay, nickel hardware, 2 covered humbuckers ('57 Classic/'97 Classic), master volume/master tone controls, 3-way toggle. Available in Butterscotch (BS), Faded Cherry (FC), Translucent Black (TB), and Translucent Indigo (TI) finishes. Mfr. 1997 to date.

LES PAUL DC PRO With WRAPAROUND BRIDGE (CSDC4WH[ ]NH) - similar to the Les Paul DC Pro, except features a wraparound bridge. Available in Butterscotch (BS), Faded Cherry (FC), Translucent Black (TB), and Translucent Indigo (TI) finishes. Mfr. 1997 to date.

LES PAUL DC PRO With WRAPAROUND BRIDGE/P-90s (CSDC4WP[ ]NH) - similar to the Les Paul DC Pro, except features a wraparound bridge, 2 P-90 single coil pickups. Available in Butterscotch (BS), Faded Cherry (FC), Translucent Black (TB), and Translucent Indigo (TI) finishes. Mfr. 1997 to date.

LES PAUL DC STANDARD (LPS2) - offset double cutaway mahogany back, AAA flamed maple top, set-in mahogany neck, 24.75" scale, 24 fret bound rosewood fingerboard with pearloid trapezoid inlay, tune-o-matic bridge/stop tailpiece, 3 per side tuners, black peghead, chrome hardware, 2 covered (490R/498T) humbuckers, volume/tone controls, 3-way toggle. Available in Amber Serrano (AS), Blue Diamond (BD), Black Pepper (BP), Green Jalapeno (GJ), and Red Hot Tamale (RT) lacquer translucent finishes. Mfr. early 1998 to date.

LES PAUL DC STANDARD SUNBURST LIMITED EDITION (LPS2) - similar to the Les Paul DC Standard. Available in Tangerineburst (with gold hardware) and Lemonburst (with chrome hardware) lacquer translucent finishes. Mfr. 1998 to date.

Les Paul Studio Series

LES PAUL DOUBLE CUTAWAY STUDIO (LPDS) - offset double cutaway mahogany back, carved maple top, set-in mahogany neck, 24 fret rosewood fingerboard with dot inlay, wrap-around stop tailpiece, 3 per side tuners, chrome hardware, 2 covered humbuckers, volume/tone controls, 3-way toggle. Available in Ebony (EB), Heritage Cherry Sunburst (HS), Emerald Green, Ruby, and Wine Red (WR) finishes. Mfr. 1997-99.

LES PAUL STUDIO (LPST) - single sharp cutaway mahogany body, carved maple top, raised black pickguard, 22 fret rosewood fingerboard with pearl dot inlay, tune-o-matic bridge/stop tailpiece, 3 per side tuners, chrome hardware, 2 covered humbucker pickups, 2 volume/2 tone controls, 3 position switch. Available in Alpine White (AW), Ebony (EB), White, and Wine Red (WR) finishes. Mfd. 1984 to 1998.

LES PAUL STUDIO (LPSO) - similar to Les Paul Studio, gold or chrome hardware. Available in Amber (AZ, disc. 1999), Ebony (EB), Emerald (EZ), and Ruby (RZ) finishes. Mfr. 1996 to date.

LES PAUL STUDIO CUSTOM - similar to Les Paul Studio, except has multi-bound body, bound fingerboard, multi-bound peghead. Available in Cherry Sunburst, Ebony and Sunburst finishes. Mfd. 1984 to 1987.

LES PAUL STUDIO GEM LIMITED EDITION (LPGS) - similar to the Les Paul Studio, except features 2 creme P-90 pickups, cream pickguard, trapezoid fingerboard inlay, and gold hardware. Available in Amethyst (AM), Emerald (EM), Ruby (RU), Sapphire (SP), and Topaz (TO) finishes. Mfd. 1996 to 1998.

LES PAUL STUDIO STANDARD - similar to Les Paul Studio, except has bound body. Available in Cherry Sunburst, Sunburst and White finishes. Mfd. 1984 to 1987.

LES PAUL STUDIO LITE (LPLT) - similar to Les Paul Studio, except has no pickguard, ebony fingerboard with trapezoid inlay, black chrome hardware, exposed pickups. Available in Translucent Black, Translucent Blue (BU) and Translucent Red finishes. Disc. 1998.

LES PAUL STUDIO LITE/M III - similar to Les Paul Studio, except has no pickguard, exposed humbucker/single coil/humbucker pickups, volume/tone control, 5 position switch. Disc. 1995.

Les Paul Jr. Series

LES PAUL JR. - single cutaway mahogany body, black pickguard, mahogany neck, 22 fret rosewood fingerboard with dot inlay, wrapover stop tailpiece, 3 per side tuners with plastic buttons, nickel hardware, single coil pickup, volume/tone control. Available in Brown Sunburst and Cherry finishes. Mfd. 1954 to 1963.

LES PAUL JR. SPECIAL - single cutaway mahogany body, mahogany neck, 2 black P-100 stacked humbucker pickups, 22 fret rosewood fingerboard, chrome hardware, choice of Ebony, Cinnamon, or Natural finish. New 1999.

LES PAUL JR. (SG BODY STYLE) - double cutaway mahogany body, black pickguard, mahogany neck, 22 fret rosewood fingerboard with pearl dot inlay, tune-o-matic bridge/stop tailpiece, silkscreened model name on peghead, 3 per side tuners with plastic buttons, nickel hardware, single coil pickup, volume/tone control. Available in Cherry finish. Mfd. 1961 to 1963.

LES PAUL JUNIOR 3/4 - similar to Les Paul Junior, except has 3/4 size body, shorter neck. Mfd. 1956 to 1961.

LES PAUL JUNIOR II - similar to Les Paul Junior, except has 2 P-100 pickups. Mfd. 1989 only.

LES PAUL JUNIOR (REISSUE) - similar to Les Paul Junior. Available in Cherry, Tobacco Sunburst, TV Yellow or White finishes. Mfd. 1986 to 1996.

LES PAUL JR. LITE - similar to Les Paul Junior (SG Body Style), except has 2 P-100 pickups, 22 fret rosewood fingerboard, chrome hardware, choice of Ebony, Natural, or Cinnamon finish. New 1999.

LES PAUL TV - similar to the single cutaway Les Paul Jr., except has Limed Mahogany finish. Mfd. 1954 to 1959.

Les Paul Special Series

LES PAUL SPECIAL - single cutaway mahogany body, multi-layer black pickguard, mahogany neck, 22 fret bound rosewood fingerboard with dot inlay, wrapover stop tailpiece, 3 per side tuners with plastic buttons, nickel hardware, 2 single coil pickups, 2 volume/2 tone controls, 3 position switch. Available in Limed Mahogany finish. Mfd. 1955 to 1959.

LES PAUL SPECIAL (SG BODY STYLE) - double cutaway mahogany body, black pickguard, mahogany neck, 22 fret rosewood fingerboard with pearl dot inlay, tune-o-matic bridge/stop tailpiece, silkscreened model name on peghead, 3 per side tuners with plastic buttons, nickel hardware, single coil pickup, volume/tone control. Available in Cherry finish. Mfd. 1961 to 1963.

LES PAUL SPECIAL 3/4 - similar to Les Paul Special, except has a 3/4 size body, shorter neck. Available in Cherry Red finish. Mfd. 1959 to 1961.

LES PAUL SPECIAL (LPJ2) - similar to Les Paul Special, except has tune-o-matic bridge/stop tailpiece, stacked humbucker pickups, nickel hardware. Available in Ebony, Heritage Cherry (HC), Tobacco Sunburst (TS) and T.V. Yellow (TV) finishes. Mfd. 1989 to 1998.

LES PAUL SPECIAL DOUBLE CUTAWAY (LPJD) - similar to Les Paul Special (LPJ2), except has double cutaway body design instead of single cutaway. Available in Heritage Cherry (HC), and TV Yellow (TV) finishes. Mfd. 1989 to 1998.

LES PAUL SPECIAL SL (LPJS) - single cutaway solid mahogany body, set-in mahogany neck, 24.75" scale, 22 fret rosewood fingerboard with pearl dot inlay, tune-o-matic bridge/stop tailpiece, blackface peghead with silkscreened logo, 3 per side vintage-style tuners, chrome hardware, pearloid pickguard, 2 P-100 stacked humbucker (looks like a black P-90) pickups, 2 volume/2 tone controls, 3 way toggle switch. Available in UV-cured Ebony (EB), Emerald (EX), and Ruby (RX) finishes. Mfd. 1996 to date.

Low-Impedance Les Paul Series

LES PAUL PERSONAL - single cutaway multi-bound mahogany body, carved top, raised bound pickguard, mahogany neck, 22 fret bound ebony fingerboard with pearl block inlay, tune-o-matic bridge/stop tailpiece, multi-bound blackface peghead with pearl diamond/logo inlay, 3 per side tuners with plastic buttons, gold hardware, 2 low impedance pickups, mic volume control on upper bass bout, volume/decade/treble/bass controls, two 3 position switches, phase slide switch. Available in Walnut finish. Mfd. 1969 to 1971.

LES PAUL PROFESSIONAL - single cutaway bound mahogany body, raised black pickguard, mahogany neck, 22 fret rosewood fingerboard with pearl trapezoid inlay, tune-o-matic bridge/stop tailpiece, blackface peghead with pearl logo inlay, 3 per side tuners, nickel hardware, 2 low impedance pickups, volume/decade/treble/bass controls, two 3 position switches, phase slide switch. Available in Walnut finish. Mfd. 1969 to 1971.

LES PAUL RECORDING - single cutaway bound mahogany body, carved top, raised multi-layer pickguard, mahogany neck, 22 fret bound rosewood fingerboard with pearl block inlay, tune-o-matic bridge/stop tailpiece, multi-bound peghead with pearl split diamond/logo inlay, 2 covered low impedance pickups, "Gibson" formed on pickup covers, volume/decade/treble/bass controls, two 3 position switches, impedance/phase slide switches, built-in transformer. Available in Walnut finish. Mfd. 1971 to 1980.

LES PAUL SIGNATURE - offset double cutaway, arched maple top, raised cream pickguard, f-holes, maple back/sides, mahogany neck, 22 fret bound rosewood fingerboard with pearl trapezoid inlay, tune-o-matic bridge/stop tailpiece, blackface peghead with pearl logo inlay, 3 per side tuners with plastic buttons, chrome hardware, 2 low impedance humbucker pickups, plastic pickup covers with stamped logo, volume/tone control, 3 position/phase/level switches. Available in Gold Top and Sunburst finishes. Mfd. 1973 to 1978.

The Paul Series

THE PAUL STANDARD - single sharp cutaway walnut body/neck, 22 fret ebony fingerboard with pearl dot inlay, tune-o-matic bridge/stop tailpiece, 3 per side tuners, chrome hardware, 2 exposed humbucker pickups, 2 volume/2 tone controls, 3 position switch. Available in Natural satin nitrocellulose finish. Mfd. 1978 to 1982.

THE PAUL DELUXE- similar to original The Paul Standard, except has mahogany body/neck. Available in Antique Natural, Ebony, Natural and Wine Red finishes. Mfd. 1980 to 1986.

THE PAUL II - single cutaway solid mahogany body, mahogany neck, 24 3/4" scale, 22 fret rosewood fingerboard with dot inlay, tune-o-matic bridge/stop tailpiece, blackface peghead with silkscreened logo, engraved "The Paul II" on truss rod cover, 3 per side tuners, chrome hardware, 2 exposed pole piece humbucker pickups (490R/498T), 2 volume/2 tone controls, 3 way toggle switch. Available in Ebony (EB) and Wine Red (WR) finishes. Mfd. 1996 to 1998.

THE PAUL SL (LPTP) - single cutaway solid mahogany body with carved top, mahogany neck, 24.75" scale, 22 fret rosewood fingerboard with pearl dot inlay, tune-o-matic bridge/stop tailpiece, blackface peghead with silkscreened logo, 3 per side vintage-style tuners, chrome hardware, 2 exposed polepiece humbucker pickups (490R/498T), 2 volume/2 tone controls, 3 way toggle switch. Available in UV-Cured Ebony (EB), Emerald (EX), and Ruby (RX) finishes. Mfd. 1996 to date.

Custom Shop Les Paul Series

The upscale Les Paul Custom Shop models are produced in limited quantities in the Gibson Custom Shop, and will have the Custom Shop logo on the back of the headstock.

The few Custom Shop models that may show up in the vintage/used market as a rule are always in 95% to 98% condition, and will still bring a premium price. Knowledge of the current market value is helpful in determining a price for these instruments.

LES PAUL CATALINA (CSCAT[ ]NH) - single cutaway mahogany body, internal sound chambers, set-in mahogany neck, white bound carved maple top, 22 fret bound ebony fingerboard with pearl trapezoid inlay, tune-o-matic bridge/stop tailpiece, blackface peghead with pearl Custom Shop/Gibson logo inlays, white pearloid truss rod cover, 3 per side tuners, nickel hardware, white pearloid pickguard, 2 covered humbucker ('57 Classic) pickups, 2 volume/2 tone controls, 3 way toggle switch. Available in Canary Yellow (CY), Cascade Green (CG), and Riverside Red (RR) finishes. Mfr. 1997-99.

LES PAUL ELEGANT (CSELNH) - single cutaway mahogany body, internal sound chambers, set-in mahogany neck, cream bound carved AAA grade maple top, 22 fret bound ebony fingerboard with abalone trapezoid inlay, tune-o-matic bridge/stop tailpiece, blackface peghead with pearl Custom Shop/Gibson logo inlays, black truss rod cover, 3 per side tuners, nickel hardware, clear pickguard, 2 covered humbucker ('57 Classic) pickups, 2 volume/2 tone controls, 3 way toggle switch. Available in Antique Natural (AN), Butterscotch (BS), Cherry Sunburst (new 1999), Tobacco Sunburst (new 1999), and Firemist (FM) finishes. Mfr. 1997 to date.

LES PAUL FLORENTINE (CSF-GH) - single cutaway semi-hollow mahogany body with center block, set-in mahogany neck, bound carved maple top, 2 f-holes (or diamond-shaped f-holes), white body binding (front and back), 22 fret bound ebony fingerboard with pearl block inlay, tune-o-matic bridge/stop tailpiece, bound blackface peghead with pearl split diamond/Gibson logo inlays, engraved "Les Paul Florentine" black truss rod cover, 3 per side tuners, gold hardware, 2 covered humbucker ('57 Classic) pickups, 2 volume/2 tone controls, 3 way toggle switch. Available in Ebony (EB), Emberglow (EG), Heritage Cherry Sunburst (new 1999) and Wine Red (WR) finishes. Mfr. 1997 to date.

LES PAUL FLORENTINE PLUS (CSFPGH) - similar to the Les Paul Florentine, except features a figured maple top. Available in Antique Natural (AN), Emberglow (EG), Translucent Black (new 1999), and Heritage Cherry Sunburst (HS) finishes. Mfr. 1997 to date.

LES PAUL ULTIMA (CSULHSGH) - single cutaway mahogany body, set-in mahogany neck, abalone/white bound carved AAA grade maple top, 22 fret bound ebony fingerboard with custom abalone inlay, tune-o-matic bridge/stop tailpiece, blackface peghead with pearl Custom Shop/Gibson logo inlays, gold truss rod cover, 3 per side Grover Imperial tuners with metal or pearl buttons, gold hardware, 2 covered humbucker ('57 Classic) pickups, 2 volume/2 tone controls, 3 way toggle switch. Available in Heritage Cherry Sunburst (HS) finish. Mfr. 1997 to date.

ACE FREHLEY SIGNATURE LES PAUL (LPAF) (Previously LPFR) - single cutaway bound mahogany body, flame maple top, 22 fret bound ebony fingerboard with lightning bolt inlay/Frehley's signature in pearl script at 12th fret, bound black peghead with 'Ace' peghead image, chrome hardware, tune-o-matic bridge/stop tail piece, no pickguard, 3 DiMarzio humbucker pickups, 2 volume/2 tone controls, 3-way toggle. Available in Sunburst finish. Mfr. 1997 to date.

JIMMY PAGE SIGNATURE LES PAUL (LPPG) - single cutaway bound mahogany body, AA grade figured maple top, 22 fret bound rosewood fingerboard with trapezoid inlay, bound black peghead, gold hardware, tune-o-matic bridge/stop tail piece, cream pickguard with engraved "Jimmy Page" signature, 2 exposed polepiece humbucker pickups, 2 volume/2 tone controls (all push-pull for custom wiring and coil taps), 3-way selector toggle. Available in Light Honey Burst (LB) finish. Mfr. 1995 to date.

JOE PERRY SIGNATURE LES PAUL (LPJP) (Previously LPPR) - single cutaway mahognay body, bookmatched figured maple top, 22 fret rosewood fingerboard with trapezoid inlay, black peghead with white shell truss rod cover, Joe Perry's signature in white on body behind the bridge, black chrome hardware, tune-o-matic bridge/stop tail piece, white shell pickguard, 2 humbucker pickups, 2 volume/2 tone controls (treble tone control is push/pull), active mid-boost circuit, 3-way toggle. Available in hand-stained Translucent Blackburst finish. Mfr. 1997 to date.

ZAKK WYLDE SIGNATURE LES PAUL - features unmistakable B&W bullseye graphics or Natural Rough top, 2 EMG black pickups, gold hardware, oiled, raw maple back. New 1999.

Historic Collection Les Paul Series

LES PAUL CUSTOM BLACK BEAUTY '54 REISSUE (LPB4EBGH) - single sharp cutaway multi-bound mahogany body with carved top, raised bound black pickguard, mahogany neck, 22 fret bound ebony fingerboard with pearl block inlay, tune-o-matic bridge/stop tailpiece, multi-bound peghead with pearl split diamond/logo inlay, 3 per side tuners with plastic buttons, gold hardware, 2 single coil pickups, 2 volume/2 tone controls, 3 position switch. Available in Ebony finish. Current mfr.

LES PAUL CUSTOM BLACK BEAUTY '57 REISSUE (LPB7EBGH) - single sharp cutaway multi-bound mahogany body with carved top, raised bound black pickguard, mahogany neck, 22 fret bound ebony fingerboard with pearl block inlay, tune-o-matic bridge/stop tailpiece, multi-bound peghead with pearl split diamond/logo inlay, 3 per side tuners with plastic buttons, gold hardware, 2 humbucker pickups, 2 volume/2 tone controls, 3 position switch. Available in Ebony finish. Current mfr.

LES PAUL '52 GOLD TOP REISSUE (LPR2AGNT) - single sharp cutaway solid mahogany body, bound carved maple top, mahogany neck, 22 fret bound rosewood fingerboard with pearl trapezoid inlays, raised trapeze tailpiece, blackface peghead with pearl logo inlay, 3 per side tuners with plastic buttons, nickel hardware, raised cream pickguard, 2 creme P-90 single coil pickups, 2 volume/2 tone controls, 3 position switch. Available in Antique Gold finish. Mfr. 1998 to date.

LES PAUL '54 GOLDTOP REISSUE (LPR4AGNH) - similar to the Les Paul '52 Gold Top Reissue, except features wraparound bridge, and hardware similar to the original 1954 model. Available in Antique Gold finish. Current mfr.

LES PAUL '54 "OXBLOOD" REISSUE (LPR4JBNH) - similar to the Les Paul '54 Gold Top Reissue, except features two '57 Classic PAF Reissue humbucker pickups. Available in Oxblood finish (with nickel hardware). Mfr. 1998 to date.

LES PAUL '56 GOLD TOP REISSUE (LPR6AGNH) - single sharp cutaway solid mahogany body, bound carved maple top, mahogany neck, 22 fret bound rosewood fingerboard with pearl trapezoid inlays, tune-o-matic bridge/stop bar tailpiece, blackface peghead with pearl logo inlay, 3 per side tuners with plastic buttons, nickel hardware, raised cream pickguard, 2 single coil pickups, 2 volume/2 tone controls, 3 position switch. Available in Antique Gold Top finish. Mfr. 1990 to date.

LES PAUL '57 GOLD TOP REISSUE (LPR7AGNH) - single sharp cutaway solid mahogany body, bound carved maple top, raised cream pickguard, mahogany neck, 22 fret bound rosewood fingerboard with pearl trapezoid inlays, tune-o-matic bridge/stop tailpiece, blackface peghead with pearl logo inlay, 3 per side tuners with plastic buttons, nickel hardware, 2 humbucker pickups, 2 volume/2 tone controls, 3 position switch. Available in Antique Gold Top finish. Current mfr.

LES PAUL '58 PLAINTOP REISSUE (LPR8NH) - similar to the Les Paul '59 Flametop Reissue, except features a much less figured carved maple top. Available in Heritage Cherry Sunburst (HS) and Vintage Red (VR) finishes. Disc. 1999.

LES PAUL '58 FIGUREDTOP REISSUE (LPR8NH) - similar to the Les Paul '58 PlainTop Reissue, except features a slightly more figured carved maple top. Available in Butterscotch (BS) and Vintage Red (VR) finishes (with nickel hardware). Mfr. 1998-99.

LES PAUL '59 FLAMETOP REISSUE (LPR9K) - single sharp cutaway solid mahogany body, bound carved curly maple top, raised cream pickguard, mahogany neck, 22 fret bound rosewood fingerboard with pearl trapezoid inlays, tune-o-matic bridge/stop tailpiece, blackface peghead with pearl logo inlay, 3 per side tuners with plastic buttons, nickel hardware, 2 humbucker pickups, 2 volume/2 tone controls, 3 position switch. Available in Heritage Darkburst (HD) and Heritage Cherry Sunburst (HS) finishes. Current mfr.

LES PAUL '59 FIGUREDTOP REISSUE (LPR9F) - similar to the Les Paul '59 Flametop Reissue, except features a much less figured carved maple top. Available in Heritage Cherry Sunburst (HS) and Vintage Red (VR) finishes. New 1999.

LES PAUL '58 PLAINTOP REISSUE (LPR9P) - similar to the Les Paul '58 PlainTop Reissue, except features a slightly more figured carved maple top. Available in Butterscotch (BS) and Vintage Red (VR) finishes (with nickel hardware). New 1999.

LES PAUL '60 FLAMETOP REISSUE (LPR0NH) - single sharp cutaway mahogany body, bound carved flame maple top, raised cream pickguard, mahogany neck, 22 fret rosewood fingerboard with pearl trapezoid inlay, tune-o-matic bridge/stop tailpiece, blackface peghead with pearl logo inlay, 3 per side tuners with plastic buttons, nickel hardware, 2 covered humbucker pickups, 2 volume/2 tone controls, 3 position switch. Available in Heritage Darkburst (HD) and Heritage Cherry Sunburst (HS) finishes. Current mfr.

1957 LP JUNIOR SINGLE CUTAWAY (LPJRSNH) - single cutaway mahogany body, set-in mahogany neck, 22 fret rosewood fingerboard with pearl dot inlay, wraparound tailpiece, 3 per side tuners with plastic buttons, nickel hardware, black pickguard, black 'dog-eared' P-90 single coil pickup, volume/tone controls. Available in Faded Cherry (FC), Vintage Sunburst (VS) and TV Yellow (TV) finishes. Mfr. 1998 to date.

1958 LP JUNIOR DOUBLE CUTAWAY (LPJRDCNH) - similar to the 1957 LP Junior Single Cutaway, except features a double cutaway body. Available in Faded Cherry (FC) and TV Yellow (TV) finishes. Mfr. 1998 to date.

1960 LP SPECIAL SINGLE CUTAWAY (LPSPSCNH) - single cutaway mahogany body, set-in mahogany neck, 22 fret rosewood fingerboard with pearl dot inlay, wraparound tailpiece, 3 per side tuners with plastic buttons, nickel hardware, black pickguard, 2 black P-90 single coil pickups, 2 volume/2 tone controls, 3 way selector toggle switch. Available in Faded Cherry (FC) and TV Yellow (TV) finishes. Mfr. 1998 to date.

1960 LP SPECIAL DOUBLE CUTAWAY (LPSPDCNH) - similar to the 1960 LP Special Single Cutaway, except features an offset double cutaway body. Available in Faded Cherry (FC) and TV Yellow (TV) finishes. Mfr. 1998 to date.