Gibson Les Paul Standard 50s HCS

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Electric Guitar

  • Body: Mahogany
  • Cream-colored body binding
  • Top: Maple
  • Neck: Mahogany
  • Vintage '50s neck profile
  • Fretboard: Rosewood (Dalbergia latifolia)
  • Trapezoidal fretboard inlays
  • Cream fretboard binding
  • Graphtech nut
  • Nut width: 43 mm
  • Scale: 628 mm
  • 22 Cryogenically treated medium frets
  • Pickups: Burstbucker # 2 (bridge) and Burstbucker # 1 (neck) Humbucker
  • 2 x Volume and 2 x tone controls
  • Handwired with Orange Drops capacitors
  • Aluminium Tuneomatic bridge
  • Aluminium stop bar
  • Colour: Heritage Cherry Sunburst
  • Includes case
  • Made in USA
available since May 2019
Item number 462505
sales unit 1 piece(s)
Colour Cherry Sunburst
Body Mahogany
Top Maple
Neck Mahogany
Fretboard Rosewood
Frets 22
Scale 628 mm
Pickups HH
Tremolo None
Incl. Case Yes
Incl. Gigbag No
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It doesn't get more classic than this

There are very few guitar designs that have had a decisive influence on generations of musicians and on the history of music itself, and Gibson's Les Paul is definitely one of them. Of course, this classic design has gone through numerous different variations in the 70-odd years since its inception, but people ultimately tend to prefer instruments that are a faithful recreation of those designed in the late 1950s and early 1960s. And the Gibson Les Paul Standard 50s is precisely such an instrument. It goes without saying that this is a premium-quality guitar that is made in the USA.

A faithful recreation

The Gibson Les Paul Standard 50s is inspired by the instruments of this guitar giant's golden era. Distinguishing features include a solid mahogany body with a solid AA+ flamed maple top, a bound rosewood fingerboard, and a Heritage Cherry Sunburst finish beneath high-gloss nitrocellulose lacquer. All of this together with the chunky 50s-style neck profile creates the popular sustain-rich tone with which this guitar has become synonymous. The choice of pickups - Burstbucker 1 and 2 models designed to replicate the sought-after PAF sound - is just as traditional. These feature AlNiCo-2 magnets with a moderate output, perfect for Blues or full-throttle Rock sounds and beyond. Classic hardware and electronics have also been used here: Each of the humbuckers is governed by two hand-wired CTS pots for volume and tone that are equipped with "Orange Drop" capacitors, and the guitar features Gibson Deluxe machine heads and a lightweight ABR-1 Tune-o-matic bridge. A new feature is the Graph Tech TUSQ nut for enhanced tuning stability.

What worked back then works just as well today

In times of constant technical change, it is easy to forget that playing the guitar is in fact very straightforward and simple at its core. That is why something that worked decades ago still works today. There is a good reason why the Gibson Les Paul has a long tradition and is appreciated and loved by millions of musicians all over the world. The Gibson Les Paul Standard 50s is especially suitable for people who like to play their music without any frills and who like the sound of stars like Joe Perry, Duane Allman, Gary Moore, Slash, and Don Felder, for instance. Quite apart from the sonic aspect, this Les Paul's Heritage Cherry Sunburst finish makes it a visual eye-catcher, which clearly shows how much work has gone into the manufacturing process. So if you're looking for a high-quality instrument of legendary quality, you have come to the right place.

About Gibson

The Gibson Guitar Corporation was founded in 1902 by Orville Gibson and has its headquarters in Nashville, USA. Gibson is world famous and is loved by many musicians for its cult-status instruments. Gibson was responsible for building the world’s first mass-produced electric guitar, the ES-150, in 1936. The “Les Paul”, one of the first solid-body electric guitars, followed in 1952 and remains hugely popular to this day, in great part thanks to the “humbucker” pickups installed from 1957 onwards. The range has expanded over the years to include such well-known guitar models as the SG, the Flying V, and the ES-335, as well as bass guitars and acoustic guitars including the Thunderbird bass and the Hummingbird dreadnought. Well-known artists such as Pete Townshend, Slash, Angus Young, Tony Iommi, B.B. King, Michael Patrick Kelly, and Nikki Sixx, swear by Gibson guitars.

The perfect guitar for Rock - and beyond

The Gibson Les Paul is often referred to as the ultimate Rock guitar, a status that has arisen mainly thanks to its popularity with many famous Rock musicians. The instrument has primarily been prized for the full sound that it lends to chord playing and the excellent sustain it provides for lead work. A Les Paul can do much more than is often assumed, however. The flexible electronics of the Gibson Les Paul Standard 50s, comprising two burstbucker pickups with a dedicated volume and tone control each as well as the three-way switch, allow a wide range of sounds to be called up. Styles from Funk to Jazz to Metal are no problem, which is why the Les Paul is a real "weapon" in the recording studio. It cuts just as fine a figure on stage, but you should bear in mind that while the solid body delivers a rich sound, it is also correspondingly heavy.

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2021 Les Paul Standard
R.Schilling 26.05.2021
I got this 2021 Les Paul Standard in heritage cherry burst today, after waiting a fair month. Even though I researched extensively and knew what to expect this guitar still blows my mind. Right out of the box the setup is optimal, the nut cut properly, that the guitar stays in tune and allowed the factory setup to be low with proper intonation. The pickups are amazing giving the instrument a beautiful warm but clear voice. For the first time I have a use for a tone control knob on a Gibson which functions like a presence control on an amp. The tuners are firm and precise. The volume controls are linear and feel great just like the toggle switch. My guitar has a perfect cherry burst color with a small deep circle of red and a gradient towards yellow. The flame top is just beautiful with the flame stripes being visible accents on the whole body, but unobtrusive nevertheless. The neck profile is solid, but not chunky, just right for a real guitar. Gibson strap and case are beautiful as well. I am in love with this guitar, tonally and in terms of quality. Thanks Gibson USA & Thomann!
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Perfect! Just don't forget to change the PU's
bluezmaniak 15.12.2021
I should start by saying that I am an LP purist. I believe that this guitar has had its pinnacle in 1959 and we should don't deviate from the perfection handed to us by the Gods of the years passed.

So I was really excited when Gibson announced the new series without push-pull knobs, split coils, weight relief, and other satanic creations.

I own some seriously expensive & vintage guitars, but this one proved that it can punch above its weight.

Almost everything is perfect - color, wood, frets, binding, knobs, etc.

Where did they mess up? The pickups. The PU's are almost on par with Epiphone (not in a good way). Cleans sound flat, drive sounds over the top. Basically this here is the bottle neck that strangles the guitar & doesn't allow it to fulfil its potential.

Thankfully, in a way Gibson did us a favour - there are so many really good PAF clones on the market & this provides a wonderful opportunity to something that will be perfect for this guitar.

Personally, I went for the Bareknuckle Mules - the perfect LP PAFs IMHO.

To sum it up:
- Perfect build quality
- True 50s Les Paul, just the way it should be
- Looks gorgeous & plays incredible (thanks for the PLEK, Gibson)
- Will last you a lifetime & never disappoint
- Just change these burst buckers & invest into some quality PAF's that will do this guitar justice
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dave.idk 07.01.2021
Great piece of a legendary Les Paul guitar from Gibson. It has to be said that from 2018 the Gibson guitars returned to their standarts - no weight relief, great materials. It looks that they are really trying to turn their fortunes for better after years of struggling with these new model lines. Top notch sound, great built. The finishing is absolutely astonishing. If you are looking for a great sounding Gibson Les Paul guitar, this is the one to choose.
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I cannot get enough of it!
eks_ 29.04.2022
I just bought a second one of the Gibson Les Paul ’50s Standard. I think this says it all, there is no need for further arguments or endorsement from me.
As stated in a previous review referring to my Gibson Les Paul ’50s Standard Tobacco Burst, if you lay your hands on it, you will not touch any other guitar after. As I won’t touch anything else, there is no choice for me but to keep buying and playing these beautiful instruments in my upcoming days.

The Gibson Les Paul ’50s Standard gave me all I needed from a period correct Les Paul and a good basis for pickup modifications and tone experiments housed by the same instrument with chunky but extremely easy to play neck and a proper (some would say rather heavy) weighting body that makes me feel alive. The guitar “just feels right in my hands” from the moment I grab it.

Thank you, Gibson, for making, once again, guitars that we love and thank you, Thomann, for making it possible to buy these instruments also in Europe with a click of a mouse.

Please note that this review comes from a Gibson Les Paul devoted player and does not want to take away anything from the merits and value of other brands and instruments. There are many great instruments on the market suitable for different styles and needs, but for me the Gibson Les Paul ’50s Standard is the number one choice. The heritage cherry finish just has that must have look that will tell your story trough the scars of rock gained through the years of use in your hands.

Rock On!
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