The 1958 Gibson Les Paul Standard Plain Top VOS guitar begins with a solid mahogany back and carved plain maple top. The one-piece mahogany neck is topped with a gorgeous rosewood fretboard that's ado... Read More
The 1958 Gibson Les Paul Standard Plain Top VOS guitar begins with a solid mahogany back and carved plain maple top. The one-piece mahogany neck is topped with a gorgeous rosewood fretboard that's adorned with acrylic trapezoid inlays with shape and color true to the original. Early '50s rounded neck profile delivers the vintage feel players love. BurstBucker 1 and 2 pickups deliver famous vintage Les Paul tone.
In an effort to jump start the steadily declining sales of the Les Paul model, Gibson abandoned the familiar gold finish and used a translucent, cherry sunburst finish which showed off the figured maple tops that were often used on Les Pauls. The renamed Les Paul Standard made its debut in 1958.
Vintage Original Spec series instruments receive a special nitro-cellulose finish treatment yielding the patina of a gently-aged vintage guitar while handcrafting enhances comfort and playability. Each VOS model has a solid mahogany back; historically accurate long-neck tenon for strength and sustain; and period-correct neck profile, hardware, and electronics.
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I have been gigging regularly on the same Les Paul for a little over 15 years. anyway, It was time for another refret and I had been entertaining the idea of just getting a second les paul. I thought I'd check out local guitar center since i needed strings. I didnt expect much since our guitar center is small and never carries custom shop gobson or fender. However, they just happened to have a used 58 VOS behind the glass. It was like new. I asked if i could check it out. Of course being only being in my mid 30s i got the "yeah i guess so" and of course naturally noone ever checked back with me to see if I wanted to actually buy it. Long story short it took this was the guitar for me. I took it up to the accessories counter and purchased it along with my strings. I have used burst buckers in my current les paul and have always liked the tone but man, I had no idea how much better the tone would be in a VOS with the same pickups. This guitar has some serious bite. I often switched to a strat or tele for some of the cleaner stuff. This guitar has so much bite I am using it for about everything now. It's not as muddy as a cheaper gibson can be.
I've been playing professionally for 31 years. I started on a '70's Les Paul and played one for many years. Eventually the weight of the guitar became a distraction. The tone was great but the pain from playing it for 4 hours a night was greater. The LP was set aside and I did not play one for many, many years. A few years ago, I decided to bring back the LP but I wanted a great one, not a good one. After trying out many models, the '58 (or R8) became the clear favorite. Quite simply, it's made like the really old ones, sounds like the really old ones but plays better than most of the old ones I've played. I've always loved vintage gear and own a lot of it. Some of the modern boutique builders capture some of the vintage "vibe" but most fall short when it comes to TRULY nailing the vintage tone and aesthetic of classic gear. With the R8, Gibson has come through with a totally satisfying representation of a classic era Les Paul. They have taken no shortcuts with this guitar. Here is the main lowdown on this guitar: 1. The Burst Bucker pickups are not hot, despite what other reviews may have said. They are very vocal and representative of a PAF pickup. The BB's are a bit hotter than Gibson's '57 Classic pickups. The BB's are a great rendition of a hotter PAF - but still not what could be classified as a hot pickup. A less powerful pickup is a great thing - it allows the tone of the instrument to come through. 2. This guitar, electronics (CTS pots, etc.) and these pickups were designed to be played through a responsive tube amplifier. This guitar is capable of many, many fantastic tones just by using the volume and tone pots on the guitar. In other words, if you are using solid state amps and modeling gear with this instrument, you are not accurately hearing this instrument. The amplifier is a huge part of the equation. A $300 guitar through a great $2000 tube amp sounds better than a $4000 guitar plugged into a $100 amp modeling device. If you don't believe this. Check out some Jimmy Page, early Clapton, early '70's Jeff Beck, Humble Pie, Warren Haynes, Allman Brothers and just about anybody else playing a Les Paul in the '60's and '70's. Most of those players had a guitar, a Marshall amp (or something similar) and a cable. There was an occasional wah pedal or fuzz pedal but that was about it. The player and his touch on the instrument were the dominant factors. 3. Weight. Most R8's are not over 9lbs. Compared to '70's Norlin era LP's this is considered light. Some of these guitars are as light as 8lbs. There are plenty of guitars being made that are lighter than the R8, but none of them have this classic, unmistakeable tone. 4. Cost. It's expensive. There is no argument there. But, there is nothing else out there that does what this guitar can do. There are many boutique alternatives out there that are well made and great sounding instruments and many are even more expensive than the R8. Bottom line, if you want the classic LP tone, this is the guitar that will give it to you. For $2K more, you can get the '59 and the beautiful flame that comes with it. Other than that, the '59 is the same guitar. If you don't believe it, read the Tonequest Report from April 2003. "Structurally, the Les Paul '59, 58, '57, '54 and '52 are the same. The differences are in the finishes, pickups and bridges - like the wrap-around versus the tune-o-matic." For all around bang for the buck, the R8 is the one. I did a lot of research before pulling the trigger on this guitar. So..... my review is long, but hopefully it will help others as they consider whether to spend $3,700 (for now, I'm sure Gibson will raise prices again soon) for a guitar. Thanks for reading.
I tried every Les Paul I could get my hands on before buying this. I was willing to pay more, just wanted to find the right guitar. Everything about this one is the right fit. The instrument is perfect. Can't say that about too many guitars. The big neck is more comfortable than I thought it would be. The action, playability, sound, versatility and finish are excellent. I recommend this guitar without reservation.
OK - so I am another aging guitar freak who always wanted a LP and couldn't afford it. Well I finally took the plunge last year for the big 5-0 and got the 0% financing. I tried a lot of the mid to high end LP's and really, when it came down to it, this one best delivered that vintage sustain, whine and roar of all those great '70's blues and rock records I grew up with. I love it! It delivers the goods, tone wise. The output from the 'buckers is so lively you really have to dial back the volume controls to get, say, a nice Dickie Betts tone. Otherwise you can't resist and start wailing away on some Zep riff you learned years ago. Yes the neck is beefy but feels and plays great. I play through a Line 6 POD into a Vox AC 30 so I can get diverse tone but you always know it's a LP, especially sonically arousing thru the Marshall modeling! Bend a note and go out for coffee while it sustains. Yowza! Cuts thru anything, anywhere on the fretboard. Fit/ finish, aged details are great. My only complaint and reason for 4 stars are the tuners. There is a reason Gibson improved them on later models. String carefully and retune often. Weighs a ton but what did you expect? It's a Les Paul! The real sound but Oh yeah, it doesn't cost more than your house either.
I have always thought the Les Paul Plain tops look better than the busy tiger stripe plus versions. The playability and sound of these guitars is remarkable, i prefer the 50's rounded neck to the slimmer 60's, it feels more secure to me (but that is personal preferance). It has a wonderful vibe. It sounds amazing.
This guitar is amazing, not cheap, but if you want the closest thing to an actual 1958 Les Paul standard besides the actual, this is the way to go. Many people prefer the slimmer neck of a 1960's Les Paul, but I find the beefier feeling neck of this 58' quite appealing and comfortable. The tone of this instrument is pure vintage, but it cuts through like a modern guitar with high output pickups thanks to the Gibson Burstbuckers. This guitar actually makes a dry sounding solid state amplifier sound like a warm tube amplifier. Gibson has really done a fantastic job with this instrument. Randall Allred
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