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Gibson 2013 Les Paul Standard Premium Koa Electric Guitar

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This is the one of the most versatile Les Paul Standards ever created, the ultimate embodiment of Les Paul' vision of innovation and elegance, and truly represents a marriage of timeless tone with con... Click To Read More About This Product

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This is the one of the most versatile Les Paul Standards ever created, the ultimate embodiment of Les Paul' vision of innovation and elegance, and truly represents a marriage of timeless tone with contemporary flexibility and playability. Key features include a superbly comfortable new asymmetrical rendition of the SlimTaper neck profile that fits the player' hand like a glove, a compound-radius rosewood fingerboard, and stealth wiring for the great BurstBucker Pro 1 & 2 pickups that provides individual coil splitting, phase reversal, and Pure Bypass switching all without changing the look of the classic control layout. To top it off, this Les Paul Standard 2013 looks sublime in its Premium figured koa top in nitrocellulose lacquer.

The Les Paul Standard 2013 spruces up the formula as the most beloved Les Pauls of all time. The marriage of a figured koa top and mahogany back, treated to Gibson' new modern weight relief pattern for improved comfort and enhanced resonance, provides a new blend of richness, depth, punch, and clarity that no single-wood guitar can provide.

A solid, quarter-sawn mahogany neck is carved in a new asymmetrical version of the popular ™60s profile, making it one of the most appealing necks Gibson has ever produced, and its topped with a bound rosewood fingerboard with a superbly playable compound radius that' rounder down in the œopen chord positions and flatter up in the lead zone. Traditional trapezoid inlays keep it all looking just right, along with cream binding, pickguard, and pickup rings, amber top-hat knobs, and a traditional black-and-white bell truss rod cover. Classic Gibson constructional elements ensure the new Les Paul Standard plays just like the greatest Standards ever, with traditional specs like a 24-3/4 scale length, and a 1-11/16 width across the PLEK-cut Corian nut.

The new Les Paul Standard' real surprises lurk in its upgraded pickups and extremely clever wiring and control setup. A pair of BurstBucker Pro pickups, a #1 in the neck position and #2 in the bridge, follow the blueprint for Gibson' hallowed PAF humbuckers of the late ™50s, but are updated with potted coils for howl-free performance at high volumes, and four-conductor wiring that allows for incredible versatility.

The independent volume pot for each pickup has push-pull switching to independently split the coils for single-coil tones, with hum-cancelling performance in the middle position thanks to a reverse-wound/reverse-polarity bridge pickup. Pop up the neck pickup' tone control for reverse-phase tones, or lift the bridge pickup' tone knob to tap Gibson' new Pure Bypass setting, which routes that pickup straight through to the output jack, bypassing the volume and tone controls for a hotter, clearer sound, making it a great œinstant lead preset.

The innovative pairing of a locking TonePros tune-o-matic bridge and Stopbar tailpiece ensures solid sustain and precise intonation, while a set of high-quality locking Grover kidney-button tuners ensures smooth, accurate tuning.

Each guitar comes protected in a plush-lined hardshell case with black exterior, and includes owner's manual and adjustment literature.


  • Figured koa top
  • Mahogany neck with compound radius Rosewood fingerboard and asymmetrical SlimTaper profile
  • Coil-tapped BurstBucker Pro Rhythm and BurstBucker Pro Lead pickups in the neck and bridge
  • TonePros tune-o-matic bridge and stopbar tailpiece
  • Grover Locking kidney tuners with 18:1 tuning ratio
  • Includes hardshell case
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Gibson2013 Les Paul Standard Premium Koa Electric Guitar

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Amazing koa top...


from Cary, NC

Comments about Gibson 2013 Les Paul Standard Premium Koa Electric Guitar:

I have an all koa acoustic which sounds amazing but I didn't expect to hear much difference given the solid mahogany body and electronics. Glad I was wrong! It's not a huge difference but it brings a distinctly warmer tone especially in the bright range. I almost find the maple top / standard chambered body a bit tinny on the GBE strings but the koa completely mellows that down without sacrificing tone. Oh yeah, the look is absolutely killer. BTW, GC was fantastic through the whole decision/sale/delivery process. Nice job guys!

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A mellow LP

By Tom Supakorndej

from Austin, TX

Comments about Gibson 2013 Les Paul Standard Premium Koa Electric Guitar:

It just sounds different from the maple top version. The lows are clearer, more defined, not dull and overwhelming like the maple version. The highs are warmer/sweeter but lack that maple sparkle. Highs aren't as bright. When switching among rhythm/both/treble, there is less dramatic a change in tones. The changes are noticeable, but they sound very similar. Bypass doesn't seem to change the sound much, but phase can add a bit of sparkle to the warm highs. Bypass seems to neutralize the 3-way toggle switch, meaning all settings give the same sound. However, you can still single/double coil. The top looks amazing. One of the prettiest tops I've seen. Better than AAAA maple. My particular guitar has slight workmanship problems: the fretboard meets the neck unevenly at some spots (Gibson didn't sand down every region to make sure they're even). There's a paint bleb where surplus paint sat, and now there's a raised surface made of paint. The plastic binding meets the mahogany unevenly at certain areas, and you can feel the ridges with your fingers. The Plek system seems to even out the frets to the right height, but it doesn't leave the surface polished. That means there's a bit of friction on bends. A well-played guitar has the most smooth frets, and Plek doesn't give this. Just so you know, so you're not disappointed. You still have to play the guitar in order for it to play really well. So I'm disappointed. I have a Epiphone Prophecy GX that is perfect, and I mean PERFECT! Not one uneven binding! The tonal variations are huge, and the sounds roar!!! Did I mention I only paid 1/6th as much? Bottom line, if you have several LP's or are a collector, this is worth getting. If you're new to the LP, get the maple top ones first. If you're new to Gibson, get Epiphone. They're better made these days. (Once upon a time, Gibson >>>>>> Epiphone. Now, Epiphone >> Gibson)

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