Gibson brings innovation to Robot Guitar tuning technology with the Les Paul Standard 2010 Limited Electric Guitar. Les Paul, Gibson, and the Les Paul guitar have always been about innovation. With a ... Read More
Gibson brings innovation to Robot Guitar tuning technology with the Les Paul Standard 2010 Limited Electric Guitar. Les Paul, Gibson, and the Les Paul guitar have always been about innovation. With a legacy as one of the most versatile electric guitars available, the robot Les Paul knocks versatility right off the charts, courtesy of Gibson USA.
With Robot Guitar automated tuning capabilities, 2 different but seminal magnetic pickups, a piezo-loaded bridge, and Chameleon Tone Technology courtesy of its Master Control Knob (MCK), the Les Paul Standard 2010 Limited packs a dizzying array of sonic capabilities, all primed to unlock your inner creative potential. From the raw, biting crunch of a hot, chrome-covered, hum-canceling P-90H in the neck position and the sizzling wail and punch of an overwound BurstBucker 3 in the bridge, to the subtle acoustic response of its piezo bridges saddles ” and any conceivable blend of the three, accessed instantly from the MCK ” the Les Paul Standard 2010 Limited really does pack all the tonal colors of the rainbow. And to keep it all sounding true, Gibson's exclusive Robot Technology puts you perfectly into tune in seconds at the push of a button, or shifts you into any of a countless number of open and alternate tunings, all accessed at your command.
Technology aside, it's a top-flight Les Paul in the traditional sense, too, yet with a plethora of custom upgrades befitting its Limited status. Constructed with a Grade-AA flamed maple top, Grade-A chambered mahogany back, and one-piece mahogany neck, the Les Paul Standard 2010 Limited offers classic Les Paul tonewoods, combined with a look that's exclusive to this run of only 400 guitars.
A unique new Fireball finish with dark 'burst edges graces its top, while its back, neck and sides are dressed in a deep Vintage Sunburst with a dark cherry center and dark edges. Like several of Gibson USA's models of years past, the Les Paul Standard 2010 Limited's fast, slim '60s profiled neck carries a dark Grade-A ebony fingerboard with block inlays, while its headstock wears a chrome truss rod cover and a Les Paul designation. Quite simply, there has never been a Les Paul like it ” and once they are gone, there never will be again.
All Les Paul Standard 2010 Limited's include an owner's manual, two batteries and an independent charger, and come protected in a Limited Edition plush-lined, white, hardshell case with plated emblem.
Body and Finish
Crafted along the classic lines of the Les Paul Standard, the Les Paul Standard 2010 Limited has a Grade-AA maple top and chambered Grade-A mahogany back ” a legendary partnership in tonewoods ” with Gibson's exclusive Fireball finish on the top and Cherry Vintage Sunburst on the back, neck and sides, all in nitrocellulose lacquer.
The Les Paul Standard 2010 Limited's wood combination represents an update of the Les Paul's classic maple/mahogany construction. The mahogany back brings in that wood's legendary blend of warmth and sweetness, while the maple adds definition, clarity and sustain. The body's chambering contributes an acoustic-like roundness and nuanced depth to the overall voice of the guitar. The average weight of a completed Les Paul Standard 2010 Limited is 8.25 lbs, which results in an extremely comfortable and ergonomic, finished guitar.
Neck and Headstock
The neck on the Les Paul Standard 2010 Limited is carved to a slim and extremely comfortable profile, which is comparable to the much-loved profiles of many Gibson guitars from the early '60s. It is constructed from one solid piece of mahogany, cut using the superior quarter-sawn orientation for improved strength and resonance, and glued to the body at the Les Paul's traditional 5 angle (pitch).
Ebony fingerboards are known for their precise, well-defined tone and outstanding note clarity, adding an air of precision to the Les Paul Standard 2010 Limited's overall depth, warmth and richness. Ebony is also extremely hard wearing, and makes for a fingerboard with a greater lifespan than that of almost any other wood commonly used for this component. The Les Paul Standard 2010 Limited fingerboard carries block position marker inlays, in the tradition of many high-end Gibson guitars.
A traditional headstock wears the classic Gibson logo, along with the six Robot Tuners that comprise the muscle of its Robot tuning capabilities. The nut on the Les Paul Standard 2010 Limited is made from a special black Teflon-based material known as Tefzell, which allows for smoother and faster tuning action.
Pickups and Electronics
The Les Paul Standard 2010 Limited's straightforward looks belie a virtually unlimited tonal palette, accessed via its MCK from a P90H neck pickup, and BurstBucker 3 bridge pickup, and a piezo-saddle bridge.
The Les Paul Standard 2010 Limited is equipped with two of Gibson's most popular pickups, a Burst Bucker 3 in the lead (bridge) position, and a P-90H in the rhythm (neck) position, a new hum-canceling update of the traditional P-90 single coil. Both magnetic pickups carry chromed metal covers, a matching set that is unique to Les Paul Standard 2010 Limited.
Gibson's Burst Bucker 3 is a highly acclaimed PAF-style humbucker, wound to the hotter side of the vintage spectrum for plenty of cutting power and excellent midrange punch, while retaining the warmth and richness that these legendary pickups are known for.
The P-90H is a radical new design that captures all of the traditional P-90 single-coil's raw bite, grind and warmth in the neck position, with outstanding clarity and high-end sheen, but rejects the annoying 60-cycle hum that such pickups can be prone to.
The guitar is further equipped with a revolutionary Gibson-designed piezo bridge, which consists of a modified Tune-o-matic-style bridge loaded with individual piezo pickups for each of its string saddles. The Les Paul Standard 2010 Limited's piezo-pickup bridge is truly a "sky's-the-limit" pickup option, which yields convincing acoustic-style tones at the twist of a knob, while also providing the Les Paul Standard 2010 Limited's secret-weapon digital tone arsenal via the guitar's Chameleon Tone Technology.
Routed independently or in myriad combinations, these pickups yield unparalleled sonic versatility, while the user-friendly control array ensures you can access them mid-flight without a single hitch in your performance, even blending in piezo acoustic tones as desired via the rotary potentiometer built into the guitar's toggle pickup selector switch.
Master Control Knob
The key to controlling the powerful functions of the Les Paul Standard 2010 Limited is the Master Control Knob (MCK), which controls the brain behind this miraculous instrument and allows you to access both the guitar's unlimited tonal arsenal and its automatic tuning capabilities. It has been completely redesigned for simpler, faster, and more intuitive function, with much improved ergonomics and a sophisticated full color matrix display featuring LEDs and high-tech light pipe technology. These features work to deliver a more powerful and easier to see visual display under any light condition. In addition to the MCK's top-mounted display, LED-lit symbols now adorn its outer edge, which blend with the color of the knob so that they're only visible when lit. The MCK also controls the ability to change pickups and coils and to access preset tone settings, allowing you the ability to adjust tone and tunings automatically and simultaneously, even several times during the same song.
The Les Paul Standard 2010 Limited features a unique, multi-function toggle switch which provides standard switching between the magnetic pickups, plus a revolutionary blend control that is built into its toggle lever, and allows the player to quickly determine the ratio of magnetic to piezo tone in the guitar's output.
The Les Paul Standard 2010 Limited's multi-function output comprises an Amphenol XLR female 1/4" stereo combo receptacle (the XLR cable requires a male-to-male adapter or cable). Used with a standard mono guitar cord this supplies individual or blended magnetic and piezo pickup signals, according to the player's control selections.
Used with a stereo (TRS) cord and an external accessory box (both available separately), this feature allows you to split the piezo and magnetic signals to individual amps or PA or recording channels, further multiplying the Les Paul Standard 2010 Limited's sonic capabilities.
The Les Paul Standard 2010 Limited's vastly improved output jack also includes a built-in active, low-impedance preamp comprising Gibson's new, proprietary LP-Z High Definition Impedance Circuit, designed and named in honor of the late Les Paul's constant quest for high-definition guitar tone.
The player can select either a traditional, passive high-Z output, or the LP-Z's active low-z output. The difference has been compared to the visual difference in moving from old low-definition TV systems to a new high-def system, and the clarity and depth of tonal improvement that it brings to the game have to be heard to be believed.
The Les Paul Standard 2010 Limited's hardware includes an upgraded set of components designed for maximum tone and function. Although it looks like the traditional Tune-o-matic model introduced in 1954, its bridge carries individual piezo-pickup-loaded saddles, and is partnered with a new tailpiece engineered for maximum string-to-body coupling.
The headstock of the Les Paul Standard 2010 Limited is equipped with Gibson's revolutionary Robot Tuners, originally introduced on the Robot Guitar, then improved for the Darkfire and Dusk Tiger. You can access any preset tuning in less than one second, which means you can realistically change tunings in the middle of a song, if needed, and the Les Paul Standard 2010 Limited even includes an added bank of tuning presets. What's more, the tuners are automatically engaged to operate both electronically or individually by hand.
Tuning Capacity/Battery Longevity
The Les Paul Standard 2010 Limited's battery system and power circuit have also been significantly improved to last nearly twice as long, even with the guitar's enhanced performance. You can now expect nearly 500 tunings from a single charge.
The Les Paul Standard 2010 Limited comes with two rechargeable batteries of a type that are widely available and can be replaced at most convenience stores, along with a wall-plug battery charger. Batteries are changed in seconds via a click-latch door in the back of the guitar, so you can even keep a spare charged battery in your pocket and change in the middle of a live set, if necessary.
The Les Paul Standard 2010 Limited carries a groundbreaking reinvention of the classic Tune-o-matic which actually consists of six individual piezo pickups ” one for each saddle/string ” so the Les Paul Standard 2010 Limited's bridge is not only a functional piece of hardware, but is also at the heart of the guitar's tonal capabilities.
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I purchased this guitar in April 2010 and due to Nashville floods and other delays just received it in November 2010. Sound: The sounds from the P90H pickup and the Burstbucker 3 in this guitar rendered with the tonal qualities of the AA woods used in the construction is astounding. I have compared this side by side with my Les Paul Studio Silverburst and this guitar, hands down, sounds better. It has also been quite fun messing with the Piezo pickups to render a more acoustical sound. So, if you stop reading this review any further, just know that this is a fantastic sounding Gibson Les Paul Standard, regardless of the additional feature set. Looks: The AA quality woods used in the Fireball finish doesn�ۡ���t get any better. This Fireball finish is flawless. I have closely examined my finish and the guys at Gibson got it right. The maple wood cap shines through while the edges are hot red and black to create a unique look. The mahogany back and the neck finish are also flawless. The nearly black edge of the guitar just adds to the overall great look and appeal. The chrome truss rod cover and chrome covers to the P90H and BurstBucker 3 all match well and help add to the impressive looks. The fret board is made of Grade A ebony and I believe this contributes to the playability (see below) and enhances the exceptional look. Playability: When received, the action was a little high and I was struggling at the high notes. I had to make a truss rod adjustment and screw the bridge all the way down �ۡ���� problem solved. The fret board is made of Grade A ebony and overall, the action is fast and smooth sliding up and down the neck. Robot Tuners: This is one of the main reasons I wanted this guitar. Most of the songs I play are tuned to E, Eb and Dropped D. This guitar makes it so easy to drop down to Eb from E or tune up to E from Eb. It literally takes about 6 seconds. There are 8 other tunings such as DADGAG that I have never really played with, but am looking forward to learning some new songs to these alternate tunings. Again one of the reasons I picked up the guitar. The destringing and stringing is also way faster than a traditional guitar using the Robot Tuners. Chameleon Tone Technology: This is the part I�ۡ���m still learning using the MCK (Master Control Knob). The guitar is all analog, not digital, but there are pre-set sounds that Gibson created in the studio to have the guitar render sounds as if it�ۡ���s a 58 Gibson Les Paul, a Fender Stat, etc. There are about 22 presets and another 66 you can customize yourself. Extras: The guitar comes with a very cool custom white Gibson case with a customized chrome logo that says Gibson Les Paul Standard Limited. The output jack is a locking jack and can accept both traditional guitar cables and XLR cables. It is also a low-Impedance preamp output jack that that increases the clarity and quality of the output signal, which may be part of the reason this guitar sounds so good. Overall, I am extremely happy, look forward to playing this every day, and consider my $$ well spent and I know as with all Gibson Les Pauls, this guitar will holds its value going forward.
The les paul is suppose to be natural this isn't..... The robot parts make me cry.... The rest of the spec aren't bad, but they should make the les paul standard like they have done in the past....
Out of all of the reviews I am the only one who actually owns the guitar and I love it. When my Dark Fire broke I had Gibson replace it with this and I like it much more. The pickups and robotuners are the same but the MCK is completely different and similar to the Dusk Tiger, although Gibson considers this the 4th generation robot guitar in the manual, thus a step of from the Dusk Tiger. It has a beautiful body and it is one of the nicer Les Paul's I have played. The neck is amazing and it feels like a real Gibson Les Paul, not a poor quality instrument that some people claim it is. However unlike the previous robots this does not include the RIP or the recording software. You have to buy the RIP and other accessories seperately if you want to use it in a studio enviroment and take advantage of the hex pickup. The LP-Z circuitry is also really nice and allows you to plug directly into a mixing board, which I like for recording. The guitar is also purely analog for those who claim they do not like digital circuitry. Overall it is a great guitar and is definitly worth the money.
I've played the dusk tiger, which has the same electronics, and I must say it is a great music machine. I don't get it why people complain about this guitar, because of the electronics. If you don't like it, then there a loads of other Gibson guitars you can by, and they are cheaper too. I really like to own a guitar like this, because of the different sounds you can get out of it, and it's all analog, no modelling. Then the auto tune feature is great. Some people like tuning their guitar, I don't. When I pick up my guitar, I want to play straight away, and every song is available with all the different tunings with just one strum. I really like the fact that the Gibson company has the guts to try something new. Thumbs up for Gibson, because there is definitely a market for guitars like this !!!!
This thing is just beautiful to look at. Too bad it's a robot guitar. yeah, its great revolutionary technology, but i happen to enjoy tuning my freakin' guitar. it's a part of the guitar player experience. and god forbid i have to get the thing serviced. my local tech already told me he ain't messin' with the robots. he's sending it to gibson. so, basically, if it goes nuts, and it will becuase it's a machine, you're out of luck. i'll buy me a freakin fender (forgive me oh great Les Paul), before I buy this crazy thing! whatever happened to making a guitar that most people can afford and actually want to. Even if i had the money I would not buy this thing.
Finally Gibson makes a robot guitar that looks normal and more traditional. The dark fire is a great guitar, but it just looked different, and the dusk tiger was just weird. Ive been waiting to buy a robot guitar that looks more normal and now that they have I am definitely getting one of these. Its good to see Gibson making this, although the fact that their only making 400 of em sucks. If you want a regular les paul without the robot guitar stuff just buy a les paul standard. This is for people who want the robot tech in their guitar, but dont want it to look terrible like the dusk tiger.
Gibson makes great guitars but they are off their rocker making a les paul standard with the robot parts. Leave the robot parts to the robot guitar and give me a guitar built the way gibson is known for. Not some fancy show off guitar as a les paul standard. Leave the block inlays to the les paul custom and give me grover tuners not these things. Make dual P-90s or dual burstbuckers cause the way it is now is ugly.
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