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Gibson Les Paul Standard Cherryburst, 1998

Gibson Les Paul Standard Cherryburst, 1998

The Gibson Les Paul Standard Cherryburst, named as the Standard, didn’t appear until 1959 but in its sunburst form dates to 1958 and the move away from the Goldtop finish. The ‘Standard’ engraved truss rod cover came into use during 1976, At first appearance in 1952, the Les Paul model bore the familiar gold-top, and in 1954 the Les Paul Custom appeared in black, along with the Les Paul Junior. In 1955 the Les Paul Special was launched, without the carved Maple cap. Finishes included the ‘TV’ tint, intended to make the guitar better visible on black and white televisions.

Price: $1999.99 CAD
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Gibson Les Paul Standard Heritage Burst, 2012

Gibson Les Paul Standard Heritage Burst, 2012

One of the workhorse guitars for almost all genres, the Gibson Les Paul Standard can also be spectacularly attractive in a combination of bookmatched flame maple and sunburst. This guitar and example of this effect, in a Les Paul Standard dating to February 20 2012 and built at the Gibson Nashville plant. The arched top, flame maple, and heritage burst finish are a stunning combination. This is what comes to mind when one thinks,  “Les Paul Standard”.

Price: $1999.99 CAD
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❌ Sold ❌ Gibson SG Standard Heritage Cherry, 1996

❌ Sold ❌  Gibson SG Standard Heritage Cherry, 1996

The Gibson SG Standard is the successor to the Les Paul Standard, by way of Gibson’s 1961 complete redesign of the Les Paul models, and the loss of the Les Paul name that followed. There are a few small dents here and there, which have not broken the finish. Fret wear is light and the guitar plays well and is a comfortable weight – interestingly both examples weigh the same, 3.25kg or 7.15 pounds.

Price: $1000 CAD

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❌ SOLD ❌ Epiphone Elitist Les Paul Standard Sunburst, 2004

❌ SOLD ❌ Epiphone Elitist Les Paul Standard Sunburst, 2004

The Epiphone Elitist Les Paul Standard was built from 2003 to 2009, though there were earlier models under the ‘Epiphone Elite’ name. However, it turned out that Ovation was already using the ‘Elite’ name. These guitars were built by Fuju-Gen at Matsumoto, Japan for Gibson, as the high end of the Epiphone line. They use US made hardware and top quality woods. The fit and finish are top quality.

Price: $1000 CAD

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❌ SOLD ❌ Gibson SG SR VOS 1961 Les Paul Custom Shop Cherry, 2006

❌ SOLD ❌  Gibson SG SR VOS 1961 Les Paul Custom Shop Cherry, 2006

Here’s a wonderful piece that takes us all back. This is a Gibson SG SR VOS 1961, a reissue of the reworked 1961 Les Paul Standard with Lyre Vibrola and Cherry finish. This was the second version of the SG build – the initial production run had a side-to-side vibrola tailpiece. That was quickly replaced with the Maestro Lyre Vibrola, and this form was the SG Standard until the mid 1960’s. By 1963, the Les Paul name was removed for contractual reasons.

Price: $3200 CAD

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‼️ Reduced‼️ Gibson Midtown Standard Thinline Electric Red, 2011

‼️ Reduced‼️ Gibson Midtown Standard Thinline Electric Red, 2011

The Gibson Midtown appeared in late 2011 and was ultimately available in three versions – the Standard, Custom, and Standard P-90. It’s a chambered, F-Hole double cutaway design, but with a flat top and back. It also has a slightly tapered headstock, unusual for Gibson models. Here we’re looking at an early production Gibson Midtown Standard in Cherry Red finish. Its serial number dates it to October 28th, 2011 and construction at the Gibson shop in Nashville, Tennessee.

Price: $1400 CAD
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