Best and worst years for the Gibson Les Paul Standard

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by masterhiggins, Jun 10, 2019.

  1. masterhiggins


    Apr 22, 2005
    So for most of my young life I’ve been too poor to afford any nice gear and I’ve always dreamed of owning a Gibson les Paul standard. Now I actually have some money to buy one. Unfortunately Gibson stopped making them over 10 years ago. I’ve been looking for used ones online and notice that most of them are from 1990-2001. Is there a huge difference in the year and the quality between the ones from the 70s and from the 2000s? I assume the older ones are heavier and darker in tone? I don’t exactly have a frame of reference as I’ve never really played one. I’ve played the Epiphone les Paul and was really disappointed with the quality.
  2. jd56hawk


    Sep 12, 2011
    The Garden State
    What is it that you like about the Les Paul Standard bass?
    Looks, tone, playability?
    And how many Epiphones have you tried?
    Some are very good, some aren't.
    Same goes for the Gibsons.

    Other than that, if I had to have one, the newer ones look good and the tone isn't much different than the Thunderbirds...but they still weigh in the 10 lb neighborhood.
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  3. B-Mac

    B-Mac Happiness is a warm puppy and a great bass Gold Supporting Member

    I own a 2011 LP Standard
    The 2011 through 2013 LP Standard have oversized chambered bodies compared to the earlier Gibson LP Standard
    Just thought I’d bring this up in case you didn’t know

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  4. B-Mac

    B-Mac Happiness is a warm puppy and a great bass Gold Supporting Member

    I also own a 1998 Epiphone Standard Limited Edition which has the smaller guitar size body like same Year Gibson Les Pauls

    I think you should really try the Gibson Les Paul’s with the oversized chambered bodies.

    However 22 frets vs 20 frets
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  5. There were no Les Paul Standard basses in the 1970s.

    There was a Les Paul Triumph Bass along with short-lived Les Paul Signature Bass which served as the basis for Epiphone Jack Casady model. Neither of these have any real similarities to later Les Paul bass models apart from wearing a Gibson logo and sporting a 2+2 headstock.

    The models from 90s differ greatly from the ones produced in this millennium as well, when it comes to both electronics and design.

    Having said that, the recent ones - like the black one owned by @B-Mac - are likely the most usable of them all.

    Is there a particular year/sub-model that you have your eye on ?
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  6. sleddogn


    Sep 8, 2013
    Love My Dogs
    les paul.jpg If your into short scale there is the memphis model, i have one, its awesome, have the gold top version
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  7. A lovely bass indeed. These seem to be pricey when compared to their more conventional cousins, though. They are quite drool-worthy nevertheless.
  8. Reedt2000

    Reedt2000 Supporting Member

    Apr 26, 2017
    Central New Jersey
    I've never liked the LP basses but I've had a 2001 Standard Gold Top guitar since 2003. It is fantastic, great build quality, sounds like a paul, plays great.
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  9. masterhiggins


    Apr 22, 2005
    Great questions!

    To be honest, a lot the desire comes from the look and the sound that I hear from youtube clips. I've only tried one, which I owned (Cherry Sunburst). Here is what I liked and didn't:

    -Rich, Growly midrange tone

    -Build quality was terrible. The bridge ended up actually popping out of the holes in the body. Had to have it re-attached.
    -It wouldn't stay in tune for more than a week.
    -The action always had to be really high to avoid buzzing frets. As a result, playing it tired out my hands much sooner than my Schecter or Peavey. Even then there was still some buzzing or dead spots.

    I just figured that the build quality had to do with the fact that it was the cheaper Epiphone version. Ultimately I'd just like a Les Paul that has great build quality and tuners that would actually stay tuned.
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  10. ICM

    ICM Supporting Member

    I never have either, then I read this thread and saw this:

    Gold top semi hollow short scale. Super cool.
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