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New Asymmetrical Neck Prole


The 2008 Les Paul Standard debuts Gibsons newest neck prolean asymmetrical design that makes it one of the most comfortable and playable necks ever o!ered on any guitar. The new ergonomically-correct prole is tapered, and designed to be thicker on the bass side, and thinner on the treble side, closely outlining the natural form of the hand as it grips the neck. The 2008 Standard necks are machined in Gibsons rough mill using wood shapers to make the initial cuts. Once the rosewood ngerboard gets glued on, the restincluding the nal sandingis done by hand. That means there are no two necks with the exact same dimensions. So while it still has the basic characteristics of its respective prole, each neck will be slightly di!erent, with a distinct but traditional feel.

Pickups: Gibson Burstbucker Pros


Gibsons drive to recapture the magic of the original Patent Applied For humbucker pickups of the 1950s culminated with the introduction of the Burstbucker line in the early 1990s. In 2002, Gibson followed up this innovative accomplishment with yet another breakthrough in pickup designthe Burstbucker Pro, designed specically for the new Les Paul Standards. The Burstbucker Pro features an Alnico V magnet (instead of the Alnico II), which o!ers slightly higher output and allows preamps to be driven a little harder to achieve a more natural break-up. Like all Burstbuckers, the Burstbucker Pro has asymmetrical coilstrue to the original PAFswhich supply a more open sound. The Burstbucker Pro Neck is wound slightly less than the original PAFs, while the Burstbucker Pro Bridge is slightly overwound for increased output. The Burstbucker Pro pickups are also wax potted to allow loud volume pressures with minimal feedback.

Chambered Mahogany Body


Every new 2008 Les Paul Standard will benet from Gibsons proven chambering technique, which leaves each guitar with perfect tone, balance, and weight. Prior to gluing the maple cap on top of the mahogany body, the expert craftsmen at Gibson USA carve out carefully mapped-out chambers in the body using a Computer Numeric Controlled (CNC) router. The positioning of the routes was established after

Revolutionary Plek Set Up


The 2008 Les Paul Standard is one of the rst models from Gibson USA to utilize the revolutionary Plek machine in setting up the guitar. The Plek is a German-made, computer controlled machine that carefully measures each

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careful examination of the resonant characteristics of the Les Paul. Gibson approached this process with the awareness that every change to the formula would have repercussions on the instruments sound. So, in addition to relieving the stress on a players back and shoulder, these lighter Gibson guitars also enhance the tone palette in a manner unique only to these guitars. The results are comfortable, lightweight guitars that are acoustically louder, with increased sustain and resonance.

fret, along with the ngerboard height under each string, and then automatically dresses each fret, virtually eliminating string buzz and greatly improving the overall playability of the guitar. This pioneering process does in minutes what it takes a luthier several hourssometimes even daysto accomplish. Every fret is accurately aligned, and the guitar is properly intonated, leaving the instrument Plekd and amazingly playable.

Features
The Gibson Logo Angled Headstock Adjustable Truss Rod New Asymmetrical Neck Prole 22-Fret Rosewood Fingerboard Alloy Fret Wire Trapezoid Inlays Set-Neck Construction Plus Maple Top Chambered Mahogany Body Pickups: Gibson Burstbucker Pros TonePros Locking Tune-o-matic Bridge and Locking Stopbar Tailpiece Nitrocellulose Finish Body Binding Custom-Made Potentiometers Locking Neutrik Jack Locking Grover Tuners Revolutionary Plek Set Up New Enlarged Neck Tenon

TonePros Locking Tune-o-matic Bridge and Locking Stopbar Tailpiece


The Tune-o-matic bridge was the brainchild of legendary Gibson president Ted McCarty in 1954, setting the standard for simplicity and functionality that has never been bettered. The 2008 Les Paul Standard features TonePros locking Nashville Tune-o-matic in a chrome nish, which has saddle adjustment screws on the pickup side, and pre-notched saddles for quick installation. The chrome locking stopbar tailpiece is also from TonePros. These parts come with locking studs designed to secure both components rmly to the body so that there is no lean, yielding a great union between the strings and body which results in excellent tone and sustain.

Locking Neutrik Jack


Neutrik has been making superior electronic interconnection products since 1975, making them the logical choice to supply the performance safeguarding jack in Gibsons 2008 Les Paul Standard. Like many Neutrik products, the jack in the 2008 Les Paul Standard is manufactured from strong, high-grade thermoplastics and housed in a rugged diecast nickel shell. A retention spring inside the jack ensures optimum grip on any guitar cable, thus avoiding the chance of lost connection.

Locking Grover Tuners


The 2008 Les Paul Standard is outtted with locking tuners from Grover, which deliver ease of use through a standard tuner and positive locking mechanism that securely locks each string in place. Simply insert each string through the string hole, turn the dial on the bottom of the tuner to lock the string, and begin tuning. Each string can be tuned to pitch in less than one complete revolution of the post. These Grover machine heads feature completely sealed components with an improved 18:1 tuning ratio.

Custom-Made, Solderless Potentiometers


The 2008 Les Paul Standard features all newly designed controls, including custom-made, solderless potentiometers. These new potentiometers deliver accuracy and high reliability, while giving the Standard 08 a new level of sonic clarity and intensity never before seen in a Les Paul.

New Enlarged Neck Tenon


The 2008 Les Paul Standard sports a revolutionary enlarged neck tenon designed by Gibsons team of pioneering engineers. The expanded neck tenon features an innovative interlocking joint that allows the neck to be dropped into the body from the guitars top side, as opposed to sliding the neck in from the rim. When the glue is added, a solid unyielding bond is created that maximizes the wood to wood contact between the neck and the body, o!ering increased stability and superb transfer of vibration for enhanced tone, improved sustain, and superior resonance. It is also the largest neck tenon in the history of the Les Paul.

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