I bought this guitar brand new from Guitar Center in December 2012. I had it ordered from another store because I wanted this particular color and model. It came to me sealed in its original box from Gibson (it was never on display).
Since then the guitar has never left my smoke free, climate-controlled home (except for when I had it professionally set-up a couple weeks ago). I have always treated the guitar with kid gloves, played it very lightly, and kept it in its case 100% of the time when not in use. I have never attached a strap to it. For the first couple of years I played the guitar very rarely.Since then I have played it for about 3-4 hours a week. In very bright light the slightest marks can be seen on the first 3 frets at the B-string. They are hardly noticeable and I believe they would polish out easily. The only'scuff' on this guitar is so small that you probably wouldn't even notice it. It's a tiny area on the very tip/corner of the right side of the head stock where the black finish wore off (it can be seen if you zoom in and look closely at the upper right corner of the headstock on photo #9).
It is not a chip or anything noticeable to the touch. Other than that the guitar is like new. The guitar is totally stock, and there are no chips, dings, or scratches. It still has a strong "cake batter" smell that comes from the finish applied at the factory.
This guitar was Plek'd (see definition below) at the Gibson factory, and it had the Plek'd sticker on the pick-up cover until a couple weeks ago, when I had the guitar professionally set up with new D'Addario strings. It plays and sounds great.
The OHSC is in mint condition and is included with the case candy pictured. This includes the set of new strings that came with the guitar.
Description of the 2012 Les Paul Standard from the Guitar Center website. All the sumptuous ingredients that makes the Les Paul name great are in the 2012 Gibson Les Paul Standard Electric Guitar in spades: your choice of a skillfully carved plain or AAA figured maple top on a mahogany back perfectly joined to a mahogany neck, Burstbucker Pro pickups each fitted with coil-split capability, locking tuning machines, and neck and body binding, this is truly a full-featured, loaded Les Paul and now features a compound-radius rosewood fretboard.Also, new modern weight relieving is carefully applied inside the mahogany back to provide outstanding balance while optimizing the sonic capabilities of the guitar. Gibson' 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. The Burstbucker Pro features an Alnico V magnet (instead of the Alnico II), which offers 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 coils, true to the original PAFs, which 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. A high-quality Switchcraft output jack ensures a perfect connection to your cable allowing the purest signal to leave the guitar. In addition to controlling tone, one is a phase switch which allows for new tonal flavors, especially when used in combination with the coil-splitting feature.
The bridge and neck pickups can each be split via their own push/pull switch on the volume knob to achieve a single-coil tone. This coil-tapping function allows you to instantly achieve brighter, snappier tones from this humbucker-loaded guitar, to replicate the sounds of other classic guitars equipped with single-coil pickups, and to return to the Les Paul Standard's thick, warm, powerful, full-humbucking tone at the push of a knob. Frequency-tuned Fat Tap coil tapping creates a fatter single coil tone with great output and balance when switching from dual to single coils.
Single coil configurations are specially designed to be hum-reducing. The 2012 Les Paul Standard is fitted with Gibson' classic 60s slim-taper neck profile, which is the more modern, slim-tapered neck most commonly associated with the Les Paul and SG models of the early 1960s.A compound radius rosewood fingerboard allows for comfort, speed and precision at all points up and down the neck. It accommodates lower string height while achieving unrestricted, smooth, upper-register string bending. The 2012 Les Paul Standard is outfitted 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. Carved AAA flame maple top (plain top on solid colors). 24.75 Scale mahogany'60s slim-taper set neck. Rosewood fretboard with compound radius. Individual volume and tone controls. Grover locking keystone tuning machines. Description of Plek'd from the Gibson Website. New Gibson guitars have a reputation for dialed-in, off-the-shelf playability.
To fine-tune and assure that highly desirably quality, Gibson has invested in state-of-the-art fret-dressing PLEK machines. The first two arrived at the Gibson Custom Shop in 2006, but as of this year every instrument built by both Gibson USA and the Custom Shop will benefit from the PLEKing process. The best way to experience the results of the PLEK process is to visit your favorite music retail shop, pull any new Gibson guitar or bass off the wall, plug it in and play. But theres a lot of history and technical precision behind that instant playability.The machines were developed by musician and guitar instructor Gerd Anke with his partner Michael Dubach, who called their company PLEKTRON when it was founded in 1990. The goal of the PLEK process they created is to guarantee the best possible string action for each instrument. Simply put, a guitar with optimized playability sounds better.
The strings do not strike the frets during playing and any intonation problems that may occur due to too-low string action are eliminated. Similarly, action thats too high is also a thing of the past with PLEKing. The PLEKing process is done by CNC (computer numerical control) machines, which use microprocessors to perform their tasks.That doesnt mean human craftspeople are excluded from this process. The PLEK machine is ultimately a tool to reduce variances between guitars, which allows Gibsons expert builders to do their jobs more efficiently.
At Gibsons USA plant and Custom Shop, PLEK machines are located on the former sites of the fret filing departments. Every guitar is adjusted and set that is, leveled and dressed using the machines. The PLEK devices are remarkably self-contained: glass boxes with armatures and other mechanisms to run their cutting tools and measuring devices over the guitars.
Gibson has created software templates for every model, and each machine takes about 10 minutes per guitar to work its magic. Gibsons first PLEK machines were initially used only for the Vintage Original Spec series, but the accuracy of their fret and nut profiling made them an immediate hit.They are the ultimate fret filers. Gibson makes custom braces to seat the guitars in the machines. The truss rod on each guitar is adjusted prior to being placed in a PLEK machine by using the STS module, a string tension simulator that supplements the PLEK machines.
Then the guitar enters the PLEK device and the machine simulates the string tension again while scanning the frets. The machines on-board computer takes a 3-D graphic look at the fretboard surface, including the simulated position and height of the strings. The machines operator uses a Virtual Fret Dress menu to determine how much needs to be cut off from each fret and to set the fretboard radius and amount of fall-off suited for the instrument.The graph allows the operator to see the height of each fret, how high each fret will be after processing and pre-PLEKing where fretboard buzzes could occur because of frets being too high or too low. When all the parameters for processing are determined, the frets and nut are cut to those parameters. The PLEK machines continue to simulate string tension as they adjust and file the frets and trim the nut. The machines can peel off just a thousandth of an inch if that is all thats required.
When the PLEK machine has completed its cycle the guitar rejoins the manufacturing line and all thats left is to hand polish the frets to a high gloss in the neck prep department. The item "2012 Gibson Les Paul Standard Blue Mist No Reserve Free Shipping" is in sale since Thursday, August 25, 2016.
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