Gibson Les Paul Modern review – the Les Paul you’ve been waiting for

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Ever since the Late Fifties, when Gibson installed two humbucking pickups on the Les Paul Model electric guitar, gave it a sunburst finish and changed its name to the Gibson Les Paul Standard, the model has remained exactly that: a standard. From the late Sixties and onwards Gibson has introduced a wide variety of variants of the Les Paul model like the Classic, Studio, Traditional and Tribute, but, as those names suggest, most of these models were designed to deliver a vintage-inspired vibe that evoked the original Standard.

As great as these retrograde models are and were, they didn’t offer a lot for players whose tastes and preferences are more in line with forward-looking refinements and innovations. With the introduction of the new Les Paul Modern model, Gibson has finally rectified that situation by offering a modified version of the beloved Les Paul with the versatile features, fast playability and contemporary styling many of today’s players prefer. If you’ve always loved the sound of a Gibson Les Paul, but found the model just a little too outdated, the Les Paul Modern is the version you’ve been waiting for.

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Chris Gill

Chris is the co-author of Eruption - Conversations with Eddie Van Halen. He is a 40-year music industry veteran who started at Boardwalk Entertainment (Joan Jett, Night Ranger) and Roland US before becoming a guitar journalist in 1991. He has interviewed more than 600 artists, written more than 1,400 product reviews and contributed to Jeff Beck’s Beck 01: Hot Rods and Rock & Roll and Eric Clapton’s Six String Stories.