A Gibson Les Paul in 1959 retailed for $265. According to an inflation calculator I used, that's $2486 today. Gibson lists a 60s Standard at $2499.
Whether that really corresponds to a $13 price bump over the past 62 years, adjusted for inflation, I can't say. You'd probably have to ask an...
I've only owned four. I still have the '94 Standard, but I've modded it a lot and had it repainted. I have a 2019 satin Les Paul Classic. It has a big old fat neck, and I still prefer the neck on the '94.
Ive had and traded or sold a 2008 Standard and a 2008 Traditional.
There are a few spots on the binding I'm going to go back and scrape.
As for the confidence, I've changed so much on that guitar already. It's a tool. I know that sounds crass to some ears here, but if it doesn't feel or look right, I'm gonna change it.
That said, I'm not dumb! If this was a...
My '94 Standard is it, but it took a lot of work to get there. I replaced the pick-ups twice, because the stock 490R/498T did not sound good to me at all. Their output was around 8K and 13 (yes) K. I moved through a set of Seymour Duncans, and then a set of Zhangbuckers. (Duanebucker in the...
My 94 plain burst was pretty beat up, so I had it refinished. I was looking for a bit darker green, but I'm happy with how it turned out! It is ding free, and my prediction is that will last a day or so. :)
Before and after.
Totally shameless Jimmy Page fan from my youth, so I HAD to have a Les Paul. It's weird.
For acoustics, I don't care about the brand on the headstock. I just searched for playability and tone within my price range.
For electrics, I guess I'm a snob, and had to have a Les Paul. OK, two... (I...
I have had two Pleked out at Mass Street Music in Lawrence, KS. When they re-fretted the 94 standard, they Pleked both the fret board and the new frets. I also had them to round the profile and Plek the frets on the '19 Classic.
Love 'em both now.