Up for sale, a 1997 Gibson Les Paul Standard Plus in excellent, 100% original condition and in perfect working order. The carved maple cap on this upper tiered "Plus" iteration of the Standard is an absolute knock-out, with dimensional straight tiger flame extending liberally across the top, and broad bookmatched grain running perpendicular to the flame.
Weighing 10lbs 2oz, this Les Paul is a particularly punchy and round-sounding instrument with great sustain, due in part to the un-chambered mahogany body, which also lends this Standard a certain smooth growl and warmth. The stock humbuckers have a wide tonal palette, with the 490R neck pickup featuring Alnico II magnets and a more vintage-spec, PAF-style sonic range, while the Alnico V magnet 498T bridge pickup is overwound for extra power and authority. Professionally setup here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar, this Les Paul Standard is dialed in with 10-46 strings, slinky action, and solid intonation.
The one-piece mahogany neck has a slender '60s-style C profile carve with a fast, effortless feel and more roundness and shoulder as you travel up the fretboard, measuring .810" deep at the 1st fret and .965" at the 12th. The bound rosewood fretboard features pearloid trapezoid inlay, and the stock frets retain their full factory height with well-rounded crowns. The frets show just a hint of wear beneath the plain strings on frets 1-3, playing cleanly up the straight neck with a responsive, optimally adjusted truss rod. The nut has Gibson's traditional 1 11/16" width. The headstock retains the original "Standard" truss rod cover, and the original bolt bushing Gibson Deluxe tuning machines with greened keystone buttons are intact too.
All of the electronics work as they should, and the Gibson USA humbucker pair is wired to the original harness with untouched solder joints. The chrome hardware is positively gleaming, and all of the original plastic parts are present including the gold speed knobs which show a few superficial splits in the plastic, yet all knobs sit firmly on the pot shafts.
The lacquer finish is framed by deeply ambered body and neck binding, with some checking at the fret nibs. Cosmetic wear includes light buckle rash at the bass-side waist, with some additional finish scratches and minor marks mostly relegated to the back and body perimeter. The top is notably clean, with wear limited to one shallow mark on the bass-side lower bout edge where the forearm crosses the top and a couple pinhead-sized nicks adjacent to the knobs. The neck profile retains its smooth nitro gloss, free of palm wear with very faint lacquer checking.
A hardshell case is included.