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2002 Gibson Les Paul Standard Plus Flame Top Honey Burst 100% Original w/ Case, 57 Classic PAFs

$3,499.99

+ shipping

Up for sale, a 2002 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 tight three-dimensional flame figuring extending liberally across the top, and bookmatched grain running perpendicular to the flame.

Weighing 10lbs, this Les Paul is a particularly punchy and round-sounding instrument with great sustain, due in part to the mahogany body, which also lends this Standard a certain smooth growl and warmth. The original pair of '57 Classic PAF humbuckers are intact, wax potted with Alnico II magnets. These pickups translate the instrument's clear acoustic voice into a powerful array of big, crisp voicings. The bridge pickup has the growl, midrange cut, and dynamic responsiveness one expects, while the neck pickup is girthy and thick while still retaining enough clarity and definition for higher gain and complex chord voicings. 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 .815" deep at the 1st fret and .950" at the 12th. The bound dark rosewood fretboard features pearloid trapezoid inlay, and the stock frets retain their full factory height with well-rounded crowns. The frets show moderate wear beneath the plain strings on frets 1-4, with wear extending more faintly until fret 8. This Les Paul plays cleanly up the straight neck with a responsive, optimally adjusted truss rod, and the nut has Gibson's traditional 1 11/16" width. The headstock retains the original Gibson Deluxe Kluson-style tuners with push-in bushings and greened keystone buttons.

All of the electronics work as they should, and the Gibson USA humbucker pair is wired to the original harness. The nickel hardware has plenty of shine with just a touch of surface patina, and all of the original plastic parts are present.

The Honey Burst gloss nitro lacquer finish is 100% original, highlighting the bookmatched straight flame figuring which extends tastefully across the top, varied in its appearance with more curl on the edges of the carve. The top presents extremely well with just a few pinhead-sized marks on the lower bout behind the bridge, while the back exhibits light buckle rash at the bass-side waist, with some additional minor dings and light finish scratches. The neck profile retains its smooth gloss nitro finish, showing just one small spot of light stand wear central to the carve behind fret 7.

The original brown tolex Gibson USA hardshell case is included.