Martin Garrix can be seen holding a Gibson Les Paul Standard in ebony finish, with the pickguard removed (if you look closely you can see "Standard" written on the headstock). He played this guitar live for the song [In The Name Of Love](https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AeGfss2vsZg) with [Bebe Rexha](http://equipboard.com/pros/bebe-rexha). This photo was taken before the performance on Jimmy Fallon, which can be seen [here](https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A64qCEJtt_I).more
Used in 2006 in Rock am Ring version of A question of time. However later on Tour of the Universe version he used Gibson Firebird. Image credit [gettyimages, Norbert Millauer](http://media.gettyimages.com/photos/germany-martin-gore-of-british-pop-group-depeche-mode-performs-13-picture-id56590554)more
"These days, Mars may be an avowed Fender player, but he still appreciates classic Gibsons, like the Les Paul Custom he played during Mötley Crüe’s early days. At one time he owned three sunburst Les Paul Standards—two 1959s and a 1960—but he currently owns just one 1960 Les Paul Standard, which was a relatively recent replacement for the ones he was forced to sell." - [*Guitar World*](http://www.guitarworld.com/node/19047).more
“1959 Gibson Les Paul Standard. My first of the four original sunburst Les Pauls that I own. This guitar serial #9-0829 is named “Magellan”. I named this guitar after the great explorer because I managed to circumnavigate the globe with it on a world tour in 2011 battling airlines (especially in Australia) all to get the guitar to London to do a show filling in for the late great Gary Moore with the legendary Jack Bruce at Royal Festival Hall. Unfortunately I will never do that again as it is too dangerous to do so. I love this guitar and will always treasure it and will always be grateful to my friend Eliot Michael at Rumbleseat Music for his trust and generosity," says Joe Bonomassa, about his 1959 Les Paul Standard, on his [website](http://jbonamassa.com/joes-guitar-of-the-week/guitar-of-the-week-22-1959-gibson-les-paul-standard/).more
In this Instagram pic, "Captain" Kirk Douglass explains: "To answer your question @fenerman, this is Bernadette. She suffered many torchings during the making of this video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aCT9I1fFo7Q. My main LP to this day." The video he's referring to is a Heineken commercial he did, where he plays a fast solo, then throws the guitar to the ground and sets it on fire. He then puts out the fire with a Heineken beer. This tweet by GibsonGuitarNYC (https://twitter.com/GibsonGuitarNYC/status/13079664476) from 2010 reveals that it's a Gibson Les Paul Standard. The color most closely matches Desert Burst.more
At 8:45 in this video, Brian Farmer says "His oldest Les Paul that we have on the road, is a drop D, standard Drop D guitar. But it's a beautiful one as well. He has pre-amp switches on all of those and this is a [Nickel Rocker](http://equipboard.com/items/ghs-r-rl-nickel-rockers-roundwound-light-electric-guitar-strings) set."more
In [this image](http://imgur.com/emU81nG) from [Underworld's Instagram account](https://www.instagram.com/underworld/), Karl has posted a photo of his white LP (we can tell it's a Standard because it only has binding on the front). The guitar has been customized with decals and the addition of a [Roland GK-2A synth pickup](http://equipboard.com/pros/karl-hyde/roland-gk-2a-guitar-synthesizer-driver) (added by Underworld tech Mal Corbett with assistance from Kenton Electronics and mistakenly identified in [this interview](http://www.audiomasterclass.com/underworld-take-to-the-stage-thanks-to-the-unique-work-of-kenton-the-world-s-premier-bespoke-electronics-manufacture) as a "GK10 MIDI controller"). Interestingly, Hyde also owns a [Black LP Standard](http://imgur.com/zdviAot), which he has similarly modified with white letter decals and the same MIDI controller.more
On Greg's [official site](http://www.greglake.com/about_guitar.html) they display all of his guitars, including his Les Paul Standard. They write about this guitar that this is "one of several Les Paul's that have become part of Greg's personal collection. This one is an all original 1960 'gold top' Standard model, similar to ones used by Jeff Beck and Eric Clapton on many of their classic albums."more
Musician Zach Blair of Rise Against performs at KROQ's Almost Acoustic Xmas at the Gibson Amphitheatre on December 13, 2008 in Universal City, California. Zach's use of this guitar can be confirmed by this [gear guide](http://www.guitargeek.com/zach-blair-rise-against-guitar-rig-and-gear-setup-2009/) from guitargeek.com back in 2009.more
In this video hosted by the [Sjónvarp Víkurfrétta YouTube Channel](https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCBrRCG2CpWU5B3ocR6QycdQ), Brynjar Leifsson and Nanna Bryndís of the band Of Monsters and Men cover the song "Kids" by MGMT. Brynjar uses a Gibson Les Paul Standard in this video.more
"To me, it’s the Les Paul Standard. Humbucking pickups are great. I love the warm tones that you can get, and if you turn the treble up really high on the amp, you can get kind of a Fender sound, too, with a Les Paul. But you can’t get a Les Paul sound with a Fender." That was Gary's answer when he's asked about 'the perfect Les Paul'more
Jeff is using three main guitars with the Pumpkins -a Jackson King V, a Les Paul and a Fender Strat. One thing they all have in common is, of course, Seymour Duncan pickups. I had a chance to ask Jeff a few questions about the Pumpkins gig, and which Duncan pickups he was using – some in interesting applications – and why.more
In She & Him's music video for "In the Sun" M. Ward can be seen playing a Les Paul from 2:19min. In an interview with Gibson.com he admits that he played it just for the video since both band members are fans of Gibsons Les Paul. He also stated that a Les Paul was one of his first guitars.(http://www.gibson.com/news-lifestyle/features/en-us/she-and-him-0630.aspx)more
"This is a guitar known as Sputnik. Belonged to Neil X from Sigue Sigue Sputnik...It's an awesome sounding guitar and this guitar was actually the one that lead me on to Les Pauls many years ago," says Dan Hawkins, at 8:25. Dan Hawkins discussed this guitar in [Premier Guitar.](https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vp0I2ZKVwjk) He has Grover tuners on his 2000 Les Paul Standard. His brother, Justin Hawkins, bought him this guitar when "The Darkness" started. He has 2 guitars of the same year, same model. One of them is tuned to standard and one is tuned to Drop D (DADGBE).more
According to this [article](http://www2.gibson.com/News-Lifestyle/Features/en-us/Electric-Ladyland-555.aspx) from Gibson.com, "With eyebrow-skimming bangs, ankle boots, and a chugging Les Paul Standard, Allison Robertson of the Donnas has singlehandedly restored the glitter and gumption of ’80s rock."more
"Alan – Black late 1980s Les Paul standard with Rio Grande P-90 pickups & a bigsby trem. I have a few Les Pauls & they’re all pretty exciting to play (most Les Pauls are not), but this one seems the most reliable & consistent. It’s a very heavy piece of wood & whoever had it before me played it a lot. I used to play telecasters with a humbucker & bigsby, but then I crossed over like DRI. In the studio, I’ll usually use several different guitars to get different textures, plus it kinda helps justify having more guitars than you really need. On tour, I’m usually doing it all with just the one."more
I also play a Les Paul Standard that is custom-made. It’s a cherry-red guitar that’s semi-hollowbody so it’s not so heavy. I can’t play that black Les Paul any more because it’s too heavy for me. I’m not gonna do it! I’m not going to wear that tree-trunk around my neck any more. - See more at: http://iheartguitarblog.com/2014/09/interview-veruca-salts-louise-post.html#sthash.3cazMsc7.4tSHwyk1.dpufmore
“I've got a 1991 Les Paul Classic, stock. That's been one of the main ones, but I've also got my 2007 Lemon Drop Les Paul Standard. I'm a little 'disabled' as a female as I don't have the largest hands in the world, so all my Les Pauls have the 1960s-profile necks. They're not chambered, but I do buy ones that are as light as possible. They're not your big 10lb boys! And when you're dragging them round an airport every day, Les Pauls seem to get heavier. But I love them."more
According to Guitar Geek's rig diagram, Finck has more Les Paul Standards, with one of them being an early 1980's white Gibson, which is called "Blondie" and tuned to D#G#C#F#A#D#, and one is 1985 black Gibson Les Paul, which is tuned to D#G#C#F#A#D# and CG#C#F#A#D#. (Half step down and drop C#.)more
Sterenberg uses a Les Paul Standard in tobacco sunburst. It can be see here in a picture from a show with La Dispute at The Fillmore on June 15, 2016. In an email from 2012, Chad said: "Hi Tom, I appreciate your compliments on the album. I hope this information finds you well. Guitars: Gibson Les Paul Studio, Les Paul Standard. I've had the Studio for years and I love it, I recently picked up a Standard and I like that too, but I realized I don't like owning expensive things; I think I worry about it too much..." You can tell he is using the standard because of the binding on the top.more
"You play a 2005 Gibson Les Paul Standard. Why does that guitar work so well in Vintage Trouble? I grew up being a Fender guy. I was into Strats and Hendrix and Rory Gallagher; I never played Les Pauls. It’s a hard guitar to play. I bought one six years ago and couldn’t play it – didn’t sound right. So I put it in the closet. But once we started working on the early demos for the first couple of songs, I thought it would be really cool with a Les Paul and a tweed amp, so I brought it out of the closet. I really liked it and I started playing it all the time and I couldn’t stop."more
From a [2009 guitarsite interview](http://www.guitarsite.com/news/features/interview_with_colin_macdonald_and_john-angus_macdonald_from_the_trews/): "I have twin black Les Paul Standards (more Paul and less Paul - more is equipped with p94 single coil pick-ups) and a ‘74 custom that I had Les Paul sign when I met him in New York City in '06"more
"The main thing I'm using is...I have a Custom Shop Les Paul and it's just...like an R8 or R9, how you call it. And I've had this for about 4-5 years and this is kind of mine "go-to" guitar and it's just a great sounding Les Paul. It's kind of medium-heavy weight, it's the stock pickups that came on it, it's one of those kind of guitars where I just plug it in and I start to play with it, I love it. It fits my hand great, it stays in tune great, so I usually start my day, or when I get my sounds up at the beginning of the day, I'll play this guitar because I know what it sounds like." - Greenberg about his Gibson Les Paul Standard.more
For a while in the late 2000's I had an '89 (or maybe 88, I'm getting old) cherry burst standard. You know how the post-norlin standards were made until the introduction of weight relief so I won't bore you with details.
I wanted to love this guitar, but it had some classic LP flaws. For starters, there was a rise at the heel that made her tough to set up. Next, she would not hold tune when I was doing a lot of bending on the B string. Classic Gibson. Adding to my set-up woes, the bridge was bending in the middle because the previous owner had player her with 11s and 12s ("they call em regular strings for a reason, regular guys use em," you shoulda seen what this guy did to this 61 SG reissue he won in a raffle at GC... took me forever to take the twist out of the neck so he could sell it!). Also, the stock electronics sounded kinda boxy and blah even through an ac30 or a Plexi.
That said, I made everything work and got her playing well without investing more dough into her and took her on the road for a while. Months of chiropractor sessions later I decided she was too heavy and sold her back to my friend (he missed her anyway). This LP clocked in just shy of 10lbs. SO heavy. TOO heavy.
It occurs to me now as I write this review that this guitar was kinda boxy and sterile unplugged and didn't have the vibrancy I now expect from a carve top. Maybe the pickups were okay and the guitar's weight was to blame. I find the LPs under 9lbs without weight relief or chambering truly sound the best. At approximately 10, this LP was at a serious disadvantage. The strings just couldn't drive the body to resonate nicely. What reached the stock pickups just wasn't special. Even a set of real PAFs with magic winding patterns achieved by rube goldburg (read: leesona) machines, alnico cast using forgotten lore and fairy dust judiciously sprinkled in the adamantium covers by the wee folk who inhabited the old kalamazoo MI shop (which vintage enthusiasts imply must look a lot like that tree the Keebler elves inhabit, though now its the Heritage factory and its manned by mortal men) probably couldn't have made this guitar good.
This guitar taught me a lot about weeding through a lot of Gibsons before buying and also not getting too attached to one until you've played a lot of shows with it. Gibson from any affordable era is a crap shoot, even custom shop stuff. I let my ears and hands decide these days because in this instance I was blinded by the looks of this les paul and a little jealousy of the new rhythm guitarist's standard. Not that his paul was really special, it just looked special...
So I chanced my LP Platinum just for the flash looks, but next time out I will weed through a stack of well worn Gibbies or just get a Greco or Tokai with proper 59 specs. Those bad boys are fairly light from old-growth wood and all that. And the craftsmanship is more consistent than anything Gibson has done since '60? Well, anything they've done LP-wise. The irony is that I am not a big LP guy. I like 2 cutaways on an electric. But I always feel obligated to own at least 1 singlecut carve top. Its like a requirement to bring the rock.
This guitar is a charm to play and the fact that it’s not as heavy as older Les Paul is a great thing. The 2 Bursbuckers Pickups who have an excellent sound can also be split as a single coil, and in 2013 it was so affordable if you compare to the 2015 !
This is my #1 and has been since my wife (girlfriend at the time) got it for me. That was 1989. Pups have been swapped to Electric City Pickups Garden Tribute set. T-top in the neck and vintage PAF wind in the bridge. Other than that it's all stock and rock solid with a ton of miles on her but she's still a looker and still feels great.