In late 1960, Gibson replaced the Les Paul body shape with the SG design. Between 1972 and 1975, if someone ordered as a Les Paul Deluxe with regular humbuckers instead of mini-humbuckers, the guitar would have the word "Standard" on the truss rod cover and would essentially be a Les Paul Standard. Gibson began producing the Les Paul Standard again as a regular catalog item in 1976.
Years of Production: 1952 - 1960, 1972 - 1975 (as Les Paul Deluxe), 1976 - present
Body Style: Single cutaway solidbody
Wood Composition: Mahogany body, Maple top, Maple neck, Rosewood fingerboard
Design Elements: Two humbucker pickups, trapezoid inlays, four control knobs, three-way pickup selector, white pickguard, bound fingerboard, stopbar tailpiece and Tune-o-matic bridge
Finish Specifications: Cherry Sunburst was a standard finish option when the Les Paul Standard was reintroduced.
Notable Les Paul Players: Jimmy Page, Slash, Neil Young, Alex Lifeson, Pete Townshend