Video: Les Paul Standard vs. Studio vs. Traditional vs. Custom and Beyond

Gibson has been making Les Pauls for decades, and in that time, the historic guitar company has spun off the core design into thousands of different model variations, limited editions, reissues, and one-offs, often changing specs year-to-year and era-to-era. From budget-friendly Les Paul Juniors and Tribute models to high-end, small-batch Custom Shop replicas of famous instruments, the Les Paul seed that was planted in the early '50s has grown into a dense forest of guitar specs. Models vary so much that it would be impossible to cover all the ins and outs within the confines of one video.

If you happen to be in the market for a Les Paul, the full spread of Les Pauls is a lot to get your head around, but in this video, we aim to give a basic outline of some of the core Les Paul variants to provide a good starting point for anyone on a quest for a single-cutaway Gibson.

Here are the Les Paul variations featured in the video:

For further information on how these different Les Paul models compare—and to learn how to choose the right one for you—take a look at our complete Gibson Les Paul buying guide.

Buying Guide: Gibson Les Pauls
An Overview of Key Les Paul Models and Buying Considerations
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