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Gibson Les Paul Standard 1981 Goldtop

  • Reverb Estimated Price Range

  • $1,800$2,800

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Date Source Condition Asking Final
Aug 2015 Reverb Excellent $1,995 $1,995
Aug 2015 Reverb Very good $1,500 $1,350
Jun 2015 Reverb Excellent $2,699 $2,699
Mar 2015 Reverb Excellent $2,200 $1,900
Aug 2014 Reverb Good $2,285 $1,800
Aug 2014 Reverb Very good $2,769 $2,275
Feb 2011 CME Very good $2,995 $2,700

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


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