The new Gibson 2017 Les Paul Standard “Painted-Over” Series is the US guitar builder’s latest offering for their popular Les Paul Standard models, but this time they look as though they have all taken a severe beating!
We all know the premise by now, you take a brand new guitar and you make it look like it has been gigged by a guitar sadist and is now the preferred axe of some Mad Max road warrior of a guitarist. Gibson have now finally succumbed to this look and the new ‘Painted-Over’ series looks to me very much like the Fender Custom Shop’s idea of how a beaten up, re-finished guitar should look.
A historic mash-up of colours?
My real issue here is it is all very stylised and contrived. I fear that it will look dated very soon, and it looks quite artificial. At a distance I am sure it will look okay, so if you are on stage you’ll look cool (no, really you will, honest). But when you’re up close it looks a bit daft.
These guitars fair better in some colour combinations than others and so certain combinations of colour might sell a lot faster than others. They aren’t exactly cheap and I can’t see these being a big seller. But if you like ‘relic’ finishes, you will probably be drawn to this look.
The specifications are those of a good quality Les Paul. The pickups are a pair of Alnico III Custom Buckers while the body is fairly standard (mahogany), with a maple cap, mahogany neck and rosewood fretboard. So nothing unusual here.
The available finishes encompass Black over Gold, Black over Cherry Sunburst, Classic White over Cherry Sunburst, Gold over Cherry Sunburst and Kerry Green over Darkburst. The styling, though, is a bit silly for my taste. I’ll pass on owning one of these, I think.
RRP – Starting at USD 5299 inc hard case
Gibson Les Paul Standard ‘Painted-Over’ Series product page