Gibson Les Paul Standard Oxford Gray damaged

Gibson Les Paul Standard Oxford Gray damaged  ·  Source: Gibson

Gibson Les Paul Standard Oxford Gray chipped back

Gibson Les Paul Standard Oxford Gray chipped back  ·  Source: Gibson

Gibson has announced a new colour scheme or two for 2017 for their Les Paul Standard range. What is more interesting to me is they have used a shot of a damaged guitar for their promotional material on the website!

Damaged Goods

With an RRP of USD $4799, you would think that Gibson would have at least chosen an undamaged guitar for their promotional materials surely? Well, unfortunately not. This is the marketing shot the company has published here:

Just check the back of the guitar on the screen shot below and you will see an obvious chip on the bottom edge of the guitar.

Looking good?

“Gray never looked so good” is the heading they chose to use for this guitar. How ironic. They clearly let this ‘good looking’ guitar through the net and into the wild. Quality control?

Gibson Les Paul Standard Oxford Gray damaged and chipped

Gibson Les Paul Standard Oxford Gray damaged and chipped

Chipped!

How did this get through proof reading the site? You can clearly see a big chip out of the Oxford Gray paint job!

Gibson Les Paul Standard Oxford Gray damaged, closeup

Gibson Les Paul Standard Oxford Gray damaged, closeup

 

Gibson Les Paul Standard Oxford Gray damaged

Gibson Les Paul Standard Oxford Gray damaged

 

Gibson Les Paul Standard Oxford Gray damaged

Yes, definitely a damaged Les Paul.

 

Standards

I have been saying for a while that Gibson’s standards have been dropping, but this one is a bit of an embarrassment even for them, surely?

Launching a brand new colour and then putting up damaged promo shots on your own site is not a great way to encourage your customers to part with their hard earned cash.

RRP – USD 4799

Gibson Les Paul Standard 2017 in Oxford Gray  page

 

by Jef
  • João Telha

    Maybe the photo is fine and the guitar is meant to be like that: the marketing guys at Gibson just forgot to mention that it’s a very mild relic’d finish, made in the USA by highly skilled artists, and it replicates the day some guitar hero clumsily took his brand new guitar out of the case for the first time (hence the hefty price tag, of course). 🙂

    • Peter D. Lamborn

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  • Liam Merwede

    Don’t worry, Gibson will damage it a bit more, stick on a “Custom Shop” label, up the price with $2,000, and pass it off as a light relic.

    • T Douglas Boleyn

      People who want it road worn are those that’ll never play a live show or take it off the wall. Posers suck.

  • Scott Goldman

    Looks as Meh as the price.

  • TonyB

    Damaged? Or road worn/pre-aged/relic? Some people pay extra to have the finish damaged. Now you complain! You want it all ways!

    • T Douglas Boleyn

      People who want it road worn are those that’ll never play a live show or take it off the wall. Posers.

    • irish

      Of course, Tony!
      People seem to ALWAYS want it ALL-WAYS!
      😉
      https://youtu.be/KoM58xxTX-A

  • Peter D. Lamborn

    No Les Paul is worth that, even undinged.

  • Edsel

    Standards are 5k now?

  • F Munky

    Did the photographer actually look at what they were shooting? Surely, this is an obvious issue with a promotional photograph? Or does Gibson no longer have a decent photographer on their payroll perhaps?

  • jclyerly

    Actually the damage is on the inside of the top edge.

  • John Splntr

    Looks like the pic has been fixed now. The real issue is who thought painting a Les Paul GRAY was a good idea??? Blech…

    • T Douglas Boleyn

      Pelham blue is the closest I’d get to gray. I agree with you.

  • lane darby

    probably the best they could find.
    now days the Epiphone line beats Gibson on fit and finish hands down. QC at Gibson really stinks. I played a $1500 es-339 and ended up with a better playing Epiphone for $400. Pickups were the only thing that the Gibson had going for it. rough frets, poor finish, cracks around the bridge mounting studs. just felt cheap.

  • Henry strikes again…

  • Secret Squirrel

    Yeah, but it was chipped by Slash as he flicked his cigarette into the sawdust, so the price went up.

  • Guys, look closely and you’ll notice it was just a digital corruption error in the photo upload when they were in photoshop putting the guitar pictures together. The original photo was fine and they corrected the error, it’s not a damaged guitar.

    • irish

      Bummer! I liked the idea of a fuck up. Makes me feel more normal and human!
      Thanks for the follow up tho…..
      Regards,
      T.B
      https://youtu.be/KoM58xxTX-A

      • Liam Merwede

        Hahahaha.

  • George Hummel

    Jeez, in the digital age they could at least FIX THE PICTURE!

  • Jason Johnson

    Such anal retention…

  • Calis Sims

    $4799 for an old log.

  • Dave Pheifer

    who cares?…if it sounds good and feels good, what’;s the problem?

    • T Douglas Boleyn

      Epiphone is the same spec for the most part, costs 1/4 of that price.

    • Colin Wright

      The grey looks shit anyway

      • D Man

        I’m always a bit suspicious of a solid coloured guitar, regardless of the brand, as I feel they are hiding something… usually 2nd or 3rd rate timbers with knots and faults in in it.

        • Junior

          Unless it’s a CS Goldtop. I’ve seen some of them, that were converted to ‘busts, that had AAAAA tops hiding underneith all that gold paint.

  • T Douglas Boleyn

    That grey is olive green. I’m not a fan of Gibson in the first place. I’ll never pay over $1200 for a mass production guitar. I prefer Epiphone. I paid $600 for a Pelham Blue LP Standard, which I put through a mild custom overhaul: EMG 57/66 Chrome, Aluminum Bullet knobs, Oval chrome strap retainers.

    I used to work for Mayones Custom Shop in Gdansk Poland, so I know the value of a quality guitar. If I buy a guitar for over $1200, I’d best not have to do anything to it to personalize it.

    What are you getting from this $4000+ LP that you can’t get from an Epiphone? Just showing off your inability to make good financial decisions. You could have purchased six good Epiphone LPs, and added gear.

    • FlushTheFool

      “What are you getting from this $4000+ LP that you can’t get from an Epiphone?”
      A headstock that doesn’t look like a peg leg?

      • Jef

        You do have to question the value of such instruments, especially with their serious lack of quality control these days.

        A good Gibson can be a great instrument, but I have found that you really do have to search to find a really nice one. I’d be happy playing an Epiphone and have no brand loyalty, so I can see where you are coming from.

  • irish

    For some reason, this does not bother me. In fact, it reminds me of the supermodel quandary; how fashion publications and ads objectify what “beauty”or perceived “perfection” of women (and men I guess) ostracizing the majority of our species whom don’t for in that framework. It also occurred to me perhaps the photog chipped it and clammed up!
    Regardless, it a nice ax, and this certainly created a BUZZ!
    ANY publicity is good publicity, yea?

    Peace,
    Irish

    https://youtu.be/KoM58xxTX-A

  • irish

    For some reason, this does not bother me. In fact, it reminds me of the supermodel quandary; how fashion publications and ads objectify what “beauty”or perceived “perfection” of women (and men I guess) ostracizing the majority of our species whom don’t for in that framework. It also occurred to me perhaps the photog chipped it and clammed up!
    Regardless, it a nice ax, and this certainly created a BUZZ!
    ANY publicity is good publicity, yea?

    Peace,
    Irish

    https://youtu.be/KoM58xxTX-A

  • Gary Loader

    If you look at the side photo of the neck, there seems to be a chip on the headstock too

  • Junior

    Probably barrowed it from Guitar Denter?

  • Duke of Wolves

    Yeah, but it was chipped by Slash as he flicked his cigarette into the sawdust, so the price went up.

    • Jef

      I thought maybe Axl had knocked it over when he had rushed past the guitars to get to the doughnuts on the backstage rider.

  • Angel

    who cares?…if it sounds good and feels good, what’;s the problem?

    • Jef

      Image. Funnily enough, many players have an image of Gibson and this rightly or wrongly tarnishes the brand.

      But I agree, if it plays well and sounds good then it isn’t a huge deal. Just we live in a world where image and branding play a huge part on how and why we buy instruments.

  • Lasse

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  • lucas beck

    Hahahaha.

  • David King

    Isn’t this the new “Pre-Dinged” model …. pay extra for it’s first ding so you don’t have to feel bad when you ding it! 😀