The big guitar news while I was gone appears to be Gibson’s release of the Les Paul Standard 2010 Limited –– a strictly limited run of guitars boasting fairly traditional LP looks mixed with Gibson’s “robot” tuning technology, a P-90 neck pickup, a BurstBucker 3 bridge pickup, a piezo bridge-unit, and “Chameleon Tone Technology,” making this clearly one of the most dizzyingly versatile Les Pauls ever produced… As Gibson puts it––
“From the raw, biting crunch of a hot, chrome-covered, hum-canceling P-90H in the neck position and the sizzling wail and punch of an overwound BurstBucker 3 in the bridge, to the subtle acoustic response of its piezo bridges saddles — and any conceivable blend of the three… — the Les Paul Standard 2010 Limited really does pack all the tonal colors of the rainbow.”
Other features will include a Grade-AA flamed maple top, Grade-A chambered mahogany back, a single-piece mahogany neck with 60’s SlimTaper Neck Profile, a new “Fireball” ‘burst finish on top, deep Vintage Sunburst with a dark cherry center on the back and sides, a dark Grade-A ebony fretboard, and a chrome truss rod cover.
Hardware includes a re-working of the classic Tune-o-matic bridge, now sporting individual piezo-pickups in each of the saddles, a brand new tailpiece which was built to produce maximum string-to-body coupling, and of course a set of Robot Tuners for instant automated tuning.
In fact, according to Gibson, the Les Paul Standard 2010 Limited’s power system has been re-vamped from earlier “Robot” models, and you can now expect 500-tunings per battery. The guitar ships with two batteries, and independent charger, owner’s manual, and a Limited Edition white hardshell case with plated emblem.
The Les Paul Standard 2010 Limited will be produced in a Limited Edition run of just 400 instruments, and is currently selling for a street price in the mid $3,000 range.