We are going to put the Gibson Les Paul Classic and the Fender Standard Stratocaster through their paces in this head-to-head comparison of two of the most legendary guitars in the annals of rock and roll history. Both of these guitars have been meticulously crafted to be instruments that are adaptable to a wide variety of playing styles and are dependable in any situation. They are well-known for their capacity to produce a consistent sound and for their ability to offer players a diverse array of tones to choose from. They are both capable of producing a wide range of sounds, from clean to thick distortion and even complex harmonics.
It is important to keep in mind that the Les Paul Standard is available in a variety of iterations when making a comparison between the Les Paul Classic and the Les Paul Standard. First and foremost, there are the 1950s and 1960s models of the Standard, in addition to the Slash signature model.
The price of each of these options is higher than that of the Les Paul Classic.
There is really only one Gibson Les Paul Classic, but you can get it in a number of different colors and finishes.
Our comparison of the Gibson Les Paul Classic and the Les Paul Standard will center on the Les Paul Standard ’50s model because it is one of the most popular models available. In addition, we are going to talk about some aspects of the Standard ’60s model that are a little bit different from the model from the ’50s.
In this comparison, there are a total of three “players,” which are as follows:
- Gibson Les Paul Classic
- Gibson Les Paul Standard ’50s
- Gibson Les Paul Standard ’60s
The differences between the two that are listed on the spec sheet are, as you can probably tell by now, not that significant at all. While this is going on, there is a price difference of $500 that is leaning towards the ’50s Standard.
Therefore, what exactly is the reason for such a disparity in price?
Why does the Les Paul Standard cost more than the other models?
When looking at the 61R and 61T Burstbuckers in the Classic, one might get the impression that those pickups are more affordable. However, the 61R and 61T are both included in the ’60s Standard, which costs the same amount of money.
One of the few things that we are able to speculate on is the possibility that the Classic series receives less “by-hand” work than the Standard series does. The hand-wired electronics that come standard with the ’50s Standard are specifically mentioned in the product description, but those that come with the classic are not.
When you have work done by hand on an instrument, such as a guitar, the price of that instrument will typically increase by a significant amount.
Because there is no difference between the two guitars in terms of the pickups, tonewood, electronics, or a Plek’d fretboard; this is probably the reason why the Les Paul Standard is more expensive than the Les Paul Classic. All of these components are extremely comparable to one another in both guitars.
Gibson Les Paul Classic
The Les Paul Classic is a little bit lighter than the Standard due to its 9-hole weight relief, which may also account for some of the price difference between the two models.
In addition to its more affordable price tag, the Classic model includes Grover brand tuners as well as the 61R and 61T Burstbuckers that were described earlier. We feel really good about choosing the Classic instead of the ’50s Standard even though it is more expensive than the Standard because it appears to provide some higher-end features, despite the fact that it is more affordable than the Standard.
Gibson Les Paul Standard (’50s version)
The ’50s Standard comes equipped with Gibson’s stock tuners, which are still of high quality, as well as the Burstbucker 1 and 2 humbuckers rather than the 61R and 61T models. It is not necessarily a step backward, but it is disappointing considering that the 1960s model of the Les Paul Standard includes these components once again while keeping the price tag at $2500. When it comes to these guitars, there isn’t going to be a whole lot of differentiation between the spec sheets, which is why we have a good feeling that the price difference is due to more care being taken during production and more hands-on work being done.
A Brief Overview of the Differences
If you’ve narrowed your search down to these two guitars, my advice would be to go with the Les Paul Classic. For the same price as the Standard models, you get Grover tuners, Burstbucker pickups, and everything else that comes Standard on the Standard models, but the Les Paul Classic is $500 less expensive overall.
When you’re shopping for a guitar in this price range, the differences in quality are going to be extremely subtle and difficult to identify.
When this happens, you have the option of going with the one that provides the best value for the money, or you can select one based on the color that you prefer or the one that you believe appears more attractive.
Both are excellent guitars.