Gibson Les Paul Standard DC Lite

Gibson Les Paul Standard DC Lite

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Les Paul Standard DC Lite, LP-Shaped Guitar from Gibson in the Les Paul series.

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Gibson Les Paul Standard DC Lite tech. sheet

  • Manufacturer: Gibson
  • Model: Les Paul Standard DC Lite
  • Series: Les Paul
  • Category: LP-Shaped Guitars
  • Added in our database on: 12/07/2004

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Gibson Les Paul Standard DC Lite user reviews

Average Score:4.3( 4.3/5 based on 3 reviews )
 1 user review33 %
 2 reviews67 %

iamqman's review"Different but good"

Gibson Les Paul Standard DC Lite
This is a unique guitar and it's called the Gibson Les Paul standard DC light. This is kind of a mix between SG and a regular Les Paul guitar. It looks more like a Paul Reed Smith guitar than anything though. The shape of it is a double cut out with the two humbuckers the one volume in one tone everything down to the even contour the body it looks exactly like eight Paul Reed Smith guitar.

The tone of this I believe is closer to the regular Les Paul that does the SG but I believe it has a chambered body which gives it a little bit of a hollow sound to the tone. The tone is very articulate and not as muddy as some Gibson Les Paul's can be. Overall it's a cool guitar and is a very unique one that was only built for a certain period time during the late 90s and early 2000s.


Species: Mahogany
Profile: 1960 Slim taper
Peghead Pitch: 17°
Thickness at 1st fret: 0.800′
Thickness at 12th fret: 0.900′
Heel Length: 0.625′
Neck Joint Location: 22th fret

Species: Rosewood
Scale length: 24 3/4′
Total Length: 18.831′
Nut Width: 1 11/16′
Width at 12th fret: 2.062′
Frets: 24
Inlays: Pearloid trapezoid
Binding: Single-ply

Plating Finish: Gold
Bridge: Tune-o-matic
Tailpiece: Stopbar
Knobs: Gold
Tuners: Gold

Pickups: 490R & 498T humbuckers

Controls: One volume, One tone, three-way switch


I really like the tone of this guitar. It has a nice robust tone which mixes well with the mahogany body in the rosewood fretboard. The color of the guitar is very Paul Reed Smith is well. It's more of a light brown but not quite gold painted body. This guitar sounds great with any high gain amplifier and probably sounds a little better than a regular standard Gibson Les Paul with the clean amplifier such as the Fender or even at Roland JC 120.

This guitar has a unique tone compared to any of the other Gibson standard series guitars. The body shape it's almost like a Gibson 335 but not quite as large as that guitar is. Overall it's a cool guitar but I can see why it probably didn't catch on as much has the Gibson explorer, the Gibson SG, or the Gibson Les Paul guitars.


The only way you can get your hands on one of these guitars at this point is going to the used market for one. You can find them on eBay or the classifieds for right around $800. Not that bad of a price for a pretty cool guitar and a unique one for limited time that Gibson ran this series. I would recommend this guitar if you're tired of the standard SG tone and the standard Gibson Les Paul tone.

pmilani's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Gibson Les Paul Standard DC Lite
Made in the United States;
stick thin (59 unbalanced) very easy and comfortable to play;
humbucker pickups 492 R (very hard to find) and 57 T
Gold-plated hardware, elegant, quality materials
Easel very specific: Tune-o-matic
chambered mahogany body with maple top: very light compared to other Les Paul
Mechanical groove, the agreement preserves fully
one volume, one tone and 3-way switch


Handle very nice for small hands (my case) and very comfortable
Relatively easy access to acute: a double advantage cuttaway
Weight level, nothing to say, a Gibson without the inconvenience of its weight
The fact that there are only two knobs (volume and tone) allows a simple game;


It is versatile enough (although it should be excluded, I think because I do not practice, an overly aggressive rock, trash style, but honestly I never tried)
His best record in its light or the treble and midrange (especially as it is lightweight to have rather less low frequency or a serious Les Paul Standard), personally I play on a fender bassman amp this which compensates for this gap easily, for a rock sound bridge pickup allows you to play the ACDC for example with a Vox AC 15.
I have long hesitated to change the pickups for 490 and 498 as the "DC plus" but deep down I am afraid to miss the original pickups that are quite endearing (the 57 is known for its quality)


I use it for three months, most recently to get a wider range of sounds and more modern I almost let her back in to buy his little sister (DC Pro). But finally I could not part with it, not only is it very comfortable to play, but I'm afraid of regret because this kind of guitar is almost impossible to find (I do not know anyone who has), it DC is close to most but differs from it by its handle (I know of no other gibson that has a handle 59 unbalanced) and microphones.
As soon as I can I will buy a Les Paul DC Pro which will allow me to have another range of sounds.

awks's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Gibson Les Paul Standard DC Lite
Gibson Les Paul DC Lite ... DC for the double indentation Lite for light weight.
Channel 24 cases acajour key rosewood (very Zouli on mine).
Mahogany body with flamed maple table or tabby grade AA or AAA ..
The body is hollow around a central beam in the continuity of the set neck Gibson. This could even allow the gills like violin as the Florentine model.
Tune O Matic classic Gibson.
One volume, one tone and selector knobs close due to DC ..


Handle fairly large flat key, but not very thick and very comfortable to play, despite the jumbo frets.
Easy access to high-pitched despite the small width of the boxes last pitch scale forces.
Well balanced and above all a very nice weight for its lightness that does not mean it takes a pretty natural grain. When we wore LesPaul standart and back into sauce, it's happiness.
Sounds are in line with Gibson with clarity in the mids a little more pronounced than on the LP versions such anvil.
I do not put that because of 9 micro switch behind the bridge


For sounds, the problem was quickly resolved. It sounds clear with the spirit Gibson on anything you want, just change the pickups. In my case, it's gone on EMG85 and it sounds like the crystal of St. Louis ..
Very delicate in the clear, it becomes pétante and snapping with a nice distortion on a good amp. Its half-hollow body gives it a versatility very interesting. Jazz fusion and heavy, it can do many things. Marshall or Mesa on through Rivera, she surprised more than one ...


2 years at home.
What I like most: his weight, clarity warm, her look (especially since the color Ivory EMG), and its dynamics.
What I like least: selector not easily accessible in a rapid change, the fixed bridge (thing resolved recently with a Schaller Assembly Tremolo LP)
The value for money is quite reasonable, especially compared to the Les Paul in general.
And yes, if I had the choice again, I would do .... (Besides, I wonder if ... but of gluttony)

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