Gibson The Paul
|Period||1978 – 1982 (The Paul)
1981 - 1984 (Firebrand)
|Body type||Solid Walnut (Mahogany 82-84)|
|Fretboard||22 fret - Ebony|
The Paul THE PAUL STANDARD
Description: A single sharp cutaway Les Paul-style walnut body, set walnut neck, 22-fret ebony fingerboard with pearl dot inlays, walnut headstock overlay with gold Gibson logo (1978-1981) or Gibson logo branded into the headstock (Firebrand, 1981-1982), three-per-side tuners, tune-o-matic bridge, stop tailpiece, two exposed humbucker pickups, four knobs (two v, two tone), three-way pickup switch, chrome hardware, available in Natural Walnut finish, 24.75 in. scale, 1.6875 in. nut width, mfg. 1978-1982. It included such high end items as the Grover tuning keys and the Tune-O-Matic bridge. Affectionately called by some, "The Coffee Table Burst"  because of its natural finish.
The Paul Deluxe: similar to The Paul Standard (Firebrand), except has a mahogany body and three-piece mahogany neck, available in Antique Natural, Ebony (1985–86), Natural Mahogany, or Wine Red (1985–86) finish, mfg. 1980-86. There is pricing information available for purchase for this model.
In 1996, the model was resurrected with the The Paul II, with a mahogany body and carved top like a Les Paul Studio instead of the flat top of prior models of The Paul. The body is 2/3 as thick as a normal Les Paul and features a rear belly cut as well. In 1998 The Paul II was replaced by The Paul SL, itself discontinued in 1999.