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Best Les Paul Shape Guitars in 2022

Here you'll find the best Les Paul shape guitars.

We've found exactly 203 guitars like this in production this year. You can see them all by clicking on 'Load More' at the end of this list. You can use our filters to the left to see only the exact types of guitar you want. You can also click on "Compare" to get a deep spec comparison between two guitars of your choice. This list is updated daily automatically as we add new guitars to our database. We'll show you first the best ones according to our automated scoring system, which takes into account dozens of parameters to determine the build quality, playability, pickups quality, value for money and more.

1. Chapman ML2 Pro

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Chapman ML2 Pro
Playability 85
Sound 79
Build quality 84
Value for money 88
Overall Score 83
  • From Chapman's 2022 Pro series
  • Made in Indonesia
  • 6 strings
  • 25.5"'' scale
  • 12" Fretboard Radius
  • Flame Maple Veneer On Maple Carved Top, Satin Finish top
  • Mahogany body
  • Roasted Maple – Dark Colour neck
  • Macassar Ebony fretboard
  • Bridge pickup: Seymour Duncan Pegasus (Humbucker/Passive)
  • Neck pickup: Seymour Duncan Sentient (Humbucker/Passive)
  • Chapman String Through hardtail bridge
  • 2 volume and 1 tone Dome knobs
  • 3-way Switch
  • C Shape Neck-Through neck
  • 24 Jumbo Stainless Steel frets
  • Hipshot Grip-Lock Open (18:1 Gearing) tuners
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Chapman ML2 Pro
  • Stainless Steel Frets
  • Locking Tuners
  • Expensive Wood
  • Black Tusq XL Nut
  • Top Brand Pickups
  • Neck-Through Build
  • Coil Split Pickups
  • Strap Lock
  • Luminescent Inlay
  • High-Quality-Standards Country
  • Compound Radius Fretboard
  • Weight Relief
  • Tremolo
  • 21:1 Tuner Ratio

2. Schecter Solo-II SLS Elite Evil Twin

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Schecter Solo-II SLS Elite Evil Twin
Playability 85
Sound 79
Build quality 81
Value for money 82
Overall Score 82
  • From Schecter's 2022 SLS Elite series
  • Made in South Korea
  • 6 strings
  • 24.75"'' scale
  • 12" to 16" Fretboard Radius
  • Swamp Ash body
  • Maple/Walnut/Padauk Multi-ply w/ Carbon Fiber Reinforcement Rods neck
  • Ebony fretboard
  • Bridge pickup: Fishman Fluence Modern Ceramic (Humbucker/Active)
  • Neck pickup: Fishman Fluence Modern Alnico (Humbucker/Active)
  • TonePros T3BT TOM & T1Z Tailpiece bridge
  • 2 volume and 1 tone Dome knobs
  • 3-way Switch
  • Ultra Thin C Neck-Through neck
  • 24 XL Jumbo Stainless Steel frets
  • Schecter Locking tuners
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Schecter Solo-II SLS Elite Evil Twin
  • Stainless Steel Frets
  • Locking Tuners
  • Expensive Wood
  • Top Brand Pickups
  • Neck-Through Build
  • Compound Radius Fretboard
  • Multi-Voicing Pickups
  • Luminescent Inlay
  • High-Quality-Standards Country
  • High-Quality Nut
  • Weight Relief
  • Tremolo
  • 21:1 Tuner Ratio
  • Strap Lock

3. ESP RZK-II Burnt

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ESP RZK-II Burnt
Playability 83
Sound 78
Build quality 81
Value for money 66
Overall Score 81
  • From ESP's 2010 Signature series
  • Richard ZK Signature
  • Made in Japan
  • 6 strings
  • 25.5"'' scale
  • 12" Fretboard Radius
  • Alder body
  • 3pc Maple neck
  • Rosewood fretboard
  • Bridge pickup: EMG 81 (Humbucker/Active)
  • Neck pickup: EMG 81 (Humbucker/Active)
  • Floyd Rose Original bridge
  • 1 volume Dome knobs
  • 3-way Switch
  • Thin U Neck-Through neck
  • 24 XL Jumbo frets
  • Gotoh tuners
  • Retainer bar
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Strengths & Weaknesses
ESP RZK-II Burnt
  • Made in Japan
  • Expensive Wood
  • Locking Nut
  • Top Brand Pickups
  • Neck-Through Build
  • Tremolo
  • Retainer Bar
  • Strap Lock
  • Stainless Steel Frets
  • Locking Tuners
  • Compound Radius Fretboard
  • Push Knob or Extra Switch Option
  • Weight Relief
  • 21:1 Tuner Ratio
  • Luminescent Inlay

4. ESP Will Adler Warbird Distressed

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ESP Will Adler Warbird Distressed
Playability 82
Sound 79
Build quality 76
Value for money 84
Overall Score 79
  • From ESP's 2014 Signature series
  • Will Adler Signature
  • Made in Japan
  • 6 strings
  • 24.75"'' scale
  • 12" Fretboard Radius
  • Maple top
  • Mahogany body
  • 3pc Maple neck
  • Ebony fretboard
  • Bridge pickup: Fishman Fluence Will Adler Signature (Humbucker/Passive)
  • Neck pickup: Fishman Fluence Will Adler Signature (Humbucker/Passive)
  • TOM Bridge & Tailpiece bridge
  • 2 volume and 1 tone Dome knobs
  • 3-way Switch
  • Thin U Neck-Through neck
  • 22 XL Jumbo frets
  • Sperzel Locking tuners
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Strengths & Weaknesses
ESP Will Adler Warbird Distressed
  • Locking Tuners
  • Made in Japan
  • Expensive Wood
  • Bone Nut
  • Top Brand Pickups
  • Neck-Through Build
  • Multi-Voicing Pickups
  • Stainless Steel Frets
  • Compound Radius Fretboard
  • Weight Relief
  • Tremolo
  • 21:1 Tuner Ratio
  • Strap Lock
  • Luminescent Inlay

5. ESP Alex Skolnick FR

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ESP Alex Skolnick FR
Playability 77
Sound 82
Build quality 81
Value for money 65
Overall Score 80
  • From ESP's 2016 Signature series
  • Alex Skolnick Signature
  • Made in Japan
  • 6 strings
  • 24.75"'' scale
  • 12" Fretboard Radius
  • Flamed Maple top
  • Mahogany body
  • 3pc Maple neck
  • Rosewood fretboard
  • Bridge pickup: Seymour Duncan AS Signature (Humbucker/Passive)
  • Neck pickup: Seymour Duncan AS Signature (Humbucker/Passive)
  • Floyd Rose Original bridge
  • 2 volume and 1 tone Speed knobs
  • 3-way Switch
  • Custom U Set neck
  • 22 XL Jumbo frets
  • Grover tuners
  • Retainer bar
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Strengths & Weaknesses
ESP Alex Skolnick FR
  • Made in Japan
  • Expensive Wood
  • Locking Nut
  • Top Brand Pickups
  • Coil Split Pickups
  • Tremolo
  • Retainer Bar
  • Strap Lock
  • Stainless Steel Frets
  • Locking Tuners
  • Neck-Through Build
  • Compound Radius Fretboard
  • Weight Relief
  • 21:1 Tuner Ratio
  • Luminescent Inlay

6. ESP Ben Burnley EC Baritone

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ESP Ben Burnley EC Baritone
Playability 82
Sound 79
Build quality 76
Value for money 74
Overall Score 79
  • From ESP's 2017 Signature series
  • Ben Burnley Signature
  • Made in Japan
  • 6 strings
  • 27"'' scale
  • 12" Fretboard Radius
  • Quilted Maple top
  • Mahogany body
  • 3pc Maple neck
  • Ebony fretboard
  • Bridge pickup: Seymour Duncan JB SH-4 (Humbucker/Passive)
  • Neck pickup: Seymour Duncan '59 SH-1N (Humbucker/Passive)
  • Graph Tech Ghost Loaded Resomax NV Bridge w/ Gotoh Tailpiece bridge
  • 2 volume Dome knobs
  • 3-way Switch
  • Thin U Set neck
  • 24 XL Jumbo frets
  • Sperzel Locking tuners
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Strengths & Weaknesses
ESP Ben Burnley EC Baritone
  • Locking Tuners
  • Made in Japan
  • Expensive Wood
  • Top Brand Pickups
  • Multi-Voicing Pickups
  • Strap Lock
  • Stainless Steel Frets
  • High-Quality Nut
  • Neck-Through Build
  • Compound Radius Fretboard
  • Weight Relief
  • Tremolo
  • 21:1 Tuner Ratio
  • Luminescent Inlay

7. ESP E-II Eclipse Evertune

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ESP E-II Eclipse Evertune
Playability 77
Sound 83
Build quality 79
Value for money 70
Overall Score 80
  • From ESP E-II's 2014 Eclipse series
  • Made in Japan
  • 6 strings
  • 24.75"'' scale
  • 12" Fretboard Radius
  • Mahogany body
  • 1Pc Mahogany neck
  • Ebony fretboard
  • Bridge pickup: Seymour Duncan Pegasus (Humbucker/Passive)
  • Neck pickup: Seymour Duncan Sentient (Humbucker/Passive)
  • Evertune (F model) bridge
  • 2 volume and 1 tone Dome knobs
  • 3-way Switch
  • Thin U Set neck
  • 22 XL Jumbo frets
  • Gotoh Locking tuners
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Strengths & Weaknesses
ESP E-II Eclipse Evertune
  • Locking Tuners
  • Made in Japan
  • Expensive Wood
  • Bone Nut
  • Top Brand Pickups
  • Coil Split Pickups
  • Stays in Tune (Evertune)
  • Strap Lock
  • Stainless Steel Frets
  • Neck-Through Build
  • Compound Radius Fretboard
  • Weight Relief
  • Tremolo
  • 21:1 Tuner Ratio
  • Luminescent Inlay

8. ESP Gary Holt EC

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ESP Gary Holt EC
Playability 77
Sound 81
Build quality 82
Value for money 65
Overall Score 80
  • From ESP's 2015 Signature series
  • Gary Holt Signature
  • Made in Japan
  • 6 strings
  • 24.75"'' scale
  • 12" Fretboard Radius
  • Maple top
  • Mahogany body
  • 1Pc Mahogany neck
  • Ebony fretboard
  • Bridge pickup: EMG 81 (Humbucker/Active)
  • Neck pickup: EMG 89R (Humbucker/Active)
  • Floyd Rose Original bridge
  • 2 volume Dome knobs
  • 3-way Switch
  • Thin U Set neck
  • 22 XL Jumbo frets
  • Gotoh tuners
  • Retainer bar
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Strengths & Weaknesses
ESP Gary Holt EC
  • Made in Japan
  • Expensive Wood
  • Locking Nut
  • Top Brand Pickups
  • Coil Split Pickups
  • Tremolo
  • Retainer Bar
  • Strap Lock
  • Stainless Steel Frets
  • Locking Tuners
  • Neck-Through Build
  • Compound Radius Fretboard
  • Weight Relief
  • 21:1 Tuner Ratio
  • Luminescent Inlay

9. Gibson Les Paul Modern

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Gibson Les Paul Modern
Playability 75
Sound 79
Build quality 85
Value for money 70
Overall Score 80
  • From Gibson's 2019 Modern Collection series
  • Made in United States
  • 6 strings
  • 24.75"'' scale
  • 10" to 16" Fretboard Radius
  • Maple top
  • Mahogany body
  • Mahogany neck
  • Ebony fretboard
  • Bridge pickup: Gibson Burstbucker Pro + Lead (Humbucker/Passive)
  • Neck pickup: Gibson Burstbucker Pro Rhythm (Humbucker/Passive)
  • Aluminum Nashville Tune-O-Matic bridge
  • 2 volume and 2 tone Bell knobs
  • 3-way Switch
  • Asymmetrical Slim Taper Set neck
  • 22 Medium Jumbo frets
  • Grover Locking Rotomatics w/Keystone buttons tuners
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Strengths & Weaknesses
Gibson Les Paul Modern
  • Locking Tuners
  • Made in United States
  • Expensive Wood
  • Ivory Tusq Nut
  • Top Brand Pickups
  • Compound Radius Fretboard
  • Coil Tap, Phase Out Pickups
  • Weight Relief
  • Stainless Steel Frets
  • Neck-Through Build
  • Tremolo
  • 21:1 Tuner Ratio
  • Strap Lock
  • Luminescent Inlay

10. ESP E-II RZK-II Burnt

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ESP E-II RZK-II Burnt
Playability 83
Sound 78
Build quality 79
Value for money 70
Overall Score 80
  • From ESP E-II's 2010 Signature series
  • Richard ZK Signature
  • Made in Japan
  • 6 strings
  • 25.5"'' scale
  • 12" Fretboard Radius
  • Alder body
  • 3pc Maple neck
  • Rosewood fretboard
  • Bridge pickup: EMG 81 (Humbucker/Active)
  • Neck pickup: EMG 81 (Humbucker/Active)
  • Floyd Rose Original bridge
  • 1 volume Dome knobs
  • 3-way Switch
  • Thin U Neck-Through neck
  • 24 XL Jumbo frets
  • Gotoh tuners
  • Retainer bar
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Strengths & Weaknesses
ESP E-II RZK-II Burnt
  • Made in Japan
  • Expensive Wood
  • Locking Nut
  • Top Brand Pickups
  • Neck-Through Build
  • Tremolo
  • Retainer Bar
  • Strap Lock
  • Stainless Steel Frets
  • Locking Tuners
  • Compound Radius Fretboard
  • Push Knob or Extra Switch Option
  • Weight Relief
  • 21:1 Tuner Ratio
  • Luminescent Inlay