I recently bought a Gibson LP Standard Plus from Same Day Music late December 2010; on the headstock it read, Made in USA 2009. It was inspected 03/03/2009. NOS, I suppose.
My Standard Plus came with Dunlop straplocks and gold plated pots along with the Gibson stated web site specs. From what I read this was luck since it appears later day versions did not come with Dunlops or gold pots. Was this guitar, in the Gibson box, hanging around longer than the others? The box appeared unopened, all seals and labels in tact.
The guitar's fit and finish was perfect. The AA wood shone through beautifully. AND it sounded wonderful. Also to echo Dr Gonzo, the Gibson site only lists this guitar as Standard, the Plus refers to the 'AA flamed' top. The2 plain tops are less expensive than the Plus versions.
I suppose it is possible that Ice Tea is/was not a popular color and so remained in the back room. BTW, on the Gibson shipping labal it reads, Iced Tea Sunburst. On the Gibson web site it lists the color as Ice Tea. Also on the label the guitar is called:Les Paul Standard 2008 Professional Premium Finish.
Only one minor complaint; the guitar would not get nor stay in tune. Old strings just strung out? The strings were clean, without corrosion or dirt and seemed fine. I promptly replaced the strings with DR nickel 10s and voila, no problem.
This is almost like chasing the multitude of varieties of Beatles songs that are out there. Interesting but has nothing to do with playability, tone and beauty.