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      Gibson Les Paul Standard Traditional Pro Electric Guitar (581715)

A gigging man's Les Paul with '60s slim-tapered neck and coil-split humbuckers.

Taking design and visual cues from the Les Pauls of the '80s and '90s, the Les Paul Traditional Pro features BurstBucker 3 and '57 Classic pickups with push/pull coil splits, '60s neck profile, Grover locking tuners, antique binding, period-correct pickguard, vintage Gibson top hat knobs, and the revolutionary Plek set up.

With all the fat, sweet, snarling Les Paul tone that purists love, the new Gibson Les Paul Standard Traditional Pro sports a mahogany body with a thick maple cap for the perfect blend of warmth and clarity. The top is finished in high-gloss lacquer, while the back, sides, and neck have a smooth satin finish that feels great and lets the wood resonate fully. Each Les Paul Traditional also comes with Gibson USA's standard black snakeskin case.

Period-Correct Pickguard
The creme-colored pickguard has been a Les Paul staple dating back to the models of the late 1950s and the early 1960s. Many players, however, removed the pickguard from their Les Pauls to show off the beauty of the flame maple tops, prompting Gibson to stop installing the pickguard altogether. During the 1980s and 1990s, Gibson began reinstalling the pickguard in the factory, and the Les Pauls from this era once again arrived in stores bearing the classic, creme-colored pickguard. The Les Paul Traditional comes equipped with a period-correct pickguard, designed to protect the maple top.

Pickups: Neck - '57 Classic; Bridge - BurstBucker 3
Among the qualities that make Gibson's original "Patent Applied For" humbucking pickups so unique are the subtle variations between coil windings. For the first few years of their productions—1955 to 1961—Gibson's PAF humbuckers were wound using imprecise machines, resulting in pickups with slightly different output and tone. The BurstBucker 3 and '57 Classic Plus pickups are the result of Gibson's drive to capture and recreate this characteristic. Introduced in 1992, the '57 Classic provides warm, full tone with a balanced response, packing that classic Gibson PAF humbucker crunch, inspired by those original PAFs that received a few extra turns of wire. Both are made by Gibson to the exact same specs as the original PAFs, including Alnico II magnets, nickel-plated pole pieces, nickel slugs, maple spacers, and vintage-style, 2-conductor braided wiring. Gibson added poly-coated wiring, which improves consistency by eliminating thick or thin spots on the wiring, and wax potting, which removes all internal air space and any chance of microphonic feedback. Both pickups offer coil splitting for single-coil sounds via push/pull switching in the volume controls.

Revolutionary Plek Set Up
The Les Paul Traditional is the first model from Gibson USA to utilize the revolutionary Plek machine in setting up the guitar. The Plek is a German-made, computer-controlled machine that carefully measures each fret, along with the fingerboard height under each string, and then automatically dresses each fret, virtually eliminating string buzz and greatly improving the overall playability of the guitar. This pioneering process does in minutes what it takes a luthier several hours—sometimes even days—to accomplish. Every fret is accurately aligned, and the guitar is properly intonated, leaving the instrument "Plek'd" and amazingly playable.

Antique Binding
To see the process of putting the binding on the Les Paul Traditional is to really appreciate the effort and attention that Gibson puts into each instrument. A lone craftsman will carefully glue and fit 2 pieces of binding around the entire body of a Les Paul. He then winds a single, very long piece of narrow cloth around the entire body until the entire surface is nearly covered. The body is then hung to dry for a full 24 hours before it is unwrapped and moved into the next phase of production. It has been done the same way for over 100 years. Some question the value of adding binding, but Gibson believes it is a fundamental part of our rich guitar-making history. The binding adds elegance to the Les Paul Standard, and helps protect the edges of the body. The neck binding is installed over the fret ends, which eliminates sharp fret edges and provides for a smooth neck and easier playability.

Check the drop-down menu to the right to select colors and/or other options.

Gibson Les Paul Standard Traditional Pro Electric Guitar Features:

  • Body: Mahogany
    Top: Carved maple
    Back: Mahogany
    Neck: Set mahogany
    Neck Profile: '60s
    Headstock: Angled
    Scale length: 24-3/4"
    Fingerboard: Bound Rosewood
    No. of frets: 22
    Nut width: 1.69"
    Inlays: Trapezoid
    Binding: Antique
    Bridge: Tune-O-Matic with stopbar tailpiece
    Tuners: Locking Grover
    Hardware: Chrome
    Bridge pickup: potted BurstBucker 3 humbucker with push/pull coil splitting
    Neck Pickup: '57 Classic with push/pull coil splitting
    Electronics: 2 volume with push/pull coil-splitting, 2 tone, 3-way toggle pickup selector
    Knobs: Vintage Gibson top hats
    Pickguard: Period-correct
    Case: Hardshell
    Other: Plek setup

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  • Two words: "tone" and "monster"

    As reviewed by EVHalen on 1/8/2011

    It is so nice that Gibson has this "entry level" Les Paul Standard for us po' folk as it just happens to be configured how I want it: 60s slim neck, fabulous Gibson pickups with (as I really prefer the look) open coils, coil taps, and locking tuners. Suh - weet. But the real magic is the quality. The neck is a thing of perfection. The guitar is very comfortable and well balanced (weighing no more than my Fender Strat). Lots of tonal variation from the very-up-front agressive Burstbucker3 in the bridge position, to the warmth (and loves overdrive) of the Classic 57 in the neck. This guitar can go from metal to smooth jazz and sound amazing in each of those spectrum. The neck is a lead guitarist's dream with access everywhere (far better than any Fender ... and that is not Fender bashing as I love Strats, too). When you solo on it, you will think silently to yourself that you can fully understand why Jimmy Page played Les Pauls. I have been playing 30 years, and have owned numerous very nice Gibsons and Fenders (including the sweetest SG Standard ever made, which I still own). But this Les Paul is ... swear to God ... head and shoulders above them. Yes, it is REALLY that good. The only mod even worth considering to this near-perfect guitar is strap locks ... and maybe a watch dog. If this is your first Gibson Les Paul, your only regret will be not buying one sooner. And this is the one ...

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  • The Most Versatile LP Gibson Makes IMHO!!!

    As reviewed by RainmakerNC on 12/6/2010

    I have been eyeing a Gibson LP for quite a while. I picked this one off the wall at GC in Raleigh and I fell in love. The coil-tap is sweet... but it isn't perfect... and to be honest if you are truly looking for that single-coil tone then just buy a Stratocaster. What it does provide is the ability to gig with one guitar and get darn close to that true single-coil sound when you need it. The finish is beautiful... I have the Vintage Sunburst (pictured) and I love it. The PUPs are bold, cutting and pristine. They shine on solos... they just have that ability to cut through the band. Many of my band members thought I spent much more than the retail price. The neck is amazing... smooth and comfortable. The binding is beautiful and adds to the authentic look and feel of the Les Paul. The guitar is heavy... don't discount that if you play long sets. I am used to a relatively heavy guitar. This LP isn't chambered... which is something that I enjoy. I feel that chambering, although reduces weight, calms down sustain. This baby will hold a note while you grab a sandwich and when you get back it will still be humming. The overall sound of the guitar is everything you would expect from a Les Paul. Every note shines through out of this instrument. I play it through a Mesa/Boogie Mark V and it basically sounds as perfect as I had imagined it would in my head. Tone-galore kids... stop reading reviews and buy this bad-boy... you won't regret it.

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  • Gibson's "Hot Rod" Les Paul

    As reviewed by John B. on 5/16/2010

    When I purchase anything, I ALWAYS do research. I have some vintage Gibson instruments and wanted to replace the Les Paul Custom I formally used. So many changes and choices out there, but I kept returning to Les Paul's. I love my strats because of the sounds they produce but, once again kept researching Les Paul's. I played many Les Paul models. When I discovered the Les Paul Traditional Pro, it was a no brainer. I waited until there was a sale at the number one guitar store in the world, Guitar Center,and then played a few. I purchased a tobacco sunburst Traditional Pro. I've waited five month's before reviewing here on this site. The Les Paul Traditional Pro offers more diversity than any other Gibson I've played except maybe my 72 Les Paul Signature Gold Top. The pick ups are phenominal and the switching is incredible. My Pro can get thick full jazz sounds or thin telecaster sounds and lots in between. The action is FANTASTIC! I wanted a SOLID BODY and got one. Nothing chambered or weight relieved here. It's comfortable and it just fits me. I can play it for hours. When I play out, I play it through a Bose L1 with 2 base bins and Digitech GNX4. My guitar is flawless. The plec neck is great and the action is smooth as silk. My associates are always looking to use it. The guitar is making me a better player. Lots of people noy only look at it, but love the sound it produces. So you've heard of the "hot rod Lincoln" ........ Gibson has produced a "REAL HOT ROD LES PAUL." Thank You Gibson, John

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