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Gibson Les Paul Traditional Pro II '50s Neck Electric Guitar
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      Gibson Les Paul Traditional Pro II '50s Neck Electric Guitar (H88456)
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A gigging musician's tool box with '50s slim-tapered neck, coil-split humbuckers and a boost circuit.

Taking design and visual cues from the Les Pauls of the '80s and '90s, the Les Paul Traditional Pro II features powerful pickups with push/push for coil splits and boost circuit, '50s 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 II 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 - Super '57
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 '57 Classic and Super '57 pickups are the result of Gibson's drive to capture and recreate this characteristic. Introduced in 1992, the '57 Classic at the neck 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. The Super '57 bridge pickup debuts in the Trad Pro with a wider frequency response and increased output.

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 and a boost circuit via push/push switching in the volume controls. “Straight Split” coil-splitting offers pure single coil tone and differs from LP Standards and Studios that have a “Super Tap” coil-tap, which still has a small amount of humbucking. The boost circuit has a user-adjustable 10-dB boost for added power and frequency range for solos, single-note picking and dirty chording (depending on amp settings) and features true bypass that disengages the boost completely, ensuring pure passive Les Paul tone.

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.

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Gibson Les Paul Traditional Pro II '50s Neck Electric Guitar Features:

  • A user-adjustable 10-dB boost for added power and frequency range for solos, single-note picking and dirty chording (depending on amp settings)
    True bypass: disengaging boost completely removes active circuit, ensuring pure passive Les Paul tone
    New “Super ’57” bridge pickup debuts in the Trad Pro; wider frequency response, increased output
    Easy-to-use push/push pots engage coil-splits and boost circuit
    “Straight Split” coil-splitting offers pure single coil tone
    Locking Grover tuners, satin-finished back and sides
    Includes case


Gibson Les Paul Traditional Pro II '50s Neck Electric Guitar Specifications:

  • Body: Mahogany
    Top: Carved maple
    Back: Mahogany
    Neck: Set mahogany
    Neck Profile: '50s
    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: Super 57 humbucker with push/push coil-splitting
    Neck Pickup: '57 Classic with push/push coil-splitting
    Electronics: 2 volume with push/push coil-splitting, 2 tone (1 with push/push to activate boost), 3-way toggle pickup selector
    Knobs: Vintage Gibson top hats
    Pickguard: Period-correct
    Case: Hardshell
    Other: Plek setup


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  • Hurry and Get One!!

    As reviewed by Cole Edmonson on 3/25/2013

    I just got mine at my local guitar center. Let me start off by saying what an amazing guitar this is. The sound is amazing. The coil taps are true single coil sound. The volume knobs are very responsive if you like to mess with that kind of stuff. No setup needed, i like my action very low and it came out of the box playing like a dream to me. I found out that these guitars are out of production now but some guitar centers still have them in stock. I compared this to the traditional plus, and this one had it beat. More sustain, and clarity. Hurry and get one before they are all gone. Gibson won't make anyone anymore. I already tried. This is the most versatile guitar out there.

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  • amazing gigging guitar!

    As reviewed by shane marstaller _ on 11/6/2013

    This is a monster, I may be a little biased because i have loved les pauls since I knew what a guitar was. When I started actually playing gigs steady weekend after weekend I knew I needed a quality front line guitar, so I bought this GOLD TOP. I love the way it feels, great action out of the box, sounds are sharp and smooth. The push pull coil tap is also very very useful in creating your tone. you can play anything with this one guitar. this guitar has taken 2 serious falls and still plays great. first one was off a 3 foot stage after the guitar stand was bumped by my pesky rear end. Played the entire night IN TUNE. got home I noticed minor dings and had to end up replacing one bridge mount...BC i bought GIBSON it was covered and they mailed me the piece for free! great service. 2nd wasnt really a fall, somthing fell on it. my "vocal booth" took a spill on the open case and dinging the headstock...still plays great... I have got my moneys worth in this guitar already!

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  • My dream guitar

    As reviewed by CHARLES PATTERSON on 10/20/2013

    If I were to design a Les Paul from scratch this would be the one. Walked in the store saw it on the wall pulled it down started playing and fell in love. I went to try the guitar out and left with it. I can't imagine any guitar being better.

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