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

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: 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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  • Best Les Paul I've ever owned!

    As reviewed by DAVID HORVATH on 12/10/2012

    I have owned some great Les Paul guitars over the years. VOS Custom, Custom Pro, Classic Plus, Traditional Plus, and the new 2012 Standard Gold Top. I went to my local Guitar Center to try out the Traditional Pro II. They had a Honey burst with a 50's neck. I compared it to an original Traditional Pro, a Traditional Pro II with a 60's neck, and the new 2012 Standard. I was extremely impressed with the quality of the appearance, tone, and playability. There was something really special about this guitar and I had to have it. I ended up taking home the Honey burst Traditional Pro II. After getting it home, I compared it to the Les Paul guitars I listed at the beginning of this review. The Traditional Pro II out performed them all. I believe it is the combination of the one piece back, the 57 Classic and new Super 57 Classic pickups, Grover locking tuners, plek'd frets, and 50's rounded neck. This guitar has all the classic vibe of a high quality Les Paul. The modern features of locking tuners, push/push pots, and the db boost makes it that much better. Even the satin finish is smooth and fast. It performs very well with different tunings . The guitar always stays in tune. The volume pots are excellent. I love everything about this guitar. It's now my number one goto. The Traditional Pro II is without a doubt, the best Les Paul I've ever owned.

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  • An OMG! Les Paul

    As reviewed by Robert Swinea on 7/29/2013

    Just picked up mine late last week. Had to drive 3.5 hours just to get to my nearest GC. It was completely worth the all day trip. This is the absolute BEST Les Paul that I have ever owned. It was ready to rock right off the wall at GC. Action was low and fast and when I played it through my Fender BDRI it was amazing. The construction was letter perfect redeeming Gibson of its past QC issues. The pups are just what I was looking for. I play Blues and some Classic Rock. Got both genres covered with this truly amazing guitar. Like others I was fearful of the "thicker" '50s neck. However it fit my hand like an old friend. When playing I get the feel of the strings through the neck like never before on any other guitar. Its almost like I can "hear" the guitar through my fret hand. Putting my guitar neck near my ear and strumming a chord it is much louder than any other of my guitars. IMHO Gibson got it right with this guitar. It is truly a tone monster. Very happy I added this to my stable of guitars. Way to go Gibson and thanks for such a quality instrument. Thanks GC for the reasonable price.

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  • Quite the Bargin

    As reviewed by Gregory Jacob on 2/14/2013

    Until trying this guitar, Gibson has just been a high price tag. I found this model to provide exceptional value. To compare this guitar to my other Gibson, a 1998 Les Paul DC Std, there are night-and-day differences. I like the 50's neck as it fits my hand better and seems to sustain like there's no tommorrow. The pickups are hotter and more responsive than the 490/498. And the best difference, the satin finish on the back (to reduce cost) is slick and fast. Feature-wise, the locking tuners (which you normally see on trem guitars) make sting changes faster and are a nice value. The push-push coil taps are fast and give you more tone options. The 10db boost is just ok - it provides an option, but it is not the same sound as a high-output pickup (JB, Tone Zone, etc) - YMMV based on your rig. Finally, the honeyburst is light and just breath-taking. Absolutely a piece of art. I compared this to a used 2008 standard which was selling for the same price as this new model, and there was no comparison. The Traditional Pro II slayed it.

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