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Gibson Les Paul Traditional Pro II '60s Neck Electric Guitar
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A gigging musician's tool box with '60s 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, '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 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. Includes 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 '60s Neck Electric Guitar Features:

  • A user-adjustable 10-dB boost
    True bypass ensures pure passive Les Paul tone
    New “Super ’57” bridge pickup with wider frequency response
    Easy-to-use push/push pots engage coil-splits and boost circuit
    “Straight Split” coil-splitting offers pure single coil tone
    Includes hardshell case

Gibson Les Paul Traditional Pro II '60s Neck Electric Guitar Specifications:

  • 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: 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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  • Great guitar

    As reviewed by andrew hogan on 12/26/2012

    I was surprised on Christmas with a gibson les Paul traditional pro 2 in merlot finish by my wife. This guitar is incredible, have been playing a Jackson RR1 for the last 15 years and I have been eyeing a les Paul to switch it up a bit. I couldn't be more happy with a guitar. The sound and playability on this 6 string are both top notch. Not to mention the finish is gorgeous. I would highly recommend this guitar for all styles because of its incredibly versatile sound, and its sweet feel from top to bottom.

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  • Absolutely amazing LP.

    As reviewed by Michael Gattus on 1/16/2013

    I picked one of these up in Merlot finish on 14 December, as a christmas gift from my wife. I had been looking at a LP Custom and had researched and played with a few of them quite a bit, but a friend who works at my local GC recommended I try the Trad pro II...and am I glad I did. It doesn't have quite the attack of the Custom, but it's so versatile tonally that I didn't mind the slight trade off. The coil taps plus the boost circuit give a range of tones from nearly acoustic to bluesy to rock without needing pedals. Plugged into my Mesa Roadster with a Fulltone OCD and TS-9, I can get ridiculous metal tones with crazy sustain due to the non-chambered body. This guitar will give you Telecaster tone when you want it but retains the signature Les Paul snarl when you crank the knobs. It's quite honestly given me the ability to play pretty much anything I want (aside from when I want a Floyd Rose) on one guitar - I couldn't possibly be happier with it. I've had it for a little over a month, and if anything it's gotten better as things have settled in with it. The finish is great, the matte 60's neck is super quick, everything just works perfectly. It's a bit heavy, being unchambered, but that was easily resolved for me with a Gibson memory foam strap. If you plan to play long sets with one of these and aren't used to a hefty guitar, invest in a good strap, you won't regret it.

    12 of 12 people found this review helpful.
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  • Totally impressed

    As reviewed by Bruce Potter on 2/21/2013

    I'm getting back in to playing guitar after over 15 years of just letting them hang on my wall. I decided I needed a new guitar that reflected how I play now versus how I played when I was younger. After some research, I settled on the Les Paul Traditional II with the 50's neck. I couldn't be happier. In a fixed bridge setup, I'm not sure what else you could ask for. The push-push pots are a great upgrade from the push-pull style. The Grover lockers make changing strings incredibly easy. With the split coils, you have a huge diversity in tone. And the bright circuit is a nice addition. The build quality is solid (it's a Les Paul. I'd expect nothing less). This guitar is not weight relieved, so it's heavier than other guitars on the market. But it's not heavy enough that it bothers me. And the sound... wow. I love playing this guitar totally clean through my Fender HotRod Deluxe III. Seriously, this is how an electric guitar should sound. I bought this Trad about a month ago and I think I've been up until 1am playing it almost every night. I'm not sure what else I could want out of a guitar.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful.
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