The Les Paul Plus comes with all of the 2015 upgrades, including adjustable zero fret nut, LP100 headstock hologram and removable pickguard. It also features a slim mahogany body with figured maple to... Click To Read More About This Product
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The Les Paul Plus comes with all of the 2015 upgrades, including adjustable zero fret nut, LP100 headstock hologram and removable pickguard. It also features a slim mahogany body with figured maple top, G-force Keystone tuners and nickel hardware. Two Classic 57/57 Plus pickups are wired to a mini-toggle switch for coil-splitting, adding a variety of single-coil type sounds.
All 2015 Gibson models benefit from some important upgrades:
G Force on all guitars except LP Supreme, Firebird and Derek Trucks SG
Zero Fret Nut - Patent applied for nut with adjustable action
Wider neck and fingerboard (.050 per side) for increased playing comfort
Tune-o-matic bridge featuring hex wrench adjustment on thumbscrews for easy action adjustments
Professional setup - Accurate intonation, PLEK program, 27% lower fretwire
Smoother sanded/buffed fingerboard with oil treatment
One-piece thicker rosewood fingerboard
Pearl inlays return on all product
More robust cables change from 28 AWG to 26 AWG for improved signal
Improved jack design for uninterrupted signal
No satin or vintage gloss finishes: All SKUs will be gloss lacquer
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Comments about Gibson 2015 Les Paul Less Plus Electric Guitar:
Well, the second I saw this model on the list of new 2015 releases, I was pretty sure I had to have it and did something I've never done with an expensive guitar. I ordered one without playing it. Earlier this year, I bought a 2014 Melody Maker on a whim and it's become one of my all time favorites. The thin, light body just suits me. I can't speak for anyone else, but I like it. It arrived yesterday and I've spent several hours getting to know it. It's as nicely made as an Gibson I've played. The Heritage Cherry Sunburst is flawless. I can't find an imperfection in the finish anywhere. The new MOP inlays look nicer than those on the two 2014 Gibsons I have and are finished perfectly. No ridge anywhere. The thin body is, like my Melody Maker, just what I was looking for. Mine weighs 7 lbs 3 oz and fits me like a glove. It's a very comfortable guitar to play i sitting or standing. There is a belly cut on the back. From the front, I don't see how anyone could tell that you're not playing a regular thickness LP. Kind of a nice stealth feature. The neck is not quite what I expected. Gibson says it's .05" wider on each side. I thought that would be insignificant. It is NOT. This thing feels a mile wide. I swear the moment I saw it I could tell it was wider than normal. When I put my hands on it, I could hardly believe it. There are pluses and minuses to this neck. As advertised, bending and vibratoing the high is easier and I find that I don't miss notes nearly as often as on other guitars. However, it takes some serious getting used to and I wonder if players with smaller hands might not have issues. It seems to be more evident higher on the neck. What comes to mind for me is an older SG neck. Just very wide and round. The sides of the fingerboard are very nicely rolled. It really does feel like a guitar that's been 'worn in' for a long time. The pickups are a bit of a surprise to me as well. I have other guitars with 57 Classics, but this is the first with a 57 Classic in the neck and a 57 Classic Plus in the bridge. These seem much hotter than I'm used to. They drive my amps into distortion much more quickly than I would have expected - particularly the bridge pickup. I lowered them quite a bit and this has helped but it still feels really hot to me. You can certainly alter your amp setting to get an excellent tone from these, but I'm surprised that I have to dial things back as much as I do. The guitar also seems quite bright to my ears. I'm having to drop treble and presence at least 50% from where I'm used to setting it with other 57 Classic equipped guitars. I think there are several factors that could contribute to the brightness. The brass nut could be a factor as could the titanium saddles. Really hard to say. The thin body may also be a factor as well as the fact that it comes stock with 9s. I think moving to a heavy gauge may take some of that top end off. While we're here, the adjustable nut is pretty cool I've had no need to adjust it yet, but I love the idea that I can. It's an excellent idea that I hope catches on. Back to the sound. Having the bridge tone control replaced by a switch to tap the pickups is certainly handy I guess, but it means only having a master tone. I suspect 90% of players leave their tone knobs at 100% a hundred percent of the time so it won't be a factor. I however like to play with them all the time and feel limited by this. And every time I look at the guitar, I can't help thinking that it looks like it's missing a knob. It just looks like one fell off or something. I always find coil taps handy. If you don't like the tapped sound, you can always just not use it. In this case, because the guitar is already a bit thin and bright sounding, I think the coil tapped sounds really exacerbate this. Don't expect it to sound like a Strat or even a Tele. It doesn't sound bad, but I've played guitars with better tapped sounds. The tuning system will be a point of contention for a lot of players. It does work. No question about that. It looks identical to the system on my 2014s but I'd swear it senses tune an tunes more quickly. Could be my imagination. There are now many more 'slots' for additional tunings which I'm sure will please some. I rarely use anything but standard tuning so it's not a big deal to me. As I mentioned, it tunes quickly. Personally, I don't think these tuners hold tune as well as standard tuners. I have to tune more often. However, it's a quick and painless process. The covers on the back have changed. I'm used to them being the same material as the pick guard. This time around they're black plastic with a kind of krinkle finish. They work fine but are to my eye a little cheap looking. The removable pick guard is a nice touch to though I have concerns about its durability. I feel like I should order a couple of spares before I break off a tab or two and left with none. Could easily just be paranoia. I think that covers the basics. In the end, I really do like this thing. The body looks and feels great. It will take some time to decide how I feel about this neck. I already have a number of mods in mind. I can't stand the look of the uncovered humbuckers on this guitar so they will be covered immediately. I also can't stand the look of the coil tap switch. I suspect I will replace it and the other 3 pots with push pulls to achieve a more traditional look I'll have two do coil tapping, one do series/parallel and one do phase. Should make a very versatile setup. This is not a cheap guitar. Nor is it hugely expensive (on the Gibson scale anyway). I think you can expect to get what you paid for here. An excellently crafted instrument with a few very progressive features that you will either like or not. I know that I will eventually solve the brightness issue - even if it means going with a different set of pickups and if you don't like the tuning system, a set of regular Gibson tuners is about $60 away
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