The Gibson Les Paul Standard Traditional Plus electric guitar has all the traditional features you expect from a Les Paul: mahogany body and set neck, figured maple top, and a pair of Gibson's awesome... Read More
The Gibson Les Paul Standard Traditional Plus electric guitar has all the traditional features you expect from a Les Paul: mahogany body and set neck, figured maple top, and a pair of Gibson's awesome '57 Classic humbucker pickups. The Plus on this guitar is the gorgeous, figured maple top—just the right touch on this iconic rock machine. One not-so-traditional improvement—the neck has been dressed by Gibson's Plek machine, a computer-controlled robot that analyzes the neck, files the frets, and cuts the slots on the nut to a hundredth of a millimeter accuracy for optimal action and intonation without string buzzing.
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My band was in a battle of the bands in the '60's at a local youth house. Our band was experienced at doing dances and live concerts. I played a Fender Jazzmaster through a Fender Super Amp (brown tweed). The other band won. The lead guitarist played a Les Paul. I knew they had the better sound. Oh that Les Paul tone! Fast forward almost 50 years later. After multiple Strats, a Tele, a Jazzmaster, an ES-335 and a Godin, I finally found a great deal on a Iced Tea Les Paul Traditional Plus on sale. I have use for a Strat, a Tele and love an ES-335, but I when I got my Les Paul, perfectly plek'd and set up and plugged it into my Fender Deluxe Reverb RI, I knew that I'd found that tone I had been searching for. This Les Paul just plays so easily and has such great tone! It took me a while to learn to play well up around the 17th fret, but now I play in Jimmy-land and feel very comfortable with the Les Paul. I love the 12" radius neck, the 57 classic hum buckers, the fret size, the tuners, etc. The finish work on my guitar is absolutely gorgeous and I've proudly played this in a setting with over 4,000 people in a church setting. The tone is just off the charts! With a little kick from your favorite dirt pedal, well it's tonal bliss! If you like the tone of hum buckers and want to play a guitar that flat raawks and has been played in many seminal rock songs, then I highly recommend the Traditional Plus. It is everything I need and nothing I dont'.
I have heard a lot in recent years about Gibson quality going down. That might be true, but not as far as ny new Ice Tea Traditional Plus Les Paul is concerned. Not only is it absolutely gorgeous to look at, but it plays and sounds great. I bought a Les Paul Custom new from GC back in the 70's but I don't remember it playing or sounding near as good as this one. Maybe its the '50s neck (I recall more of a '60s thin neck on the custom) and the '57 classic humbuckers. I get all the classic Les Paul tones that I need with my AC30 and Hot Rod Deville. Sounds like Jimmy on Led Zeppelin I. I can even get Beano and Peter Green blues sounds with the Deville. I can highly recommend this guitar. Now if I can only justify getting another Marshall Plexi stack....
I have had my 2012 Chicago Blue for 2 weeks and all I can say is wow. Really has the feel and tone of a guitar with some age, so well done Gibson. I think that the strings are a bit high so I will be doing a little bridge lowering to counteract. Love every minute of playing this beauty so far.
I waited 25 years to be able to afford this guitar, and let me tell you; it is EVERYTHING I had always dreamt my Les Paul would be. From the outstanding flame top, to the never-ending sustain and brilliant tone. The one I bought was actually "on the wall" at my local GC. It had been there for a year and a half, and had obvious signs of being played and handled over that period of time. A few nicks and dings here and there and lots of buckle rash on the pot cover, not to mention it was in SEVERE need of a proper set-up. This guitar and I were a match made in heaven. Not only do I not mind all the wear on the guitar, but I actually like it. It's got a little mojo from being handled and played and knocked around for a year and a half. This also translates into being able to strike a deal, which I did. I promptly took my new 2009 LP into Top Gear in La Mesa, CA and had a proper set-up done, and now not only does this guitar look great, it plays even better! It sends chills up and down my spine every time I pick her up and play. My only complaint would be that the binding in the curve of the cutaway doesn't match up perfectly for about .5-1". No big deal to me. I think it gives her more character. To me, this guitar is the closest to a 1959 you can get without actually buying a 1959. If you have the means, get yourself one.
I am giving the Les Paul Traditional Plus a 5 Star rating based on the overall looks of the Iced Tea finish and the sweeeeeet, sound of the '57 Classic pickups. the Plek setup leaves a lot to be desired. People should be employed to set up guitars not machines. This guitar is straight up. No coil tapping, no weird shaped neck, no locking tuners. It is old school as the "Traditional" name implies. However, it also came with a nice big scratch on the bridge pickup cover right out of the box. Gibson, what's up with that? This is not the first time I have seen flaws on Gibsons, but I forgive ya. The cake was taken when I ordered a "genuine" Gibson bridge pickup cover from GC and found that there are two polepiece spacings. My '57's have 1-15/16" spacing but GC does not offer a choice when ordering so I received a cover with 2-5/64" spacing. Stewart-MacDonald carries both sizes.
Plays like a dream. I'm completely in love with my Paul.
Where can I start; Just over a year ago I crept to the wrong side of 30, so as a treat, I thought I go do what I had been dreaming of since I first saw that fabled Top hat wearing dude play one on MTV back in the 90's. quite simply this Guitar is stunning. Compare this to the now "chambered" standard & I can pretty much guess which model you will walk out with. The capabilities are endless, from that slow Bluesy "Since iv'e been loving you" tone all the way through to the jangle chime of "Paradise City" its all there, roll off the tone knob on the neck pickup & find that "Woman" type sound too. The finish on my Ice Tea LP is very sweet indeed, (although there were 2 in the shop & both completley different in grain, I chose the more unusual of the 2)binding, fretwork, knob's & overall finish is top drawer & Gibson have produced not only a work of art for your eyes, absolute Bliss to your ears. Well worth every dime. After years of hanging out on "hot rodded" Epiphone LP STD models, I took the plunge... & found a guitar for Life...
I play many different styles of music and own quite a few guitars from an American Strat to an Ibanez prestige. I have to say this Les Paul is simply the best of them all by far. I was a little skeptical about the rounded neck before I played it because most of the guitars I own have very flat necks but to my surprise I love it! The tone has a great bite, but at the same time is very smooth and thick.The sustain is amazing!The neck is very nice with low action and no dead spots or buzzing anywhere. The finish is awesome both front and back.I did not want a chambered guitar so it is heavy, but well worth it. I have waited 25 years to get a Les Paul and now my dream has come true! My strat style guitars will be in their cases for a while and I may even sell a few.
This will probably never get published but here goes anyway... I had been eyeballing a LP Traditional at a local store for months. Finally got it down and played it. Discovered that it was a 2009 model (two years old). The neck pickup did not work. Gee, wonder why it had not sold in two years? After some basic inspection with the backs off, found a bad solder joint. Made a deal for about half price, took it home and soldered up the bad joint correctly. Great playing and sounding guitar now. One of the best in my stable and probably my favorite. This is not a "chambered" model so it sounds and feels reel good and solid coming off of the "57 classic pickups. The neck is straight and true. The nut was a little high but, and easy 30 second fix with some nut files. It did need a setup job but all guitars do, even custom shop models. You can take any CNC machine and do a "PLEK" job but, if the wood is unstable the neck will move and twist. If the wood is good (quarter sawn), it will retain it's shape. You roll the dice with any production guitar. If you are not willing to do some basic setup work you will be disappointed. Les Pauls have always been fussy. But well worth the effort. Get yourself a Traditional. Best deal out there. Or, pay much more for fancy wood but otherwise the same guitar.
After 13 years of waiting and wanting I finally got my Les Paul. And I tell you what it was "Worth the wait". Unfortunately the first one I took home had to be returned do to a factory error with one of the strap buttons. The folks at GC in Glen Burnie, MD were great. They immediately grabbed me a twin model polished, restrung, and reset the guitar. The tech was even kind enough to remove the pickgaurd, and install some new locking strap buttons I had purchased. This guitar is incredible. Beautiful Iced Tea Finish with the cream binding. All hardware is of superb quality. The tuners stay in tune. The Pickups are sweet. You can find the perfect tone for all genres with a little tweak here or there. Even a Hobbyist like me can figure it out, and I've only had the guitar for two days. The fretboard PLEK system that Gibson has is incredible. The 50's style neck is perfect for me. I don't have big hands, but I am not a shredder either so it works for me. I love the Classic/Traditional feel and vibe of this beauty. While it is worth the wait if you had to, like I did, don't if you can avoid it.
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