Gibson Les Paul Standard Traditional Pro Electric Guitar Vintage Sunburst 889406753303

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Taking design and visual cues from the Les Pauls of the '80s and '90s, the Les Paul Traditional Pro features BurstBucker 3 and '57 Classic pickups with push/pull coil splits, '60s neck profile, Grover... Click To Read More About This Product

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Taking design and visual cues from the Les Pauls of the '80s and '90s, the Les Paul Traditional Pro features BurstBucker 3 and '57 Classic pickups with push/pull coil splits, '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 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 - BurstBucker 3
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 BurstBucker 3 and '57 Classic Plus pickups are the result of Gibson's drive to capture and recreate this characteristic. Introduced in 1992, the '57 Classic 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. 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 via push/pull switching in the volume controls.

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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Features
  • 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: 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
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GibsonLes Paul Standard Traditional Pro Electric Guitar
 
4.7

(based on 204 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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  • 4 Stars

     

    (18)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (8)

  • 2 Stars

     

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    (3)

100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fun to play (11)
  • Good feel (11)
  • Good pick up (11)
  • Good tone (10)
  • Solid electronics (10)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Jamming (5)
  • Practicing (5)
  • Recording (5)
  • Rock concerts (4)
  • School bands (3)
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Most Liked Positive Review

 

Finally the perfect Les Paul

Over the years Gibson has tried so many different things on LP's but they finally built the perfect one for me and probably for you too. Let me run it down: 1. Non-chambered...Read complete review

Over the years Gibson has tried so many different things on LP's but they finally built the perfect one for me and probably for you too. Let me run it down: 1. Non-chambered body. The reason LP's always had killer sustain is the thick mahogany body has tons of resonance. 2. 60's slim neck. IMO the best neck they've ever made. Thin and very fast. 3. Burstbucker 3/57 classic pickups - An outstanding combo. BB3 can cover glassy cleans through thrash metal. The 57 classic is so smooth and produces really thick smooth creamy distortion. 4. Push/pull knob (coil tapping) - As if the tone wasn't already perfect you get even more tweaking options. One of my faves is toggle switch in middle position, neck pup with knob pulled, bridge pup knob normal. I use that to play Lenny and it's as sweet and glassy as the finest strat. 5. Satin finish on back - Very fast finish. I've played where my hand got really sweaty and it's still fast. For years guys had to purposely dull the neck finish. Not with this LP. 6. Grover locking tuners. The old fashioned LP tuners stayed in tune great but string changes sucked as they do with any non-locking tuners. These tuners stay in tune and string changes are a snap. 7. Value - Of the new LP models I personally think this one is best AND it's hundreds of dollars less than the chambered-body models. They're best one is also their cheapest. Go figure. 8. Tone - You have to mention this. My god this baby oozes with tone. Glassy highs, thick creamy distortion, massive brain melting distortion. You can get it all. Even a cheap SS amp will sound great if you play this through it. 9. Setup - The Plek'd frets are actually awesome. I thought that would be a marketing gimmick but it makes a difference. As if their action wasn't already the best ever, now it's even better. All in all I think it's the best LP I've ever seen Gibson put out. I saved the money and sold a lot of other gear to buy it and I'm not disappointed. I'm 42, been playing since I was 10 and I've played them all. This is as good as any of the all-time greats. It's a limited run just for guitar center and musician's friend so I'd get one before they're gone. If you've ever wanted a real LP this is for you.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Exchanged this for a Standard

I have been playing for over a quarter of a century, and in that time, I've owned MANY guitars. Some great, some ok, and some, just pure junk. There was a...Read complete review

I have been playing for over a quarter of a century, and in that time, I've owned MANY guitars. Some great, some ok, and some, just pure junk. There was a time when I had over 20 guitars (electric and acoustic). At that time, maybe 1 or 2 were great, 1 or 2 were ok, and the rest..junk. So years have gone by and I decided I would rather have just a few great guitars than a bunch of junk...quality over quantity I guess. One guitar that I always wanted was a Les Paul...a real Les Paul...not some Epiphone or Studio Les Paul (no offense to those instruments)...when I saw that Guitar Center had a special edition Les Paul "Standard Traditional Pro" for under 2K, I figured, here's my chance. Well...I got it...and from day one had problems with it. It wouldn't stay in tune...and the sound really wasn't on par with my other guitars...(a PRS custom 22 and an Ibanez Prestige Team J Craft - don't expect me to remember the exact model of that Ibanez, as it's all numbers and letters ;) Anyway..I don't want to write a book here...but in the end, no matter what I did, I couldn't keep this thing in tune..even with the locking tuners. I tried many different sets of strings, nut lube on the nut and bridge, even chap stick and pencil lead. Everything you could do to try and keep this thing tuned up, I tried...no luck. Still...for the few minutes that it was in tune, it certainly wasn't a bad guitar. It felt great, sounded pretty good, and looked beautiful. So it was with reluctance that I decided to bring it back and exchange for something else. To guitar center's credit, they didn't give me a hard time at all...matter of fact they were apologetic and helped get me something else. In the end, I picked up a standard plus...I laid down an extra $600 and have no regrets. It's just a nicer guitar, sounds better, looks better, and most importantly..it actually stays in tune. I don't think I'm going to be as harsh as the previous review...but I definitely can't give it 5 stars either. Who knows...maybe I just had a lemon.

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5.0

One more vote for this beautiful guitar

By thomas morris

from Long Beach, CA

Comments about Gibson Les Paul Standard Traditional Pro Electric Guitar:

I recently had the bug to get a new guitar. I've been playing my tele mostly and an SG Classic (P90) and really go for tone. My playing is everything from punk to blues to fingerpicking. My background for years was mostly acoustic playing and I gotta have quality tone, even if my playing can't always do it justice. Anyway, I went down to GC and started playing everything in sight, including a nice used PRS, all the top shelf Fenders, a few LP Pro II's that the guys recommended. I was playing everything clean because I already know the LP's sound good ran hot and I wanted to see if any of them had character ran through a Fender Twin Reverb and Blue Jr. I didn't like either of the Pro II's that I played and after a while found myself messing with a pretty merlot LP in the "nice" room. I just couldn't put the thing down. The more I played it the more I liked it and that was before I knew it also had the coil splitting. Long story short, it was an older model Trad Pro (not TP II) and was marked down to $1199. I bought the thing and after a week of playing it all I can say is this guitar is everything a LP should be. Sometimes you just get a winner. My brother n law has an LP Custom and I'd take my guitar over it. Some guitars just have that magic. This one has it. I'm glad that it doesn't have the boost that the Pro II's have because although it increases the volume, I felt it robbed those guitars of warmth and character. Or maybe they didn't have it to begin with, but either way I'll keep my Trad Pro.

 
5.0

Al and the team in Tampa ROCK!

By EDWARD CHWIESENI

from Tampa, Florida

Comments about Gibson Les Paul Standard Traditional Pro Electric Guitar:

Bought an Ebony trad pro and it's fantastic--love the guitar. The 60's neck is really great; fits just right. The pickups, '57 and a BB3, are excellent. In addition the service at the Tampa store on Hillsborough was fantastic. Really know how to take care of the customer.

 
5.0

An AMAZING guitar!

By Kenneth Wiess

from Lake Geneva, Wisconsin

Comments about Gibson Les Paul Standard Traditional Pro Electric Guitar:

I've been playing guitar for about 12 years now and been collecting guitars for about 10 years. Out of all 15 of my guitars, this one is the god. I am honestly contemplating buying another one. To start; the tone and overall sound it puts out is unbelievable! I play rock, blues, punk and everything in between and all I need is this one guitar! It really is a "gigging mans" Les Paul because it's all anyone would ever need! The 60's neck is very comfortable and gives the green light for zipping up and down the fret board. The locking tuning pegs work wonderfully, I played it for a 2 hour blues set one day and it barely even came out of tune! The only thing I have to point out against it is that at least in my case, the 10db boost is useless. I haven't found the need to use it. 10db is 10db but to my ear its not that noticeable. It just sounds fuzzier to me. Then again, maybe my battery needs to be changed... Regardless, This guitar is amazing! A must buy if you want or are into Les Pauls! You can't possibly go wrong!

 
5.0

Gibson Les Paul

By Randall Scott

from Martinez, GA

Comments about Gibson Les Paul Standard Traditional Pro Electric Guitar:

This Guitar is so Beautiful, it is hard not to just put it on display. Leaving the Pickup Covers off was a nice touch. This Gibson Les Paul model, is an exclusive model made just for the Guitar Center. A very interesting and innovative concept of mixing the Standard with the Traditional, and blending the push/pull Pickup options on both Pickups. Excellent Sound and a Great Addition to the Gibson Les Paul Familiy of Guitars.

 
5.0

Addicted......

By William Sanchez

from New Jersey

Comments about Gibson Les Paul Standard Traditional Pro Electric Guitar:

Absolutely in love with this guitar, I went to Guitar Center with every intention of buying a Telecaster, then I picked this up and fell in love with the Split Coils. If you pick this guitar up I promise that you will want to buy it.

 
5.0

Les Paul Standard Traditional Pro Electr

By Charles Diebold

from ohio

About Me Experienced

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Fun To Play
  • Good Feel
  • Good Pick Up
  • Solid Electronics

Cons

  • None

Best Uses

  • ALL
  • Jamming
  • Practicing
  • Recording
  • School Bands
  • Small Venues

Comments about Gibson Les Paul Standard Traditional Pro Electric Guitar:

this ranks first, my fender strad 2nd, my epiphone hollow (P90 riveria) body third, but all very close. The Gibson is a top of the line proved guitar with amazing sound. If you could buy only one guitar, this would be it. Very pleased with the guitar and musicians friend pricing and service!

 
5.0

Traditional Pro 2012

By Plep

from Quebec, Canada

About Me Professional Musician

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Fun To Play
  • Good Feel
  • Good Pick Up
  • Good Tone

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Practicing
    • Recording
    • Rock Concerts

    Comments about Gibson Les Paul Standard Traditional Pro Electric Guitar:

    Such a nice guitar with so many possibiliies by splitting the pikc-ups!

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    I'm proud to own this guitar.

    By Andy

    from Georgia

    About Me Experienced

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Fun To Play
    • Good Feel
    • Good Pick Up
    • Good Tone
    • Solid Electronics

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Recording
      • Rock Concerts

      Comments about Gibson Les Paul Standard Traditional Pro Electric Guitar:

      I already own a Les Paul Studio from 2008, so I can say that I think this guitar is definately a step above in terms of playability, looks and tone. I really like the sound of both pickups, but the '57 Classic in the neck does seem a good bit quieter (in terms of volume) than the bridge pickup does. Rolling off the volume knob on either pickup will clean them up dramatically. I don't use the coil taps, but I guess some players will be glad to have them. Pulling up on the volume knobs will help you get a Strat-like tone. By the way, this guitar is very versatile. You can get just about any tone you need out of it. As far as looks, the vintage sunburst finish looks great and so does the binding. Makes my old LP Studio almost seem like a piece of junk. The pickups in this guitar are more trebly and "out of phase" sounding than the 490R/498T combo in the Studio, probably due to them having different types of Alnico magnets. The neck feels great, the nut is well dressed and the frets are about perfect. This guitar plays wonderfully. Bending notes and inflecting vibrato is a piece of cake. The only complaint I have is about the truss rod cover. The screws are only halfway tightened down and the heads are stripped off, so I can't finish tightening them down. I'm sure this is not the norm and it could have happened somewhere after it left the factory. I'll have to call Gibson about that...

      Overall, I love my Gibson Les Paul Standard Traditional Pro. I'll be playing it everyday for years to come.

       
      4.0

      swapped for Pro II

      By Dr. Moro

      from NYC

      About Me Experienced

      Verified Buyer

      Comments about Gibson Les Paul Standard Traditional Pro Electric Guitar:

      got mine but didn't like the top grain - there was an unsightly long, narrow, dark flair looking like fixed crack. The very day I returned it for exchange I got MF notification on Pro II being available so I shelled out for extra $300 to get Pro II instead.
      I'm not sure why I did it - regular pro is just fine and Pro II doesn't sound like huge improvement worth $300 for what I do - fiddling with some riffs and solos through a small comobo to keep my self in shape.
      The Pro I got was fine (beside the wood grain blemish) - action was a bit high but that's normal for factory settings.
      Single coils do buzz (as expected) since no passive humbacking is done on splits.

      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Wonderful transition from Strat to Paul

      By Rplum

      from OHIO

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

      • Fun To Play
      • Good Feel
      • Good Pick Up
      • Good Tone
      • Solid Electronics

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about Gibson Les Paul Standard Traditional Pro Electric Guitar:

          I've been searching around for a decently priced guitar under $2000 for a while now. I took my time because buying a guitar is life buying a new life partner, your going to develop a relationship with whatever you choose. I had felt several of these Traditional Pros in the past because i liked the idea of the versatile hum bucker and single coil pickup options. I wasn't too impressed with the ones i had felt, probably because they weren't set up as accurately as they should've been, or because they had been sitting on the guitar center wall for years... But one day i walked into Guitar Center and they had just received a new Goldtop Traditional Pro, made six months ago in the Gibson factory. Just by the looks of the gold top finish i was drawn to it. And let me tell you, this thing felt like Gold. I bought it the next day. I can't put this guitar down, it plays like a dream. I really enjoy the thinner style neck and the bends are effortless. I am able to play for 5x as long as i used to. I guess you just have to go out there and find that one gibson that they made right. Very satisfied Les Paul owner. If you are a strat lover, you'll have no problem getting used to this guitar instantly

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