Gibson Les Paul Standard Traditional Pro Electric Guitar Ebony 886830799075

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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 81 reviews)

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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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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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(74 of 85 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Finally the perfect Les Paul

By Kevin in Cincy

from Cincinnati, OH

Comments about Gibson Les Paul Standard Traditional Pro Electric Guitar:

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.

(57 of 65 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Gibson LP ST traditional pro.... Tone heaven

By Dean

from East Alton Illinois

Comments about Gibson Les Paul Standard Traditional Pro Electric Guitar:

Wow,What to say. Played alot of Standards before and was a fan of the 50's neck.However,this one in cherry sunburst 60's neck plays superb.The spliting coils give this LP a players tone heaven. Sustain and a satin neck are not to be left out either.I can handle the wieght as I sit mostly to play.You won't go wrong with this bad boy.Clean or dirty it's a blast. Great job Gibson!

(37 of 39 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Immmmmpressed

By steamer

from Chicago IL

Comments about Gibson Les Paul Standard Traditional Pro Electric Guitar:

Was hesitant about this model even though it had many details I was looking for, then looking at it again, reading reviews for the 1000th time, I clicked on finishes and there it was-Wine Red. No pictures though. Found some searching through different sites and was impressed but still might think it it wasn't up to snuff. Walked into to GC today on a whim and amazingly they had one! And yes, it looked even better in person. Went through some details with the sales guy plugged her in just hit some notes to check out some tones (the guy in the next isle was playing some annoying riffs) and the coil splitters and get some feel for the neck. 5 minutes later, out came the credit card with my wife even smiling cuz she knew I was happy. Got it home and couldn't put it down. I've heard of some lemons with this model but it looks like I didn't get one! I would suggest to check this out, it may be cheaper LP, but I think it is one of the better ones.

(36 of 38 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

amazing.

By les paul lover

from California

Comments about Gibson Les Paul Standard Traditional Pro Electric Guitar:

this guitar is the one. im still discovering new sounds with it. the coil tapping gives me so many different tone options. its amazing. i love the look of the guitar too. the finnish is beautiful. the guitar plays amazingly. i love the feel of the neck. its not too heavy but its not as light as most other guitars. the locking tuners are awsome too. this guitar is the perfect one for any gigging musician that wants a guitar that will will last and feel great for a long time.

(30 of 38 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

Exchanged this for a Standard

By Todd

from Hillsborough, NJ

Comments about Gibson Les Paul Standard Traditional Pro Electric Guitar:

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.

(29 of 30 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

ohh yeahhhhhhh

By Robert

from moorpark Ca

Comments about Gibson Les Paul Standard Traditional Pro Electric Guitar:

I heard about this guitar and decided to check it out. I have to tell you I am not a pro or in a band. I just like to play, so for me to spend 2K for this guitar it has a good. I got to GC right when they opened. I asked the salesman to take it down. I sat there and played for an hour. The feel of this guitar is incredible and it plays like a dream. I heard some problems with them staying in tune and the pleck system. This one stays in tune and no buzzing at all as a matter of fact it was ready to play; I didn�ۡ���t have to change anything. I am still playing with the different tones. Well worth it if you ask me

(27 of 29 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Very Happy

By Robert Luttrell

from Moorpark Ca

Comments about Gibson Les Paul Standard Traditional Pro Electric Guitar:

Gibson has struck a bull�ۡ���s eye with the LP Standard Traditional Pro. This guitar looks incredible and sounds the same way. I went with this model for the versatility you get from it. The 60's neck style allows for easy slide and fingering! It has amazing sustained. I still find it hard to believe all the features this model has: coil splitting/locking keys/awesome burst buster III and 57 vintage pickups. The bad is more about strap locs than the guitar. I had to hone out the straploc. The screws they provide were too small

(22 of 24 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Amazing Feel and Tone

By Jimbo

from Los Angeles, CA

Comments about Gibson Les Paul Standard Traditional Pro Electric Guitar:

I just bought this guitar after saving up forever and it was well worth it. The finish on the guitar is amazing (the pictures don't do it much justice). The guitar sounds fantastic on a clean setting when you switch to single coil. It can also lay down a metal track better than any other guitar I've ever played. The only thing to worry about is when the neck gets kind of sticky, in which case just clean and wipe and you are good to go. If you are going to invest in this guitar I suggest getting a good quality amp to play it out of (doesn't sound as good through a cheapie amp).

(21 of 24 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great players guitar

By kevin martin

from Westminster Co.

Comments about Gibson Les Paul Standard Traditional Pro Electric Guitar:

I've played for 40 years and have owned 70+ guitars.I do my own set ups and own 10 instruments at the present time.This is a wonderful instrument .It atays in tune extremely well,the single coil function sound great,and it plays incredibly well.I have the action set at 1/32 at the 12th fret high E and 1/16 at the 12th fret low E with out any relief and it doesn't fret out or buzz.This is one guitar I'll never sell.

(21 of 22 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

A Beautiful Les Paul

By KingsBlade

from Baltimore, MD

Comments about Gibson Les Paul Standard Traditional Pro Electric Guitar:

I have been playing this guitar for several months now and I love it. I used to own a 79 Custom and this one seems just a sweet! Gibson did a great job making such a Beautiful guitar at a more affordable price. The feel and sound of this guitar is flat out remarkable. I have many guitars and this one has become one of my all time faves! There is just something about a Les Paul that is so different than the rest. Unless you get a lemon, there is no way anyone would not be happy with this guitar. I lightly (and slightly) pre-sanded the nitro neck with 000 steel wool to "pre-wear" the neck and it just plays like a dream. I also have a locking and wide, stretchy strap so I can play the hell out of it! Once you play it, you will want to own it! Cheers to Gibson, GC and "Dawson" for this great experience from KingsBlade!

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