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... Read More
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.
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.
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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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.
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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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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
I own Martin, Taylor and Breedlove acoustics and both American Deluxe Tele and Strat in addition to a LP Studio 60's Tribute. Let me also add I have been playing for over 25 years. This guitar is well made and it sounds superb. Being able to split the coils is nice and adds to the tonal arsenal that this ax provides but coil taps will never mimic a true single coil. My 60's Tribute has P 90's on it and those do not sound like a Fender single coil, they are more bell like than a hum bucker but they have a growl all their own and are hotter than the Fender single coils. I really like both of my LP's very much and would buy both again, no doubt about it. If you're looking for an Ax that gives you many options for tone, the Traditional Pro is is just what you're looking for.
I have been playing for over 3 decades. Have always been a Fender guy and still love my American Deluxe Tele and American Deluxe Strat. I recently began to downsize and got rid of my Epiphone and Mexican Fenders. I now have nothing but top shelf gear. I also own a 60's Tribute Studio LP with P 90 pups and because it plays and sounds so frig'n good I picked up this LP in Heritage Cherry Sunburst during the Labor Day sale at GC. I really love this ax, it looks great, sounds better and plays fantastic. Mine has 1 tiny flaw in the finish on the side. Between my Tele, my Strat, my LP with the P 90's and this LP with the 57 and Burstbucker 3 pups I can get any sound I want. The coil taps WILL NOT make the guitar sound like Fender single coils or like P 90 single coils BUT the tap allows me to get tones that are totally unique and pleasing. I do not play clubs and haven't for better than 20 years but I record a lot of original material in my home studio and with this guitar and the others in my arsenal I can get any tone I can imagine to help make my original tunes stand out. This guitar is well made and plays like a dream. The Grover locking tuners are fantastic and as I said playability on this ax is as good as it gets.
All I can say is WOW!!! this guitar is an absolute monster. this is my first Gibson guitar, and I was absolutely blown away. the burstbucker 3 provides the hot pickups for screaming leads and the 57' classic provides the the subtle tones for sweet rhythms. And together, the both create an amazing combination for both leads and rhythm guitar. the 60's neck profile makes it so easy to move up and down the neck, and the satin back compliments the maple top very well. and with the coil tapping, i can play a lot of different styles of music. Finally, it has the weight that you want in a Les Paul, weighing in a 9lbs 2oz, this guitar provides a nice, resonant sound. I recommend that if you plan on purchasing your first Les Paul, make this your first !!!
I've played many guitars in my day and have owned more than 10 at a time... This, however, is my first Gibson and I can't believe I've been missing out for so long. I've had it for over a year and this is the first time I've felt compelled to write a review. First off, the looks are classic and sexy at the same time. The wine red finish is something truly unique that really has to be seen in person to be appreciated. Love it! The real attractions, however, that set this LP apart from others I was considering are the specs: Plek setup (I'll never go back), satiny smooth neck that just begs to be played, and the killer COIL TAPPED pickups that are versatile enough for me to leave my strat at home on gigs. Truly an awesome tone machine that feels right and plays better. The only cons I would mention are its weight... Because it's not chambered, it's a bit off balanced and doesn't sit on your knee very well (but really, who cares? The extra weight contribute to a meatier tone and mountains of sustain). Long story short, before you plunk down the cash on a standard or custom, go pick one of these up and realize first hand what a great axe this is for the money. You won't be disappointed.
This guitar is loaded with all the options and more than a Gibson LP Standard Plus. I really enjoy the coil splitting option that this guitar comes with, it gives me a ton of tonal options. As far as quality, mine was immaculate--no problems what so ever. I did lower the action a bit, but that is my personal preference, as it should be yours as well. Guitars sound very different when you tune them in a cetain way, so for those that say that it played bad out of the box, then tune the guitar to our liking (every guitar player has his or her own personal preference). The Locking grover tuner were also a nice addition. And,what made me decide to purchase this guitar, along with the previously mentione attributes of this guitar, was its hefty weight, like an LP should be. I really does influence the sustain. I had narrowed it down to this model and the Tradional Plus, but I wanted the coil splitting and grover locking tuners, so it would cost me too much to upgrade the LP Traditional Plus to include these otions, and after all, it was just a matter of aesthetics. Hence if you do not like the fact that this model comes with a satin back and sides, you can always take it to a luthier and have him put nitro-cellulose laquer on the sides and back. My friend did this and it looks awesome. For me I prefer the super fast satin neck.
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