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Gibson Les Paul Traditional 12-String Electric Guitar

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Gibson has a long and glorious history of crafting top-notch electric 12-string guitars, from the elegant ES-335-12 of 1965, to the EDS-1275 that enabled Led Zeppelin's Jimmy Page to segue seamlessly ... Click To Read More About This Product

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Gibson has a long and glorious history of crafting top-notch electric 12-string guitars, from the elegant ES-335-12 of 1965, to the EDS-1275 that enabled Led Zeppelin's Jimmy Page to segue seamlessly from the 12-string intro to "Stairway to Heaven" to the ripping 6-string solo in live performance. Now Gibson USA merges its 12-string expertise with a legendary electric for what might be the most powerful-sounding and best-playing rendition of the breed ever created: the Les Paul Traditional 12-String. The guitar is equipped with all the hallmarks of the popular Les Paul Traditional, including its legendary tonewoods, groundbreaking hardware complement and sensational humbucking pickups, with minor alterations to make it a solid and smooth-playing 12-string electric.

Like all of the finest Les Pauls, the Les Paul Traditional 12-String starts with a body made from choice mahogany, weight relieved for your comfort, and capped with a carved maple top (Grade-A maple used beneath the Heritage Cherry Sunburst finish). This combination offers a time-tested marriage of tonewoods that combines the best elements of mahogany's depth and richness and maple's clarity and definition. To this foundation, Gibson USA adds a glued-in Grade-A maple neck for the extra stability demanded by the string tension of this 12-string model. The neck is carved to a fast, comfortable '60s profile that measures .800" deep at the 1st fret and .875" at the 12th, and is topped with a Grade-A rosewood fingerboard with 22 medium-jumbo frets and traditional acrylic trapezoid inlays. In order to accommodate six extra strings without cramping your playing style, Gibson USA ekes out a little extra real estate on the 'board by extending the width of the PLEK-cut Corian nut to 1.750". The extended headstock remains true to Les Paul style, with a mother-of-pearl Gibson inlay and gold "Les Paul Model" silkscreen, a truss-rod cover engraved with "Traditional," and 12 high-quality Mini Grover tuners.

The pickups are the final key factor in blasting the Les Paul Traditional 12-String through sonic territory into which 12-string electric guitars rarely venture. A '57 Classic in the neck position and a '57 Classic Plus in the bridge provide singing chime, sweet in-between tones, or brilliant leads at the flick of a three-way switch, providing more guts and glory than you've ever heard in a 12-string before. Both pickups are made in the style of Gibson's legendary PAF humbuckers, with Alnico 2 magnets and 42 AWG wire, with extra turns in the bridge pickup's coils for added grind and gusto. An iconic Tune-o-matic bridge and stopbar tailpiece, both modified for the 12-string, provide firm anchors for excellent resonance and sustain, and easy intonation adjustment. All in all, it's a classic "Traditional" electric 12-string, and one of the most powerful and versatile 12s ever produced.

Each guitar comes protected in a plush-lined hardshell case with black exterior, and includes owner's manual and adjustment literature.

FEATURES

  • Choice Mahogany body with carved Maple top
  • Grade-A Maple neck with fast, comfortable '60s profile
  • Powerful '57 Classic and '57 Classic Plus pickups in the neck and bridge
  • Modified 12-string Tune-o-matic bridge and stopbar tailpiece
  • High-quality Mini Grover tuners
SPECIFICATIONS
Body
  • Top: Maple
  • Back: Mahogany
  • Body Type: Traditional Weight Relief
  • Adhesive: Franklin Titebond 50
  • Binding: Cream
Neck
  • Species: Maple
  • Profile: '60s Thin
  • Truss Rod: Traditional Adjustable
  • Joint Angle: 5 (+/- 15 seconds)
  • Adhesive: Franklin Titebond 50
  • Neck: Fit
  • Joint: Mortise & Tenon
  • Adhesive: Franklin Titebond 50
  • Joint Angle: Tolerance +/- .005"
Fingerboard
  • Species: Rosewood
  • Frets: 22
  • Radius: 12"
  • Scale Length: 24.75"
  • Nut/E.O.B: 1.75"/2.26"
  • Inlays: Figured Acrylic Trapezoid
  • Binding: Cream
Nut
  • Material: Corian
  • Width: 1.75
  • Slots: Gibson PLEK System
Headstock
  • Logo: Mother of Pearl "Gibson" Logo and Scripted "Les Paul Model" Silkscreen
  • Truss Rod Cover: Black and White Antique Bell with "Traditional" Imprint
Tuners
  • Model: Mini Grover
  • Tuning Ratio: 14:1
  • Plating: Chrome
Bridge
  • Type: Tune-O-Matic Style -Notched
  • Material: Zamak
  • Plating: Chrome
Tailpiece
  • Type: 12 String Stop Bar
  • Material: Zamak
  • Plating: Chrome
Hardware
  • Knobs: Gold Speed Knobs
  • Pickguard: Les Paul Standard Cream
  • Pickup Mounting Rings: Cream
  • Toggle Switch Washer: Cream with Gold
  • Control Plate Cover: Black Plastic
  • Strings: .010 - .046, Genuine Gibson strings
  • Strap Buttons: Aluminum
Pickups
  • Neck Position: '57 Classic (Alnico II)
  • Bridge Position: '57 Classic Plus (Alnico II)
Electronics
  • Potentiometers: 2 Volume Controls 2 Tone Controls
  • Type: 300k Linear Volume, 500k Non-linear Tone
  • Coil Wiring: Machine Wound
  • Toggle Switch: Three-way with Cream Plastic Tip
  • Output Jack: Traditional 1/4"
Finish
  • Sealer: Nitrocellulose
  • Process: 1-1.5 mils
Case
  • Type: Les Paul 12 String Hardshell
  • Case: Exterior Black
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12 String Les Paul

By john pouncy

from Baltimore, Maryland

Had to have it, I purchased the guitar without playing it and I'm not disappointed. The action is a little high so I'm going to have it set up. One of my favorite guitars to play that allows me to Bon Jovi to Pink Floyd. If you are looking for a classic sounding 12 string, this is the guitar. It's heavy but it has the sound Im looking for.

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