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Gibson Les Paul Traditional Pro II '50s Neck Electric Guitar Heritage Cherry Sunburst

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Taking design and visual cues from the Les Pauls of the '80s and '90s, the Les Paul Traditional Pro II features powerful pickups with push/push for coil splits and boost circuit, '50s neck profile, Gr... 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 II features powerful pickups with push/push for coil splits and boost circuit, '50s 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 II 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 - Super '57
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 '57 Classic and Super '57 pickups are the result of Gibson's drive to capture and recreate this characteristic. Introduced in 1992, the '57 Classic at the neck 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. The Super '57 bridge pickup debuts in the Trad Pro with a wider frequency response and increased output.

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 and a boost circuit via push/push switching in the volume controls. “Straight Split” coil-splitting offers pure single coil tone and differs from LP Standards and Studios that have a “Super Tap” coil-tap, which still has a small amount of humbucking. The boost circuit has a user-adjustable 10-dB boost for added power and frequency range for solos, single-note picking and dirty chording (depending on amp settings) and features true bypass that disengages the boost completely, ensuring pure passive Les Paul tone.

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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  • A user-adjustable 10-dB boost for added power and frequency range for solos, single-note picking and dirty chording (depending on amp settings)
  • True bypass: disengaging boost completely removes active circuit, ensuring pure passive Les Paul tone
  • New œSuper ™57 bridge pickup debuts in the Trad Pro; wider frequency response, increased output
  • Easy-to-use push/push pots engage coil-splits and boost circuit
  • œStraight Split coil-splitting offers pure single coil tone
  • Locking Grover tuners, satin-finished back and sides
  • Includes case
  • Body: Mahogany
    Top: Carved maple
    Back: Mahogany
    Neck: Set mahogany
    Neck Profile: '50s
    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: Super 57 humbucker with push/push coil-splitting
    Neck Pickup: '57 Classic with push/push coil-splitting
    Electronics: 2 volume with push/push coil-splitting, 2 tone (1 with push/push to activate boost), 3-way toggle pickup selector
    Knobs: Vintage Gibson top hats
    Pickguard: Period-correct
    Case: Hardshell
    Other: Plek setup

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GibsonLes Paul Traditional Pro II '50s Neck Electric Guitar

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(11 of 15 customers found this review helpful)


This LP did it for me in many more ways than one!


from SE, Florida

Comments about Gibson Les Paul Traditional Pro II '50s Neck Electric Guitar:

I have had more than a few Les Paul guitars over the years, from '68 onward, and always felt they were all good, but eventually got tired of the individual monotone voice of each one of them. My last Historic was stunning to look at, but had a hole in the mids that never pleased me. Intrigued by the options listed for the Les Paul Traditional Pro II, I decided to hunt one down with a 60?s neck, since I like slim necks. Found one in a GC not too far from home and it was pretty nice. Very good build quality. Then the sales person asked if I would consider a used 50?s neck Trad Pro II. Sure, why not? Wow, the cherry sunburst looked nice (could use a little more yellow in the middle...minor thing), and the dark cherry back is just gorgeous, but as soon as it lay in my hands I knew this was something special. The 50?s neck is absolutely PERFECT. Fits any hand just right with just enough flat areas on the shoulders and back to grab onto, and rock solid in stability. 40 years and many necks later, this was the best I ever felt. But the whole guitar was sturdy and had a clear resonant tone to it. It was almost acoustic, but lower in volume being solid and all. Still loud for a solid body guitar. The fretboard was so nice and a bit flatter than other LP?s. Very clean and great binding work. PLEKed frets and nut made the action almost too low. No complaints! Fast action and no buzzing. Didn?t even need to plug it in, I was sold. When I got home and put it into my rig, my jaw dropped to the floor. There it is! The perfect old wood sounding LP! But wait, there is more. Cranked bridge volume and it is a metal crunch monster. I never expected it could do that. Dial back and it is pure old school Les Paul. This Super 57 pickup is great, but what about the neck Classic 57? Oh yeah?Nice clear jazzy tones. Cleans up nice. And both tone controls are just right (for a change). Took a look inside, and the caps look like tantalum blue drops. Honky in the bridge and woman tone in the neck. Dead on and no need to change them. I may want to find those and put some in my other guitars. Good choice, Gibson. OK, now it is time to try these switching pot options. Well that was sort of neat on the coil splits, but I noticed they wired the inside coils to remain hot instead of the usual outside coils. By this time I was truly in love with this guitar, so I wasted no time breaking out the solder iron and flipping the red and black wires to move the hot coils to the outside positions. There ya go! Fantastic single coil tones, and the combo pickup tones are out of this world clear and chirpy. I can do a Strat neck tone, or a Tele bridge or combo tone that sounds convincing. Mixed single coil and humbucker combos are almost limitless in uniqueness. How about this boost circuit? I didn?t think I needed it, since my rig has plenty of gain, but I found it to be handy to kick the amp a little on lower volume settings without changing the guitar knobs. The tone gets a little thinner with this boost on, so it can make your single coil tones very Strat-like. Full-out dimed bridge with the boost is enough gain to wake any dead amp! This guitar is so versatile, and has so many tone options, that it is my main gig guitar out of many. My Robot V with the first generation Tronical system is a great backup, but lacks the single coil options (needed more knobs for push/pull pots). What about that 4th knob? Nothing there? Gotta do something about that! I changed that to another switching pot and made it a bridge pickup phase reversal switch. Now the guitar is a Trad Pro III (haha). These combos get strange, but if you like strange Indy music, this is for you. What I use this for mostly is the inside single coil option, which quacks a bit like ?Sweet Home?. This guitar is almost the complete tool kit in one package. So what else can I do to trick this out even more? Well, if you use one guitar and need to change tunings, a Tronical Tune Min-Etune system is a must, so I ordered one to make this guitar the workhorse monster that can do it all. About the only other thing I can think of to make this guitar a total one-guitar solution is an acoustic pickup mounted inside and wired to a stereo jack (to the ring contact) for two separate outputs (since I?m out of pot switching options). I could feed the two signals to my rig on one stereo cable and use MIDI switching to change to the acoustic sound with my pedalboard. Would this make it the ultimate tricked-out Trad Pro IV? (haha) I?m actually looking for pickup options now. If someone made a drop-in piezo that had a precision EQ curve of a pre-war Martin D45, I would be in absolute heaven! How about a Floyd Rose? OK, ok, I went too far, but someone may like that. I have other guitars with that option. Wouldn?t work with a Min-Etune anyway. The bottom line on this guitar is that Gibson USA is really getting it together and producing outstanding guitars these days. Good wood and tight construction are the norm now. They look and feel very solid, and are miles better then just a few years ago. But the tone is there and always amazes me every time I play this guitar. There is no shortage of different voices on this guitar, but the classic LP tone is right there, as well. No Les Paul I ever owned ever did that. Go try one, and I bet you will be as surprised as I was. This guitar is a keeper for life. Note to Gibson: Think about those other options I mentioned above. The ultimate ?old meets new meets acoustic? guitar is right there. It is so close I can taste it!

(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)


Hurry and Get One!!

By Cole Edmonson

from Charlotte, NC

Comments about Gibson Les Paul Traditional Pro II '50s Neck Electric Guitar:

I just got mine at my local guitar center. Let me start off by saying what an amazing guitar this is. The sound is amazing. The coil taps are true single coil sound. The volume knobs are very responsive if you like to mess with that kind of stuff. No setup needed, i like my action very low and it came out of the box playing like a dream to me. I found out that these guitars are out of production now but some guitar centers still have them in stock. I compared this to the traditional plus, and this one had it beat. More sustain, and clarity. Hurry and get one before they are all gone. Gibson won't make anyone anymore. I already tried. This is the most versatile guitar out there.

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)


Stunner Of A Les Paul

By John E. Quest

from Port St. Lucie, Florida

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  • A True Dream Guitar
  • Crisp Clean Tone
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  • Creating Classic Lp Tone
  • Duplicating 70s Crunch
  • Experiencing Tonal Bliss
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Comments about Gibson Les Paul Traditional Pro II '50s Neck Electric Guitar:

I sold my 1995 LP Standard 2 years ago to give my daughter much needed braces. She, and my wonderful wife rewarded me with this truly remarkable guitar as an early Christmas present. I can truly say that if I were to be able to check the order form boxes to "build" this guitar from Gibson USA, this is what I would choose. This is my third Gibson Les Paul, a 1978 Custom Silver burst, the second the 1995 Standard, and this is way more guitar than I could imagine you could buy in stock configuration with NO MODS REQUIRED! I play this beauty through a 1983 JCM 800 2204 half stack all original and the tone is just unreal. Imagine Paul Kossoff, Montrose, Page, etc. Yes, it's the REAL DEAL. Thank you Guitar Center and Gibson for the special deal that made it possible to own the dream. Intonation is dead nuts on, pots are clean and smooth as silk. Grover Locking Tuners are what should be on every new guitar, 57 pickups are not too hot, but break up nicely with a master volume amp, just don't expect fried distortion, just clean rock crunch. No pedal required with the 10db pre-amp on the neck tone pot. I even dialed it back to 40% just to give it some punch when needed. This is a complete package that gives tonal variation with the push push pots for coil tapping, and along with the pre-amp you do not loose any volume in the coil tapped mode. the dirtier the sound, the less you notice the coil split, so it really shines when cleaned up. Last but not least is this "to die for" flame maple matched cap that makes it hard to look away from. I'm extremely satisfied with my purchase, and will be for a long time.

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)


My dream guitar


from Lake Worth, FL

Comments about Gibson Les Paul Traditional Pro II '50s Neck Electric Guitar:

If I were to design a Les Paul from scratch this would be the one. Walked in the store saw it on the wall pulled it down started playing and fell in love. I went to try the guitar out and left with it. I can't imagine any guitar being better.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)


Found what I was Looking for!

By scott byerley

from Knoxville Tennessee

Comments about Gibson Les Paul Traditional Pro II '50s Neck Electric Guitar:

On fathers day I traded a Gibson Les Paul Classic for a Ibanez S series,what a mistake! Returned that guitar for a studio deluxe2 good guitar but still wasn't happy. A new Heritage Cherry Sunburst came in tried it out and was blown away! When I got it home I pluged it into my Marshall with a few effects and got a shiver down my spine! The 57 classics sounded awsome the neck was perfect and so was the action! I have never taken a guitar home without getting it setup but it played that good! If you live close to Guitar Center in Knoxville Tennessee go and try one and see John Springer he is the best Guitar Center rep!

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)



By David Heath

from Cheyenne, WY

Comments about Gibson Les Paul Traditional Pro II '50s Neck Electric Guitar:

This is my first true LP. The matrix of sounds out of the HB/Single coils is amazing. One thing, mine is different from the description that it is the pups are a Super '57 and a Burstbucker3. I heard everywhere that the 50's neck is not as skinny as the '60s, but this fits my small hands pretty darn good. I was comparing to the '60s Studio and didnt feel any different. The only complaint is that the pups dont have the covers.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)


amazing gigging guitar!

By shane marstaller _

from bluffton sc

Comments about Gibson Les Paul Traditional Pro II '50s Neck Electric Guitar:

This is a monster, I may be a little biased because i have loved les pauls since I knew what a guitar was. When I started actually playing gigs steady weekend after weekend I knew I needed a quality front line guitar, so I bought this GOLD TOP. I love the way it feels, great action out of the box, sounds are sharp and smooth. The push pull coil tap is also very very useful in creating your tone. you can play anything with this one guitar. this guitar has taken 2 serious falls and still plays great. first one was off a 3 foot stage after the guitar stand was bumped by my pesky rear end. Played the entire night IN TUNE. got home I noticed minor dings and had to end up replacing one bridge mount...BC i bought GIBSON it was covered and they mailed me the piece for free! great service. 2nd wasnt really a fall, somthing fell on it. my "vocal booth" took a spill on the open case and dinging the headstock...still plays great... I have got my moneys worth in this guitar already!

(3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)


Tone Machine

By Michael

from San Diego, CA via Detroit

Comments about Gibson Les Paul Traditional Pro II '50s Neck Electric Guitar:

When the Gibson Tradition Pro II debuted in 2012, I was blown away by the GC/Gibson video demo. I HAD to have one. Every time I would go into my local GC, I would pull one off the wall and plug it into my home set-up (Orange Dark Terror/Orange PPC212) and proceed to take a trip to tonal heaven. This particular guitar was up on the wall for about a year or so. Well, GC finally increased my line of credit for being a good boy and paying my bill on time, put the Trad Pro II's on sale, AND offered 18 month no interest financing. Needless to say, I checked online to see if they had the guitar I wanted in stock (which it showed they did), then I took a trip to my local GC today. Unfortunately the guitar I had my eye on for the past year was no longer there. In fact, I didn't see any Heritage Cherry Trad Pro II's with a 50's neck. I even had a GC associate check their stock to see if I just missed it. Nope, none in stock, he said. As I was leaving the store another associate asked if I needed any help. I told him what I came there for and he couldn't believe that online would show the guitar in stock, but their in-store system would not. He doubled checked, and wouldn't ya know, they had TWO in the back! He brought them both out for me check out. One was nice looking with an "A" flame/checkered top, and the other was a GORGEOUS AAA flamed top with nice mineral streaking. Of course I picked up the beauty to see how it sounded acoustically andI was blown away. The not as gorgeous one didn't sound as nice to me, acoustically. So I took them both and plugged them in to the same rig I have at home (Orange Dark Terror/Orange PPC212 Cab). The one that sounded great acoustically, sounded even better. About 10 people poked there heads into the Platinum Room where I was playing, just to see WHAT I was playing. Everyone was amazed to see that I was not using any effects, just guitar straight into amp. People commented on how amazing the sound was and many said "Wow! Now that's what a Les Paul is supposed to sound like!" and I couldn't agree with them more. I was getting tones of Zeppelin, The Rolling Stones, to Joe Walsh, Sleep and The Sword. Just to make sure my ears didn't deceive me, I plugged in the other Trad Pro II that didn't sound as good acoustically. My ears did not deceive me. The other guitar was just flat sounding. This is why I always try several different guitars of the same model. Needless to say, after some haggling, I walked out of GC today with a brand spanking new Gibson LP TRAD PRO II with a GORGEOUS AAA flame top at a pretty fair price. Do yourself a favor and go check one of these out. I think my 2009 Gibson LP TRAD + just got some competition.

(2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)


Nearly 5 stars

By Alan

from Groves, Texas

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Comments about Gibson Les Paul Traditional Pro II '50s Neck Electric Guitar:

By far the sexiest guitar I own. The merlot is just gorgeous. I recommend changing the strings out of the box. After about a week the top two strings were buzzing passed the six fret which aggravated me, and is why this guitar didn't get 5 stars. Weight is well distributed, coils sound okay, easy soloing guitar because the action is so incredibly low. Not sure if it's worth the 1900, but Gibson doesn't disappoint.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)


Great Les Paul

By scott byerley

from Louisville Tennessee

Comments about Gibson Les Paul Traditional Pro II '50s Neck Electric Guitar:

I am a huge fan of les pauls and I have had several over the years. I had a Les Paul Classic but I wanted something different so I decided to trade for the heritage cherry sunburst with the 50's neck. The Classic had the 60's neck that I was used to but I feel the 50's neck just added a better feel, The updates in the electronics are so cool and I just love the boost and the 57 pups. Go get you one today!

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