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Gibson Les Paul Traditional Pro II '60s Neck Electric Guitar Merlot

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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, '60s neck profile, Gr... Click To Read More About This Product

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Overview

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, '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 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. Includes 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. œStraight Split coil-splitting offers pure single coil tone and differs from LP Standards and Studios that have a œSuper 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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Features
  • A user-adjustable 10-dB boost
  • True bypass ensures pure passive Les Paul tone
  • New œSuper ™57 bridge pickup with wider frequency response
  • Easy-to-use push/push pots engage coil-splits and boost circuit
  • œStraight Split coil-splitting offers pure single coil tone
  • Includes hardshell case
Specifications
  • 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: 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 '60s Neck Electric Guitar
 
4.7

(based on 55 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (47)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

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90%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good feel (30)
  • Good tone (29)
  • Fun to play (27)
  • Good pick up (25)
  • Solid electronics (22)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Jamming (29)
  • Practicing (29)
  • Recording (22)
  • Small venues (17)
  • Rock concerts (14)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (27), Professional musician (7), Novice (5)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Gibson Hits a Home Run!!

Gibson Les Paul Traditional Pro II 60's Iced Tea Review

• Build Quality –Flawless 10/10
• Frets/Fingerboard/Setup 10/10 PerfectRead complete review

Gibson Les Paul Traditional Pro II 60's Iced Tea Review

• Build Quality –Flawless 10/10
• Frets/Fingerboard/Setup 10/10 Perfect
• Playability- 10/10 Perfect
• Paint/Finish- 10/10 Flawless
• Pickups-57 Classic neck/57 Plus Bridge- 10/10
• Electronics-10/10—Love the Coil Splits!

Gibson Hit a Home Run!!
I've Played quite a few Les Pauls over the last 25 years(I own 2 Studio's)
This Particular Les Paul sounds and Plays better than any other I have played;
*Low Action
*NO Fret Buzz
* Tone to Die for
* Finish is Flawless
* Pickups are best I've heard-57 Classic Neck/57 Plus Bridge
* Coil Splitting is a good Surprise-even love the single coil sounds!!

I am in Tone Heaven!!

Thanks to:
Jesus
My Wife
Musician's Friend( Dimitri for great Deal)

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Not bad after new strings and a set up

The guitar is solid.. The set up is ok.. This is the first brand new guitar I've bought in a long time and right out of the box I had to replace two...Read complete review

The guitar is solid.. The set up is ok.. This is the first brand new guitar I've bought in a long time and right out of the box I had to replace two strings. Though all guitars I've seen from the factory need to be properly set up.. I've never had to install strings on a guitar out of the box. Overall good playability and qualities up to gibson's standards, but their quality control could be a little better.

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1.0

Worst Craftsmanship ever on a Gibson

By none

from Texas

About Me Experienced

Comments about Gibson Les Paul Traditional Pro II '60s Neck Electric Guitar:

Guitar had the worst fretboard in the history of fretboards. There were hundreds of tiny holes in the fretboard. The pickups were awful and appeared to have removed and put back in the guitar. Wrapped very poorly.

 
5.0

My Go To Guitar.

By Zoilo

from Minneola, Florida

About Me Experienced

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Practicing

    Comments about Gibson Les Paul Traditional Pro II '60s Neck Electric Guitar:

    I'm newly retired and I practice every day. I have an extensive guitar collection but this one lives on a stand out of the case. The PLEK system allows the guitar to set up with an extremely low action. The electronics with the coil splits and booster give a variety of sounds. At first I had mixed feelings about the satin finish on the back but now after using it I've grown to like it. I love the Grover locking tuners. This guitar stays in tune very well. Most Les Paul's are heavy and mine is very heavy but I don't play three hour shows so I don't mind. I also added a few custom touches by ordering genuine Gibson parts through Musicians Friend. Over all this is my favorite guitar.

    (2 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

     
    1.0

    Guitar arrived damage

    By none

    from Cleveland,OH

    Verified Buyer

    Comments about Gibson Les Paul Traditional Pro II '60s Neck Electric Guitar:

    I wouldn't know how it plays because I had to send it back for repairs. Thank you guitar center for sending me a guitar with a broken pot.

    (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    She is a keeper

    By Jim

    from San Marcos, Ca

    Pros

    • Push Pull Pup Taps
    • The 60's Slim Neck

    Cons

    • Heavy

    Best Uses

    • Classic rock

    Comments about Gibson Les Paul Traditional Pro II '60s Neck Electric Guitar:

    I am primarily a Fender guy but I wanted a LP for a long time but I never could seem to settle on one that made me say this is the guitar I have to have. Then I played one of these. I have the Vintage Burst. The fit and finish are fantastic. The 57 Classic and 57 Classic Plus are superb pickups to fill that humbucker need. The coil taps add incredible versatility to an already great guitar. The slims 60's profile has an SG'ish feel to it and fits my hands like a glove. No weight relief so it is a bit on the heavy side but overall I love it!!!

    • Was this a gift?:
    • No

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Incredible Guitar

    By Chad

    from Spokane, WA

    Site Member

    Comments about Gibson Les Paul Traditional Pro II '60s Neck Electric Guitar:

    I had been wanting an LP for a while and after hours of research and playing a few in Guitar Center I ended up with the Trad Pro II. I could not be happier with this guitar. The Merlot finish is beautiful. The pickups have great versatility, the coil splits work great and put out a great single coil sound then the humbuckers have that classic LP tone that everybody dreams about. Of course there is the incredible LP sustain. The boost is a really cool addition to the guitar as well. I am seriously so impressed with this guitar it is essentially the classic without the g-force tuner and its about $500 cheaper. This is a great purchase and I could not be happier with it.

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Les Paul is the Cadillac of guitars

    By mic

    from from Chicago

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Jamming
      • Playing for fun
      • Practicing
      • Recording

      Comments about Gibson Les Paul Traditional Pro II '60s Neck Electric Guitar:

      Sweet guitar. Sounds great, feels great and Gibson has there own way to vanish there guitar so it even smells great.

      I love the coil splitting on the humbuckers so if you want to make it sound like single coil pickups you can. Also comes with a boost, great feature for if your just practicing and plugged straight into the front of the amp with no peddles you could boost it up a bit for a lead part.

       
      5.0

      Above and Beyond!

      By RFL1701

      from Warwick, RI

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Jamming
        • Practicing
        • Recording
        • Rock Concerts
        • Small Venues

        Comments about Gibson Les Paul Traditional Pro II '60s Neck Electric Guitar:

        Got mine today and it was Love at first chord. I liked the fact that I could pick the exact one I wanted. Vintage Sunburst weighing in at 9.85 lbs. Gave it the visual once over and found no defects. Changed the strings, prefer Ernie Ball. then put on some Dunlop strap locks and it was good to go! I've heard people complain about the satin finish neck and all I can say is play it for a few hours and it will feel like an old friend. The coil splits sound great. Really thins out the sound when need be. The 10db boost is a non factor. All it does is raise the volume. All in all this is a Les Paul through and through. A great value and a great guitar!

        (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        SOLID GUITAR

        By Fumbles

        from Planet Earth

        About Me Experienced

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Everything Guitar

          Comments about Gibson Les Paul Traditional Pro II '60s Neck Electric Guitar:

          I will keep it simple. This LP can hold its own with any other LP at higher prices. If you are scared of the satin finish on the back don't be. Once it breaks in some it is as smooth as silk. Like butta. Your guitar will breath better than gloss as well. The boost is clean doesn't mess with your tone at all. Don't like it take the battery out and use the pot as a kill switch. The push/push pots are fine I may change them to push/pull but they are still quality. They are fine overall just different. Well worth the $$$.AWESOME GUITAR..

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Great sounding guitar

          By Gigs

          from Montreal, Canada

          About Me Experienced

          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Jamming
            • Practicing
            • Small Venues

            Comments about Gibson Les Paul Traditional Pro II '60s Neck Electric Guitar:

            This is one of the best guitars I've ever played or owned

             
            5.0

            Incredible Guitar!!

            By Roadking03

            from Tennessee

            About Me Experienced

            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Jamming
              • Practicing
              • Recording
              • Small Venues

              Comments about Gibson Les Paul Traditional Pro II '60s Neck Electric Guitar:

              The look of this Vintage Sunburst is stunning, it plays remarkable, it takes some getting use to how easy it plays, I find myself trying to over play, all in all, one of the most playable guitars I've had the pleasure of owning!!!

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