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Platinum 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... Read More

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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, 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. “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.

Check the drop-down menu to the right to select colors and/or other options.

Features
  • A user-adjustable 10-dB boost
  • True bypass ensures pure passive Les Paul tone
  • New “Super ’57” bridge pickup with wider frequency response
  • Easy-to-use push/push pots engage coil-splits and boost circuit
  • “Straight 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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5.0

Great Les Paul, great price.

By Mike

from East Brunswick NJ

I own 2 other 90's era les Paul standards, so when I went in to purchase a new les Paul I was sticker shocked at how much the new standards are priced at. I then saw the les Paul traditional pro II and noticed it was around the price of what I paid for my standards back in the 90's. I was skeptical because they were priced so much less than a current model standard, so I went home and did some research. What I found was that for the most part these trad pro's are the exact same guitar as my older standards. There are few exceptions but all in all same guitar. The Traditional Pro II is a monster, and everything I expected it to be. The satin finish on the back is actually a nice offset to the high gloss finish on the front. And it feels good on the neck because you don't get that sticky feeling when you sweat. The wood tone quality is exceptional. The guitar is built with the 9 hole weight relief method so the weight relief brings it to the same weight as my older standards, the locking tuners work as expected. The 60's neck feels great, plays great. The electronics are nice, the Traditional pro II model comes with a super 57 in the bridge and a classic 57 in the neck. I was disappointed only because the hang tag in the store said the guitar had a burstbucker III in the bridge, which is what I have in all of my other les Paul's. I brought the guitar back to my local guitar center, and they quickly apologized for the mistake, and took a burstbucker III off the shelf and swapped the pickup out for me free of charge. Great service from my local Jersey store. The push/push pots are nice, I prefer them over push pull. The coil splitting is true coil splitting and sounds great. The 10db boost is nice as well, and can be adjusted via a trim pot located under the back plate. The lid to the battery compartment sucks and is EXTREMELY hard to open. The top is very nice. I am not a big flame and quilt top person, but the guitar does have a nice flame top, not to much, but if you are a flame top person you will like the top. The only thing that would make this model perfect for me is having a locking stop/tail. I will note that before selecting the one I actually ended up purchasing I played a few different ones, and their was a quality control issue. So if you play one and see problems with it, just grab another and inspect. I saw a lot of perfect models, but also a lot of imperfect models. I saw some models with binding issues around the neck joint, some solid finish models where you could see the seam in the top coming through the finish, and also discovered some models have vintage wiring, and some have modern wiring. Google it and you'll see the difference. The model I chose to purchase wasn't wired the way I wanted it, and again my local store said no problem give us a min and we will rewire it for you, again free of charge. All in all this Traditional Pro II is everything a Les Paul should be and in some cases more. I LOVE this guitar, and tone for tone, weight for weight, playability to playability it matches my 90's standards which I love so much.

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(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

sell off your cheap guitars and buy this one.

By john nazaran

from Wichita, KS

Ive owned fenders, ibanez, couple esps, epiphones and other lp copies. This thing blows every other guitar Ive ever owned out of the water. The tone is ridiculous. you can get just about anything you want with the 57's and the split coil and boost. this thing sings. you will not want to put it down. Ive NEVER written a review for anything and I felt compelled to do one for this guitar. the set up is pretty descent right out of the box. I got the vintage sunburst and its beautiful. Mine has some flame to it but not too much. It doesn't look like i belong playing back up for prince and the new generation(too much flame). I had to order it at the store and have it shipped but totally worth it. Guys there were very helpful. since i bought it i have been selling off my inventory of other guitars because i dont find myself wanting to play anything else.

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5.0

Les Paul Traditional Pro 2

By cory stewart

from San Diego, CA.

The guitar is beautiful, vintage sunburst with an extreme flamed maple top. I have recently recorded with it and it sounds amazing. The neck pickup(57Classic)really sings and is really articulate. The guitar has an arsenal of tones to choose from. The super 57 in the bridge is snarly and there is a 10 decibel boost available to up the pickups output to super snarly! I immediately after buying the guitar did a set up, some 9's, adjusted the string hight and adjusted the neck. It is scary just how awesome this guitar is. With a push of a knob, the pickups can go from double coil to a true single coil. Lots of sonic tools on this gem. If you are wanting a Les Paul, Look no more. Grab this bad boy while you can.

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(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Can't put it down!

By David Brown

from Danville, VA

Most of the other reviews have about covered it! I have always played Fenders, but have always wanted a Les Paul. Well, I finally bought one in the Merlot color. It is the best feeling guitar that I have ever held. If I had only bought one years ago. I replaced the strings with a 9-42 set, which is what I am used to. And speaking of strings, the locks making re-stringing a breeze. With the variations of the split humbuckers, you can get everything from harmonic distortion to almost acoustic. I have the 60's neck, and it is really nice as well. After watching the Gibson factory tour video, I can see why they are so sought after. I have been playing since I was 12, and just turned 60 in October. This was a birthday-Christmas gift to myself, and I am as happy with it as when I was a kid and got a special toy for Christmas. I bought mine in Greensboro, and I want to that Chuck for helping with the purchase!

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(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Pretty Awesome

By Peer Johnson

from SLO

Wanted a Gibson Paul all my life. Have a good Epi, finally bought this one in vintage finish. Wow what a difference, the high's the low's, the tone, playability, all of that is considerably better than the Epi. Very happy with the guitar. If you can swing it, do it. Beautiful guitar in the vintage finish.

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(1 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Frets Too High

By GARY DRURY

from Hurst, Texas

I got this baby a few weeks ago, I was having trouble I thought with it being in tune. Come to find out, the frets were just too high for me. I took it to a guy that knows his business, we shaved these frets down to the same size as my strat, put some 36th anniversary pups in, And now this is one bad boy Les Paul, & I am one happy guy.

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(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Incredible Guitar!

By Kevin Pumphrey

from Orange County, CA

Absolutely amazing guitar! Incredibly playable right out of the box. Perfect set up, no fret buzz, no flame top. These are pretty heavy so use a good, solid strap - even strap locks. The tones out of this are killer! Not many guitars with a usable sound on every setting! The coil taps and 10db boost are awesome! There is limitless versatility and all of it is full of that rich, fat, woody Gibson tone that we all love! I've been playing for 13 years and have never played a guitar that sounded and played this good. The Plek setup is awesome and makes fretting a breeze, pickups are rich, full and balanced. I got the merlot finish and she is gorgeous! A real pleasure to look at, even better to play. My hat is off to Gibson. If you're considering buying this guitar, look no further!

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(5 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Try it and you're hooked

By Nathan Pritula

from Ottawa, Ontario (Canada)

I've been playing for 20 years now, owned many low-medium end guitars. This guitar is utterly amazing. I bought the Merlot colour and it's a flamed maple top. I've seen others like it too in the Merlot colour. The picture on GC makes it look kind of blotchy, but it is a flame top - awesome. Try it, compare it to other American and Japanese made guitars, and you'll see - this guitar rocks! Waayyyyyy better than any other guitar out there, and at a great price too. So here's the run down: Pros - Great set up, amazing tone, extremely versatile while maintaining the Gibson rock tone, stays in tune and looks flawless. Loving the satin back side. And loving the glossy top. Feels solid and very very heavy. (These models are suppose to use traditional weight relief - the 9-hole method - but it does not feel weight relieved at all...very heavy...very solid). Cons - Almost none. Classic issue with even high end Gibsons and Epiphones is g-string intonation. New strings .10 or .11 guage would easily solve this. New strings or nut lube. I would highly recommend this guitar to anyone. I'm definitely going back to GC for my musical needs.

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(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Totally impressed

By Bruce Potter

from Baltimore MD

I'm getting back in to playing guitar after over 15 years of just letting them hang on my wall. I decided I needed a new guitar that reflected how I play now versus how I played when I was younger. After some research, I settled on the Les Paul Traditional II with the 50's neck. I couldn't be happier. In a fixed bridge setup, I'm not sure what else you could ask for. The push-push pots are a great upgrade from the push-pull style. The Grover lockers make changing strings incredibly easy. With the split coils, you have a huge diversity in tone. And the bright circuit is a nice addition. The build quality is solid (it's a Les Paul. I'd expect nothing less). This guitar is not weight relieved, so it's heavier than other guitars on the market. But it's not heavy enough that it bothers me. And the sound... wow. I love playing this guitar totally clean through my Fender HotRod Deluxe III. Seriously, this is how an electric guitar should sound. I bought this Trad about a month ago and I think I've been up until 1am playing it almost every night. I'm not sure what else I could want out of a guitar.

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(8 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Amazing Guitar

By Joseph Ferris

from Chatsworth, CA

This guitar has a perfect setup. Out of the box it is one of the finest guitars I've ever played. I have several starts that I love, but this guitar has become my favorite. I got the 60s neck which I prefer. The sound is sweet. I really like the split coil option. This is one nice guitar!!!

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