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, '50s 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, '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 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. The more traditional '50s neck profile is the thicker, rounder profile, emulating the neck shapes of the iconic 1958 and 1959 Les Paul Standards. 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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I have the 2012 in Iced Tea Burst. All my other guitars just sit now. I was playing the 60's neck but the 50's is so playable and bends are just so easy. I sold all but one of my 60's neck guitars as this is the neck for me. This guitar came set up perfect and I have no tuning issues. It is simply the best guitar I have ever owned, I have have had a TON, and IMO their is nothing comparable in this price range. The plek'd neck is superb. LOVE THIS GUITAR! If you are a LP person this is the axe!
I recently bought the Trad Pro II with the Fat 50's neck, and I couldn't be happier. At first I was worried about whether or not the neck would be too big, based the the Fat 50's name. Honestly, I really don't notice much difference from the slim 60's profile. In many ways, the bigger neck is more comfortable to play, and I don't have giant paws. So for those of you who think the slim 60's is the only way to go, check out the bigger neck profile before you lay down your cash. This is the first guitar with coil splitting capabilites that I actually think I will use. Very usable single coil tones with a lot of different mixing combinations. The push-push coil splitters are much nicer than the ones you have to pull to activate. The active boost feature also seems quite usable. I play in a couple of differnt bands with styles ranging from blues to rock to country to jazz, so have done a lot of reseach trying to find a guitar that has all of this one's features. It's not perfect, no guitar is, but this is definitely much more than a one trick pony.
I always played Epis and now I can see an abyss of difference in a Gibson USA. This baby really roars! The clean tone is silky smooth and clear as water. When distorted, it has the perfect combination of crunch with a lot of body. It stays in tune, has eternal sustain and the harmonics scream great. I don't use the coil tapping much, but it could come in handy. I'm not used to the 50's neck, it is quite fat, buy I'm already getting used to it. Looks awesome, the details are perfect and the color is beautiful. I don't want to play any other guitar any more!!!! Five stars is short for me! :D Thank you Guitar Center!!!!!!
Gibson has been my favorite guitar brand along with Fender due the variety of tones and colors I can get from the Humbuckers and single coils, but now I can have them both with the same guitar, thanks to the Split-coil system Gibson has used on this model. Some things you may worry about is if the 50?s neck is too fat, well.... I don?t think is too fat at all, I even think it gets a better sound than the 60?s one, even when I have very small hands. All I can say about it, is that you should really get one of this, I know is a little bit pricy but I?m sure is worth it, definitely is a great investment for your collection. Honey Burst finish looks much more stunning in person. ( ;
Gibson has been my favorite guitar brand along with Fender due the variety of tones and colors I can get from the Humbuckers and single coils, but now I can have them both with the same guitar, thanks to the Split-coil system Gibson has used on this model. Some things you may worry about is if the 50?s neck is too fat, well.... I don?t think is too fat at all, I even think it gets a better sound than the 60?s one, even when I have very small hands. All I can say about it, is that you should really get one of this, I know is a little bit pricy but I?m sure is worth it, definitely is a great investment for your collection. Honey Burst finish looks much more stunning in person. ( :
This guitar literally has everything I look for in a guitar: beautiful tones from clean to crunch, great looks, and extreme comfortability. Don't think twice, just buy it...Five stars no doubt.
When Gibson first announced they were releasing these, I had to read the specifications over & over just to make sure I was reading it right. Still terribly expensive for an average person such as myself - but here was the first mass marketed Les Paul Gibson had released since the 80�ۡ���s that wasn�ۡ���t weight-relieved. Best of all, I could feasibly afford it. I would have to sell & trade a few nice things to have it - but I knew I would have this Les Paul forever. Anyway, this guitar not only wasn�ۡ���t chambered, it also had everything else I liked such as the baseball bat 50�ۡ���s neck that I always yearned for. Basically, this guitar had more WOOD then any Les Paul under 10K from the �ۡ��̏Custom-Shop�ۡ�ݕ�_. It weighed in at about 11lb�ۡ���s!!.. For me, this guitar literally was the ultimate Les Paul. There really wasn�ۡ���t even any other LP�ۡ���s that I would have felt compelled to rather own, even if I was rich. So once I got it home, I began to exam it to make sure everything was right-on. At the top of the neck I found a gap (a hole) between the last fret and nut. You could literally stick a pin thru it! So I took it back for another one. The second one not only was almost 2lb.�ۡ���s lighter then the first one - but the intonation was goofy as well. I had two techs work on it & the intonation still remained off. I was really upset. So I gave it one more shot & swopped it again for another. The third one had a large chip on the top of the headstock. The intonation was weird on this one as well - and the tuning stability was worse then all three I brought home. The irony was that the first LP I brought home (with the gap near the nut) was in the nicest working order - and I probably should have just kept that one. But I had a very hard time looking past such an imperfection after spending 2-grand. The first Les Paul Trad Pro 50�ۡ���s I brought home played like a dream & belted insane amounts of tone. The tone was so dimensional that at times it sounded as if there were two guitars playing. I hate to admit it - but this guitar made my LP Studio feel & sound like a toy. I would have continued trying to find the right Trad Pro 50�ۡ���s for myself - but GuitarCenter said they�ۡ���re state wide inventory didn�ۡ���t have any left to ship at the time. Since I couldn�ۡ���t look past what I considered unacceptable imperfections, I decided to get my money back. I would have given this guitar 5-stars for sure - but all the ones I tried were defective in some way. I�ۡ���m not saying you can�ۡ���t find a �ۡ��̏Trad-Pro�ۡ�ݕ�_ without issues. I�ۡ���ve read allot of fantastic reviews from other owners. I really think I may have just experienced a terrible coincidence. If your looking for a Les Paul - or you see one of these Trad Pro�ۡ���s hanging on a wall somewhere, you owe it to yourself to try it out. Just remember that every Les Paul is obviously vastly different from the next, even if it�ۡ���s the exact same model!... Now, out of the many LP�ۡ���s I tried out during this time, the �ۡ��̏LP Studio Deluxe 60�ۡ���s EXCLUSIVE�ۡ�ݕ�_ was also worth mentioning. It didn�ۡ���t feel the same - because it�ۡ���s chambered - but it still sounded great - most likely due to the pickup switching. It also was about $700 less. Don�ۡ���t get it mixed up with the regular 60�ۡ���s Deluxe though; the LP Studio Deluxe 60�ۡ���s Exclusive is a Guitarcenter exclusive, EXCLUSIVELY sold at Guitarcenter...
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