A decidedly nontraditional Les Paul for rockers who want a Les Paul with attitude and don't care about good looks. It has the sound and playability you'd expect from an Les Paul, The worn ebony finis... Read More
A decidedly nontraditional Les Paul for rockers who want a Les Paul with attitude and don't care about good looks. It has the sound and playability you'd expect from an Les Paul, The worn ebony finish is designed to emulate the aesthetic character found in aged instruments. The flattening agent used to reduce the sheen compliments the finish by yielding a faster neck. This rough and tough guitar has sonics to match: steamy hot tones from the novel pickup combination of a single coil P-90 in the neck and a BurstBucker 3 in the bridge - like having a Les Paul Special and a Standard in one guitar. The control have been re-arranged to accommodate modern playing styles. The 3-way toggle pickup switch is have been moved near the two volume and one master tone controls. And killswitch is located where rhythm/lead switch used to be. You can use the killswitch for a strobing volume on/off effect. The "distressed" stopbar, Schaller trem bridge, and locking Grovers complete the raw look of this very different looking Les Paul.
Over a half a century ago at the very advent of the solid body guitar, little did luthier's, engineers and designers of the day realize the impact that the merger of mahogany and maple would have on the future color of music and tone. Mahogany (Swietenia macrophylla), from the mountainous regions and jungles of Central and South America provides this species to grow extremely large and tall. This in turn allows the grain size to be easily influenced by the surrounding environments making for a slightly tighter grain in drier areas while the more wet areas increase the size of the tree and thus the grain and pore size. Maple (Acer pseudoplatanus) on the other hand, grown in North America, is relative more dense and much less porous. The contributions of these 2 different resonance species from 2 different hemispheres gave way to an even mix of warm resonance from the porous Mahogany so the lower frequencies could warmly respond, to the tight grained and dense Maple for the brightness needed to establish a firm higher frequency attack.
Mahogany, without a doubt has become the only choice for generations to equip an instrument with the various preferences that most players demand; strong, rigid, light. Milled and cut to the proper 'quarter sawn' wood grain orientation and kiln dried for true climate acclimation, this Central and South American species (Swietenia macrophylla) is highly machinable on one hand but extremely expressible in the hands of a detailed craftsman thereby producing a 'players feel' that feels natural to the human hand. The instruments' neck from many aspects will "make or break" the compatibility of the instrument to the player, but, not as much as how the neck feels and fits. Using time proven classical style angled head stocks and ' Tenon' wood joinery provides a stiff substructure to accommodate string tension and sound transference. Through the center is the same historically proven and recognized truss rod for the fine-adjustments needed to insure ultimate and personalized string action and sustain.
Rosewood. Harvested from a wide range of tropical forest worldwide species has been the finger boards of choice for a broad variety of models. This mostly brown with darker matrix veining the length of the board is rigid and heavy but holds its form well while processing without splintering or tear out. The esthetic character range makes for a great polished surface regardless of its color intensity and resonates with a well balanced mix of warmth and brightness.
P-90 single-coil pickup
The P-90 was the standard pickup on all Gibson guitars in the late 1940s and into the 1950s and because of its crisp, bright tone it has experienced resurgence in popularity with many of today's modern rockers. This classic Gibson guitar pickup delivers sizzling, slightly gritty midrange roar. You'll find that the P-90s' high output and biting treble has more nuanced harmonic coloring than the typical single-coil pickup.
Capturing everything these tonewoods and premium construction have to give is a Gibson U.S.A. BurstBucker pickup that replicates the sound of Gibson's original "Patent Applied For" pickups”the pickups that gave the '59 Les Paul Standard its legendary sound. Like the originals, with unpolished magnets and non-potted coils, variations in pickup output and tone also came from inconsistencies in winding the bobbins, a result of the lack of automatic shutoffs on Gibson's winding machines in the late 1950s. Seth Lover, who invented the humbucker, always said they wound the bobbins "until they were full." When two coils in a pickup have a different number of turns, that variation puts a little "edge" or "bite" on the classic humbucker sound. That's the sound BurstBuckers replicate. The Burstbucker 3 bridge pickup is slightly over-wound with a hotter output that works well in combination with the P-90 in the neck.
The baseplate of the hardened steel, and the solid spring block ensure outstanding sustain while roller bridge saddles fix the strings in the optimum position.
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Comments about Gibson Limited Run Les Paul BFG with Tremolo Electric Guitar:
I own 2 2008 BFG's. I played one of these the other day and was not impressed. It still has the tonal qualities of a hot Les Paul of course, but the tremolo sucks. In my opinion it ruins the guitar. If you're interested in a BFG, spend less money and buy one of the originals, this thing just doesn't cut it for me.