Gibson Limited Run Les Paul Florentine with Bigsby Electric Guitar  

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This Limited Run Les Paul incorporates two elements that have long been part of Gibson's design traditions: The Florentine cutaway and the Bigsby vibrato tailpiece.

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This Limited Run Les Paul incorporates two elements that have long been part of Gibson's design traditions: The Florentine cutaway and the Bigsby vibrato tailpiece.

Practical, Innovative, and True to Tradition
The new 2009 Limited Run Series Les Paul Florentine with Bigsby Tailpiece uses Gibson's iconic Les Paul Standard as its base design, the Limited Run Series model combines the Les Paul's legendary characteristics with avant-garde features to keep it one step ahead of everything else. This new Les Paul Florentine with Bigsby Tailpiece guitar from Gibson USA combines the classic appointments of the Les Paul with a few of Gibson's most functional and practical attributes. First and foremost, the standard Les Paul cutaway gives way to the wider and deeper Florentine Cutaway. First used in 1902 on Gibson's O-style guitars, and normally found on such legendary models as the Byrdland, the ES-175 and the ES-295, the Florentine Cutaway design makes it easier for players to reach higher notes. The elegant, sharply pointed form also adds another dimension to the already classic look of the Les Paul.

The Bigsby Vibrato Tailpiece
The second”and most prominent”feature of the new 2009 Limited Run Series Les Paul Florentine is the addition of the legendary chrome Bigsby vibrato tailpiece. Essentially the same design as when it was introduced in the mid-1940s, the Bigsby vibrato tailpiece model B7 allows players the ability to bend the pitch of notes or entire chords for vintage-style vibrato. It has been a fixture on many legendary Gibson guitars, and was named after its late inventor, Paul A. Bigsby, who sold his Bigsby Guitar company to legendary former Gibson President Ted McCarty in 1966. This classic piece of guitar hardware performs flawlessly thanks to several added enhancements such as a white graphite nut for smooth string action, a set of locking Grover tuners to help keep the strings in tune, and a Schaller roller bridge to help the strings go back to the original tuning after using the Bigsby vibrato.

Gibson's BurstBucker Pro Pickups
Gibson's drive to recapture the magic of the original "Patent Applied For" humbucker pickups of the 1950s culminated with the introduction of the BurstBucker line in the early 1990s. Those BurstBuckers”Types 1, 2, and 3”successfully captured the subtle variations of true, classic humbucker tone with historically unmatched bobbin windings and Alnico II magnets. In 2002, Gibson followed up this innovative accomplishment with yet another breakthrough in pickup design, the BurstBucker Pro, designed specifically for the new Les Paul Standards. The BurstBucker Pro has an Alnico V magnet (instead of the Alnico II), which offers slightly higher output and allows preamps to be driven a little harder to achieve a more natural break-up. Like all BurstBuckers, the BurstBucker Pro has asymmetrical coils”true to the original PAFs”which supply a more open sound. The BurstBucker Pro Neck has slightly fewer windings than the original PAFs, while the BurstBucker Pro Bridge is slightly overwound for increased output. The BurstBucker Pro pickups are also wax potted to allow loud volume pressures with minimal feedback.

The Rest is Traditional Les Paul
Of course, the rest of the Les Paul Florentine with Bigsby Tailpiece is a traditional Les Paul. The classic body consists of a solid mahogany back topped by a AA-grade maple top with single-ply antique creme binding. The Les Paul Florentine also sports one of Gibson most traditional finishes, Vintage Sunburst. The neck is the standard Les Paul mahogany neck with Gibson's new asymmetrical profile and rosewood fingerboard. One other unique appointment to the guitar are a set of Dunlop locking strap pins. Like all the guitars from this special series, only 350 of these unique Les Pauls will be produced and distributed. Each comes with a black Gibson hardshell case and special Limited Run Series certificate of authenticity.



Features
  • Mahogany back and AA maple top
  • Nitrocellulose vintage sunburst finish
  • Florentine cutaway
  • Set-neck construction
  • Asymmetrical neck profile
  • 22-fret rosewood fingerboard
  • Antique cream fingerboard binding
  • Nickel and silver alloy fret wire
  • White graphite nut
  • Gibson BurstBucker Pro humbuckers
  • 2 vol/2 tone/3-way toggle
  • Amber top hat knobs
  • Quick-Connect control pocket assembly
  • Chrome-plated hardware
  • Bigsby vibrato
  • Schaller roller bridge
  • Angled headstock
  • Figured-acrylic trapezoid inlays
  • Grover Kluson-style green keys tuners
Specifications
  • Scale: 24-3/4"
    Nut width: 1.695" ±.050"
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GibsonLimited Run Les Paul Florentine with Bigsby Electric Guitar
 
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(7 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Les Paul Florentine with Bigsby

By Brad

from East Amherst, NY

Comments about Gibson Limited Run Les Paul Florentine with Bigsby Electric Guitar:

Gibson has never backed away from its pioneering ways, and the new Les Paul Florentine with Bigsby Tailpiece is simply another example of its determination to combine the Les Paul�ۡ���s legendary characteristics with avant-garde features to keep it one step ahead of everything else. This new 2009 Limited Run Series guitar from Gibson USA combines the classic appointments of the iconic Les Paul with a few of Gibson�ۡ���s most functional attributes. First and foremost, the standard Les Paul cutaway gives way to the wider Florentine Cutaway. Normally found on such historic Gibson models as the Byrdland, the ES-175 and the ES-295, the Florentine Cutaway design comfortably enhances a player�ۡ���s reach to the higher register of notes. Second, and most prominent, is the addition of the chrome Bigsby vibrato tailpiece, which allows players the ability to bend the pitch of notes or entire chords for vintage-style vibrato. A white graphite nut, locking Grover tuners and Schaller roller bridge all work in conjunction to keep the guitar in tune and offer better string control when using the Bigsby. Of course, the body is traditional Les Paul �ۡ���� solid mahogany back topped by a AA-grade maple top with single-ply antique cr����me binding, smoothed with Gibson�ۡ���s classic Vintage Sunburst finish. The neck is the standard Les Paul mahogany neck with Gibson�ۡ���s new asymmetrical profile and rosewood fingerboard. A pair of Gibson�ۡ���s renowned BurstBucker Pro�̣ۡ� pickups offer slightly higher output and allow amps to achieve a more natural break-up. They are packed with asymmetrical coils �ۡ���� true to Gibson�ۡ���s original PAFs �ۡ���� which supply a more open sound. The BurstBucker Pro�̣ۡ� Neck is wound slightly less than the original PAFs, while the BurstBucker Pro�̣ۡ� Bridge is slightly overwound for increased output. Like all the guitars from this special series, only 350 of these unique Les Pauls will be produced and distributed. Each one will come with a black Gibson hardshell case and special Limited Run Series certificate of authenticity.

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(12 of 15 customers found this review helpful)

 
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Amazing!!!

By Anthony J. Cunningham

from Lake Havasu City, Az

Comments about Gibson Limited Run Les Paul Florentine with Bigsby Electric Guitar:

Hello, I am 14 and I have recently purchased the gibson les paul florentine with a bigsby. I've been playing guitar for 5 years and this is my first gibson, but not my first les paul. I have two other epiphone les pauls, one custom and one slash goldtop limited edition and i am playing through a line 6 spidervalve HD100. The make and quality of the three guitars are very similar but the sound quality is far better. The new florentine cutaway and the asymmetrical neck is excellent new comfort features. The burstbucker pro pickups and the bigsby are great tone features for jazz, blues, classic and modern rock. Being a limited run series just adds on to the cool factor. I gave the guitar 4 stars because mine didn't come with straplocks stated in the web sites review, also the strap button screw by the neck on mine was stripped out.

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