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Gibson Les Paul Traditional Pro IV Electric Guitar

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With all the usual features of a classic Gibson Les Paul, including a mahogany body, bound mahogany neck, and a bound maple top, this guitar has some unique features that really make it a true player’s guitar. Locking Grover tuners are standard, with a very easy to play “Vintage C” shape neck. It comes with a ’57 Classic Humbucker in the neck posit...  Click To Read More About This Product

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With all the usual features of a classic Gibson Les Paul, including a mahogany body, bound mahogany neck, and a bound maple top, this guitar has some unique features that really make it a true player’s guitar. Locking Grover tuners are standard, with a very easy to play “Vintage C” shape neck. It comes with a ’57 Classic Humbucker in the neck position and a Super ’57 Humbucker in the bridge position.

The truly great thing about this guitar is the electronics. It has two coil-split push/push pots for each individual pickup, which allows you to turn your pickups from a humbucker to a single-coil with a push of the volume knob. The bridge tone control also acts as a push/push coil-split selector. This is a very cool feature allowing you to select which coil is active when the humbucker is in the single-coil setting, giving you all the tonal control you could ever want. And this guitar would not be complete without a 10db boost push/push pot, allowing you to boost your sound that extra bit for those solos and leads.

Features

Body
  • Body shape: Single cutaway
  • Body type: Solid body
  • Body material: Solid wood
  • Top wood: Maple
  • Body wood: Mahogany
  • Body finish: Gloss
  • Orientation: Right handed
Neck
  • Neck shape: C vintage
  • Neck wood: Mahogany
  • Joint: Set-in
  • Scale length: 24.75 in.
  • Truss rod: Standard
  • Neck finish: Matte
Fretboard
  • Material: Rosewood
  • Radius: Not specified
  • Fret size: info not available
  • Number of frets: 24
  • Inlays:
  • Nut width: 1.69 in. (43 mm)
Pickups
  • Configuration: HH
  • Neck: '57 Classic
  • Middle: Not applicable
  • Bridge: Super '57
  • Brand: Gibson
  • Active or passive pickups: Passive
  • Series or parallel: Series
  • Piezo: No
  • Active EQ: No
  • Special electronics: Boost 
Controls
  • Control layout: Volume 1, volume 2, tone 1, tone 2
  • Pickup switch: 3-way
  • Coil tap or split: Coil split
  • Kill switch: No
Hardware
  • Bridge type: Fixed
  • Bridge design: Tune-o-matic
  • Tailpiece: Stopbar
  • Tuning machines: Grover locking
  • Color: Chrome
Other
  • Number of strings: 6-string
  • Special features: Electronics
  • Case: Hardshell case
  • Accessories: None
  • Country of origin: United States
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GibsonLes Paul Traditional Pro IV Electric Guitar
 
4.6

(based on 27 reviews)

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88%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fun to play (8)
  • Good feel (8)
  • Good tone (8)
  • Solid electronics (8)
  • Good pick up (7)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Jamming (6)
  • Practicing (6)
  • Recording (6)
  • Rock concerts (3)
  • Small venues (3)
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    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (11)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Absolutely stunning guitar

The Gibson Les Paul Traditional Pro IV is an amazing guitar! I was considering the purchase of the Gibson Les Paul Traditional T, however it has a larger neck. I stopped by Guitar...Read complete review

The Gibson Les Paul Traditional Pro IV is an amazing guitar! I was considering the purchase of the Gibson Les Paul Traditional T, however it has a larger neck. I stopped by Guitar Center near Memphis and they had this Iced Tea beauty. The string height was a little high so the nice folks there adjusted it for me multiple times. It plays like a dream! The push/push knobs work perfectly and the sound this guitar makes is amazing. I added some aged nickle pickup covers and a "Traditional" truss rod cover to finish it out.
This this is MASSIVELY heavy. I love it! I don't know if it has minimal weight relief, or none at all, but it's a solid feeling piece of machinery. If you prefer light guitars go with an SG or LP Studio. If you want a vintage feel, this fits the bill!

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

a mixed bag

I received my guitar a couple of days ago. There are very good and very questionable elements.

First, this thing is a tone monster. It's incredible. Moreover it's imposingly...Read complete review

I received my guitar a couple of days ago. There are very good and very questionable elements.

First, this thing is a tone monster. It's incredible. Moreover it's imposingly beautiful. The fit and finish are impeccable, spotless as far as I can see. That's a good news.

The questionable issue is that the setup on this guitar is the worst I've ever seen. This is my second Les Paul. It's hard to believe it was set up at the factory. The low end of the bridge is up close to maximum and the low end of the bridge is all the way down (no threads visible). The tune-o-matic bridge looks like a ski ramp.  High on one in, very low on the other. I can't get this thing in tune no matter what I do.

 Obviously, it's typical to have to set up a Guitar after you buy it. Setting the intonation will help the tuning issue-- I hope. But... To receive a fine instrument set up like this? I'm not sure if the thing is defective or if it just needs major set up work.

One final note. I contacted Gibson's support through email. The reply I got was that all instruments are set up to spec at the factory. Not acceptable. They didn't even answer my question.

I already love this guitar, despite its more difficult sides. But, I don't know if it's a keeper. Hopefully I won't get stuck with an expensive boat anchor.

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(15 of 15 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Absolutely stunning guitar

By Derek

from Mid Missouri

Pros

  • Fit/Finish
  • Playability
  • Price
  • Quality
  • Sound/Pickups
  • Traditional Weight

Cons

    Best Uses

      Comments about Gibson Les Paul Traditional Pro IV Electric Guitar:

      The Gibson Les Paul Traditional Pro IV is an amazing guitar! I was considering the purchase of the Gibson Les Paul Traditional T, however it has a larger neck. I stopped by Guitar Center near Memphis and they had this Iced Tea beauty. The string height was a little high so the nice folks there adjusted it for me multiple times. It plays like a dream! The push/push knobs work perfectly and the sound this guitar makes is amazing. I added some aged nickle pickup covers and a "Traditional" truss rod cover to finish it out.
      This this is MASSIVELY heavy. I love it! I don't know if it has minimal weight relief, or none at all, but it's a solid feeling piece of machinery. If you prefer light guitars go with an SG or LP Studio. If you want a vintage feel, this fits the bill!

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

      (12 of 13 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Buy it now.

      By Russ

      from undisclosed

      Verified Buyer

      Comments about Gibson Les Paul Traditional Pro IV Electric Guitar:

      Can't say enough great things about this guitar. Absolutely love it. Amazing sound and build quality. I haven't shown it to one person who wasn't blown away by it.

      The 57 Classic pickups have an incredibly raw, growling sound. With all of the awesome features such as the 10db boost, single coil pickup selector and coil splitting, it's a no brainer. This guitar does it all.

      (8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      A DREAM COME TRUE!!!!!!!!

      By Dustin

      from Ohio

      Comments about Gibson Les Paul Traditional Pro IV Electric Guitar:

      I am 38. Ever since high school I have dreamed of owning a Gibson les Paul. I own many epiphone(all of which I love) but I always wanted a Gibson. With the higher cost I felt it was not a possibility. One day I decided that was it, I started saving and before I realized I had enough to buy this guitar. Before this I never in my life played a gibson. I was blown away by this guitar!! The tone is classic, the playability is incredible, I can play any style of music with this guitar!!!! Worth every penny!! Every time I see I am impressed with its looks. A TRUE DREAM COME TRUE!!!!!

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

      (6 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      True Gibson Les paul

      By guitar man

      from Southern IN.

      Pros

      • Solid mahogany, grover locking tuners, 57's

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Lead guitar, rhythm guitar

        Comments about Gibson Les Paul Traditional Pro IV Electric Guitar:

        I bought this guitar on a whim. Walked into guitar center to a buy humx ground lift debugger and seen this guitar. It has been hard to find a real Gibson Les Paul with the features of solid mahogany, 57's, grover locking tuners, and everything else to create a true 80's Les Paul. It is heavy but the tone comes from the wood, and the more wood the more tone. But this one has it all and at the price I paid for it I would do it all over again. What I didn't know at the time of purchase was the added electronics,the true push push coil splits (both pickups) humbuckers to single coil, push push 10db gain control, and here's the real cool thing, push push coil selector allowing which humbucker is ACTIVE in single coil selection. I have never been a fan of active pickups but the different combinations is endless and nice to have for achieving just about any sound. This guitar is definitely a keeper and would highly recommend to the ones who know the true sound of a real Les Paul!

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

        (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Incredible deal for a Les Paul

        By Alan

        from Portland Or

        Pros

        • Feel
        • Tone
        • Value

        Cons

        • Non yet

        Best Uses

          Comments about Gibson Les Paul Traditional Pro IV Electric Guitar:

          I was looking into buying a les paul that I had wanted since I started playing guitar but could never afford. Finally saved up enough money for a studio when I saw this guitar for the killer price it's listed for and decided to take the plunge. I don't know what to say besides I fell in love with this guitar the moment I brought it home. The versatility in sounds this guitar can produce is unbelievable. The harmonic response is incredible. This guitar is the best guitar I believe you can buy for the money. Everything is just so easy to play on it and it feels so comfortable. Buy this guitar you will not regret it. The best deal on a real Gibson Les Paul you can get! Not to mention it looks like a piece of art I could hang on my wall just for decoration. It is beautiful. I can not recommend this guitar highly enough.

          • Was this a gift?:
          • No

          (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Great Guitar!

          By Josh

          from Monkton Maryland

          Comments about Gibson Les Paul Traditional Pro IV Electric Guitar:

          I'm in a band that plays a wide variety of songs and was looking for one guitar that could do it all and I believe I have found it. The range of tones available to you with this guitar is amazing, you can split both humbuckers and select which coil is active when split, and you have a 10db boost. I tend to play with the volume and tone knobs to adjust my sound on the fly and having four more options is just a joy. The pickups sound PHENOMENAL I have a 61 reissue SG with a 57 classic in the bridge and can honestly say the super 57 blows it away in every category. Every moment I spent playing this guitar was pure sonic bliss! The description says the neck finish is matte but mine had a gloss finish which is a plus for me and it adds to the striking good looks of this guitar, the pictures DO NOT do it justice. The locking tuners work well and the guitar arrived in perfect tune (believe it or not ymmv) and it plays like a dream. I can't recommend this guitar enough, especially at the sale price. The only downside is it's really heavy and might be uncomfortable for smaller players.

          • Was this a gift?:
          • No

          (4 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

           
          3.0

          Nice guitar, but not what was advertised

          By Supergome

          from SC

          Comments about Gibson Les Paul Traditional Pro IV Electric Guitar:

          This is a pretty nice guitar, and pretty expensive. I ordered this guitar in Iced Tea. The plain maple top is really pretty, and it plays well, sounds good, and came free of most of the common Gibson quality control issues.

          However, the guitar I got was in a box labelled "Les Paul Traditional Pro III." The serial number card showed the model number of the guitar as a Les Paul Traditional Pro III. The back of the guitar is red, not natural as shown in the photos online. The neck of the guitar has a gloss finish, not the matte finish described in the text online.

          I'd consider exchanging it for a new one, but I am pretty sure the new one will have the same issues, so I'll probably just return it.

          • Was this a gift?:
          • No

          (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          pro iv vs. pro 3

          By michael

          from undisclosed

          See all my reviews

          Pros

          • with the coil tap you can get any sound you want

          Cons

          • heavy as hell

          Best Uses

            Comments about Gibson Les Paul Traditional Pro IV Electric Guitar:

            to the guy that didn't know about the matte finish or the hi gloss .ok I have both the pro 3 and the pro 4 you have the pro 4 the 3 has the matte natural finish and the 4 has the nitros finish on it. pick ups the same both of mine are in iced tea I like both of mine and they are extremely high build quality the pick on this is of the pr0 3

            • Was this a gift?:
            • No

            (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            This one spoke to me

            By Kevin M

            from Naperville, IL

            Comments about Gibson Les Paul Traditional Pro IV Electric Guitar:

            I dropped by the Naperville, Il store and played a couple LP Studio Deluxe IV. They really did no speak to me. Then I tried a classic. It was pretty, but as best I could tell, sounded very much like the Studio. Then the very helpful Stephen brought me a Traditional IV. Within 30 seconds I was seduced. The neck fit my hand and was very comfortable. But the tone...oh the tone of those '57 classic pickups. So, sweet, clear and full sounding! I was done looking. I found the one that spoke to me.

            As others have noted, the box and model number indicated a Traditional III. However, if you read the description, it is surely a Traditional IV. The III has a satin body side and back while the IV has a fully gloss body. The III has G Force electronic tuners with green plastic keys while the IV has locking Grover tuners with chrome keys. The color appears to be Ice Tea, not Honey Burst. Finally, my serial number starts with 17 which indicates it is a 2017 model year. All this, to me, adds up to a Traditional IV. I think Gibson just did not get the model designation coordinated with the model change over. Anyway it spoke to me and that is all I really care about. ;-)

            OH. I forgot. My wife took me to GC to pick out a Father's Day present...mission accomplished!

            • Was this a gift?:
            • Yes

            (2 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

             
            3.0

            Poor Quality Knobs

            By rockNroller

            from West Palm Beach, FL

            Pros

            • Nice looking
            • Nice sound

            Cons

            • Poor quality knobs
            • Poor warranty coverage

            Best Uses

              Comments about Gibson Les Paul Traditional Pro IV Electric Guitar:

              I bought my Les Paul Traditional Pro new from Guitar Center (they are good people). It was in its Gibson case in my air conditioned house for about year undisturbed (I have MANY guitars). I opened the case to show the guitar to a friend and 2 of the 4 knobs were cracked in half. No problem I thought because of the Gibson lifetime warranty card that came with my guitar. When I requested warranty coverage, I was told that knobs are not covered. I believe that Gibson's quality is not as good as it was. I had a 2006 Gibson Les Paul Studio for 10 years that was played a lot and the knobs on it never cracked in half.

              • Was this a gift?:
              • No

              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Absolutely Amazing

              By James

              from Va

              About Me Experienced

              Pros

              • Awesome Finish
              • Fun To Play
              • Good Feel
              • Good Pick Up
              • Good Tone
              • Perfect Setup
              • Solid Electronics

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Jamming
                • Practicing
                • Recording

                Comments about Gibson Les Paul Traditional Pro IV Electric Guitar:

                This Les Paul is the only guitar you'll ever need.

                I love playing this guitar and have been everyday since it arrived.

                Mine is wine red and the fit and finish is gorgeous. It arrived perfectly setup and ready to rock. The neck on this Les Paul makes it so easy to play. The tone these pickups produce and the versatility of coil split provides a wide range of music that you can play and the 10db boost actually sounds amazing.

                Mine came in a brown case with red interior. Gorgeous. I can't say enough good things about this guitar. If you're looking for a Les Paul and you are picky about tone, this is your guitar.

                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                My friends bought me this guitar - OMG what a fanstastic LP!

                By RonTurnerDallas

                from Dallas

                About Me Experienced

                Pros

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

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Jamming

                  Comments about Gibson Les Paul Traditional Pro IV Electric Guitar:

                  This guitar is MASSIVE! Ten full pounds I love it! Unbelievable tone. Fantastic red wine finish. Gloss neck, not satin, as everyone says. Mine has chrome tuners so it is a Pro IV. This guitar was a gift to me from the ballroom dance community in Dallas! I am just wild with excitement. I have been playing 55 years and this is a dream guitar for me.

                  (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Gibson Nailed It

                  By Hobos on the Loose

                  from Springfield, MO

                  About Me Experienced

                  Comments about Gibson Les Paul Traditional Pro IV Electric Guitar:

                  Literally love every component built into this model. Gibson packed a LOT of options into this one...which is amazing for this price point, imo. You'll love the pickups, easy playability (I prefer the slimmer neck it provides) and locking tuners (it rarely goes out of tune).

                  Construction, intonation, neck (straight as an arrow) and cosmetics....all good.

                  (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  awesome guitar!!

                  By Marcelo Sacco

                  from São Paulo, Brazil

                  See all my reviews

                  Pros

                  • beautiful finishing
                  • great playability
                  • great variety of tones
                  • it''s a gibson!

                  Cons

                  • weight

                  Best Uses

                  • all uses

                  Comments about Gibson Les Paul Traditional Pro IV Electric Guitar:

                  I also own a epiphone les paul afd and this one exceeded my expectations! The tone / volume controls gives you a great flexibility in terms of tones. Playability is also great! The gloss finishing, the pickups, locking tuners... all this makes this guitar a great deal! Definitely a high end instrument!

                  • Was this a gift?:
                  • No

                  (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Great Guitar

                  By None

                  from Miami, Fl.

                  Comments about Gibson Les Paul Traditional Pro IV Electric Guitar:

                  My first Les Paul and new guitar purchase in over 20 years. This guitar really rocks! All of the traditional Les Paul sounds are there, plus some tele sounds with the coil split activated. Combine usable coil splits with boost availability and the guitar is very versatile. As some others have noted on the internet, this Trad Pro iv came in a Trad iii box and the serial number is consistent with a 60s slim Trad Pro iii. I'm not knowledgeable enough to confirm this is a 60s slim neck as opposed to the listed " vintage C" , whatever that is, but I think the one I bought is a 60s slim. And I'm no expert in pickups, period. So I guess resale value could be a concern. You can checkout the positive reviews elsewhere on the internet. The only negative remarks on I have noticed on the internet are regarding the iii-iv issues. If you can buy it on sale it's a great value too. I love this guitar!

                  • Was this a gift?:
                  • No

                  (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  My Best Guitar Addition Yet

                  By Davy Joe

                  from T&T

                  Verified Buyer

                  Comments about Gibson Les Paul Traditional Pro IV Electric Guitar:

                  World of features.. Great tone options and legendary sound..

                   
                  5.0

                  Solid and Gorgeous

                  By JeffS

                  from Huntley, IL

                  About Me Experienced

                  Pros

                  • Fun To Play
                  • Good Feel

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about Gibson Les Paul Traditional Pro IV Electric Guitar:

                      First, it's fair to say that the Wine Red Les Paul is a stunning guitar. I could write a full paragraph on how pretty it is but suffice it to say that the picture does not do it justice..

                      About the guitar..Like others have said, it is heavy. I like that. A consideration if you're using it for stage and you're not a bodybuilder. However, sitting and playing it, I love that it feels heavy and solid. It does sing because of this. I caution not to play a Standard Fender Strat before this one, the weight difference will pull a muscle lifting the Les Paul (just kidding...).

                      Versus the kidney-style Grover locking tuners, mine has the Kluson-style locking chrome pegs. I do like the look. However, if you're not used to locking tuners, it takes a mindset change. Yes, I'm old school and used to many wraps around the peg and something seems wrong (in my head) with the minimal wrap of a locking peg. Just be sure that you get enough of a wrap. Part of the problem with the store setup was the wrap was too minimal. That said, learn to do it right and it's all good.

                      Lots of electronics. The coil splitting is cool but don't expect that you're going to go from a Les Paul to a Strat. While you do get a twank, it's still more mellow than a Strat snappiness. This is not a bad thing though. It is a nice definition to the note in split mode(s). If you are using it for stage, handy to have to split versus changing to a single coil guitar as the split suffices for that kind of definition of notes. Otherwise, the split can be useful recording if you want both body and clarity to the notes.

                      I'd write a novel if I could and, minus the poor store set-up, I love this guitar. Yes it is a Les Paul and it ain't cheap but the quality is great and it is that 'thing' I wanted to get back after I sold my first Les Paul oh so many years ago (foolish me).

                       
                      5.0

                      Great guitar!

                      By Tsizzle

                      from St. Louis

                      Pros

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

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                          Comments about Gibson Les Paul Traditional Pro IV Electric Guitar:

                          Moved from an Epiphone to this and it was quite the jump! This thing is so nice! Best purchase of my life, this guitar just feels right in every way.

                          (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          5.0

                          I would buy another "GIBSON".

                          By Robert

                          from undisclosed

                          Verified Buyer

                          Comments about Gibson Les Paul Traditional Pro IV Electric Guitar:

                          It's a "GIBSON" what else do I need to say? The GIBSON case is exquisitly padded.A great buy..

                           
                          5.0

                          Amazing!

                          By James

                          from Pittsburgh PA

                          About Me Experienced

                          Pros

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

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Practicing
                            • Recording

                            Comments about Gibson Les Paul Traditional Pro IV Electric Guitar:

                            I do quite a bit of recording and needed a solid workhorse of a guitar. This is it. It feels comfortable. Has some heft to it which I love. Unplugged it has sustain and tone. Red wine color. Beautiful guitar.

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