Gibson Les Paul Standard Traditional Pro Electric Guitar Ebony 

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A gigging man's Les Paul with '60s slim-tapered neck and coil-split humbuckers.

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, '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 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.

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 - 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.

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
  • 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: potted BurstBucker 3 humbucker with push/pull coil splitting
  • Neck Pickup: '57 Classic with push/pull coil splitting
  • Electronics: 2 volume with push/pull coil-splitting, 2 tone, 3-way toggle pickup selector
  • Knobs: Vintage Gibson top hats
  • Pickguard: Period-correct
  • Case: Hardshell

Own a Les Paul that has features of both vintage and and modern styles.

 
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4.0

Gibson Les Paul Standard Traditional Pro Electric Guitar

By speedynkc

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Comments about Gibson Les Paul Standard Traditional Pro Electric Guitar:

I bought a Gibson Les Paul Traditonal Pro in Vintage Sunburst. It's a beautiful finish overall, the back, sides and neck are a satin finish which I prefer. I could not get this guitar to stay in tune for anything, then I noticed that all the tuners were loose. Also the first fret area just in front of the nut has a saw cut or filing flaw, Doesn't affect the playing though. I tightened the tuners and it was instantly better, now I just have to break it in, the strings catch the nut a little still. This thing sounds great and I love the split coils for lighter sounds. This is my keeper, "from my cold dead hands"!

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By doug-pozha

from Stl, Mo.

Comments about Gibson Les Paul Standard Traditional Pro Electric Guitar:

Right now, I own 3 other Gibsons. A 69 SG w Lyre Maestro tailpeice. A 79 L6S, a great guitar even tho it was a dog for Gibson. A 2001 ES135. I've owned in the past a 1971 ES 335, a 1985 LP Jr. In the back of my mind I always said I would get a Les Paul. I never did. Then, I bought this one. Cherry Sunburst, pretty. Out of the box it sounded OK, but I hate Gibson strings. My preference has always been Fender Super 250's. 10/46. After a string change and a bunch of knob changes on my Hotrod DeVille, I found it. It sings, it's a window into my soul. Don't get me wrong, I have Strats, a Tele, a Grestch Dou Jet, and I have a wonderful Carvin DC135. All have their own voices. But this thing kills. The coil splitters are so so, use them sometimes, but whatever. Straight up Humbuckers are monster. It's a bucket of rocks around your neck, no doubt, but you grow stronger with time, and you don't feel it so much. Get one, the price won't get any cheaper, and the guitar can't get any better.

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actually 4.5 stars

By doug-pozha

from Stl, Mo.

Comments about Gibson Les Paul Standard Traditional Pro Electric Guitar:

I've several Gibsons, but never a Les Paul. 1968 SG, 1978 L6S, 2000 ES135, 1972 ES335. Played a LP's, but never found one I liked, until I played an LP Classic. By the time I decided to buy one, Gibson discontinued the Classic. Took a chance on the Trad/pro, and was pleasantly surprised. Pros: Plays like a dream Sounds like a dream Coil splitters give it a whole new dimension of tonal voice. Cons: Like hanging a concrete block around your neck. Even with the locking Grovers, it drifts out of tune quite a bit. I still recommend it, but there is a learning curve attactched to it. Well worth the money, I'll get it tweaked and it will be 5 stars.

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(6 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

 
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My new Les Paul Traditional Pro

By Frank-ahe.X

from Richmond, VA

Comments about Gibson Les Paul Standard Traditional Pro Electric Guitar:

This is by far the best Les Paul I have ever owned. I've owned a studio and a classic but this one with the coil tap and plek setup is the best feeling and most flexible tonal possibilities. I commend Gibson for adding the coil-tap option for giving my Les Paul a strat-like sound. I play Praise/Worship, Rock, Blues, & Jazz.

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Classic rock axe

By Detroit Bob

from Detroit, MI

Comments about Gibson Les Paul Standard Traditional Pro Electric Guitar:

I got this model Les Paul in ebony as a birthday present. Pretty sweet present, eh? This guitar rocks. The pick ups put out plenty of juice, the neck is comfortable & super fast, and the coil splitter knobs give you an awesome range of tone. You can leave the Strat at home. This guitar is worth every penny. It weighs about 10 lbs, but feels light as a feather when you're playing it.

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