Gibson Les Paul Traditional Pro
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Gibson Les Paul Traditional Pro

Les Paul Traditional Pro, LP-Shaped Guitar from Gibson in the Les Paul series.

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Average Score:4.8( 4.8/5 based on 8 reviews )
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tjon90108/10/2011

tjon901's review"Black Standard"

Gibson Les Paul Traditional Pro
This is the Les Paul Standard. It is the model between the studio and the custom. When people say Les Paul this is usually what they mean. The Traditional series of the Standard line gives you a Les Paul based off of a certain era. You get a mahogany body with a carved maple top. The set neck is a mahogany neck with a rosewood fretboard. The profile on the neck is a nice and slim 60s profile so it is easy to play. Up top you get locking grover tuners and at the bottom you get a standard tune-o-matic with a stopbar tailpiece. The pickups are Gibson all around with a 57 Classic in the neck and a Burstbucker 3 in the bridge. The controls are a volume and tone for each pickup with a 3 way toggle. The volume knobs have a push pull pot for coil splitting. The black finish with the aged pickguard give this guitar a cool vintage look.

UTILIZATION

The 60s neck profile is my favorite neck profile on a Gibson. It came a long when they were trying to make their guitars more playable. A mission that eventually ended up replacing the Les Paul with the SG. The 60s profile is pretty thin. It is super thin compared to the 50s profile. With this thinner neck the guitar is very easy to play. This guitar also has locking tuners which is pretty rare for a les paul. Gibson is using a Plek machine on most of their guitars now. This means a laser is used to level the frets to perfection. This means on those models the action should be perfect. The action on this guitar is pretty good due to the plek process. Since they dont use stainless steel frets though this setup will eventually wear out.

SOUNDS

The pickup combination in this guitar is a good combination but I have not seen it in many Gibsons. The 57 Classic with the Burstbucker 3 is like a new and old combination. The 57 Classic is one of the best modern PAF pickups out there. It has all the sag and vocal qualities of the old PAF pickups. This in the neck position is super smooth and can really gives you all the bluesy and jazzy lead tones you want. The Burstbucker 3 is the hottest Burstbucker Gibson makes. I find it a bit strange to be combined with the 57 Classic in the neck. The output difference between the pickups is pretty huge. The Burstbucker has a lot of bite and edge to its sound. Its Gibsons rock and roll pickup.

OVERALL OPINION

With this 60s style Les Paul Standard you can have all the feel of a 60s guitar without the cost. These guitars are pretty cheap compared to some Gibsons and they give you all the playability you want and expect from a Gibson. Not everyone can go drop a ton of money on a real 60s Gibson and if you did you wouldnt want to gig with it or play it out. With this model you can gig with it all you want and you know if it gets damaged it can be easily replaced. If you are in the market for a specifically 60s style Les Paul this is your best bet.
iamqman07/25/2011

iamqman's review"Black beauty"

Gibson Les Paul Traditional Pro
Gibson guitars is one of those companies that is just as iconic as many of the famous artists who have played them. These guitars have revolutionized rock an roll. They took what Fender build and compounded upon it to create a much better and more practical machine for the new age of distortion and overdrive guitars tones. To get the overdriven guitar tones of the 60's and 70's you could not achieve that with a Fender guitar and their classic single coil pickups.You much fort play it with humbuckers and then you need a heavier thicker body and preferably used mahogany wood as your base body wood.

This is an ebony color Gibson Les Paul with zebra humbucker pickups. This is one of the most highly used color out of any Gibson Les Paul made. The matching cream hardware such as pick guard and pickup selector matches the cream and black pickups. This is one one of the best matched all around Gibson Les Pauls.

UTILIZATION

* 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
* Other: Plek setup


SOUNDS

These guitars have a great tone to them. I am not a fan of the Plek machine fret board. This means that a machine helped put this together instead of a luthier. I am sure that it becomes more consistent from guitar to guitar but I prefer a person doing all the work.

The guitar has a nice balance and feel. Sometimes these guitars can be hit or miss. They do vary in overall feel of the neck but not in the fret measurements such the PLek-ed setup.

These guitars sound great with any amp you put them through. I prefer the guitar with a Marshall amp of some sort. I find that the balance and tone of a Marshall amp which tends to be bright for a high gain amp mixes well with the mahogany guitars.

OVERALL OPINION

At new these guitars come in right at around $1899, which is a great price for a Gibson Les Paul. I would recommend this guitar to someone wanting to get into a good Les Paul and doesn't want to spend a tone of money on a more expensive guitar like a Standard or Custom Les Paul. This is a good guitar fr someone wanting a great Gibson Les Paul ad are ready for a more proficient instrument.
iamqman07/25/2011

iamqman's review"Nice Pino Noir"

Gibson Les Paul Traditional Pro
Gibson guitars is one of those companies that is just as iconic as many of the famous artists who have played them. These guitars have revolutionized rock an roll. They took what Fender build and compounded upon it to create a much better and more practical machine for the new age of distortion and overdrive guitars tones. To get the overdriven guitar tones of the 60's and 70's you could not achieve that with a Fender guitar and their classic single coil pickups.You much fort play it with humbuckers and then you need a heavier thicker body and preferably used mahogany wood as your base body wood.

This guitars is very sleek and sexy looking instrument. The wine red color just pops when you see this guitar in person. Any picture you see of it just doesn't do the guitar any justice at all. It is one of those must see to believe slogans that people say, only this time it actually is true. This guitar is just stunning to look at and the zebra humbucker pickups just top the cake for this instrument.

UTILIZATION

Les Paul Standdard Red Wine:

* 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
* Other: Plek setup


SOUNDS

This guitar is Plek setup. This means that a Plek machine is used to accurately measure and align the frets to the perfect spacing and height. This is something they claim takes only minutes to do where it would take a luthier days to accomplish. I don't care for this as I like the hand crafted feel of an instrument. A machine cannot have fell only accurate measurements. Sure you will get a truer guitar each time and not variants but there is something to be said about someone taking the time to setup a guitar and put their own personal touch inside of it.

The guitar sound great as a Gibson Les Paul should. I like to play Les Paul's with a Marshall amp of some kind. The two are beautifully matched to each other like they were born to be together. The tone of the instrument is a great orgnic tone.

OVERALL OPINION

At new these guitars come in right at around $2299, which is a great price for a Gibson Les Paul. I would recommend this guitar to someone wanting to get into a good Les Paul and doesn't want to drop $3500+ on a Standard or Custom Les Paul. This is a great guitar for those wanting to step up his level of guitar quality and or guitar tones to his or her arsenal.

I would recommend this to anyone who loves the tone of a Les Paul but also wants the look of just a red sports car dream machine. These are great guitars and will be an iconic guitar for years to come.
iamqman07/24/2011

iamqman's review"Vintage LP power"

Gibson Les Paul Traditional Pro
Gibson guitars is one of those companies that is just as iconic as many of the famous artists who have played them. When you think about bands like Led Zeppelin, AC/DC, The Who, The Doors, and thousands more you can't help but equate the style and look of a Gibson guitar when you see those bands or hear them on the radio. These guitars have revolutionized rock an roll. They took what Fender build and compounded upon it to create a much better and more practical machine for the new age of distortion and overdrive guitars tones. To get the overdriven guitar tones of the 60's and 70's you could not achieve that with a Fender guitar and their classic single coil pickups.You much fort play it with humbuckers and then you need a heavier thicker body and preferably used mahogany wood as your base body wood.

This guitar is a vintage player's dream. It has hat mystic of an old player's guitar while style being able to keep up with the new dogs. This guitars features a couple burstbucker pickups and a cool feature that is a push pull pot that split the coils for some single coil simulation action. This is cool for getting some different tones.

UTILIZATION

* 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
* Other: Plek setup


SOUNDS

This is great sounding guitar and the modern features like the push pull pots are great. They aren't too modern but they would be on a guitar that looks this vintage. Gibson did a great job recreating the look of this guitar to match the tatse for the ckassic look of the 60's 70's era Les Paul guitars. This guitar has a great finish on it and rolls rolls into the gig sporting zebra cream and black pickups. This guitar has such a great feel and rock tone that it practically plays itself.

Play this guitar with a Marshall plexi reissue or a Marshall Jcm 800 with a booster pedal out in front of the amp. A Marshall amp and Gibson Les Paul were made for each other. There is a chemical bond that unites when those two instruments are pair together. It is match made in heaven, Michigan, and England.

OVERALL OPINION

At new this guitar comes in right at around $1999, which isn't bad for a solid sounding Gibson Les Paul. This is a great pickup for any gigging musician or even the home players needing to unwind and rock out. O would recommend anyone to play a Gibson Les Paul juts once and see what you have been missing. They are great guitars and just a delight to play.
Hatsubai06/25/2011

Hatsubai's review"Cheaper yet with better features"

Gibson Les Paul Traditional Pro
These are very similar to the normal Traditional guitars, but they have three unique features - locking tuners, coil split and uncovered pickups. The guitar has a mahogany body with a maple top, mahogany neck with a rosewood fretboard, Tune-o-matic bridge, 22 frets, block/trapezoid inlays, a pickguard, two humbucker pickups, two volumes, two tones and a three way switch.

UTILIZATION

The Traditional Pro has a few improvements over the normal Traditional, in my opinion. For one, it has locking tuners. These are something every single Les Paul should have. Not only do they prevent the string from binding in the tuners, but it also allows you to change strings way faster. The next option that I love is the back. It's one of those dark back ones with the satin finish. These feel way better than the standard glossy finish, and I think they look cooler, too. The fretwork on these model is usually pretty awesome thanks to them being PLEK'd from the factory. Still, watch out for improperly cut nuts as they'll be the biggest issues on these guitars.

SOUNDS

The guitar sounds pretty good, but they're stock Gibson pickups. I'm not totally crazy about these. The sound average, in my opinion. The bridge is medium output, and it sounds fat. However, it doesn't overdrive the amp like I like my pickups to. The neck is a bit too bright for my tastes, but you can calm it down with the tone pot. The coolest thing is the coil split feature. This allows you to split the pickups to get that almost single coil sound. It makes this guitar crazy versatile.

OVERALL OPINION

If you're looking for the best LP on the market for the price, this is the one. They sound great, have all the features a modern day guitar should have, look really good and are put together better than most of the other Les Pauls. On top of that, they're also not chambered like the Standards (although they are still weight relieved).
tym290901/28/2014

tym2909's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" Great"

Gibson Les Paul Traditional Pro
Gibson Les paul ... U.S. necessarily
Channel profile 60 ', thinner than the junior studio and I've owned before.
Micro classic handle 57 and Burstbucker 3 bridge ... both and split.
I find it really well finished, the binding around the body and neck is the most beautiful effect, self-locking mechanisms grover, zebra pickups without cover.
As against it weighs the weight, due to the "full body".

UTILIZATION

Super nice handle ergonomics of a Les Paul, with its advantages and disadvantages,
For sound, matter of taste, but I love, especially with the vox AC15C1.

SOUNDS

The split-microphones allow a wide range of sounds and avoid lugging several guitars available. You do not get either the sound of a strat us but it's really not bad.
This is the guitar that I use the most.
I love it and I'll never part with it.
I play with pedals MXR Double shot, zw overdrive and classic fuzz, all going very well.

OVERALL OPINION

I owned a Les Paul Junior, a studio, a standard sg and really, this Les Paul represents for me the Top.
When I read that for the price it is not bad, ca disgusts me!
It has not all afford to go to a luthier to make a scratch in 3000 and then to pay custom shop ...
I like the pickups in singles and doubles, with a preference for the dual position, especially with distortion and overdrive effects.
I find the quality / very good money.
I would do this choice without hesitation.
skomo07/20/2011

skomo's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" Slurp!"

Gibson Les Paul Traditional Pro
Made in the United States
Mahogany body "swiss cheese" + maple veneer
Mahogany neck
Rosewood
Tune-o-matic
Grover AD
22 frets
Channel 60's profile (thus rather late)
Shrunk thanks to Plek
Microphones and split Burstbucker 3 (bridge) and 57 'Classic (neck)
Two volume splitter is also used to microphones, two tone, three-position selector micro
Mine is ebony (with cream plate and nets), it also comes in vintage sunburst sunburst and heritage.

UTILIZATION

I find the handle very nice, it was well in hand. The curvature is more pronounced than on an Ibanez but a little less than my Start. It's a guitar man! It took me several hours to adjust, but now I find it more enjoyable for my Ibanez shredder. The guitar is relatively heavy at the same time, it is a Les Paul. With the set neck, access to acute is pretty good. In short, nothing extraordinary ergonomics side, it's a Les Paul after all ...
I appreciate the overall comfort of the guitar, even if it is heavy, it is very well balanced and played standing vibrates a lot, really nice. The handle varnish hung at the exit of flight case, but spent a few hours of play, the feeling of "glue" has completely disappeared.

SOUNDS

Well, we enter the heart of the matter:
- A blank, the guitar sounds good, with already a lot of sustain
- Trendy, she sounds very The Paulian: many serious and mids, sustain did not know what to do. The clean sound is very round and warm on the neck pickup, more slamming on the bridge pickup, the crunches are beautiful and the Marshallian distos pass like a letter in the mail in all positions of microphone. She really sound Gibson rock / hard rock. The originality of the model comes from the microphones and split. Pulling on the volume buttons, we go into the microphones simple. The sounds are quite nice, very slap on the micro bridge (it is close enough to a TV), more velvety and stratabound on the neck pickup. It's still a little gadget since you lose even when sortue level between the normal position and the position splittée, but physically it was inevitable (going from a double to a single).

What is obvious is regardless of the amp where it is plugged in, the guitar has its own character. I could try it in a JCM 2000, a fender blues deluxe reissue, a config preamps (AMT SS20, B1, Blackstar Ht Dual) + Poweramp, it keeps every time his character, with lots of bass and mids.

I get to use it in almost any style, with a big soft spot for the neck pickup clean, the crunch of the intermediate position and large distos on the bridge pickup. Electric jazz to thrash through the rock, it rolls without worries!

OVERALL OPINION

I for one year, and I confess I do not regret my purchase. It is ultra versatile, and when I do not want to lug around multiple guitars, it's this one I choose. It is not my first guitar, I also include a MIJ Start at home and a RG Prestige, and I really feel the difference with those two. It's really a guitar with character, fun to play with a rock sound to die for. I'm waiting to see how it ages, but this first year is very encouraging!
FCA12/21/2010

FCA's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" A recommander"

Gibson Les Paul Traditional Pro
Traditional Gibson USA Pro. Microphones and split. Refer to catalog Gibson for the rest of the features.

UTILIZATION

Start with the negatives:
o pitched guitar c.. when playing seated. Not so easy to play relaxed with a score under the eyes, sitting cross-legged, stupidly placed on solid ground;
o it is heavy (without having to be built like a lumberjack Canadian to play with for hours - just provide a wide and comfortable strap)
No microphones are not protected by any cache, and thus receive from time to time when we are "irritated", made in the heat of the moment.

... for the rest:
o The handle is very nice, very simple to play,
o mics split-enable a variety of interesting sounds,
o the beast is beautiful
o it is well constructed.


SOUNDS

They suitable for your style of music? : A fan of Led Zep is the ideal guitar.
What kind of sound you get and with what settings ("crystalline", "fat ",....)? : Microphones and split advantageously can extend the range of sounds. We happen to believe we have a tv in the hands

OVERALL OPINION

For how long have you been using it? I have used it for 2 months. Least 1 d / h (but happiness ...)

Did you try many other models before getting this one? : Not easy to find all the stock we would like at Gibson ...
Otherwise, I have an "old" Ibanez end of life and ... there's no photo, is pleased to play there again.

What thing do you like most/least about it? The +: the palette of sounds, the -: the overall balance of the beast

What is your opinion about the value for the price? : Expensive, like Gibson?

Knowing what you know now, would you make the same choice? : YES! But I must admit look towards the SG, for the comfort of playing