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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iamqman 07/25/2011

Gibson Les Paul Traditional Pro : iamqman's user review

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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.