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 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.