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Gibson ES-Les Paul Standard Plaintop Spliced Electric Guitar
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Marry the Gibson Les Paul to the Gibson ES-335 and what do you get? A perfect blend of two of the most played and recorded electric guitars in histor...Click To Read More About This Product
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Les Paul tone with ES comfort and beauty.
Marry the Gibson Les Paul to the Gibson ES-335 and what do you get? A perfect blend of two of the most played and recorded electric guitars in history. Ultra-lightweight, killer in feel, with a big bottom that you know that you love, the only question to be asked is, Gibson, what took you so long?
The Gibson ES Les Paul features classic Gibson ES construction including: maple/poplar/maple body supported with quarter sawn Adirondack spruce bracing attached to the top with tone-enhancing, old world hide glue, solid maple center block hand-selected for weight and tone, genuine mahogany neck glued in via close tolerance mortise and tenon joinery. This rare bird is the first-ever ES-Les Paul built in the rare and historically significant spliced top format.
Beginning in the late 1950s, Gibson would on occasion not have maple veneers wide enough to make an ES top or back. So they would splice two pieces together as in acoustic or archtop guitar construction to make the tops and/or backs. These guitars are now very rare and sought after in the Vintage market. So Gibson figured, why not build a very few of these, maybe rare birds on down the road.
The neck features a 1.681" bone nut for traditional feel, atop a 12" radius fingerboard sporting 22 Jumbo frets firmly anchored into the speed friendly rosewood fingerboard, perfectly spaced to .001 tolerances inside of a 24.75" easy chord scale length. The famous Gibson rounded C neck contour reminds one of the iconic Gibson guitars. The precision PLEK system setup finishes one of the most accurate and playable guitar necks in Gibson history.
Two Memphis Historic Spec Humbucker pickups wired through perfectly matched potentiometers, unbalanced Orange Drop capacitors, featuring the Memphis Tone Circuit provide for clarity of tone seldom matched by any guitar. Along with a clean sound that would make a statue cry, the ES Les Paul Custom Black Beauty can get down and dirty with the best of them. A Les Paul that can go from clean jazz, to bright country, to filthy rock and roll, will fill the holes in the most complete guitarists arsenal.
Add the rock-solid Tone Pro ABR-1 bridge, dependable and visually familiar Kluson-style Single Ring Tip tuning machines, with all hardware finished in nickel, and the ES-Les Paul Spliced not only screams "play me until your fingers bleed," but also looks fine on stage or in the boardroom.
This particular Gibson Memphis Limited run is offered for a short time in a lemon Burst nitrocellulose lacquer finish. Although lacquer is time consuming to apply and requires refined expertise to do it right, all Gibson instruments continue to come with hand applied lacquer finishes as the ultra-thin lacquer coating is considered by many luthiers to be the best finish available for tone. That it is stunning to the eye doesnt hurt either.
Body shape: ES-LP
Body type: Semi-Hollow
Body material: Maple, Poplar, Maple
Top wood: Maple, Poplar, Maple
Body wood: Maple, Poplar, Maple
Body finish: Nitrocellulose Lacquer
Neck shape: Rounded C
Neck wood: Mahogany
Scale length: 24.75
Truss rod: Single
Neck finish: Nitrocellulose Lacquer
Fret size: Jumbo
Number of frets: 22
Nut width: 1.681"
Nut Material: Bone
Configuration: 2 Humbucker
Neck: MHS Humbucker
Middle: Not applicable
Bridge: MHS Humbucker
Active or passive: Passive
Series or parallel: Series
Active EQ: No
Special electronics: None
Control layout: 2 Volume and 2 Tone Controls
Pickup switch: 3-Way Switch
Coil tap or split: No
Kill switch: No
Pre amp: No
Bridge type: Fixed
Bridge design: ABR-1
Tailpiece: Lightweight Stop Bar
Tuning machines: Kluson Single Ring Tulip Button
Number of strings: 6
Special features: None
Accessories: Certificate of Authenticity
Country of origin: USA
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Comments about Gibson ES-Les Paul Standard Plaintop Spliced Electric Guitar:
The concept is compelling: a Les Paul style guitar with all the usual looks and function of a regular LP, but much lighter and with some sonic qualities in common with an ES335. What's not to love about that? I opened the box, so excited. I looked the whole thing over; spectacular finish top to bottom, not a single flaw anywhere. Tuned it up, neck feels wonderful. Frets good, neck true, so far so good. I soon notice that the pickups and or pickguard are rattling horribly with the vibration of the strings. No problem, it's a semi-hollow body, I can track those down and minimize with foam or felt if I need to. Next, I notice a serious amount of bleeding through of high-metallic ringing tones into the strings from behind the bridge and behind the nut. More than any guitar I've ever heard, including my 335. Ok, so maybe the saddles and nut weren't cut very precisely. That can be remedied as well, but now it's going to cost me some real money. Last but not least, whoever was soldering the electronics that day completely forgot to ground the bridge volume pot. I got out my soldering iron and fixed that right away...but man, over $3000 for a guitar and they miss something like that? And to top it all off, the guitar buzzes quite loudly when plugged into a high gain amp if I'm not touching my hand to the strings. So, yet another soldering miss, maybe a cold joint, maybe just sloppy grounding.
All that said, I can tell it will be one of the finest guitars I've ever owned once all the above is sorted out. I'm just a little surprised and bummed I'm even having to deal with it. No long term problem, though...I'd still recommend this model. Just be prepared to sort a few things out if you do get one.
- Fun To Play
- Good Feel
- Good Pick Up
- Good Tone
Comments about Gibson ES-Les Paul Standard Plaintop Spliced Electric Guitar:
I have now had my ES-Les Paul for five months and absolutely love it! Musicians Friend sent it with new strings that I prefer and also tuned it for me. Out of the box it plays better than anything else I have ever played, and you can get the full range of Les Paul tones. The guitar is noticeably lighter and more comfortable than a 9+ lb Les Paul...it feels like a Gibson SG except that this ES-Les Paul has enough weight in the body such that the guitar stays balanced when just hanging from your shoulder strap.
The guitar looks stunning - better than almost any other Les Paul I've seen online and better than anything I have ever seen in person. I removed the pickguard because the top is just too beautiful to cover. In lower light the guitar's maple top really pops. This guitar really is a piece of art in addition to being an incredible instrument.