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Gibson Les Paul Gothic Morte Electric Guitar   

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The Les Paul Gothic Morte Electric Guitar's carved mahogany/maple curves and set mahogany neck with '50s-style rounded profile are cloaked in a Satin...Click To Read More About This Product

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An all-black masterpiece with active humbuckers.

The Les Paul Gothic Morte Electric Guitar's carved mahogany/maple curves and set mahogany neck with '50s-style rounded profile are cloaked in a Satin Ebony finish with matching black nickel hardware and black Grover tuners. Gibson USA GEM active humbuckers supply the dark, foreboding tones to create an epic soundscape. As the members of Spinal Tap put it, "What could be more black? None, none more black."

The beating heart of the Les Paul Gothic Morte (morte is French for death) is represented by a pair of Gibson USA's amazing new GEM (Gibson Electronics Manufacturing) active pickups. Made in the image of the greatest traditional passive pickups of all time, Gibson's own PAF ("Patent Applied For") humbuckers, the GEMs have Alnico II magnets and coils wound with 42 AWG enamel-coated wire. They also include active electronics for greatly improved output and extremely low-noise performance. The GEMs are powered by a single 9v battery that yields approximately 1500 hours of service. They have a voice and playing feel akin to Gibson's popular Burstbuckers, with all of that humbucker's characteristic "smooth with edge" tonal response, and they are immune to the loading effects of volume and tone potentiometers. They offer an extremely fast transient response for unprecedented articulation (yet with all the classic humbucker warmth and smoothness), and are extremely compatible with both effects pedals and clean amp settings. Suitable for all styles of music, the GEM active pickups represent a huge leap forward in performance and versatility.

The skeleton of the Les Paul Gothic Morte is crafted from the same ingredients that have helped to make the Les Paul legendary for nearly 60 years. A carved maple top is joined to a mahogany body that has been strategically chambered for improved resonance and weight relief, and a solid mahogany neck carved to a comfortable rounded "50s" profile is glued in Gibson's time-tested tradition. The most exciting ingredient of the entire tonewood package, however, is the exotic African Obeche used for the guitar's fingerboard. A dark, dense alternative to Ebony, African Obeche is FSC certified and, therefore, fully sustainable. As used on the Les Paul Gothic Morte, the African Obeche fingerboard carries no inlays or binding to extend the model's radical styling. In addition to the guitar's Satin Ebony nitrocellulose finish, the Les Paul Morte wears a black Tune-o-matic bridge with a black stopbar tailpiece, black Grover tuners, and a black Corian nut which has been precision cut on the PLEK for optimum intonation. All in all, it's a powerful reincarnation of the world's premier solidbody electric guitar”now propelled to greater extremes than ever with new active pickups, sustainable exotic woods and all-black styling.

  • Mahogany body
  • Maple top
  • Set mahogany neck
  • '50s-style rounded neck profile
  • 24-3/4" scale
  • African Obeche fingerboard
  • 22 frets
  • 12" radius
  • Gibson GEM active humbucker pickups
  • Volume/Volume/Tone/Tone controls
  • 3-way Switchcraft pickup selector
  • Black nickel hardware
  • Gibson Tune-O-Matic bridge
  • Stopbar tailpiece
  • Black Grover 14:1 tuners
  • PLEK nut and fretboard setup
  • Gibson gig bag

Les Paul Gothic Morte Electric Guitar

  • 24-3/4" scale
    12" fretboard radius
    1.695" nut width

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(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)


Very Pleased

By Sean Brown

from Long Beach, CA

Comments about Gibson Les Paul Gothic Morte Electric Guitar:

I can see why alot, or even most, Les Paul enthusiast will not like this guitar. It is slightly removed and consideralbly different then the more accurate, traditional LPs we think of.

I however absolutley love this guitar. It is extremely versitle. It has a great clean bright lively sound going through my AC30 and an extremely articulate, well defined, highly overdriven sound going through my Marshall JCM 900.

As a footnote; The rep at Musicians friend informed me they are indeed discontinued, but have a few more left in stock. Buy one while you can.

Great Customer Service Muscians Friend - Thank you.
The neck on the LP Studio Gothic Morte is very comfortable. The whole guitar seems well balanced and ergonomic.
I don't think using Obeche is a good choice for a fingerboard. If you research Obeche, you'll discover it is actually a soft, white wood before it treated. I called Gibson's customer service to see what information they could give me on the durability and quality of Obeche, and I got absolutly no help.

It has all black hardware, including the metal Grover tuners, which is a very nice touch. The low gloss satin finish is also very attractive. I noticed because the finish is black and lacks the Nitro-Cellulous coat every fingerprint and stain shows. A little extra effort is required to keep it looking it's best - if you care about that.
Other than the potential flaws I mentioned above, it seems pretty reliable.
It's almost 1400 dollars and doesn't even come with a case.

(3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)


Mediocre Les Paul Studio

By The Walrus

from Los Angeles, CA

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Comments about Gibson Les Paul Gothic Morte Electric Guitar:

I think there are better choices for the Metal players these are obviously aimed at. You're probably better off buying a Les Paul Studio with Rosewood and up-grading the pickups.
The action and feel of the neck is decent. It has extremely slim frets compared to the larger frets of the traditional Les Pauls and Les Paul Studios. It also has the controversial "Obeche" fingerboard wood. The Obeche fingerboard feels much different then the traditional Rosewood or ebony. There are also spots veins in the wood that are still white, where the dye didn't cover completely. I also belive the "Satin" finish is yet another corner cut by Gibson, by not adding a clear-coat. It actually looks very attractive, but feels like it is going to scratch and stain easily.
The active Humbuckers have less low-end then I expected. I actually have more bass from my SG Special with the traditional Hum-Buckers. The pickups sound more like high output single-coils.
Overall, a nice sounding, comfortable instrument.

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