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Gibson Les Paul Special Humbucker Electric Guitar  

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    Scorching modern humbuckers on a vintage body.

    The Les Paul Special Humbucker is an excellent rock guitar at a very attractive price. Basic, straightforward and ready to rock hard. Two classic high-output humbuckers are loaded into a solid mahogany body for pure Gibson power. Mahogany set neck with obeche fingerboard and nitro lacquer finish, naturally, for pure Gibson Tone!

    The two-pickup Les Paul Special was introduced in 1955 as an intermediate model, positioned between the low-cost Les Paul Junior and the Les Paul. It was originally available only in a single-cutaway, TV-style limed mahogany finish. A double-cutaway Special and cherry red finish option were introduced in 1959. The Les Paul Special made the virtues of the Les Paul available to those who couldn't quite afford the Standard or Custom versions. And it still has all the essential features.

    The Les Paul Special Humbucker is made from solid mahogany. An archetypal tonewood used in countless classic Gibson electric guitars, mahogany has a sonic depth and richness that pulses through every note, yet always remains clear and articulate. As a further modification to the slab-bodied template, the "belly scarf" on the back lets you hold your axe comfortably close. The guitar’s neck is made from quarter-sawn Grade C mahogany, carved to the fast, yet comfortable SlimTaper™ profile, with a fingerboard of dark obeche, a rich-brown hardwood with excellent tone and durability. For hardware, Gibson USA packs in a classic set of Tune-o-matic bridge with stopbar tailpiece, with vintage-style, white-button tuners.

    The Les Paul Special Humbucker carries two of Gibson USA’s most popular humbucking pickups, an open-coil 490R in the neck position, and a hotter, open-coil 498T in the bridge position. The 490R is made with a genuine Alnico II magnet for creamy, rich, warm tones, while the 498T has a stronger Alnico V magnet and extra turns of coil wire for added growl and punch in the “lead” position. Both provide superb clarity and sustain, and they make a well-matched set, with a balanced output and excellent round, funky tones when combined in the middle position.

    Features
    • Handcrafted in Nashville, TN USA
    • Body: Genuine Mahogany
    • Neck: Genuine Mahogany (60s slim taper)
    • Fingerboard: Black Obeche w/ dot inlays
    • Hardware: Chrome Tune-O-Matic®; white button tuners
    • Electronics: Gibson 490R/498T Humbuckers

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    GibsonLes Paul Special Humbucker Electric Guitar
     
    5.0

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    • Good tone (3)

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        5.0

        True Gibson what a deal

        By Johnny Astor

        from Kentucky

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        Pros

        • Fun To Play
        • Good Feel
        • Good Pick Up
        • Good Tone
        • Solid Electronics

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Jamming
          • Practicing
          • Recording
          • Rock Concerts

          Comments about Gibson Les Paul Special Humbucker Electric Guitar:

          I have a 1971 custom sunburst and its too heavy for me to hold for long gigs, I can't compare the Humbucker to it, but I will say this, it's light and one great sounding guitar, it ROCKS loud and clear. It's fun to play it wasn't set up when I got it but I have it just where I want it. If you want true Gibson plus great sound buy it you can't go wrong. Mine come with Gibson gig bag, but I got the Gibson case the only way to go. Thank you MF. I love it

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          5.0

          Great Value

          By Jay

          from Indiana

          About Me Experienced

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Good Feel
          • Good Pick Up
          • Good Tone

          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about Gibson Les Paul Special Humbucker Electric Guitar:

              Basically a studio Les Paul, but get value for the price. Higher output pickups great for rock/metal.

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              5.0

              First Guitar

              By Ed

              from Proctorville, OH

              About Me Novice

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              Pros

              • Fun To Play
              • Good Feel
              • Good Tone

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Practicing

                Comments about Gibson Les Paul Special Humbucker Electric Guitar:

                What can I say; I'm glad I decided to go with Gibson for my first guitar. I ordered the Pelham Blue model and it looks absolutely stunning. The only small issue is that the tape around both of the pickups was sticking up above the top them, but not by much. The guitar feels great, but I don't really have anything to compare it too. I'm definitely satisfied with my purchase.

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