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Gibson Les Paul Special Pro Electric Guitar   

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Since its introduction in 1955, The Gibson Les Paul Special has faithfully served the working musician as a reliable, professional-quality electric g...Click To Read More About This Product

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Since its introduction in 1955, The Gibson Les Paul Special has faithfully served the working musician as a reliable, professional-quality electric guitar at an affordable price. The new Les Paul Special Pro continues this tradition by offering ample bang-for-the-buck; packing more value than ever into this iconic workhorse. Key features of the Les Paul Special Pro include a 60' slim-taper neck with a hand applied smooth satin nitrocellulose lacquer finish, Alnico V Burstbucker Pro pickups, push/pull coil split function for each pickup on the tone pots, gloss nitrocellulose lacquer finish, cream neck binding and pickup rings, vintage gold tophat knobs and the Gibson G FORCE tuning system.

Burstbucker Pro Pickups
At the heart of the Gibson Les Paul Special Pro are the Burstbucker Pro rhythm and lead humbucking pickups. The Burstbucker Pro pickups feature an Alnico V magnet (instead of the Alnico II), which offers slightly higher output and allows preamps to be driven a little harder to achieve a more natural break-up. Like all Burstbuckers, the Burstbucker Pro has asymmetrical coils”true to the original PAFs”which supply a more open sound. The Burstbucker Pro Neck is wound slightly less than the original PAFs, while the Burstbucker Pro Bridge is slightly overwound for increased output. The Burstbucker Pro pickups are also wax potted to allow loud volume pressures with minimal feedback. As with all Gibson pickups, every part is precisely manufactured at Gibson USA in Nashville, Tennessee, insuring tight, seamless fittings, and superior workmanship.

Burstbucker Tonal Characteristics
The Burstbucker Pro Lead and Rhythm pickups constitute a versatile and well-calibrated set that offers extremely good output balance from all switch settings. In the neck position, the pickup gives you juicy, warm, creamy vocal-like tones with outstanding clarity, while the bridge position excels at everything from bright jangle through a clean amp, to chunky rhythm through a crunchy amp, to wailing overdrive with near-infinite sustain through a high-gain amp. Selected together, the pair provides tones from funky to greasy, depending upon amp and effects settings.

Revolutionary Plek Set Up
The Les Paul Special Pro is the first model from Gibson USA to utilize the revolutionary Plek machine in setting up the guitar. The Plek is a German-made, computer-controlled precision machine that carefully measures each fret, along with the fingerboard height under each string, and then automatically dresses each fret to within .001 tolerances, virtually eliminating string buzz and greatly improving the overall playability of the guitar. This pioneering process does in minutes what it takes a luthier several hours”sometimes even days”to accomplish. Every fret is accurately aligned, and the guitar is properly intonated, leaving the instrument "Plek'd" and amazingly playable right off of the shelf.

  • Body
  • Body shape: Single cutaway
  • Body type: Solid body
  • Body material: Solid wood
  • Top wood: Not applicable
  • Body wood: Mahogany
  • Body finish: Gloss Nitrocellulose
  • Orientation: Right handed
  • Neck
  • Neck shape: '60s SlimTaper standard
  • Neck wood: Mahogany
  • Joint: Set-in
  • Scale length: 24.75"
  • Truss rod: Standard
  • Neck finish: Satin Nitrocellulose
  • Fretboard
  • Material: Rosewood
  • Radius: 12"
  • Fret size: Medium jumbo
  • Number of frets: 22
  • Inlays: Acrylic Dot
  • Nut width: 1.69" (43mm)
  • Pickups
  • Configuration: HH
  • Neck: BurstBucker Pro
  • Middle: Not applicable
  • Bridge: Zebra BurstBucker Pro
  • Brand: Gibson
  • Active or passive: Passive
  • Series or parallel: Series
  • Piezo: No
  • Active EQ: No
  • Special electronics: Push/pull volume controls
  • Controls
  • Control layout: Master volume, tone
  • Pickup switch: 3-way
  • Coil tap or split: Coil split
  • Kill switch: No
  • Hardware
  • Bridge type: Fixed
  • Bridge design: Tune-o-matic
  • Tailpiece: Stopbar
  • Tuning machines: Gibson G FORCE
  • Color: Chrome
  • Other
  • Number of strings: 6-string
  • Special features: Plek setup, angled headstock, 0.055" fret height, Tektoid nut, cream binding and pickup bezels, vintage Gibson top hat control knobs
  • Case: Gig bag
  • Accessories: None
  • Country of origin: United States

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Special? Yeah, in many ways.

By Seumas

from Flagstaff, AZ

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  • Fun To Play
  • It's USA Gibson made
  • Lighter than my 70's Standard


  • Dark overly muddy tone through my Fender Mustang
  • Not my 70's Standard

Best Uses

  • Jamming
  • Practicing
  • School Bands
  • Small Venues

Comments about Gibson Les Paul Special Pro Electric Guitar:

Gibson workmanship, very interesting finish color. All the controls are very stiff. Intonation is off and the G-Force tuner may need to be reset. The G-force manual is poorly written and available online but is better than nothing. All that said it feels mostly like a Les Paul should, plays and sounds like one. I like it but I would probably recommend a Les Paul Standard, if you have the money. Also these were a limited run so while I say I would recommend I mean I would recommend Gibson.

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Welcome Back to the Gibson Les Paul!

By Sxooter

from Denver, CO

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  • Good Feel
  • Good Pick Up
  • Good Tone


  • Gforce

Best Uses

  • Jamming
  • Practicing

Comments about Gibson Les Paul Special Pro Electric Guitar:

I've been pretty dissappointed by the new 2015's with the wide neck, goofy brass zero fret that gets a groove cut in it in about a week of playing, robot tuners that sometimes work and sound like they're about ready to strip a gear, 15 db boost, "uncle fester" hologram, and the ugly Les Paul 100 scrawl.

The only appointments this guitar has is the GForce robot tuner and the "uncle fester" hologram, and that's 30 minutes with a screw driver to replace. It seems Gibson listened to all the players that don't want to pay an arm and a leg just to get a decent guitar, and this is IT!

Was at your sister store to pick up another guitar and they had one of these behind the counter. Plays and feels really nice. I only had a few minutes but it's a nice player for the price and it's what a Les Paul should be. 6 strings, classic shape, plays easy, and not goofy electronic doo dads to foul things up.

The plek setup neck / frets are a great step in the right direction. I have no problem with using modern tech to make a better guitar, and plekking is a pretty good step. The nut on this one was setup well, the neck felt great and the action and relief were set well from the factory. If you want a Les Paul and don't want to spend crazy money on it, this is THE choice nowadays. And if you don't like the robot tuning most places can replace them in <30 minutes.

So glad to see the old Gibson back, making solid, reliable, simple Les Pauls for working musicians.

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