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Gibson Les Paul Traditional Mahogany Satin Electric Guitar  

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With its '80s and early '90s-inspired design and visual cues, the Les Paul Traditional line offers all the fat, sweet, snarling Les Paul tone and unp...Read More

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A traditional Les Paul now featuring a mahogany top and satin finish.

With its '80s and early '90s-inspired design and visual cues, the Les Paul Traditional line offers all the fat, sweet, snarling Les Paul tone and unparalleled playability that Gibson fans love, that so many of today's players grew up lusting after. Now Gibson gives this popular guitar the all-mahogany purity of classics such as the Les Paul Custom and Special models of the 1950s, yet with traditional Les Paul Standard features, in the exciting Les Paul Traditional Mahogany Satin. The package includes two of Gibson's most popular alnico PAF-style pickups, a fast '60s-style neck with genuine rosewood fingerboard, and traditional '80s-era appointments and construction, in an all-mahogany Les Paul that looks superbly played-in in your choice of satin nitrocellulose lacquers.

The Les Paul Traditional Mahogany Satin is crafted with all the classic ingredients that helped to make this guitar a legend, but with the purity of an all-mahogany body (Grade-A woods used under all but the Satin Ebony finish). The mahogany back is weight relieved with nine strategically placed holes that also enhance the guitar's resonance, and capped with a carved two-piece mahogany top, just like the legendary Les Paul Custom introduced in 1954. The mahogany neck is made from quarter-sawn timber for superior strength and resonance, and topped with a Grade-A bi-layer rosewood fingerboard with 22 medium-jumbo frets and cream binding. Trapezoid inlays contribute to the traditional look, while the popular slim '60s profile—measuring .800" deep at the 1st fret and .875" at the 12th—ensure unparalleled speed and playability, with a 12" fingerboard radius for choke-free bending. The preferred 17-degree headstock pitch improves string pressure in the slots of the PLEK-cut Corian nut for optimum resonance and sustain.

The Les Paul Traditional Mahogany Satin carries two of Gibson's most popular humbucking pickups, a '57 Classic in the neck position for sweet, warm vocal tones, and a slightly hotter '57 Classic Plus in the bridge for gutsy crunch and soaring lead tones. These acclaimed pickups are made with genuine Alnico II magnets and wound with 42 AWG wire, just like the legendary PAFs of the late '50s and early '60s, and offer a blend of depth and clarity that few pickups can match today. They are installed with chromed covers, in keeping with the "traditional" styling. A tune-o-matic bridge and stopbar tailpiece ensure a solid anchor and optimum sustain, while vintage-look TonePros™ tuners with pearloid buttons maintain the classic look. Further classic appointments include a mother-of-pearl Gibson headstock logo and silkscreened gold "Les Paul Model", cream binding and pickguard, and gold top-hat knobs with silver inserts. Order the Les Paul Traditional Mahogany Satin and grab a hunk of classic tone and style.

FEATURES
  • Mahogany body with traditional weight-relief
  • 2-Piece mahogany top
  • 24.75" Scale mahogany set-in neck with '60s SlimTaper™ profile
  • Grade-A bi-layered rosewood fretboard with 22 medium jumbo frets
  • Gibson '57 Classic humbucking neck pickup
  • Gibson '57 Classic Plus humbucking bridge pickup
  • Tune-o-matic bridge with stopbar tailpiece
  • TonePros™ vintage-style tuning machines
  • PLEK-cut Corian nut
  • Cream binding around body and fretboard
  • Satin all-nitrocellulose finish

A classic twist on a traditional Les Paul. Call or click today.

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GibsonLes Paul Traditional Mahogany Satin Electric Guitar
 
5.0

(based on 7 reviews)

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  • Good feel (6)
  • Good tone (6)
  • Fun to play (5)
  • Good pick up (5)
  • Solid electronics (5)

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    Best Uses

    • Practicing (6)
    • Jamming (5)
    • Recording (5)
    • Rock concerts (4)
    • Small venues (3)
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    5.0

    Tough To Go Wrong Here!!!

    By Markom_LPTMS

    from PA

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

    • Good Feel
    • Good Tone

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Jamming
      • Practicing
      • Recording
      • Rock Concerts

      Comments about Gibson Les Paul Traditional Mahogany Satin Electric Guitar:

      I've been fortunate to have owned and played my share of Les Pauls through the years, from a '68 DeLuxe to '02 Standard Plus and from a newer Traditional Plus to the latest Tradition Mahogany Satin (LPTMS) model. The precept regarding Maple caps over Mahogany bodies for LPs has always been the added sonic range and snap that the combination of these two primary tonewoods imparts to the instrument. That may be true to the degree of the trained ear listening to a blind comparison between the Maple/Mahogany combo and the all Mahogany approach, but in my experience, the components that equally affect LP tone are the pickups, pots/caps, setup, wiring and string gauge.

      Specific to the LPTMS model, I really do believe these other components have a dramatic effect on the guitar. For example, I'm not a huge fan of Gibson's '57 Classic pickups as they've always sounded a little quacky and squeally to me regardless of what guitar in which they're being used. So when I received my LPTMS Vintage Burst a couple of weeks ago, I gave the stock '57 pickups every opportunity to change my opinion of them, and they did not come through - still quacky and squeally to my ear. I've since replaced the 57s with a set of Rio Grande Texas BBQ pickups and the difference was remarkable, but I could hear a little muddiness when the pickups were pushed, so I replaced the stock caps with Sprague 225P Orange Drops (.022 Bridge and .015 Neck) and the results were much, much better. I rewired 50s style which is an extremely simple change that can make a fair amount of tonal difference and in how the tone pots react to volume changes.

      I also set up the stop tail piece 50s style by tightening the tail piece flush with the body and reverse threading the strings through the string holes then wrapping the string over top of the tail piece. Again, a subtle but somewhat noticeable difference in string vibration transference to the body.

      Some might ask, "How could you do such a thing to a stock Les Paul?" Well, I've been playing for 40 years and I strive to get the most out of my instruments and these are the types of changes I've found to be most effective to achieve tonal improvement.

      Everything else about the LPTMS sent to me from Musician's Friend is impeccable, even though I purchased a "Condition 2" instrument. I was able to locate the defects noted in the online description, but even the most scrutinizing player would find these issue negligible. I'm extremely pleased with the build quality of the guitar. The all-Mahogany top in the Vintage Burst is a beautiful departure from my '02 Standard Plus - it's so simply in appearance, yet very elegant in design and treatment. It does give the sense of a well-played instrument, yet the functionality is all first rate and very solid. The only downside I have with any Gibson that comes stock with the white interior case is the odor. Smells like a blend of vanilla and bananas - not offensive, but unfortunately, it does impart its essence onto the guitar. I have another newer LP with this case and the odor has not diminished with time.

      If you're looking for a great deal on an almost new/almost used LPTMS, Musician's Friend is hard to beat. And, if you're willing to put a little more cash, effort and time into it, I believe you will end up with a superior guitar. Just my opinion.

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      5.0

      Les Paul Traditional Cherry Satin

      By Tony Razor,

      from Jackson Ville FL,

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      Verified Buyer

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Jamming
        • Practicing
        • Recording
        • Small Venues

        Comments about Gibson Les Paul Traditional Mahogany Satin Electric Guitar:

        The guitar is a amazing the tone is Killer and then Some, I Love Rock An Roll Blues This Axe Can Do It All, Super Tone Monster.

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        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        FANTASTIC

        By purchasethisitem

        from america

        About Me Experienced

        Pros

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

        Cons

        • I Only Have One

        Best Uses

        • Jamming
        • Practicing
        • Recording
        • Rock Concerts
        • School Bands
        • Small Venues

        Comments about Gibson Les Paul Traditional Mahogany Satin Electric Guitar:

        This guitar is an amazing buy. You get all the gibson features without the gibson price. amazing guitar for the money. It sings throu my marshall half stack and has unbelievable sustain. It came Quickly through the mail and arrived without a scratch on it. i love the case it comes with. its solid and nicely padded. if you are on the fence about this guitar, get off the fence and buy it. now. it is by far the most satisfying purchase i have ever made.

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        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Musician's Friend lives up to its name

        By Tequilaguitar

        from Stamford, CT

        About Me Novice

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Practicing

          Comments about Gibson Les Paul Traditional Mahogany Satin Electric Guitar:

          I have bought many products from Musician's friend over the last 15 years. I've never been disappointed. In this case, it is the second time I have purchased a "used" instrument. The other time was an acoustic Rainsong guitar. In both cases, I cannot for the life of me find any signs of it being used. The set-up, appearance and feel is amazing. Maybe someone could go over this guitar and find a blemish or two, but I'm stumped. At any rate, I PLAY my guitars, so eventually they will look used anyhow, so what's the big deal? Virgins are vastly over rated. All I know is that I finally own a Les Paul, and paid a ridiculously low price. Thank you, guys, once again for putting an instrument in my hands that I thought was out of reach.

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          (4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Fantastic guitar at fantastic price

          By XXXShockRock

          from Vancouver, BC, Canada

          About Me Experienced

          Verified Buyer

          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 Traditional Mahogany Satin Electric Guitar:

            You know what to expect from a Les Paul Traditional. It's an excellent guitar and I got this one at an amazing price as it was in 'less than new condition' (but still near mint really). There were some light scratches on the pick guard from a bit of use (which you could only see at an angle in a certain light) but who really cares about that? Otherwise it was in perfect shape, and was shipped promptly. I gig quite a bit and no doubt this one will be my primary axe for rockin' out. You should get one.

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            (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Absolutely the best LP I've ever played

            By LilCheffy

            from Knoxville, TN

            About Me Experienced

            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Jamming
              • Practicing
              • Recording
              • Rock Concerts
              • Small Venues

              Comments about Gibson Les Paul Traditional Mahogany Satin Electric Guitar:

              I can't think of a single thing wrong with this guitar. It was set up perfect out of the box. I have played several guitars over the years and this one is by far the best. I own 2 other guitars and after playing this guitar exclusively for a month now, I finally decided to pick up my Ibanez RG370 and was surprised to find that it sounded terrible in comparison.

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              (9 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Best LP I Ever Played

              Comments about Gibson Les Paul Traditional Mahogany Satin Electric Guitar:

              Love the 57 classic/ Classic Plus...guitar just sings through my Fender tube amp. Has that vintage sweet bluesy sound. I have owned no less than 6 LPs over the years and this is my favorite.
              Has the usual LP features...what else do you need?
              Mine is perfect with no blemishes...weighs 8.5 lbs. Neck feels wonderful...frets are smooth with no buzz...intonation is right on the money.
              Not cheap..but if you want a Gibson Les Paul, your money is well spent. there is nothing like a Gibson LP.

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