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Gibson Les Paul Traditional Pro 3T Electric Guitar  Honey Burst 

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Taking design and visual cues from the Les Paul models of the '80s and '90s, the Les Paul Traditional Pro III EX Electric Guitar features powerful pi...Read More

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With all the fat, sweet, snarling Les Paul tone that purists love.

Taking design and visual cues from the Les Paul models of the '80s and '90s, the Les Paul Traditional Pro III EX Electric Guitar features powerful pickups with push/push for coil splits, coil selector and boost circuit, '60s neck profile, antique binding, period-correct pickguard, vintage Gibson top hat knobs, locking Grover tuners and the revolutionary Plek set up.

With all the fat, sweet, snarling Les Paul tone that purists love, the Gibson Les Paul Traditional Pro III sports a mahogany body with a thick maple cap for the perfect blend of warmth and clarity. The top is finished in high-gloss lacquer, while the back, sides, and neck have a smooth satin finish that feels great and lets the wood resonate fully. Includes hardshell case.

FEATURES
Body
  • Body shape: Single cutaway
  • Body type: Solid body
  • Body material: Solid wood
  • Top wood: Carved maple
  • Body wood: Mahogany
  • Body finish: Gloss top, satin back and sides
  • Orientation: Right handed
  • Neck
  • Neck shape: '60s Slim Taper standard
  • Neck wood: Mahogany
  • Joint: Set-in
  • Scale length: 24.75 in.
  • Truss rod: Standard
  • Neck finish: Satin
  • Fretboard
  • Material: Bound rosewood
  • Radius: 12 in.
  • Fret size: Medium jumbo
  • Number of frets: 22
  • Inlays: Trapezoid
  • Nut width: 1.69 in. (43 mm)
  • Pickups
  • Configuration: HH
  • Neck: '57 A3R (DC resistance 8.0k)
  • Middle: Not applicable
  • Bridge: '57 A3T (DC resistance 8.5k)
  • Brand: Gibson
  • Active or passive: Passive
  • Series or parallel: Series
  • Piezo: No
  • Active EQ: No
  • Special electronics: User-adjustable 10 dB boost (push/push neck pickup tone pot); coil-splitting (push/push neck and bridge pickup volume pots); coil selector (push/push bridge pickup tone pot)
  • Controls
  • Control layout: Volume 1, volume 2, tone 1, tone 2
  • 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: Locking Grovers
  • Color: Chrome
  • Other
  • Number of strings: 6-string
  • Special features: Pickups, Tektoid nut
  • Case: Hardshell case
  • Accessories: None
  • Country of origin: United States

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GibsonLes Paul Traditional Pro 3T Electric Guitar
 
4.7

(based on 11 reviews)

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    (9)

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90%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fun to play (9)
  • Good feel (9)
  • Good tone (9)
  • Solid electronics (8)
  • Good pick up (5)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Practicing (7)
  • Jamming (6)
  • Recording (5)
  • Rock concerts (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (8)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Can't think of a player's Paul I like more

As a player, I love the array of features that this guitar offers. I don't think I've played though a bridge pickup with such individual string sound clarity while maintaining a mean growl as...Read complete review

As a player, I love the array of features that this guitar offers. I don't think I've played though a bridge pickup with such individual string sound clarity while maintaining a mean growl as the 57A3R. It's a heavy enough pickup to sound right at home through your heavy amps- IIC+, 5150-3, and rectos. The coil splitting feature is a great add-on, although if you're expecting you LP to sound like a Strat, no go. Playing the 50s neck on my '12 traditional back to back with the 60s neck on this guitar, strangely enough preference really depends on which you pick up first, but I'm sure that he 60s neck is faster. I haven't noticed any sustain differences between the two. As a traditional guitar, it weighs 9 lb 5 oz, which is superb for tone, but pretty difficult to play for an extended time standing up. The satin finish on the neck, back and sides feels great and I prefer it to the lacquer as far as playability goes. The Plek'd neck feels smooth and predictable, with no fret buzz out of the box, having adjusted to a moist seaside climate. The only thing I have not made mine so far is the boost. As opposed to my EMG 81 equipped guitars, the boost, at its default +10db level, does introduce some noise, so gating is essential when you play softly, or pause for a moment.

Gibson delivered a fantastic player's guitar that I think truly captures the essence of the Les Paul.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

A Couple of Flaws

Disappointed is my first comment. However, it is a beautiful instrument. The top is stunning.
Unfortunately there are a few finish flaws, one being some missing paint around the neck...Read complete review

Disappointed is my first comment. However, it is a beautiful instrument. The top is stunning.
Unfortunately there are a few finish flaws, one being some missing paint around the neck joint, and the 1st e string nut slot cut to close to the edge, so when you fret that string is sometimes falls off the neck.
There seems to be a bit more hum in the electronics than would be expected.
Other than that it is a great playing and sounding guitar, the issues not worth trying to exchange or return.
I will say that I am completely disappointed in Gibson Customer Service. I sent two messages on their website and then an email directly to the email address I have used in the past. My past experience with Gibson CS has always been good...not so this go round, at a loss for words.

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5.0

KILLER GUITAR!

By Brad

from Decatur AL

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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
    • School Bands
    • Small Venues

    Comments about Gibson Les Paul Traditional Pro 3T Electric Guitar:

    You can't go wrong with a Gibson . . . I've owned many LP's, but, this one stands above all with great quality, Pro features, and versatile sound variations. I'd buy it again and highly recommend it.

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    (0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Great deal on a great guitar

    By Bill

    from Fl. Keys

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about Gibson Les Paul Traditional Pro 3T Electric Guitar:

        Bought a Trad Pro in early 2010 and can honestly say it's been everything I had hoped for. Beautiful to the eyes, excellent tone, rock solid intonation, a great coil splitting feature and as it ages, the sound quality just seems to get better. The only mod I made was installing a roller bridge that is a nice, inexpensive addition. I heartily endorse this instrument.

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        (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

         
        3.0

        A Couple of Flaws

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        By Rob

        from undisclosed

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        Pros

          Cons

          • Poor Quality Craftsmanship

          Best Uses

            Comments about Gibson Les Paul Traditional Pro 3T Electric Guitar:

            Disappointed is my first comment. However, it is a beautiful instrument. The top is stunning.
            Unfortunately there are a few finish flaws, one being some missing paint around the neck joint, and the 1st e string nut slot cut to close to the edge, so when you fret that string is sometimes falls off the neck.
            There seems to be a bit more hum in the electronics than would be expected.
            Other than that it is a great playing and sounding guitar, the issues not worth trying to exchange or return.
            I will say that I am completely disappointed in Gibson Customer Service. I sent two messages on their website and then an email directly to the email address I have used in the past. My past experience with Gibson CS has always been good...not so this go round, at a loss for words.

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            (0 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Great dream guitar

            By Yuxin Kang

            from Washington D.C.

            About Me Novice

            Verified Reviewer

            Pros

            • Fun To Play
            • Good Feel
            • Good Tone

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Practicing

              Comments about Gibson Les Paul Traditional Pro 3T Electric Guitar:

              Love it! Nice furnished!

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              (0 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Great dream guitar

              By Yuxin Kang

              from Washington D.C.

              About Me Novice

              Verified Reviewer

              Pros

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

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Practicing

                Comments about Gibson Les Paul Traditional Pro 3T Electric Guitar:

                Woo this is my dream guitar, sound pretty good!

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                (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                4.0

                Close...

                By RR#1

                from illinois

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                Pros

                • Fun To Play
                • Good Feel
                • Good Tone
                • Nice Finish

                Cons

                • Gimmicy Electronics
                • Poor Pick Up

                Best Uses

                • Jamming
                • Practicing

                Comments about Gibson Les Paul Traditional Pro 3T Electric Guitar:

                I've had this LP for a week, and I really do like it. I purchased the vintage sunburst model. Along with the binding and pick guard, the guitar is just beautiful. Quality is good, but not as good as my '99 LP Standard. The Grover tuners are very nice. The pickups in hum bucker mode sound great.

                Now for the bad. I don't like the gimmicky electronics; coil splitting and boost features? I don't think Jimmy Paige or Randy Rhoads ever had a 9 volt battery in their Les Paul's. And what's with the fake mother-of pearl inlays? I know, if you wanted PAF's and mother of pearl, should have bought the Custom...

                This is a good guitar, just not a great one.

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                (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                My first Gibson and I love it!!!

                By pinoyguitar

                from portland, or

                About Me Experienced

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Good Feel
                • Good Tone
                • Solid Electronics

                Cons

                • Poor Pick Up

                Best Uses

                • Recording

                Comments about Gibson Les Paul Traditional Pro 3T Electric Guitar:

                I've been holding out for a Gibbie for a long time and when I saw this, I couldn't believe that they were practically giving it away. I was very skeptical of course because of the lower price point and the model being discontinued. When I received the guitar, I was very impressed by the build!

                The 60's neck is very fast. This guitar feels nice in my hands. The electronics is what impressed me the most! I not only love the push/push split coils, but the ability to choose which single coil to use! Of course none of the electronics would have mattered if the build quality of the guitar was terrible, but I am happy to say that I am quite pleased with the build! I loved it so much that I ended up getting 2 of these guitars because, different tuning of course! :)

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                (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Beautiful Guitar!

                By Geronimo Andrews

                from Mid-Maryland

                About Me Experienced

                Verified Reviewer

                Pros

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

                Cons

                • Heavy

                Best Uses

                • Jamming
                • Practicing
                • Recording
                • Rock Concerts

                Comments about Gibson Les Paul Traditional Pro 3T Electric Guitar:

                This guitar seems to appear and disappear from time to time on the MF web site. The user's guide that comes with the guitar is generic and doesn't describe this actual model. I can't find this model on Gibson's web site either. They probably didn't/don't make many. But I think this means that it's an instant collectible! I got mine in late 2015. I first ordered the Honey Burst, which the web page said was in stock and ready to ship, got email confirmation of my order, but then got an email saying that it was back-ordered. It was listed as a 2015 model (with the 2016s already out), so not sure why the web site let me order a guitar that they didn't have in stock and couldn't get. I called Musician's Friend, confirmed that they didn't actually have any of the Honey Burst on order, and was able to switch the order to the Wine Red model (got the last one they had). After all that, though, I am really glad I got this guitar. It is gorgeous! It was perfectly set up out of the box. It sounds great! There are a bit more bells and whistles than I really needed (coil-splitting), but one tone knob switch produces a 10dB boost, which I think might actually be useful for solos. And of course the boost circuit requires a 9 v. battery. But at least there are no G-Force tuners -- the chrome Grover locking tuners are very nice and they seem to be very solid -- have experienced long-term problems with plastic tuning knobs on cheaper guitars, so really feel better with the metal tuning knobs. Downsides: This guitar is a "Traditional" model, which means "no weight relief". It's heavy! Around 9 pounds. But I'm getting used to it, and it does sustain like crazy. The price is great for a real Gibson LP, so get one while it's available!

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                (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Great guitar, great customer service

                By Garrett

                from Cincinnati, Oh

                About Me Experienced

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Fun To Play
                • Good Pick Up
                • Solid Electronics

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Jamming

                  Comments about Gibson Les Paul Traditional Pro 3T Electric Guitar:

                  This is the nicest guitar I have ever owned! Beautiful Honey Burst and plays like a dream!

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                  (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Can't think of a player's Paul I like more

                  By Toshik

                  from San Francisco, CA

                  About Me Experienced

                  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 Pro 3T Electric Guitar:

                    As a player, I love the array of features that this guitar offers. I don't think I've played though a bridge pickup with such individual string sound clarity while maintaining a mean growl as the 57A3R. It's a heavy enough pickup to sound right at home through your heavy amps- IIC+, 5150-3, and rectos. The coil splitting feature is a great add-on, although if you're expecting you LP to sound like a Strat, no go. Playing the 50s neck on my '12 traditional back to back with the 60s neck on this guitar, strangely enough preference really depends on which you pick up first, but I'm sure that he 60s neck is faster. I haven't noticed any sustain differences between the two. As a traditional guitar, it weighs 9 lb 5 oz, which is superb for tone, but pretty difficult to play for an extended time standing up. The satin finish on the neck, back and sides feels great and I prefer it to the lacquer as far as playability goes. The Plek'd neck feels smooth and predictable, with no fret buzz out of the box, having adjusted to a moist seaside climate. The only thing I have not made mine so far is the boost. As opposed to my EMG 81 equipped guitars, the boost, at its default +10db level, does introduce some noise, so gating is essential when you play softly, or pause for a moment.

                    Gibson delivered a fantastic player's guitar that I think truly captures the essence of the Les Paul.

                    Comment on this reviewHelp Icon

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