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Gibson Les Paul Traditional Pro II '60s Neck Electric Guitar   

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A gigging musician's tool box with '60s slim-tapered neck, coil-split humbuckers and a boost circuit.

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

With all the fat, sweet, snarling Les Paul tone that purists love, the new Gibson Les Paul Standard Traditional Pro II 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. Each Les Paul Traditional also comes with Gibson USA's standard black snakeskin case. Includes case.

Period-Correct Pickguard
The creme-colored pickguard has been a Les Paul staple dating back to the models of the late 1950s and the early 1960s. Many players, however, removed the pickguard from their Les Pauls to show off the beauty of the flame maple tops, prompting Gibson to stop installing the pickguard altogether. During the 1980s and 1990s, Gibson began reinstalling the pickguard in the factory, and the Les Pauls from this era once again arrived in stores bearing the classic, creme-colored pickguard. The Les Paul Traditional comes equipped with a period-correct pickguard, designed to protect the maple top.

Pickups: Neck - '57 Classic; Bridge - Super '57
Among the qualities that make Gibson's original "Patent Applied For" humbucking pickups so unique are the subtle variations between coil windings. For the first few years of their productions”1955 to 1961”Gibson's PAF humbuckers were wound using imprecise machines, resulting in pickups with slightly different output and tone. The '57 Classic and Super '57 pickups are the result of Gibson's drive to capture and recreate this characteristic. Introduced in 1992, the '57 Classic at the neck provides warm, full tone with a balanced response, packing that classic Gibson PAF humbucker crunch, inspired by those original PAFs that received a few extra turns of wire. The Super '57 bridge pickup debuts in the Trad Pro with a wider frequency response and increased output.

Both are made by Gibson to the exact same specs as the original PAFs, including Alnico II magnets, nickel-plated pole pieces, nickel slugs, maple spacers, and vintage-style, 2-conductor braided wiring. Gibson added poly-coated wiring, which improves consistency by eliminating thick or thin spots on the wiring, and wax potting, which removes all internal air space and any chance of microphonic feedback.

Both pickups offer coil splitting for single-coil sounds and a boost circuit via push/push switching in the volume controls. œStraight Split coil-splitting offers pure single coil tone and differs from LP Standards and Studios that have a œSuper Tap coil-tap, which still has a small amount of humbucking. The boost circuit has a user-adjustable 10-dB boost for added power and frequency range for solos, single-note picking and dirty chording (depending on amp settings) and features true bypass that disengages the boost completely, ensuring pure passive Les Paul tone.

Revolutionary Plek Set Up
The Les Paul Traditional 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 machine that carefully measures each fret, along with the fingerboard height under each string, and then automatically dresses each fret, 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.

Antique Binding
To see the process of putting the binding on the Les Paul Traditional is to really appreciate the effort and attention that Gibson puts into each instrument. A lone craftsman will carefully glue and fit 2 pieces of binding around the entire body of a Les Paul. He then winds a single, very long piece of narrow cloth around the entire body until the entire surface is nearly covered. The body is then hung to dry for a full 24 hours before it is unwrapped and moved into the next phase of production. It has been done the same way for over 100 years. Some question the value of adding binding, but Gibson believes it is a fundamental part of our rich guitar-making history. The binding adds elegance to the Les Paul Standard, and helps protect the edges of the body. The neck binding is installed over the fret ends, which eliminates sharp fret edges and provides for a smooth neck and easier playability.

Check the drop-down menu to the right to select colors and/or other options.

FEATURES
  • A user-adjustable 10-dB boost
  • True bypass ensures pure passive Les Paul tone
  • New œSuper ™57 bridge pickup with wider frequency response
  • Easy-to-use push/push pots engage coil-splits and boost circuit
  • œStraight Split coil-splitting offers pure single coil tone
  • Includes hardshell case

Get all the best Les Paul features in one great guitar. Order today.

SPECIFICATIONS

Les Paul Traditional Pro II '60s Neck Electric Guitar

  • Body: Mahogany
    Top: Carved maple
    Back: Mahogany
    Neck: Set mahogany
    Neck Profile: '60s
    Headstock: Angled
    Scale length: 24-3/4"
    Fingerboard: Bound Rosewood
    No. of frets: 22
    Nut width: 1.69"
    Inlays: Trapezoid
    Binding: Antique
    Bridge: Tune-O-Matic with stopbar tailpiece
    Tuners: Locking Grover
    Hardware: Chrome
    Bridge pickup: Super 57 humbucker with push/push coil-splitting
    Neck Pickup: '57 Classic with push/push coil-splitting
    Electronics: 2 volume with push/push coil-splitting, 2 tone (1 with push/push to activate boost), 3-way toggle pickup selector
    Knobs: Vintage Gibson top hats
    Pickguard: Period-correct
    Case: Hardshell
    Other: Plek setup
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GibsonLes Paul Traditional Pro II '60s Neck Electric Guitar
 
4.8

(based on 26 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (23)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (0)

96%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good feel (24)
  • Good tone (22)
  • Fun to play (21)
  • Good pick up (19)
  • Solid electronics (13)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Practicing (21)
  • Jamming (20)
  • Recording (14)
  • Small venues (13)
  • Rock concerts (8)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (18), Novice (5), Professional musician (3)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

A Great Guitar

Just like the Les Paul Traditional but with modern appointments.

Mine came as a flame top...a pleasant surprise. It's a peek-a-boo flame, very subtle, so it's not over...Read complete review

Just like the Les Paul Traditional but with modern appointments.

Mine came as a flame top...a pleasant surprise. It's a peek-a-boo flame, very subtle, so it's not over the top.

The satin 60's profile neck is exactly what I was after. I like this much more than the 50's profile because I have small hands.

First, this guitar is heavy...like around 10 lbs heavy even with the modern weight relief. However, with a good strap you don't notice and it gives the guitar that "Les Paul" growl we're all after. I would recommend strap locks!

The pickups are really nice, articulate and clean up wonderfully when using the volume knob. I play blues, classic rock and hard rock and they can cover all genres. I've been playing with the push/push knobs, coil splits and 10 db boost and I'm yet to find a tone I don't like. The pot sweep is smooth and there are no dead spots (i.e. have to go up 3 or 4 numbers for the tone/volume to change) like with cheap pots.

Overall, this guitar is awesome! My only complaint is where the binding meets the frets on the high e-string. There is a little ridge there. So when I fret the high e-string and I'm too close to that ridge it will ping. I had to adjust my playing a little to compensate but it's made my playing a little cleaner.

I only had to make minor adjustments in the action and intonation when I first played it. I can't put it down or stop staring at it. Pure rock 'n roll!

Highly recommend!!!!!

VS

Most Liked Negative Review

 

Risky Purchase

The guitar would not stay in tune through a complete song. Returned it, but had to pay for shipping and insurance. Something to consider when ordering from Musician's Freind.

The guitar would not stay in tune through a complete song. Returned it, but had to pay for shipping and insurance. Something to consider when ordering from Musician's Freind.

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(12 of 16 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great playing guitar!! BUT...........

By NortonMD

from Nebraska

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Pros

  • Good Feel

Cons

  • Not As Advertised

Best Uses

  • Works Great For Anything

Comments about Gibson Les Paul Traditional Pro II '60s Neck Electric Guitar:

Ok , first off. This guitar sounds and plays killer! Great setup out of the box , but Im surprised at their string gauge choice ( .09 - .46 ). My BIG issue with this guitar is that , all of the pictured show plain top guitars. The guitar I received is without a doubt a flame maple top. This is not what I expected or wanted. I called Gibson as well as MF and they both confirmed that the 2013 Trad Pro II's all have flamed maple tops , but this isnt stated anywhere in the description. If you like FM tops , then this will be a nice surprise , but if youre like me and want a guitar similar to what is pictured , know that you are going to receive a guitar with a flame top.

(7 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

A Great Guitar

By rapaul76

from Thunder Bay, Canada

About Me Novice

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

      Comments about Gibson Les Paul Traditional Pro II '60s Neck Electric Guitar:

      Just like the Les Paul Traditional but with modern appointments.

      Mine came as a flame top...a pleasant surprise. It's a peek-a-boo flame, very subtle, so it's not over the top.

      The satin 60's profile neck is exactly what I was after. I like this much more than the 50's profile because I have small hands.

      First, this guitar is heavy...like around 10 lbs heavy even with the modern weight relief. However, with a good strap you don't notice and it gives the guitar that "Les Paul" growl we're all after. I would recommend strap locks!

      The pickups are really nice, articulate and clean up wonderfully when using the volume knob. I play blues, classic rock and hard rock and they can cover all genres. I've been playing with the push/push knobs, coil splits and 10 db boost and I'm yet to find a tone I don't like. The pot sweep is smooth and there are no dead spots (i.e. have to go up 3 or 4 numbers for the tone/volume to change) like with cheap pots.

      Overall, this guitar is awesome! My only complaint is where the binding meets the frets on the high e-string. There is a little ridge there. So when I fret the high e-string and I'm too close to that ridge it will ping. I had to adjust my playing a little to compensate but it's made my playing a little cleaner.

      I only had to make minor adjustments in the action and intonation when I first played it. I can't put it down or stop staring at it. Pure rock 'n roll!

      Highly recommend!!!!!

      (7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Awesome and solidly built

      By guitarbob

      from Pocomoke, MD

      About Me Novice

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      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Fun To Play
      • Good Feel
      • Good Pick Up
      • Good Tone
      • Solid Electronics
      • Solidly Built
      • very versatile

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Jamming
        • Practicing
        • Small Venues

        Comments about Gibson Les Paul Traditional Pro II '60s Neck Electric Guitar:

        The guitar played great right out of the box. It has the feel of the old les pauls. I recently went to a local music store and tried out over 20 different LPs. This model felt and sounded better and had all the features I wanted. The coil splits are great for getting some tone/sound variations. I really like the locking tuners. Some of the more expensive LPs have the "plastic looking" knobs which look and feel cheap to me. The finish is very nice even though its probably not as eye pleasing as the quilted models. I don't have long fingers so the 60's neck is great for me. One of the tone pots is a little noisy, but I'm hoping that will improve with use.

        (6 of 22 customers found this review helpful)

         
        2.0

        Risky Purchase

        By Musician

        from WA

        About Me Professional Musician

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

          Cons

          • Weighed Over 10 Lbs
          • Would Not Stay In Tune

          Best Uses

            Comments about Gibson Les Paul Traditional Pro II '60s Neck Electric Guitar:

            The guitar would not stay in tune through a complete song. Returned it, but had to pay for shipping and insurance. Something to consider when ordering from Musician's Freind.

            (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Lifetime Strat Guy Bought First Les Paul

            By sillyerik

            from Southern 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
              • Rock Concerts
              • School Bands
              • Small Venues

              Comments about Gibson Les Paul Traditional Pro II '60s Neck Electric Guitar:

              Oh man, what can I tell you? I can't put this guitar down! The tone of this non-chambered monster is amazing. The coil tapping is fantastic. Definitely not a gimmick, like the other German-made guitar I bought last year. I have been finding all of these great combinations of sound using either one pickup on single coil, or both. And I love the preamp tone button that also is "push-push". I barely need to touch my amp anymore. I have a meas boogie. It sounds so great through it. I played it through a fender supersonic at guitar center. Wow! That souded great too. There is no buyers remorse here at all kids.

              (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

               
              4.0

              Joy to express on

              By FA

              from New Milford, NJ

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              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Good Feel
              • Good Pick Up
              • Good Tone

              Cons

              • Fret Buzz

              Best Uses

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

              Comments about Gibson Les Paul Traditional Pro II '60s Neck Electric Guitar:

              Beautifully crafted (90% satisfaction on craftsmanship) against the often heard complaints of the Gibson's quality control. 10% minus because one screw on the back pot hole cover portudes and does not go in fully like the others. Compared to my first Gibson Les Paul Studio that I got before the Plek machine days this has better playability all over the scale. It has excellent tone and intonation with an excellent neck enticing you to continue playing. G string has fret buzz, however. Specs did not say if this guitar is weight relieved. It is certainly heavy. Has anyone confirmed about the weight? I have Merlot that looks brilliant in the AA flame. I am lucky as I would evaluate it as almost AAA level. The back, sides and back of neck are satin finish, which looks very nice, and contrary to what I expected there is still reasonable shine in the satin finish.

              Bought the guitar by researching online and never saw it physically before. While I am satisfied it is preferable to always inspect guitars yourself.

              Good experience with Musicians Friend again. Had got the 50s neck but found it too thick. MB had it replaced with the 60s neck without much issue.

              (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              my new les paul

              By elvis

              from rockford,ill

              About Me Professional Musician

              Comments about Gibson Les Paul Traditional Pro II '60s Neck Electric Guitar:

              this is the 1st les paul i have evr owned, i should have got 1 a long time ago, its changed my playing and techniques, i would def suggest it to friend, i just didnt realize the merlots background, ive got one of the best in the west's new series, so not only am i a fender player, but im a gibson player too now

              (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Love This Guitar!

              By brooksdog

              from Pa

              About Me Experienced

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

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

              Cons

              • None

              Best Uses

              • Jamming
              • Practicing
              • Recording
              • Rock Concerts

              Comments about Gibson Les Paul Traditional Pro II '60s Neck Electric Guitar:

              The tonal options of this guitar are limitless. The push coil taps are effortless to use. The boost is great when you need to bring your lead out over the mix. The action is the lowest I have ever experienced on a guitar and I have ownedand played most of the major high end brands. I purchased the Merlot and the finish is beautiful. I get a lot of compliments on both the looks and sound of the guitar.

              (3 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

               
              4.0

              Great exterior but the guts are not.

              By JGab

              from Prince Albert, Saskatchewan. Canada

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              See all my reviews

              Pros

              • Fun To Play
              • Good Feel
              • Good Tone

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Jamming
                • Practicing
                • Recording
                • Small Venues

                Comments about Gibson Les Paul Traditional Pro II '60s Neck Electric Guitar:

                I love the finish and feel. Nice and heavy like a Les Paul should be. The natural tone is great on this guitar. You can really hear the tone even without plugging it in. I like that it is not a flame top as well.
                My only complaint are the electronics. When I first plugged it in, I was suprised at the muddiness and lack of note definition. Even the tone didn't sound right. I played this guitar for a while trying to find the sound I was looking for and I couldn't.
                I was never keen on the coil split or boost even before I bought it, but I wanted this guitar based on looks and traditional feel. These are not available in Canada, so I had to order it from the US without playing one. It was risky but worth it.
                Like I said, I didn't like the sound at all, so I pulled out the stock electronics except the pickups. Put in new 500K cts pots, new jack, new switch, put in some Sprague Bumblebee PIO caps (.015 neck/.022 bridge) and new back plate. I also had to wire the 4 lead pups to a two lead.

                What an improvement! This guitar sounds like a les paul should now. I get that woody Les Paul tone, better clairity and no muddy notes on the low strings at all.
                I loved this guitar from the moment I played it, but hated the stock electronics, so I am glad I made these changes. It sounds amazing now.

                I only gave it 4 stars because of how the stock electronics robbed this beautiful guitar of the sound it is capable of.

                (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Gibson Les Paul Traditional Pro ii

                By Rockhard33

                from San Antonio Texas

                About Me Experienced

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Fun To Play
                • Good Feel
                • Good Pick Up
                • Good Tone
                • Great quality
                • Solid Electronics
                • Versatility Of Pickups
                • Very nice finish

                Cons

                • None

                Best Uses

                • It Does It All
                • Jamming
                • Practicing
                • Recording
                • Rock Concerts
                • School Bands
                • Small Venues

                Comments about Gibson Les Paul Traditional Pro II '60s Neck Electric Guitar:

                I've had USA strats, high end Japan ibanez, and gibson studio and this guitar triumphs over all of them with little effort, you can get true single coil or humbuckers with the push of a button, and boost with active 9volt power. It's the sweet strat tones, smooth warm or crunchy humbucking sound, and sharp precise metal sound all in one bad@ss les paul!!! The plek'd frets are amazing, satin neck is smooth as it gets. Do yourself a favor and buy this thing! It's a fine instrument by gibson, they have exceeded themselves again!

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