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

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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 c...Read More

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OVERVIEW

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. “Straight Split” coil-splitting offers pure single coil tone and differs from LP Standards and Studios that have a “Super 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.

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

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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 24 reviews)

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96%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good feel (22)
  • Good tone (20)
  • Fun to play (19)
  • Good pick up (18)
  • Solid electronics (13)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Jamming (19)
    • Practicing (19)
    • Recording (13)
    • Small venues (12)
    • Rock concerts (8)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Experienced (16), Novice (5), Professional musician (3)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    my new les paul

    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...Read complete review

    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

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    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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    5.0

    Above and Beyond!

    By RFL1701

    from Warwick, RI

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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
      • Small Venues

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

      Got mine today and it was Love at first chord. I liked the fact that I could pick the exact one I wanted. Vintage Sunburst weighing in at 9.85 lbs. Gave it the visual once over and found no defects. Changed the strings, prefer Ernie Ball. then put on some Dunlop strap locks and it was good to go! I've heard people complain about the satin finish neck and all I can say is play it for a few hours and it will feel like an old friend. The coil splits sound great. Really thins out the sound when need be. The 10db boost is a non factor. All it does is raise the volume. All in all this is a Les Paul through and through. A great value and a great guitar!

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      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      SOLID GUITAR

      By Fumbles

      from Planet Earth

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      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Everything Guitar

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

        I will keep it simple. This LP can hold its own with any other LP at higher prices. If you are scared of the satin finish on the back don't be. Once it breaks in some it is as smooth as silk. Like butta. Your guitar will breath better than gloss as well. The boost is clean doesn't mess with your tone at all. Don't like it take the battery out and use the pot as a kill switch. The push/push pots are fine I may change them to push/pull but they are still quality. They are fine overall just different. Well worth the $$$.AWESOME GUITAR..

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        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Great sounding guitar

        By Gigs

        from Montreal, Canada

        About Me Experienced

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Jamming
          • Practicing
          • Small Venues

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

          This is one of the best guitars I've ever played or owned

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          5.0

          Incredible Guitar!!

          By Roadking03

          from Tennessee

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          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 II '60s Neck Electric Guitar:

            The look of this Vintage Sunburst is stunning, it plays remarkable, it takes some getting use to how easy it plays, I find myself trying to over play, all in all, one of the most playable guitars I've had the pleasure of owning!!!

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            5.0

            Great Guitar

            By Wizkid67

            from Peoria, AZ

            About Me Novice

            Pros

            • Fun To Play
            • Good Feel
            • Good Tone

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Jamming
              • Practicing

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

              Extremely happy with this guitar. It was my first purchase through MF

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              (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Great sound and Feel.

              By Zoilo

              from Minneola, Florida

              About Me Novice

              Pros

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

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Jamming
                • Practicing

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

                I just got my Les Paul in the mail.I replaced the factory strings with my favorites and then just got lost in playing this guitar. I liked the locking tuners, the coil splits and the booster. The neck has a great profile and a comfortable action. It sounds great through a Marshall Amplifier. I have mixed feelings about the satin black paint on the back. I wish I had this guitar years ago.

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                (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                this is a fine instrument

                By Joey

                from New Orleans,La

                About Me Experienced

                Pros

                • Fun To Play
                • Good Feel
                • Good Pick Up
                • Good Tone
                • Has Good Coil Splits

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Good For Live Gigs
                  • Good For Practice
                  • Jamming
                  • Practicing
                  • Recording

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

                  this is a great guitar for for practicing
                  good for live gigs great coil splitting.

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                  (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.

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                    (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    4.0

                    Joy to express on

                    By FA

                    from New Milford, NJ

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                    Ask me a question

                    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.

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                    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    great guitar

                    By 54

                    from bethesda, md

                    About Me Experienced

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

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

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Jamming
                      • Practicing
                      • Recording

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

                      great setup, great sound

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