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

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A gigging musician's Trad Pro II with '60s slim-tapered neck, coil-split humbuckers, boost circuit and an exclusive finish.

Looking for a great Les Paul in a finish you won't find anywhere else? Here it is in "Iced Tea."

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.

FEATURES
  • Exclusive to Musician's Friend finish
  • A user-adjustable 10-dB boost for added power and frequency range for solos, single-note picking and dirty chording (depending on amp settings)
  • True bypass: disengaging boost completely removes active circuit, ensuring pure passive Les Paul tone
  • New œSuper ™57 bridge pickup debuts in the Trad Pro; wider frequency response, increased output
  • Easy-to-use push/push pots engage coil-splits and boost circuit
  • œStraight Split coil-splitting offers pure single coil tone
  • Locking Grover tuners, satin-finished back and sides
  • Includes case

Own an exclusive Les Paul that combines vintage and and modern styles. Order today.

SPECIFICATIONS
  • 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
 
4.3

(based on 15 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (10)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 2 Stars

     

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85%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Solid electronics (9)
  • Good tone (8)
  • Fun to play (7)
  • Good feel (7)
  • Good pick up (6)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Jamming (10)
  • Practicing (9)
  • Recording (9)
  • Rock concerts (6)
  • Small venues (5)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (11), Professional musician (4)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Gibson Hits a Home Run!!

Gibson Les Paul Traditional Pro II 60's Iced Tea Review

• Build Quality –Flawless 10/10
• Frets/Fingerboard/Setup 10/10 PerfectRead complete review

Gibson Les Paul Traditional Pro II 60's Iced Tea Review

• Build Quality –Flawless 10/10
• Frets/Fingerboard/Setup 10/10 Perfect
• Playability- 10/10 Perfect
• Paint/Finish- 10/10 Flawless
• Pickups-57 Classic neck/57 Plus Bridge- 10/10
• Electronics-10/10—Love the Coil Splits!

Gibson Hit a Home Run!!
I've Played quite a few Les Pauls over the last 25 years(I own 2 Studio's)
This Particular Les Paul sounds and Plays better than any other I have played;
*Low Action
*NO Fret Buzz
* Tone to Die for
* Finish is Flawless
* Pickups are best I've heard-57 Classic Neck/57 Plus Bridge
* Coil Splitting is a good Surprise-even love the single coil sounds!!

I am in Tone Heaven!!

Thanks to:
Jesus
My Wife
Musician's Friend( Dimitri for great Deal)

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Not bad after new strings and a set up

The guitar is solid.. The set up is ok.. This is the first brand new guitar I've bought in a long time and right out of the box I had to replace two...Read complete review

The guitar is solid.. The set up is ok.. This is the first brand new guitar I've bought in a long time and right out of the box I had to replace two strings. Though all guitars I've seen from the factory need to be properly set up.. I've never had to install strings on a guitar out of the box. Overall good playability and qualities up to gibson's standards, but their quality control could be a little better.

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(21 of 22 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Best Les Paul

By Bronzeback

from Central PA

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Pros

  • Fantastic Tone Options
  • Great fit and finish
  • No Modding Needed
  • Ready Out Of Box

Cons

  • Can Not Afford Two
  • No Modding Needed

Best Uses

  • Improving Your Skills
  • Improving Your Tone
  • Recording
  • Rock Concerts

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

I'm a middle aged man with 30+years experience and this is my first product review ever. After reading the first review I had to give my opinion.
First of all the plek setup was incredibly playable out of the box. I just had to personalize it by taking a little relief out of the neck and lowering the action some. The '57 neck pickup is jazz smooth clean or with some dirt as classic rock as anything I have ever heard. The new super '57 bridge is articulate and clear but has enough power that I no longer need my distortion pedal on all but the most hardcore metal running through my Marshall tube amp. The boost circuit is adjustable for output and does away with the need for another pedal. Best of all, when it's turned off, it's completely out of the tone signal for true tone. The coil splitting(unlike other L.Ps) is actually setup to be a true to life splitting like we modders have been doing for years. Now remember,with true single coil sound you could also have some noise from flourescent lights etc.(I had no problem)and slightly less output than a humbucker and that's why manufacturers leak some humbucking into the split coil wiring. But this is a truly professional guitar and the more experienced guitarist will know this and appreciate the tone. IMO The locking tuners are great and should be standard on any Gibson that isn't trying to look historic. My "plain top"even has beautiful flame that is sometimes subtle and sometimes showy depending on the light. I was a little undecided on the iced tea finish because I had an '08 standard in that finish and it was a little meh...but this is just lively enough for me. This 60's neck is the closest I have found to my favorite all-time neck on the '61 SG reissue and it may now even be my favorite.
I just have to say that I have owned probably dozens of gibsons and over a dozen L.Ps alone and this was the best out of box experience I had and the only one I have no modding plans for other than strap locks....very very pleased.

(19 of 36 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

Returned

By Dr. Moreau

from NYC

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Pros

  • Good Tone
  • Solid Electronics

Cons

  • Poor Quality Craftsmanship

Best Uses

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

    3rd string was 1st by gauge but there was a check put into playablilty box on inspection list.
    1st string was too close to the edge and the sixth was too far in = neck or bridge misalignment.
    Couldn't set the action low - its as though the neck curvature and bridge curvature are not taken into mutual account - inner strings would be progressively higher towards the neck vertical mddle v.s. following the curve (radius) of the neck.

    (11 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    OUTSTANDING!!!!

    By Hotrod

    from wyandotte, Michigan

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Anything I Need
      • Jamming
      • Practicing
      • Small Venues

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

      Set up was fantastic, playable as soon as I took it out of the box. The 60's neck is just out of sight for useability and comfort. The Ice tea finish is exactly what I was looking for. The pickups give me a variety of sound from blues to hard rock without the use of a pedal on my marshall amp. Overall a tremendous guitar. I get lots of comments from other guitar players on the look and the sound. I love it!!!!

      (8 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Electronic problems right out of box

      By Bob

      from Middletown, NJ

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      Pros

      • Great Looks And Tone

      Cons

      • Poor Quality Craftsmanship

      Best Uses

      • Jamming
      • Recording

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

      Great tone and looks however had to bring it to repair shop. Volume pot didn't work. No volume out of first and second position. Repair man said it happens all the time with these Les Pauls. Gibson covered the repair costs and now it plays great.

      (8 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Gibson Hits a Home Run!!

      By Michael Razor

      from Nashville/Palm Springs/New Orleans

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

      • Build Qualityperfect
      • Flawless Setup
      • Perfect Playability
      • Perfect Tone
      • Tone To Die For

      Cons

        Best Uses

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

          Gibson Les Paul Traditional Pro II 60's Iced Tea Review

          • Build Quality –Flawless 10/10
          • Frets/Fingerboard/Setup 10/10 Perfect
          • Playability- 10/10 Perfect
          • Paint/Finish- 10/10 Flawless
          • Pickups-57 Classic neck/57 Plus Bridge- 10/10
          • Electronics-10/10—Love the Coil Splits!

          Gibson Hit a Home Run!!
          I've Played quite a few Les Pauls over the last 25 years(I own 2 Studio's)
          This Particular Les Paul sounds and Plays better than any other I have played;
          *Low Action
          *NO Fret Buzz
          * Tone to Die for
          * Finish is Flawless
          * Pickups are best I've heard-57 Classic Neck/57 Plus Bridge
          * Coil Splitting is a good Surprise-even love the single coil sounds!!

          I am in Tone Heaven!!

          Thanks to:
          Jesus
          My Wife
          Musician's Friend( Dimitri for great Deal)

          (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Can't get any better than this!

          By 8iron

          from LaPrairie, QC, Canada

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          Pros

          • Amazing Sustain
          • Beautiful finish
          • Fun To Play
          • Good Feel
          • Good Pick Up
          • Good Tone
          • Great Pickups
          • Multi-switching Options
          • Ready To Play
          • Solid Electronics
          • Sustain
          • Unbelievable Sustain

          Cons

          • Are You Kidding

          Best Uses

          • Jamming
          • Practicing
          • Recording
          • Rock Concerts

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

          Love at first sight! Absolute beauty. Great deep finish on top, flame figured maple, Ice Tea stain is striking, classic red back. Out of the box tuned, intonation set and ready to rip!
          Jammed with my Bud swapping back and forth with his LP Sandy. Comparing the play-ability of the two, my Trad was heavier, neck profile slightly different(smaller), edges of frets steeper, touch a bit higher. In the sound dept. they could have been twins...until you split the coils(fast and easy push action) on my Trad. Whole new world of sound options. Found some sounds that could have come from my old '57 Melody Maker or even my '69 Vox!

          Simply the best, most versatile guitar I have ever owned. Love it!

          Have to mention that the black,(made in CANADA) case is a solid, good looking, quality item. Gibson's Custom shop case(unlike Sandy)suffers by comparison.

          (5 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          The epitome of great action

          By Rand

          from Alva, FL

          About Me Experienced

          Pros

          • Good Feel
          • Good Pick Up
          • Good Tone
          • Solid Electronics

          Cons

          • Overweight And Imbalanced

          Best Uses

          • Jamming
          • Practicing
          • Small Venues

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

          The first thing I noticed when I lifted the guitar from it's case was how heavy it was, much like my fellow musicians had warned. I don't play live performances anymore so I felt balancing on my upper leg would be fine. Unfortunately it is so imbalanced that without a strap it flips backward on you. Even with a strap I don't know how anyone could stand with it for any amount of time.
          It has great action , looks and sound, but I still don't know if I can overcome this situation.

          (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Old Pro

          By oldschooldude

          from Port Clinton Ohio

          About Me Professional Musician

          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:

            Well I hate to out this guitar because I'm a competing musician but I have to give it up to Gibson,this guitar is as good or better than any guitar I have ever owned/played and I've been playing for 37 years,a bit different tone structure than my 1971 LP custom,not quite as sweet on the cleans,but way better on the growl,the coil split is also way better than I've ever heard before, when I bought it I was counting on that I would have to put some Duncans in it,but I was amazed !! and I have decided to leave it completely stock,it's a masterpiece.

            (4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Everything I hoped for.

            By The Great Pumkin

            from Key West....Guatemala....Colombia

            About Me Professional Musician

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Build
            • Comfort
            • Fun To Play
            • Good Feel
            • Looks
            • Pickups
            • Playability
            • Solid Electronics
            • Tone

            Cons

              Best Uses

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

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

              As a professional musician for 25 years I have to say this guitar is the most versatile instrument I have had the pleasure to own. The tone options with the burst buckers are amazing. I can go from hard rock to bluesy and snappy in a push of the volume knob. No need to drag my strat out in the middle of a set. Playing it through my 65 twin reverb was equally impressive as a jazz guitar. Nice full tone with that unique sparkle and sound. The grover locking tuners are great and easy to use. The sustain on the guitar is by far the best of guitars in my collection. Playability was great with the thin 60s neck. However I would really prefer at this price to have ebony on the fingerboard. The reason why is the grains on the rosewood gives too much friction. But that's a minor issue. All n all its well worth the buck.

              (4 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

               
              3.0

              Not bad after new strings and a set up

              By Briand

              from Nj

              About Me Professional Musician

              Pros

              • Good Tone
              • Solid Electronics

              Cons

              • Fret Buzz

              Best Uses

              • Jamming
              • Practicing
              • Recording
              • Rock Concerts

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

              The guitar is solid.. The set up is ok.. This is the first brand new guitar I've bought in a long time and right out of the box I had to replace two strings. Though all guitars I've seen from the factory need to be properly set up.. I've never had to install strings on a guitar out of the box. Overall good playability and qualities up to gibson's standards, but their quality control could be a little better.

              (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              The best value in Les Paul's bar none...

              By Musicman971997

              from California

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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:

                I bought the 2011 version - and they haven't changed at all. The price and overall value on this model is without equal. I like my Les Paul's with pickguards and coil taps. I bought one in black, and the finish was flawless. No problems with a single thing with the hardware, the binding, or anything else. It's one of my prized posessions now. I have computer programs that can measure your playing performance, and this guitar will make you a better player- just from the way the fretboard and ergonomics will work for you. I also have a Fender Custom Strat, a Gibson SG Standard, and this Les Paul is my favorite of any of them.. and all I can say is if you don't already own a Gibson Les Paul, you're missing a real treat. This particular model is a bargain. It really is.

                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Les Paul is the Cadillac of guitars

                By mic

                from from Chicago

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                Pros

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

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Jamming
                  • Playing for fun
                  • Practicing
                  • Recording

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

                  Sweet guitar. Sounds great, feels great and Gibson has there own way to vanish there guitar so it even smells great.

                  I love the coil splitting on the humbuckers so if you want to make it sound like single coil pickups you can. Also comes with a boost, great feature for if your just practicing and plugged straight into the front of the amp with no peddles you could boost it up a bit for a lead part.

                  (1 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  love hate relationship

                  By danny rock

                  from cherryville nc

                  About Me Professional Musician

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Built like a tank
                  • Fun To Play
                  • High Quality Instrument
                  • Perfect Sound
                  • Sweet Tone
                  • Unique

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Jamming
                    • Practicing
                    • Recording
                    • Rock Concerts

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

                    love this guitar, hate the price. this thing should be priced so everyone could experience tone heaven. teaburst beautiful. touch pots fantastic. my marshall and this les paul are to be married next week, because they belong togeather. match made in tone, versatility heaven.

                     
                    4.0

                    Ditch the bridge pickup

                    By Ronnie Pete

                    from England

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                    Pros

                      Cons

                      • Flat Sound
                      • Poor Pick Up

                      Best Uses

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

                        Really solid and weighty feel. You know you've done a 2 hour gig! Neck 57 Classic pickup is good and solid. Good tone on single coil with some db boost. However Duper 57 bridge pickup is poor. Thin sounding and I never use single coil as it's to tinny. General quality is good although electrics/pots/wiring look really cheap and hurried, not what I'd expect. Popping out both pups for a SD 59 neck humbucker (four wire to continue nice split coil feature) and a Dimarzio super distortion at the bridge. This is a very versatile solid guitar let down at the last stages of manufacture by using cheap components.

                         
                        1.0

                        Worst Craftsmanship ever on a Gibson

                        By none

                        from Texas

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

                        Guitar had the worst fretboard in the history of fretboards. There were hundreds of tiny holes in the fretboard. The pickups were awful and appeared to have removed and put back in the guitar. Wrapped very poorly.

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