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Gibson Les Paul Traditional Pro III EX Electric Guitar

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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...Click To Read More About This Product

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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.

  • 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 shape: '60s Slim Taper standard
  • Neck wood: Mahogany
  • Joint: Set-in
  • Scale length: 24.75"
  • Truss rod: Standard
  • Neck finish: Satin
  • Material: Bound rosewood
  • Radius: 12"
  • Fret size: Medium jumbo
  • Number of frets: 22
  • Inlays: Trapezoid
  • Nut width: 1.69" (43mm)
  • 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 10dB 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)
  • Control layout: Volume 1, volume 2, tone 1, tone 2
  • Pickup switch: 3-way
  • Coil tap or split: Coil split
  • Kill switch: No
  • Bridge type: Fixed
  • Bridge design: Tune-o-matic
  • Tailpiece: Stopbar
  • Tuning machines: Locking Grovers
  • Color: Chrome
  • Number of strings: 6-string
  • Special features: Pickups, Tektoid nut
  • Case: Hardshell case
  • Accessories: None
  • Country of origin: United States

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Beautiful guitar!

By Geronimo Andrews

from Mid-Maryland

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


  • Heavy

Best Uses

  • Practicing
  • Recording
  • Rock Concerts

Comments about Gibson Les Paul Traditional Pro III EX Electric Guitar:

I got this guitar at a nice discount since it is a 2015 model and the 2016s were already out. 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. Since it was a 2015, I was pretty sure they weren't going to get any more of them. 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 (each of the 4 knobs has a push-push switch -- the two volume knob switches are coil-splitting, one tone knob controls which way the coils are split -- I think -- and the other 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 -- it's got chrome Grover "locking" tuners -- still haven't figured out exactly how they work, but 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. The headstock logo is the normal "Les Paul Model" logo (which I preferred) rather than the 2015 "Les Paul 100" logo.
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 user's guide that comes with the guitar is way too generic and doesn't describe this actual model. I can't find this model on Gibson's web site either. They probably didn't make many. But I think this means that it's an instant collectible!

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