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Gibson Les Paul Traditional Pro with' 50s Neck Electric Guitar (Pelham Blue)  

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    A gigging musician's Les Paul with '50s neck and coil-split humbuckers.

    Taking design and visual cues from the Les Pauls of the '80s and '90s, the Les Paul Traditional Pro features BurstBucker 3 and '57 Classic pickups with push/pull coil splits, '50s 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 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. The more traditional '50s neck profile is the thicker, rounder profile, emulating the neck shapes of the iconic 1958 and 1959 Les Paul Standards. Each Les Paul Traditional also comes with Gibson USA's standard black snakeskin 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 - BurstBucker 3
    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 BurstBucker 3 and '57 Classic Plus pickups are the result of Gibson's drive to capture and recreate this characteristic. Introduced in 1992, the '57 Classic 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. 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 via push/pull switching in the volume controls.

    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

    • Body: Mahogany
    • Top: Carved maple
    • Back: Mahogany
    • Neck: Set mahogany
    • Neck Profile: '50s
    • 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: potted BurstBucker 3 humbucker with push/pull coil splitting
    • Neck Pickup: '57 Classic with push/pull coil splitting
    • Electronics: 2 volume with push/pull coil-splitting, 2 tone, 3-way toggle pickup selector
    • Knobs: Vintage Gibson top hats
    • Pickguard: Period-correct
    • Case: Hardshell

    Own a Les Paul that has features of vintage and and modern styles.

     
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    GibsonLes Paul Traditional Pro with' 50s Neck Electric Guitar (Pelham Blue)
     
    5.0

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    Pros

    • Fun to play (5)
    • Good feel (5)
    • Good tone (5)
    • Solid electronics (5)
    • Good pick up (4)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Jamming (4)
      • Practicing (4)
      • Recording (4)
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      5.0

      LP Trad Pro in Pelham Blue

      By Chuck

      from NJ

      About Me Experienced

      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 with' 50s Neck Electric Guitar (Pelham Blue):

        Superb right out of the box! A great weight and well balanced. The pickups excel for rock and blues and the split coils are a blast! Fit and finish were excellent.... I particularly like the satin neck. I steal at any price!

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        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        I really like the guitar.It sings.

        By B-MAN

        from VIRGINIA

        About Me Professional Musician

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Fun To Play
        • Good Feel
        • Good Pick Up
        • Good Tone
        • Solid Electronics
        • The Coil Tap Is Great

        Cons

          Best Uses

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

          Comments about Gibson Les Paul Traditional Pro with' 50s Neck Electric Guitar (Pelham Blue):

          Very good range of tonal possibilities,especially for a Les Paul.Good weight and I love the neck.I am satisfied beyond my exspectations.Thanks.

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          5.0

          Beautiful Guitar (sound and sight)

          By JSTJEAN

          from Delaware, USA

          About Me Professional Musician

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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 with' 50s Neck Electric Guitar (Pelham Blue):

            I love the push/pull volume knobs to switch between single coil and humbucker pickups. The sounds are amazing. The Pelham Blue is a very soft and beautiful color on the Les Paul and the 50s neck feels solid and plays easily. This guitar is definitely one of my favorites for sound and flexibility in playing many genres of music.

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            5.0

            Wow! What a great purchase

            By North Florida

            from North Florida

            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 with' 50s Neck Electric Guitar (Pelham Blue):

              This Les Paul brings back the 50's feel and look. Gibson really went all out when releasing this model. What an investment! I love it, it's easy to play and everything is in the right place.

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              (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Excellent Les Paul For The Money!!!!

              By Laredo

              from Upstate, NY

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              Pros

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

              Cons

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Gibson Les Paul Traditional Pro with' 50s Neck Electric Guitar (Pelham Blue):

                  Sweet Les Paul for the money......50s neck is not overly "chunky", but rather thin and fast! I prefer this to the too thin feel of some 60s neck Les Paul guitars. I was surprised at how nice this guitar looks. The weight was in the medium range, not a hollowbody, but not a 14 pound Les Paul Custom either! The first thing that I noticed was the nice set-up out of the box and the great sound without even plugging the guitar in. It only got better when plugged into an Amp! The sustain and sound were over the top! I've had more than 30 Les Pauls and this one is one of the best. Modern features like coil splitting are nice too! Get one of these before they are gone! I actually got a second one I liked it so much! Now I have to sell one of my other guitars!

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                  (4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  great gigger

                  Comments about Gibson Les Paul Traditional Pro with' 50s Neck Electric Guitar (Pelham Blue):

                  Great US made Les for the money. Excellent features. Get one B4 the price goes up.
                  Great combination of features. Thin, fast neck. Coil tapping is a plus. This way I don't have to bring a Les Paul and a Strat to gigs. I have other Lesters, but this is a great gigger. I installed a Bigsby vibrator to make this the perfect gigging Les.
                  No fret buzz, no issues, just what you should expect from a US made guitar.
                  I find Gibsons to be pricey, but this is a pretty good deal on a US Les.

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                  (7 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Perfect combination of vintage and modern features on this killer Les Paul!

                  By DrStantz

                  from Sparta, TN

                  Comments about Gibson Les Paul Traditional Pro with' 50s Neck Electric Guitar (Pelham Blue):

                  The Gibson Les Paul Traditional Pro w/ 50's style neck is one of those guitars you have to play to believe, there's no doubt from the pictures and specs that it's a great guitar but once you lay your hands and eyes on one you will never be disapointed (you may be disapointed in your other guitars though)

                  The pickups are great, the electronics and fun and open up tonal possibilites, and the quality of the build and fretwork make this guitar one you'll cherish forever and ever.

                  If the larger neck sounds uncomfortable give the Traditional Pro with the standard 60s style neck a shot. You won't regret it!
                  From first glance it may seem like your standard Les Paul, but under the hood lies 2 push/pull coil taps that allow the 57 classic and Burstbucker III to split and get a nice single coil sound, while it doesn't sound just like a T or S style guitar it definitely sounds great and give you that much more control over your sound.

                  The 50s style neck is instantly comfortable, it's not in anyway laughably huge but a really nice profile that works well for anyone who enjoys a beefy guitar neck.

                  This guitar features locking Grover tuners that hold tune great, 18:1 is a must on Gibsons and this guitar doesn't suffer from the "Gibson G" where the G string is always going out of tune.

                  For those like me who love to tinker and take a look under the hood this guitar features indiviual pots and wired up more like the old fashioned les pauls, some modern standards and such have circuit board mounted pots, but this Traditional pro is very, well, traditional.
                  The finish on these guitars are fantastic! Mine has no flaws and the wood is beautiful. Every time I open the case I get giddy seeing that beautiful honey burst glow as light hits it.

                  The back and neck is a nice satin, that is super smooth and a joy to play. Doesn't get sticky like some other finishes, its just right.

                  The fret work is impeccable, this guitar plays like a dream right out of the box! I did lower the pickup height but the frets and setup is superb, I have a hard time not playing this guitar even when I'm just relaxing with friends I've got it in my lap just strumming. Which reminds me, this guitar is very very resonant and loud acoustically, You can easily just jam away without being plugged up because well, it's very loud and sounds great unplugged!

                  And lastly the sustain, with a slightly driven amp this guitar will just sustain...and sustain......and sustain. It's funny but it's just like in This is Spinal Tap when he's explaining the Les Paul's sustain!
                  This isn't a budget guitar by any stretch of the imagination, and while many Gibsons cost double, or triple this guitar you are really getting a phenomenal instrument for the money. The quality woods, the construction, the spruced up hardware and pickups, the great sounding coil taps, and one of the best necks I've ever laid my hands on makes this guitar well worth the money.

                  It takes a lot for me to say, "Yeah I'll spend this much on a guitar" but as soon as I played one of these the only thing I could think of was "I have to own this" and I'm so glad I did. So often when I make big gear purchases I have the tinge of buyers remorse but this guitar wiped all that away (thankfully)

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                  (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Gibson Les Paul Traditional Pro Honeyburst with fifties neck

                  By Mauro Nicoletti

                  from Fort Lauderdale FL

                  Comments about Gibson Les Paul Traditional Pro with' 50s Neck Electric Guitar (Pelham Blue):

                  If you are looking for a Les Paul this is my pick for a great guitar with nice features at a more than reasonable price. A classic American made guitar with better features than most others- what more could you want.
                  Bought this to satisfy a hole in my life since I sold my Gibson Les Paul Custom back in the eighties(needed money). When I found the honeyburst with the fifties neck I could not hold back. I Had my doubts about buying sight unseen without playing it first, but could not locate one locally so I took a chance- I have absolutely no regrets.
                  Finish and fit are great. Setup out of the box was good for me-I like it a little high. Pups are perfect for my tastes. Coil splitting adds another dimension although the volume is reduced compared to full humbucking mode. Neck is chunky but not a baseball bat. Satin Lacquer on neck and back is nice, and neck is not sticky like gloss. My back is one piece which I was surprised to find. But it is a HEAVY guitar (which I have no problem with). Locking Grovers make string changes fast and hold nicely. Even though these are plain tops my maple is nicely grained-I was surprised.
                  Watched this go up in price before I pulled the trigger-don't make the same mistake. Free shipping and no sales tax was the deal maker for me. Don't think that a foreign made knock off will make you happy-there is no comparison between this guitar and the others.

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                  (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Gibson Les Paul Traditional Pro 50's Neck

                  Comments about Gibson Les Paul Traditional Pro with' 50s Neck Electric Guitar (Pelham Blue):

                  Beautiful top, satin neck feels great with the 50's neck profile, solid feel. A players dream! I'm going to enjoy this guitar for a long, long time!!
                  Very nice grained plain maple top, coil splitting, locking Grovers, nice case!
                  Had a couple scratches near the bridge volume knob. Musicians Friend worked with me on the price and I had to keep it!
                  Fantastic value in a Gibson Les Paul!

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