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A unique limited-run with vibrato and deep cutaway.
This Limited Run Les Paul incorporates two elements that have long been part of Gibson's design traditions: The Florentine cutaway and the Bigsby vibrato tailpiece.
Practical, Innovative, and True to Tradition
The new 2009 Limited Run Series Les Paul Florentine with Bigsby Tailpiece uses Gibson's iconic Les Paul Standard as its base design, the Limited Run Series model combines the Les Paul's legendary characteristics with avant-garde features to keep it one step ahead of everything else. This new Les Paul Florentine with Bigsby Tailpiece guitar from Gibson USA combines the classic appointments of the Les Paul with a few of Gibson's most functional and practical attributes. First and foremost, the standard Les Paul cutaway gives way to the wider and deeper Florentine Cutaway. First used in 1902 on Gibson's O-style guitars, and normally found on such legendary models as the Byrdland, the ES-175 and the ES-295, the Florentine Cutaway design makes it easier for players to reach higher notes. The elegant, sharply pointed form also adds another dimension to the already classic look of the Les Paul.
The Bigsby Vibrato Tailpiece
The second—and most prominent—feature of the new 2009 Limited Run Series Les Paul Florentine is the addition of the legendary chrome Bigsby vibrato tailpiece. Essentially the same design as when it was introduced in the mid-1940s, the Bigsby vibrato tailpiece model B7 allows players the ability to bend the pitch of notes or entire chords for vintage-style vibrato. It has been a fixture on many legendary Gibson guitars, and was named after its late inventor, Paul A. Bigsby, who sold his Bigsby Guitar company to legendary former Gibson President Ted McCarty in 1966. This classic piece of guitar hardware performs flawlessly thanks to several added enhancements such as a white graphite nut for smooth string action, a set of locking Grover tuners to help keep the strings in tune, and a Schaller roller bridge to help the strings go back to the original tuning after using the Bigsby vibrato.
Gibson's BurstBucker Pro Pickups
Gibson's drive to recapture the magic of the original "Patent Applied For" humbucker pickups of the 1950s culminated with the introduction of the BurstBucker line in the early 1990s. Those BurstBuckers—Types 1, 2, and 3—successfully captured the subtle variations of true, classic humbucker tone with historically unmatched bobbin windings and Alnico II magnets. In 2002, Gibson followed up this innovative accomplishment with yet another breakthrough in pickup design, the BurstBucker Pro, designed specifically for the new Les Paul Standards. The BurstBucker Pro has an Alnico V magnet (instead of the Alnico II), which offers slightly higher output and allows preamps to be driven a little harder to achieve a more natural break-up. Like all BurstBuckers, the BurstBucker Pro has asymmetrical coils—true to the original PAFs—which supply a more open sound. The BurstBucker Pro Neck has slightly fewer windings than the original PAFs, while the BurstBucker Pro Bridge is slightly overwound for increased output. The BurstBucker Pro pickups are also wax potted to allow loud volume pressures with minimal feedback.
The Rest is Traditional Les Paul
Of course, the rest of the Les Paul Florentine with Bigsby Tailpiece is a traditional Les Paul. The classic body consists of a solid mahogany back topped by a AA-grade maple top with single-ply antique creme binding. The Les Paul Florentine also sports one of Gibson most traditional finishes, Vintage Sunburst. The neck is the standard Les Paul mahogany neck with Gibson's new asymmetrical profile and rosewood fingerboard. One other unique appointment to the guitar are a set of Dunlop locking strap pins. Like all the guitars from this special series, only 350 of these unique Les Pauls will be produced and distributed. Each comes with a black Gibson hardshell case and special Limited Run Series certificate of authenticity.
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I got this guitar for my 50th birthday, the sound is awesome and the action is incredible. This is my first Les Paul, if you have issues with keeping it in tune due to the Bigsby then maybe a little pencil lead on the nut really helps. Yeah Bigsby are a pain in the butt to string, but that's how it goes. Sound wise this a classic rocker or if you are really talented any genre. What a beautiful guitar.
I'm 48 years old and have been dreaming of owning(affording)a Les Paul since I began playing at the age of 15. I've played friends Les Pauls and have been impressed with the playability and of course the sound. Because Fenders are affordable I've become a Fender man and own quite a few of them, and have never been disappointed. I finally buy a Les Paul and find that it just doesn't stay in tune. The tone was great, but what good is that if it isn't in tune. I resorted to pulling on each string to be sure they were stretched out although I played it enough that they should have been, and broke the high E string. No Lie, it took me 30 minutes to put another one on due to the bigsby. I wanted smash the guitar but packaged it back up and promply returned it. I could send 50 dollars on a guitar that doesn't stay in tune instead of 2500.00 dollars. I am greatly disappointed in gibson, but will continue to look for one in stores so I can play and inspect before purchasing.
I purchased this guitar the first week they were released by Gibson and have been thrilled to play it every week since. The combination of the Bigsby with the roller bridge lets it stay in tune even when your working the bar. It sounds great plugged into my H & K 20 watt tube amp for basement workouts and is amazing(and loud) when I jack it into the Fender Blues Deluxe. Lead work with the Bigsby and some nice reverb really give you that Neil Young shimmer.Great build quality, unusual feature set make this a Les Paul to consider, especially for Classic rock and blues players.
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