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Gibson Les Paul Standard Traditional Pro Electric Guitar

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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 wi...Click To Read More About This Product

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A gigging man's Les Paul with '60s slim-tapered 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, '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 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.

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.

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FEATURES
  • 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: 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
  • Other: Plek setup

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GibsonLes Paul Standard Traditional Pro Electric Guitar
 
4.7

(based on 118 reviews)

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Pros

  • Fun to play (11)
  • Good feel (11)
  • Good pick up (11)
  • Good tone (10)
  • Solid electronics (10)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Jamming (5)
  • Practicing (5)
  • Recording (5)
  • Rock concerts (4)
  • School bands (3)
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Most Liked Positive Review

 

Les Paul Traditional Pro

So I walked into the local music store repeating the mantra that I always do when entering that money vortex! I was there to buy 1 thing... A PEDALBOARD! I was repeating...Read complete review

So I walked into the local music store repeating the mantra that I always do when entering that money vortex! I was there to buy 1 thing... A PEDALBOARD! I was repeating in my head over and over and over "pedalboard, pedalboard, pedalboard". So I walk in and immediately out of the corner of my eye I see the new marshall class 5 amp. (don't worry im getting to the les paul). So my mantra disappeared and i was checking out the amp because I had seen youtube demos of it and i was looking for a small practice/recording amp that had that tube feel to it. So as usual... a staff member comes up and asks me if I want to plug into it and check it out... so I say sure... he asked me what kind of guitar I would like to check it out with.. "what kind of guitar do you play?" he asked... I said... "a Les Paul" (i have a 2001 Les paul Classic gold top) he says "a nice one"? I say "um... yeah, a nice one please"..
He comes back with a desert burst 2011 Les Paul Traditional Pro. He said that they had just got 2 of them in and he had just taken this one out of the box.
The second I held this guitar I was so impressed by everything! The top is brilliant with the dark desert burst... the Locking Grovers are chome plated and look so killer against the laquered finish of the front of the head stock. The neck is slim tapered. And the finish on the back and neck is a satin finish so it feels really nice to play. Also, gibson used the Plek system for the neck and honestly i dont know the difference.
I noticed the volume pots were both push/pull and I was very happy about that! I had all but forgotten about the amp and the pedalboard for that matter. I looked at the price tag and paused for a bit... numbers ran through my mind as I realized that even though i wasn't even in the market for a new Les Paul, I KNEW that I had to have this guitar!! So I left guitar center with a brand new Les Paul Traditional Pro and a new SKB stage 5 pedal board!
As I said before i aslo have a 2001 classic... and i have to admit.. the older guitar has a sweeter more full tone... for obvious age reasons.. but the added amenaties that gibson has installed in the new trad pro are jsut great for the gigging man... no more switching guitars to achieve that single coil sound... this guitar is very versitile! granted it doesn't sound alot like a tele or a strat... but it does do the trick in a live setting.. I record with the old gold top for the tonal reasons... but live... this traditional pro is my number 1. The locking Grovers sealed the deal.
Re-stringing is a snap! and it rarely comes out of tune.
anyway.. this guitar is well priced and comes with the hardshell case!
a true gibson break through in practical applications at a resonable price.. And I'm sure that in 10 years... the tone will be just like the ol' goldtop! Wood Sounds better with age
great versatilitiy
as solid as a les paul should be!
seemed like a fair price for all the options

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Needs setup work

First: out of the box be ready to plop down $40 for a pro setup.Second: you will have a shallow dip in neck due to a radial neck curve below 8th fret, it...Read complete review

First: out of the box be ready to plop down $40 for a pro setup.Second: you will have a shallow dip in neck due to a radial neck curve below 8th fret, it needs relief so expect it, you will not have that straight down the neck level string height like a Jackson USA, it's not gonna happen folks. G string buzz pops his ugly head up from time to time, truss rod will need fine tuning till it settles in a bit over the first 6 months. This is not a fretless wondder if that is what you're thinking don't get it.This is a decent mid-level Gibson, but they seriously need to get quality control in check. I will put down cold cash that yours will NOT come properly setup out of box, being able to get in tune isn't the same thing folks, not knocking Gibson but they simply don't spend the time to do it. Please tell me I'm wrong when you get it since I do wish Gibson would step up, this is too much $$ not to receive more attention.

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(10 of 13 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great

By Bushrat-nJdII

from Tiger country

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Comments about Gibson Les Paul Standard Traditional Pro Electric Guitar:

One of the best overall guitar deals out there.
Has everything I wanted. I can't imagine needing more than this guitar offers.
This is a solid piece of work. It is a bit heavy if you are into acoustics etc....but the heft makes it
feel like a rock solid guitar. It is beautifully put together with the quality you would expect from Gibson. Our group has about 12 total guitars. Rickenbackers, Gibsons, Fenders, Taylors, good stuff, but none is nicer than this one. The other guys switch back and forth. Not me. This does it all. Been wanting a Les Paul since I was a kid with empty pockets. I will never let this thing go.
For this price you can't beat it. It comes with locking tuners also which is the only way to go. Swap a string in less than one minute. Superb guys. Even at this price it is still a pricey investment. But if you want a guitar that you will NEVER get rid of, and have to pick up EVERY time you pass by it, then this is the one. You will love it....nuff said.

(9 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Les Paul Traditional Pro

By mark kalivas

from near boston

Comments about Gibson Les Paul Standard Traditional Pro Electric Guitar:

So I walked into the local music store repeating the mantra that I always do when entering that money vortex! I was there to buy 1 thing... A PEDALBOARD! I was repeating in my head over and over and over "pedalboard, pedalboard, pedalboard". So I walk in and immediately out of the corner of my eye I see the new marshall class 5 amp. (don't worry im getting to the les paul). So my mantra disappeared and i was checking out the amp because I had seen youtube demos of it and i was looking for a small practice/recording amp that had that tube feel to it. So as usual... a staff member comes up and asks me if I want to plug into it and check it out... so I say sure... he asked me what kind of guitar I would like to check it out with.. "what kind of guitar do you play?" he asked... I said... "a Les Paul" (i have a 2001 Les paul Classic gold top) he says "a nice one"? I say "um... yeah, a nice one please"..
He comes back with a desert burst 2011 Les Paul Traditional Pro. He said that they had just got 2 of them in and he had just taken this one out of the box.
The second I held this guitar I was so impressed by everything! The top is brilliant with the dark desert burst... the Locking Grovers are chome plated and look so killer against the laquered finish of the front of the head stock. The neck is slim tapered. And the finish on the back and neck is a satin finish so it feels really nice to play. Also, gibson used the Plek system for the neck and honestly i dont know the difference.
I noticed the volume pots were both push/pull and I was very happy about that! I had all but forgotten about the amp and the pedalboard for that matter. I looked at the price tag and paused for a bit... numbers ran through my mind as I realized that even though i wasn't even in the market for a new Les Paul, I KNEW that I had to have this guitar!! So I left guitar center with a brand new Les Paul Traditional Pro and a new SKB stage 5 pedal board!
As I said before i aslo have a 2001 classic... and i have to admit.. the older guitar has a sweeter more full tone... for obvious age reasons.. but the added amenaties that gibson has installed in the new trad pro are jsut great for the gigging man... no more switching guitars to achieve that single coil sound... this guitar is very versitile! granted it doesn't sound alot like a tele or a strat... but it does do the trick in a live setting.. I record with the old gold top for the tonal reasons... but live... this traditional pro is my number 1. The locking Grovers sealed the deal.
Re-stringing is a snap! and it rarely comes out of tune.
anyway.. this guitar is well priced and comes with the hardshell case!
a true gibson break through in practical applications at a resonable price.. And I'm sure that in 10 years... the tone will be just like the ol' goldtop! Wood Sounds better with age
great versatilitiy
as solid as a les paul should be!
seemed like a fair price for all the options

(8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

awsome guitar...not just because of the price.

By dan elder

from St. Louis

Comments about Gibson Les Paul Standard Traditional Pro Electric Guitar:

I searched for a les paul for a long time. I didn't "settle" for this guitar due to cost. I love the smaller 60's neck and the split coil features. Since I'm a working musician playing covers, I have to rationalize my purchases to be somthing that I need. This guitar is somthing I needed and wanted, so it was a win-win
-The split coils are a great addition. While it doesnt sound like a strat, it does have a uniquie sound and could pass for some strat tone's in a pinch. I play in a dance/rock cover band every weekend and play a strat as my main guitar, but having the TP as a backup is great in case I break a string. I can still get the strat-esque tones using the Gibson.
-The locking tuners rock
-the nut is low and cut just right. After bout 2 months I did find I need to keep the nut lubed w/ some graphite or chapstick every 4 or 5 string changes so the guitar stays in tune.
Solid, I've never had it setup. action is easily adjustable, as is intonation.
The lack of any laquer keeps the costs down. If you play this side-by-side w/ a regular standard you can hear a slight differance in the bottom end. but in a bar at 3am after playing for 3 hours, you'll never notice.

(8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Steve Hart

By Steven Hart

from pennsylvania

Comments about Gibson Les Paul Standard Traditional Pro Electric Guitar:

Received the guitar about 2 weeks ago after reading many reviews (which sometimes get your expectations a little too high). Out of the case it is a beautiful instrument to behold (like all Les Pauls). I've been an acoustic guitar player for 30+ years and decided to treat myself to this electric (which is a whole different animal). After learning about "plekking" I expected the guitar to be "play ready" out of the case. It was originally shipped to Musician's Friend from Nashville 3-4 months earlier before it was shipped to me. After tuning it up I noticed some string buzzing, some significant octave intonation issues and it wouldn't stay in tune for more than 2 minutes. LIke most of you out of tune guitars bother me the most. After calling musiciansfriend and Gibson I learned the guitar required a set up, which was a bit disappointing considering all the build up with Plekking. Took it to a well respected local guy for electric guitars and he set it up while I was there while giving me a thorough primer in guitar set up. Replaced the strings with Elixir Nanoweb Heavy-Lights. The locking tuners are awesome and I can't wait to change the strings again (something I used to put off indefinitely). Finally the guitar stays reasonably in tune and sounds like I expected out of the case. I didn't give it top ratings probably because my initial expectations were a bit high. I'm sure I will enjoy this guitar for many years to come. No buyer's remorse here. Now I have to learn to play electric; my acoustic skills only go so far.

(6 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Les Paul Standard Traditional Pro

By Jay Jernigan

from Cali

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Comments about Gibson Les Paul Standard Traditional Pro Electric Guitar:

Overall a great guitar. Try to buy it on sale if you can. Did I mention this thing is HEAVY. No silly relief on this body for you purests who want the heft of the classic Les Paul.
The tuners are great. The coil taps are great.The guitar plays great. The finish is..........unfinished. Why would Gibson make a guitar that finished properly on the front and half assed on the back? Also, the 60's slim taper neck...is'nt. I have a 62 SG and a 61 125and those have slim tapered necks. As someone who has made a few guitars I'm not sure what the probem is here Gibson. Grab some old guitars, make some templates, and produce an authentic 60's slim tapered neck.Still a nice neck and slimer than the 50's style necks.
Three things here. 1. The finish. This guitar is finished on the front and has a matte finish on the back????????? Why not just do the whole finish right? Fortunately I have a buffer made for polishing guitarsand a couple minutes on the fine wheel makes that back look pretty good. You would have to look pretty hard now to see Gibson's poor quality. A word of caution if you try this is to buff LIGHTLY as I would think it would be easy to burn through. 2.How hard is it to get fake mother of pearl to match? While you cannot really see it from the front, when you look down at my neck while playing you notice the 3rd fret marker is a slightly different color. 3. Just because you can bring a string up to the note in less than one turn of the locking Grovers does not mean that you should. This would mean moving the tuner even the slightest bit could change the string by several notes. ALL of the strings had LESS THAN A SINGLE TURN ON THE POST. The first thing I had to do was put a new set of strings on correctly!!!!!!! That's B.S.
I would still say this is a great value since I got mine on sale. I paid about the same or less than I could have found it used.

(5 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Gibson Les Paul Traditional Pro

By Tommy Skulltower

from NYC

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Comments about Gibson Les Paul Standard Traditional Pro Electric Guitar:

Shibootie was named by my kids. I love this guitar. It completes me.... I want one in the 2012 standard fur glow burst.
Its (2) years now and I give this guitar a (9). When I first got the guitar the first thing I experienced was the beautiful smell of wood as the top was pulled.
As time goes on, I am constantly surprised on the versatility of this instrument.
I really took volume and tone knobs for granted and I will never again let the amp drive the controls.
The tone knob on the pickups do exactly what I never expected, they really make very distinctive changes. This is not my first Les Paul either.
The only thing I can really equate this to is using the controls on the Slash AFD Marshal head EQ controls.
I bought the signature Buckethead to be my number one... That just didn't happen.
As pretty as the sig. BH is, it doesn't have the versatility that my Ebony Trad. has.

BH remains as it in her case awaiting the next time we cut tracks for our next studio sesh.
The guitar is not flawless and I wouldn't have it any other way. Although I have a rash protecter (ya gotta get these things the peel off a paper backing and set on the guitar nice), the back and sides are satin, and I hear people complaining about the sides and backs being unfinished, I don't care how it looks, I need me a guitar with a real guitar players nicks, dings and burns, created by a life of playing, not pre aged in a shop. I just don't get paying some dude to make my guitar look like Stevie's if I need pre aging, I better sound that way.
The guitar out of the box, untouched by anyone except Gibson. It's that whole stupid Gibson no doing strap locks theory.

(5 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Best guitar ive ever played!

By luke apple

from Undisclosed

Comments about Gibson Les Paul Standard Traditional Pro Electric Guitar:

This is the best guitar i have ever owned or played! There are good guitars out there, but this one is perfect for me.
this guitar is very easy to tune and stays in tune very nice. I love the push nobs to get that nice strat sound and use the humbuckers for that classic les paul tone.
The quality on this guitar is fantastic! If you are looking for all the punch of the les paul you will find it in the bridge pickup and if you want that mellow warm tone you will find it in the neck pickup. i play different types of music playing from rock, blues, jazz, and metal and this guitar can do any of these styles perfectly! it is not chambered, which i love, and the sustain goes on forever! This is something that cannot be duplicated! the feel is deffinetly one of a kind.
This guitar is a GIBSON les paul, not an epiphone knockoff. Dont get me wrong, if epiphone is all you can afford there is nothing wrong with that, they can be good guitars. But they do not mount up to this beast! it is pricey but as i said earlier, you are paying for versatility and power and it will be well worth it to save up to buy one! If you want something cheaper that holds a great sustain, look for a schecter c1 classic but unfortunatley those have stopped being made and they do not have as much kick as this power house.

(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

A Flawless Purchase.

By SatisfiedCustomer

from Edmonton, Alberta

Comments about Gibson Les Paul Standard Traditional Pro Electric Guitar:

This review is both for the guitar and the service from the good people at Musicians Friend. Most everything to say about this guitar has been stated in the other reviews, so i wont be redundant, and focus on the group of customers who currently own entry level to mid level guitars. I have owned a few Les Paul copies, and have always been a Les Paul player so the opportunity finally came to snag the "real deal". Well i have not been disappointed so far. An Epiphone Les Paul can certainly sing... but there are very noticeable tonal differences between this guitar and my Epiphone. The quality of construction is fantastic, and the pick-ups are very balanced and not nearly as muddy as the Epi. The playability is great, and its hard to tell from the pictures, but the binding on the neck slightly overlaps each fret, making for an extremely smooth and comfortable grip while playing. Also the satin finish on the back and neck help with any players like myself that suffer from sweaty palms. I was'nt sure just how much i would use the split coils, since i've grown to only like a humbuckers deep sound, but i find myself fine tuning with the split coils very often to help blend into a mix perfectly while recording. An all around terrific instrument, at a "relatively" good price. If you are thinking of upgrading to a professional grade instrument, i highly recommend this guitar. I also have to mention that after a small mix-up in the ordering process, Musicians Friend was an absolute dream to deal with and far exceeded my expectations of service. For any Canadian customers out there wondering about hidden costs, etc. Because this guitar is made in the USA, there is no duty, and only the gst/pst was added to the price. I have no idea how Musicians Friend did it, but my order was delivered in less than a week! I have ordered items that take longer to get to me from my own city. Unbelievable! Thank you Gibson for making a no-nonsense guitar at a reasonable price, and thank you to Musicians Friend for getting it over 2000 miles to my door hassle free, and in the blink of an eye.

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

I LOVE IT

By Threpny Bits

from North Jersey

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Pros

  • Fun To Play
  • Good Feel
  • Good Pick Up
  • Good Tone
  • Solid Electronics
  • Versatile - dream 2 play

Cons

  • A little heavy

Best Uses

  • Good for everything

Comments about Gibson Les Paul Standard Traditional Pro Electric Guitar:

This is my first LP and I have owned this guitar for 6 months. I NEVER get sick of playing this guitar, after playing it for an hour I hang it on my wall and marvel at the fact that human hands made it. I dont understand how the acion is so low and the frets dont buzz - it plays and feels like a dream (i use 11 guage strings). The quality of this instrument is almost paradoxial to me. I Paid [$] on [@]. When splitting the coils, the tone is a little thinner than my liking, but when your playing with a band, you dont notice it as much. I do pride and joy on the split neck pickup. sounds great (but not like a Strat). I plug it into a vox ac30, and the pickups are soo responsive and clear, like a bell. It will give you great Keith Richards tone, to great Metallica tone, very versatile

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

LP Standard Trad Pro is a

By Bob the Strat Player

from Springfield, MA

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Pros

  • Fit and finish
  • Fun To Play
  • Good Feel
  • Good Pick Up
  • Good setup out of the box
  • Good Tone
  • Playability
  • Solid Electronics
  • Stays in tune

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Blues
    • Classic Rock

    Comments about Gibson Les Paul Standard Traditional Pro Electric Guitar:

    I already own two American LP's (1992 Studio Light and 2006 Standard)and had been reading about the Trad Pro. I tried the models with the flat black finish on the back and found that to be a real turn off. It felt cheap and unbeffiting such a fine instrument. This model has the traditional stained and lacquered back and neck...worth the extra $200! Fit and finish are superb. This is my first Plek'd LP and I must say that out of the box it plays superbly...as well as my well worn 6 year old Standard. The tone is really great in dual coil mode...I'll have to see if the single coil is really useable in a live situation...I've had better sounding split coil guitars in the single coil mode. However I do really like the vintage Sunburst and locking tuners. Action and intonation are spot on and I like this guitar already...it won't have to grow on me. I do recommend this guitar!

    (4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    My first real Les Paul

    By GitVox3765

    from Richmond

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    Pros

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

    Cons

    • Fret Buzz
    • Poor Quality Craftsmanship

    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Practicing

    Comments about Gibson Les Paul Standard Traditional Pro Electric Guitar:

    I've owned Les Paul Studios, this is my first real Les Paul, what I consider real. Quality for a 2k guitar should be a lot better. The nut may have been improperly cut because the high E string was too close to the edge of the fretboard and would slip off unless played carefully. I don't play any of my guitars carefully, how can you emote a strong sound without cranking down on the strings? There was fret buz on the high E string at the tenth fret and the volume knobs wobbled. I buy, sell, trade, collect and play guitars. I don't mind tweaking/fixing a 500 to 700 dollar guitar. When I pay [$] for a guitar I really don't want to have to do major tweaks. Figuring out why there is fret buz, completely recutting a nut yadda yadda blah blah. I love Gibson don't get me wrong. I did return this guitar to Musicians Friend and patiently waiting for my next new "real" Les Paul.

    (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Tone Monster With Great Playability

    By zoso175

    from Minneapolis, MN

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

    • Fast neck
    • Fun To Play
    • Good Feel
    • Good Pick Up
    • Good Tone
    • Push Pull Knobs
    • Quality Finish
    • Solid Electronics
    • Stays in tune

    Cons

      Best Uses

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

      Comments about Gibson Les Paul Standard Traditional Pro Electric Guitar:

      Great instrument for virtually any genre. I play primarily blues and rock n' roll but I could easily see it handling anything from country to heavy metal. Mine is in ebony, great finish, looks especially good with the cream binding, cream pick guard, and zebra pickups. This guitar exceeded my tonal expectations by a long shot. Originally I was just a fender strat guy but this instrument is a great compliment to it and gets me in those areas I couldn't reach with just a strat. Coil tapping is icing on the cake. Great buy.

      (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Best Les Paul? I think YES!

      By Corey Maxim

      from Berg, MA

      Comments about Gibson Les Paul Standard Traditional Pro Electric Guitar:

      I feel this is the best Gibson Product I've ever owned, If I were in the market and could only choose one, this would be it! I'm so glad I got this Guitar!!
      Finally an affordable Les Paul with coil taps! The taps provide for a wide array of tonal options that have not been availible on previous Paul's without custom shop work and prices. I find all the tones usable for any style of music. I got the ebony(Black) version and I think it is beautiful, very well complimented by the two color pickups and cream/chrome hardware accents. I'm really enjoying the throaty neck tones and the Burstbucker bridge pickup can cut through any mix! I find I'm using less distortion and still getting plenty of grit but with a more natural balenced tone.
      Attention to detail, color fit and finish are excellent. It is Extreamly Playable and Versital. You'd have to pry it from my hands! A word of caution, this axe makes it very difficult to stop. I keep thinking, "Just one more lick, I have time!"
      For a Les Paul I feel this is an affordable version, this would be my choice of all availible Paul's. For me it's a worthwhile investment for an axe that I will own forever!

      (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Love This Guitar!

      By Dogman360

      from Flagstaff, AZ

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      Pros

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

      Cons

      • Small Strap Knobs
      • Smelly White Fur Case

      Best Uses

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

      Comments about Gibson Les Paul Standard Traditional Pro Electric Guitar:

      This is my first Gibson that I upgraded from an Epiphone. I did not know what to expect when it arrived from MF. I bought the Eboney because it looks like a Steinway grand piano, guitar version. When I opened the case, it was the most beautiful guitar I have ever seen. I went through it with a fine tooth comb. It is built perfectly. I was shocked, my Fender American Strat had many flaws and poor workmanship. I never like the strings on new guitars that they come with so I changed them to my liking and the intonation, lowered the bridge a tad with zero fret buzz and wow. The tone is incredable, love the pickups. Now I understand why everyone plays a Gibson on stage.
      The only drawback is the case smells pretty bad, like chemicals of some sort which I am sure will go away in time and the last thing is the strap knobs are small and you will have to get bigger knobs or strap locks. I like Dunlops personally. I have a 3 inch strap which will make this heavy guitar feel okay on your shoulder. Do not gripe at the weight because that is why the tone and sustain are so great.
      Remember, if you like a thin neck like a Strat has, this is the guitar for you otherwise get another one with the 50's neck.
      I have not been able to put this guitar down since I got it. It's like driving a VW then a BMW. So long Epiphone! It is worth the price big time and I got it on sale for 300 dollars cheaper through MF

      (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      A Classic

      By Chas-VD2Vn

      from Kalamazoo (The Land Of Gibson)

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      Comments about Gibson Les Paul Standard Traditional Pro Electric Guitar:

      These reviews are quite subjective by their very nature, and always try one before you buy, but this is probably the best Les Paul I have purchased in terms of straight value. I am not a fan of the usual thick Gibson finishes on necks, quite sticky, but the satin on this is very playable. Pick up combination is excellent with the BB 3 and 57 classic. Splitting them gives a good tone variation. I like both on with the neck split and the bridge full. I have the classic burst version. Craftsmanship very good. I've been playing 35 years and gig in small bars couple times a month. Weight is not an issue for an hour set. The plek cut on frets and nut is excellent. I don't do high gain triple recutum-fryer metal but use a Fender Blues deluxe with a Swamp Thang and an extension cab with a Classic 30, Tonebone Plexi stomp box and it's quite sufficient. All in all a great guitar. Very well rounded, plus it looks pretty sweet as well. Great job Gibson.

      (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Replacement Les Paul Standard Traditional Pro

      By woody chalk

      from Hattiesburg, MS

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      Comments about Gibson Les Paul Standard Traditional Pro Electric Guitar:

      Musiciansfriend made it easy to return a new guitar which had a bad flaw with the number one E string. It was extremely close to the edge of the fret board. The very minute I got off of the phone with the customer service person, I had a shipping label sent to my email. They made it quick and easy to return the flawed guitar and was just as quick with getting me a replacement, and I must say the Ebony Les Paul Stantard Traditional Pro really is amazing. Great sounds and everything about the feel of it is so compfortable.
      Love the Coil Taps, and the locking tuners. No more multiple wraps with the strings on the tuning pegs.
      Everything that I had hoped for so that it would last me a life time of playing. Very well built.
      Great guitar for the price. You can't beat it.

      (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Great Gigging LP

      By Michman

      from Michigan

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      Comments about Gibson Les Paul Standard Traditional Pro Electric Guitar:

      Great LP for gigging musicians. I added a Bigsby tailpiece to mine, now, I've got the whole deal. I can play Hendrix and Stevie Ray, as well as all the humbucker leads. Great all purpose guitar.
      Everything you need....locking tuners, coil splitting, American manufacture, slim neck.
      Pretty affordable American LP. Excellent quality.
      This is relative. For a US produced LP or comparable guitar, this is an outstanding value. This is like a sleeper car that has a great engine and transmission, but doesn't have a lot of spoilers and visuals. The money went in for things that count.

      (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      I love it!

      By radarlover

      from New Mexico

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      Comments about Gibson Les Paul Standard Traditional Pro Electric Guitar:

      I knocked it a point just because of my own personal taste regarding the burstbucker 3. The guitar had a killer low action and no buzz right out of the box. Plays like butter, outstanding feel, just makes me smile when I play it.
      I bought mine last summer and have enjoyed it every second. I liked the features, loved the fact that it was solid with no chambering. The coil tapping was icing on the cake but I own a strat so it was not as important as the solid body. Mine weighs in at 10 lbs. 13 oz so its a heavy beast. Smells just like candy so that is what I named her...CANDY. I am amused at all the negative guys who find something to beat on the Les Paul about. I am sure some legit issues with quality control exist but I feel like most of it is just sour grapes. Guys too cheap to buy a Gibson and spew some venom about how horrible the guitar is.
      I do find the burstbucker 3 a little shrill for my taste and after 6 months am putting a 57 classic plus in the bridge position. I like my Les Paul and dont feel at all that I was DESPERATE to tell people I own a Gibson. I play for me, not for praise or for status. If you have been jonesing for a quality Les Paul then this is your horse. Get on this and ride off into the sunset.......
      No flaws at all and it has some nice grain pattern to the mahogany and the maple.
      Its close to Custom quality at half the price, quality is a 10!

      (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Best LP ever. IMHO the most versatile guitar you could get.

      By Bodhi

      from Raleigh, NC

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      Comments about Gibson Les Paul Standard Traditional Pro Electric Guitar:

      Think the Les Paul is a one-trick pony? Think again with this one. The tonal palette is incredible with these pickups. Playable right up of the box and simply gorgeous (I opted for the cherry burst over the gold top because I wanted to see the grainand I get both winde red and hints of gold in the beautiful nitro finish). I've been able to get everything from twang to blues to metal. This has been without a doubt the best addition to my guitar selection (I wont prattle on about my personal quiver). You have to see it and play it to believe it.
      The pickups are versatile enough to dial up any tone. Right out of the box this is a very playable guitar. The neck is smooth and fast. Heavier than my Stat for sure, but lighter than an unchambered LP.
      I have no issues.
      For a real American made LP, this is a great value.

      (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      guitar

      By steven skaja

      from VA

      Comments about Gibson Les Paul Standard Traditional Pro Electric Guitar:

      Amazing guitar, It feels more like my dads 80's Custom Than the new age Standard he bought. They are all different and have sounds replicated by none.
      Love the pickups, was looking for a sound contradictory to the 80's Custom and New age Standard that already were in the house. Loved the weight of it, it is a heavy guitar, so you really feel like you are holding a high priced instrument in your hand.

      The only thing i dont like is the Knobs, they were cracked and i do not like top hats anyways. So i took 2 DIME grip speed knobs off my razorback and put them onto the volume spots for quick effects. It looks great.
      Wonderfully made and finished, slight tool mark on the outside which also exists on the normal Standard my dad bought a few months before. I like it though.

      Again the knobs cracked, but they will send new ones if you have the issue as well.
      Great, was going to save up and get a custom but realisticly would have pissed the money away, so i went with the Traditional.

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