To commemorate the one-year anniversary of the Nashville flood of May 2010, Gibson USA presents the Anniversary Flood Les Paul Studio, a special-issue model that represents the enduring ability of the human spirit to salvage the music from the raging waters.
The flood devastated not only the city in general but the music community in particular, and Gibson lies right at the heart of that community. Countless guitars, both vintage and new, were subsumed by waters that seemed would never stop rising, and for many of their players it was hard to see how this community would ever recover. But however hard the times, and even in our darkest hours, the music lives on. Dressed in the minimalist Studio style, these guitars nevertheless offer a stunning new look in two commemorative high-gloss nitrocellulose finishes.
Gibson Anniversary Flood Les Paul Studio Features
- Commemorates the one year anniversary of the May 2010 flood
- Classic tonewood combination of a mahogany body with solid carved maple top
- Glued-in mahogany neck cut in the quarter-sawn grain orientation for superior strength and optimum resonance
- Tune-o-matic bridge and stud-mounted stopbar tailpiece
- Grover tuners help to keep it all pitch perfect
- 490R in the neck position and a 498T in the bridge
- Limited Special edition run being produced in each finish
At its core, the Anniversary Flood Les Paul Studio remains pure Les Paul. Just like the most revered Les Paul Standards of all time, this Les Paul Studio starts with the classic tonewood combination of a mahogany body with solid carved maple top. Together, these woods offer outstanding tonal depth and richness from the mahogany, with superb clarity and snap
from the maple. In the Anniversary Flood Les Paul, the strategic placement of several tone chambers enhances resonance while also reducing the guitar’s overall weight considerably, without sacrificing an ounce of punch or sustain. And even in this more affordable instrument from Gibson USA, the glued-in solid-mahogany neck is cut in the quarter-sawn
grain orientation for superior strength and optimum resonance transfer between neck and body.
To further maximize all that vibrational energy, Gibson includes its legendary Tune-o-matic bridge and stud-mounted stopbar tailpiece, arguably the most legendary hardware partnership in the history of the electric guitar. At the headstock end, a set of great Grover tuners, long considered an upgrade on several Les Paul models, help to keep it all pitch perfect.
Plugged in and amped up, the Anniversary Flood Les Paul Studio screams, purrs and moans like the best Les Pauls, too. Its tonal heart lies between a pair of Gibson USA’s most popular humbucking pickups, a 490R in the neck position and a 498T in the bridge. Both are made in the image of Gibson’s hallowed PAF humbucker: the 490R has vintage-wound coils and an Alnico II magnet for smooth, creamy vocal tones; the 498T is wound a little hotter, with a punchy Alnico V magnet, for screaming lead tones and gut-thumping crunch. Route them through the traditional Les Paul complement of an independent volume and tone control for each pickup and a three-way toggle switch, and you’ve got one of the most versatile tone machines on the planet.
Story Behind the Finish
When the Gibson factory flooded, 55-gallon drums of lacquer spilled. After the waters receded, these swirl patterns were on the floor. Gibson felt they were cool and now they're a permanent part of the floor of the finish booth.
Pull your own slice of tonal resurrection from the raging waters, and check out the Anniversary Flood Les Paul Studio today at your authorized Gibson Dealer. Each guitar includes a Gibson hardshell case and owner’s manual, and is covered by Gibson’s Limited Lifetime Warranty and 24/7/365 Customer Service.
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