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Gibson Les Paul Traditional 2014 Electric Guitar with Case

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Gibson USA knows that plenty of players still want an iconic Les Paul that rocks with a traditional tone and feel, in the image of the guitars that crafted the classic hits that shaped popular music. The new Les Paul Traditional 2014 Electric Guitar with Case brings you all the legendary ingredients of the finest Les Paul Standards, along with a host of new 120th Anniversary features that help to make this the best value yet in a genuine Gibson Les Paul.

Gibson Les Paul Traditional 2014 Electric Guitar Features:
  • Body: Mahogany / No weight relief
  • Top: AA figured maple
  • Neck: Mahogany, Late 50’s thickness
  • Fingerboard: Bound Rosewood, Trapezoid Inlays with 120th Anniversary inlay
  • Hardware: Chrome Tune-o-Matic, Tone Pros Vintage Style Tuners
  • Electronics: New ‘59 Tribute Humbucker with orange drop capacitors
  • Plastics: Cream, Gold Speed Knobs w/dial pointers
  • Case: Vintage Brown Hardshell
The Purist's Les Paul, Better Than Ever - Great Value in an Iconic Les Paul
From its solid (non-weight-relieved) mahogany body and carved AA figured maple top, to its rounded late-’50s neck profile, to its two ’59 Tribute humbucking pickups (new for 2014), to its cream binding and gold Speed Knobs, the Les Paul Traditional totally nails the tone and feel of the legendary Les Pauls of the late ’50s.

Then add in new larger no-slip strap buttons, a TekToid nut, long-life proprietary coated guitar strings, cryogenic treated fret wire for longer life and corrosion resistance, a full PLEK setup, a 120th Anniversary logo inlay at the 12th fret, and a vintage-brown hardshell case with pink lining to take your Les Paul into the present. It also looks superb in your choice of Honey Burst, Heritage Cherry Sunburst, Tobacco Sunburst, Manhattan Midnight, Wine Red, or Ocean Blue, with an AA figured maple top. Add it up, and the Les Paul Traditional 2014 offers amazing value in a classically-appointed Les Paul.

Body and Neck
The Les Paul Traditional 2014 is crafted in the image of the original Les Paul Standard. It’s made from a solid mahogany back with no weight relief for a solid and sustaining tone, with a carved AA figured maple top; the glued-in mahogany neck features a comfortably rounded late-’50s profile. The bound rosewood fingerboard is topped with a TekToid nut, carries 22 cryogenic-treated frets for long life and corrosion resistance, and incorporates traditional trapezoid inlays with a commemorative 120th Anniversary inlay at the 12th fret.

Pickups and Electronics
The guitar carries a pair of Gibson’s new ’59 Tribute humbucking pickups, designed and constructed in the image of the legendary PAF humbuckers of the late ’50s. They’re wired through the traditional four-knob control section and three-way selector switch, with Orange Drop capacitors on the tone pots.

A chrome Tune-o-matic bridge and stopbar tailpiece anchor it all down for outstanding resonance and sustain, while TonePros vintage tuners maintain a traditional look up top. Enlarged strap buttons (new for 2014) keep your guitar secure throughout the set. Vintage-cream binding, pickguard, and pickup rings, with gold Speed Knobs, provide a further visual link to the Les Paul’s of the ’50s.

Case and coverage
The Les Paul Traditional 2014 comes protected in a vintage-brown Gibson hardshell case with pink lining, includes a truss-rod wrench and owner’s manual, and is backed by a Limited Lifetime Warranty and Gibson’s 24/7/365 Customer Service.

Helpful Info about the Manufacturer
Phone:  800-444-2766 Warranty:  Limited Lifetime
This is a really solid guitar
What is your overall opinion of this product?
I really like this guitar. I have wanted a Les Paul for some time, but I have been afraid because of the weight reduction that they have been doing for a while now.
What is your opinion of the quality of this product? How does it work for different genres of music?
I think the quality is above average, certainly not over the top, but better than most. There were a few things that I think shouldn't have happened at this price point.
Heavy, fast, chunky? How was the neck? Are the controls easy to get to while playing?
The neck is big and fat, just like the originals, I personally prefer this style of neck. The guitar as a whole feels kinda chunky and heavy, but it feels like you are holding something of high quality because it doesn't feel flimsy or cheap.
How is the tone? Bright and snappy? Dark and smooth? Were the pickups hot, mellow, thick or thin?
The tone is 100% Les Paul goodness. It has a really warm neck pickup sound that sustains for days. The bridge pickup is bright with great definition, even at high gain levels.
How did the stain or paint job look?
The Midnight Manhattan that mine is colored is truly beautiful. My only real concern with the color is that it is a little too opaque for the AA flame to show. Also I had very very small scratches on the binding in several spots, at the price these are I would expect that to not be the case.
Did you get what you were expecting for the price? How does it compare to similar products in the same price range?
Well, to be honest there are probably better guitars at this price point, but if you are like me and your guitar has to say "Gibson" on the headstock, I couldn't imagine a better guitar.
How was the action out of the box?
This was were the guitar lost a lot of points for me. Right out of the box I had to adjust almost everything. The neck was really bowed and the action was too high even after straightening the neck. The frets somehow managed to be sharp even with the binding over the ends. The fretboard was so dry. It made a horrible scratching sound when I did vibrato. After doing all the necessary adjustments and conditioning the fretboard, it plays pretty well. The frets are still a slight bother though.
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