Take one look at the Gibson Zoot Suit Les Paul Electric Guitar and it’s clear that it is one of the most distinct and bold guitars ever made by Gibson! Named for the flashy hipster suits of the jazz age, Gibson USA designed this head turning axe by combining traditional Les Paul ingredients with stunning looks from died hardwood. The Les Paul Zoot Suit's extraordinary rainbow-striped appearance is created by dying several layers of thin yet solid birch in brightly contrasting colors before laminating them together to create the hardwood base from which the entire guitar is crafted.
The carving of the body top, the back's ribcage contour, and the headstock's top veneer naturally reveals further layers of color. The birch lends a firm, bright tone, which partners perfectly with the classic pairing of a P-90 single-coil pickup in the neck position and a higher-output 498T humbucker in the bridge. Put it all together and the Zoot Suit Les Paul is a bold piece of Gibson art, which will help you stand out on any stage, both visually and sonically.
Gibson Zoot Suit Les Paul Electric Guitar Features
- Multi-layer rainbow body
- Multi-layer rainbow neck with '60s SlimTaper profile
- Richlite fingerboard
- Versatile P-90 / 498T humbucking pickups in the neck and bridge positions
- Chrome Tune-o-Matic bridge and tailpiece
- Grover kidney button tuners with 14:1 ratio
The Zoot Suit's body follows the traditional Les Paul shape, with carved arched top, but is thinner overall and is made from several layers of individually color-died birch hardwood, with an added carved ribcage contour for improved playing comfort. The glued-in neck is also made from several layers of color-died birch, carved to the popular '60s SlimTaper profile, and oriented at a 90-degree rotation from the body woods, to reveal the dramatic stripes at the edges of each layer. This composition also creates an extremely strong, stable neck.
A rugged, dark Richlite fingerboard carries 22 medium-jumbo frets and is built to traditional Gibson specs, including a 24.75 inch scale length, a 1 11/16 inch width across the PLEK-cut Corian nut, and a 12-inch fingerboard radius for smooth, easy bending. Gibson designed this unique axe to be extremely comfortable to play!
The Les Paul Zoot Suit is powered up by the versatile pairing of a P-90 pickup in the neck position and a hotter 498T humbucker in the bridge. Gibson makes its P-90s today just as it did when they were introduced in the 1940s, with two genuine Alnico bar magnets and around 10,000 turns of 42 AWG wire for chiming highs, punchy mids, and vintage-styled bite. The 498T humbucker is made with an Alnico V bar magnet and over-wound coils for even more scream and sizzle in the lead position.
A Tune-o-matic bridge and stopbar tailpiece lock it all down for resonance and sustain, while quality Grover kidney button tuners give you time-tested efficiency in the tuning department, and knurled chrome dome knobs provide a bright contrast to the guitar's colorful appearance.