A “Classic” is worthy of outstanding praise over time, a highly recognized work in its field. It’s a most fitting name for this very reputable series of Gibson guitars. So, what exactly are the traits that put the “Classic” in the new Gibson 2019 Gibson Les Paul Classic?
With this USA Series electric guitar, you’re getting an instrument that is inspired by Gibsons past, but also one that is outfitted with a wonderful blend of modern touches that cater to today’s guitarists. This guitar isn’t a part-for-part recreation, but rather a modified remix brought to life by Gibson’s expert engineers and builders. The hand-wired, point-to-point inner workings of the electronics, the volume and tone push/pull knobs, and the implementation of the pickups – 100% pure Gibson tradition. The fresh looks, feel, and appointments, those are carefully-designed tweaks that are sure to turn some heads. Let’s take a look, shall we?
Gibson 2019 Les Paul Classic Electric Guitar Features
- From the newest line of Les Paul electrics, painstakingly crafted and built to exacting specifications
- Acrylic Trapezoid Inlay on a Rosewood Fingerboard
- Grover Locking Rotomatic tuners with kidney buttons
- ABR-1 Tune-O-Matic bridge and Aluminum stopbar tailpiece provides stability
- Slim Taper neck profile and 9-hole ‘traditional’ weight relief body provides comfort
- Fitted with Gibson Humbuckers – Burstbucker 61R Rhythm neck pickup and Burstbucker 61T Lead bridge pickup (Zebras)
- Electronics – 2 Push/Pull Volumes (Coil-Tap), 2 Push/Pull Tones (Pure Bypass/Phase) and Toggle Switch
- Eye-catching finishes – Ebony, Gold Top, Honey Burst, Heritage Cherry Sunburst
Gibson luthiers start by incorporating a mahogany back and neck to pair with a hand-selected maple top. Both the Slim Taper neck and the subtle 9-hole weight relief body (the most minimal weight relief option that Gibson implements) make it easy to move up and down the guitar – the 2019 Les Paul Classic feels both solid and comfortable in your hands, and you’ll feel at ease playing for hours and hours. With this instrument, you’ll also enjoy a combination of refined Gibson appointments, including the distinct golden ‘top-hat’ knobs with silver reflectors, Grover Locking Rotomatic tuners with kidney buttons, and the tasteful cream-colored binding. The hardware has been chosen to ensure a reliable performance each and every time you pull it out to play – the ABR-1 Tune-O-Matic bridge and aluminum stopbar tailpiece anchor the instrument, and the nickel plating looks sharp!
The Gibson 2019 Les Paul Classic with is fitted with two distinct, hard-working humbuckers - the Burstbucker 61R neck pickup and Burstbucker 61T bridge pickup. These Burstbucker family members, often referenced as ‘1961 Humbuckers’, are all about offset coil construction. It means that one of the two humbucker coils contains more windings than the other. This draws the sound oh-so-slightly toward the realm of the single-coil pickup, a bit more presence and drive. These Burstbucker ‘61s also incorporate the highly-adaptable Alnico 5 magnets into their design, which themselves are naturally higher output and a bit more touch-sensitive than the more commonplace Alnico 2s.
You’ll also hear the term ‘Zebra’ pop up when referring to these pickups – this is a visual shout-out to the one black pickup/one cream pickup configuration without a pickup cover, much like the trademark stripes of a zebra. The four ‘Push-Pull’ knobs (two volume, two tone) allow you to switch up the combinations between the neck and bridge pickups and you’ll be treated to a vast collection of tasty humbucking tones! The Gibson 2019 Les Paul Classic possesses a tonal character that incorporates the tasteful presence of vintage goodness with a bit more modern energy and brightness – exactly the kind of sound palette you want from a modern, versatile electric guitar powerhouse.
Today, in true Gibson fashion, the 2019 Les Paul Classic boasts a variety of beautiful color finishes that carry on that remarkable legacy, plus the silky-smooth shine of their gloss nitrocellulose lacquer to bring it all together. All of this results in a striking Gibson Les Paul electric guitar that represents class, professional performance, and unlimited musical possibilities!
The Gibson 2019 Les Paul Classic Electric Guitar includes a hardshell case.