Legendary Tone Meets 21st-Century Innovation
Don't think for a second that if you've seen one Les Paul, you've seen them all. You'll do yourself a great disservice by missing out on one of 2014's most exciting guitars: The Gibson 2014 Les Paul Classic. A versatile workhorse guitar that's fit for any occasion, this Les Paul is a player's dream, offering classic looks, rich tone, collectible value -- and new-for-2014 features.
The Gibson 2014 Les Paul Classic has hardware and features you might expect in a $4,000 guitar -- but costs half that. Don't miss out on this opportunity to own 120 years of guitar-building excellence!
Learn more about the Gibson 2014 Les Paul Classic:
Mahogany Body and Neck with Figured Maple Top
Constructed in the image of the original Les Paul Standard, the Gibson 2014 Les Paul Classic features a solid mahogany body with traditional weight relief for the ultimate in rich tone and comfort. You'll be sure to turn heads with the Les Paul Classic's gorgeous carved figured-maple top -- highly prized for its looks, density and tone.
The glued-in mahogany neck gives you endless sustain, allowing the entire guitar to sing with maximum wood volume, while the '60s neck profile is perfect for moving across the frets quickly in leads, bends, and complex chords.
Rosewood Fretboard, GraphTech Nut and Custom Inlay
The bound rosewood fretboard pairs beautifully with the maple top's tone, offering warm, complex overtones that enhance the tonal beauty of this incredible guitar. At the top of the fretboard, you'll find a GraphTech nut. A third-party alternative to a standard plastic nut, this upgraded nut provides sturdy string positioning and all the tonal benefits of ivory in a synthetic material that is more sustainable, consistent and reliable.
22 cryogenically treated frets allow you to bend, squeal, sweat, and abuse your frets without fearing premature degradation and corrosion. Gibson luthiers undercut these frets and placed them over the neck binding, allowing you to fly across the fretboard without coming into contact with the fret edges. The fretboard is finished off with traditional trapezoid inlays and a commemorative "120th Anniversary" 12th fret inlay, making this Les Paul an instant collector's item -- at a gigging musician's price.
Pickups: '57 Classic Humbucker + Coil-Tappable Super '57
There is just something about the '57 Classic humbucking pickup and the Les Paul -- their tonal flavors just work together in harmony. So, how does Gibson expand the sonic palette of the Les Paul without abandoning the recipe that makes it great? With the Super '57! The Gibson 2014 Les Paul Classic features a standard '57 Classic humbucker in the neck position, and updates the bridge slot with a Super '57.
The Super '57 is a four-conductor version of the '57 Classic, with a hotter output. The Super '57 also gives you the option of splitting the humbucker into a single-coil pickup via its push-pull volume control. The pairing of the '57 Classic and souped-up Super '57 puts a world of tone at your fingertips, and adds to the versatility and workhorse mentality of this art-piece-quality instrument.
+15 dB Gain Toggle Switch and Orange Drop Tone Capacitor
You may have asked yourself where the Les Paul Classic's second tone control is. Always thinking ahead of the curve, Gibson has incorporated a +15 dB toggle switch that gives you an instant gain boost, further expanding your tonal options. Looking for a tone somewhere between clean and full-on distortion? Simply toggle your +15 dB boost to overdrive your preamp tubes for a harmonically rich, crunchy tone that retains all the fullness of your amp's clean channel, with just the right amount of dirt.
As any experienced player knows, a single-coil pickup typically has a much lower output than a humbucker. Here's where the +15 dB gain switch really comes in handy: if you split your bridge humbucker and engage the gain boost, you'll be wielding incredible single-coil tone that doesn't suffer from a drop in gain. This is essential for players who want to keep saturation, gain, and effects mixes consistent, all while wildly altering their tone on the fly.
Gibson has also incorporated one of the most sought-after aftermarket mods of all time: the Orange Drop capacitor. The Orange Drop cap allows you to roll off the high frequencies smoothly while keeping a consistent rolloff characteristic across the tone knob's range. As an example, the reduction in high-frequency content from 10 to 8 is the same amount of reduction you'll hear from 4 to 2. We won't bore you with the math, but trust us -- it's what you want in a tone pot.
Tune-o-Matic Bridge, Kluson Deluxe and Larger Strap Buttons
The Gibson 2014 Les Paul Classic comes with a standard chrome Tune-o-Matic bridge and stopbar tailpiece, maximizing sustain and ensuring string position integrity. Kluson tuners offer classic style with maximum tuning stability, and enlarged strap buttons keep your strap in position, no matter how wildly you play your Les Paul. Rounded off with vintage creme binding, pickguard and pickup rings, this guitar oozes with vintage attitude -- but screams with modern tone.
Here's to Another 120 Years!
As music progresses, musicians need their tools to be as capable and inclusive as possible. The Gibson 2014 Les Paul Classic meets the demands of gigging musicians, while retaining the classic style and vibe sought after in the relics of the past. With an array of electronics that deliver a wide range of tones, the 2014 Les Paul Classic is at home in any situation.
The Gibson 2014 Les Paul Classic captures the vibe and feel of the late '50s "Burst" Les Pauls that redefined the rock and roll sound and established the Les Paul as an iconic instrument. This innovative guitar celebrates the legacy of 120 years of Gibson guitars, and offers new enhancements that put it on track for another 120 years of prominence.
- '57 Classic and coil-tappable Super '57 pickups
- +15 dB boost toggle
- Orange Drop capacitors
- Larger no-slip strap buttons
- Gold Max Grip Speed Knobs
- GraphTech nut
- Corrosion-resistant undercut frets
- Vintage neck binding
- Full PLEK setup
- Commemorative 120th Anniversary 12th fret inlay
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