Choosing the perfect Les Paul can be a daunting task. With so many great options out there -- with different pickup, wood, hardware, and finish combinations -- it can be difficult to know exactly which Les Paul is right for you. If you consider yourself more of a purist longing for the tried-and-true qualities of some of the most popular Les Pauls ever produced, the Les Paul Traditional might be a perfect match. Featuring dual '57 Classic humbuckers and a full complement of elegant, vintage-style hardware, the Gibson Les Paul Traditional is a outstanding Les Paul in the mold of the Les Paul Standard from the '80s and '90s.
Dual '57 Classic Humbuckers -- True Vintage Les Paul Tone
The classic Les Pauls of the mid-to-late '50s achieved an amazing balance of tone and sustain through the combination of a number of innovative features. Primary among these was the 'Patent Applied For' -- or 'PAF' -- humbucker pickups introduced by Seth Lover in 1957. The first ever true humbuckers to come standard on a solidbody guitar, these dual-coil wonders were absolute game-changers when introduced. Today, Gibson outfits many of its top tier guitars with the '57 Classic humbuckers -- stunning recreations of the legendary originals PAFs. The Les Paul Traditional uses these excellent pickups to produce all the fat Les Paul tone you'd expect from a Gibson of this magnitude.
Impeccable Wood and Classic Les Paul Touches
It's not just the '57 Classic pickups that give the Les Paul Traditional its classic tone. The Les Paul Traditional features a mahogany body with a curved maple top for all the tonal richness and deep resonance of a late-'50s Gibson. The mahogany neck is joined with a deep running tenon which means extreme durability and astounding sustain. Rounded out with a standard Tune-o-matic bridge, vintage-style green key tuners, and gold speed tone and volume knobs, the Gibson Les Paul Traditional shines with a vintage style to match its classic Les Paul tone.
The PLEK System
Every Les Paul Traditional undergoes Gibson's advance PLEK treatment. The PLEK system is a computer-based set-up machine which precisely measures and cuts each fret of the guitar for an entirely unprecedented level of balance and playability. Every fret is cut to optimize the playing experience, giving the Les Paul Traditional a healthy dose of modern guitar technology to enhance its otherwise old-school vibe.
- Dual Classic '57 humbuckers for vintage Les Paul tone
- Nashville Tune-o-matic bridge with stopbar tailpiece
- Playable '50s rounded neck profile
- Vintage-style green keys tuners
- Mahogany neck joined with sturdy, deep tenon enhancing sustain of instrument
- Mahogany body with carved maple top in classic Les Paul configuration
For all the Les Paul purists out there, the Les Paul Traditional offers a classic take on the Les Paul design. If you're searching for a Les Paul with a full range of classic tone, sustain, and style, the Les Paul Traditional is an outstanding choice.
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You wanted it. Well you got it. With all the fat, sweet snarling sound that you expect from a Les Paul tone, the Gibson Les Paul Traditional is an electric guitar that has all the traditional features you expect from a Les Paul. Mahogany body and set neck and a pair of Gibson's awesome '57 Classic humbucker pickups. Gibson is pleased to announce that the Les Paul Traditional is the first model to use the revolutionary Plek system.
Introducing the Plek System
The Gibson Les Paul Traditional's Plek system is a computer controlled set-up that measures and dresses each fret measuring the height between the fingerboard and each string. This will eliminate string buzz and provide ultimate playability. Other traditional features on the Les Paul Traditional include vintage style Gibson speed knobs, chrome Nashville Tune-O-Matic bridge and stopbar and classic Kluson-style tuners by Tone Pros, which give this guitar the classic look of the 80's that purists will love.
Each Les Paul Traditional comes with Gibson's standard black snakeskin case.