Gibson Les Paul Traditional (Heritage Cherry Sunburst)Item ID: LPNTDHSCH-13
Solidbody Electric Guitar with Mahogany Body, AA Maple Top, Mahogany Neck, Rosewood Fingerboard, Two Humbuckers, Hardshell Case - Heritage Cherry Sunburst
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Weight: 10lbs 5oz
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A Great-looking LP with Classic Tone and FeelThe Gibson Les Paul Traditional solidbody electric guitar gives you the construction quality, performance, and great sound of early Les Pauls. The Les Paul Traditional features a beautiful AA figured maple top, non-weight-relieved mahogany body and a mahogany neck with a comfortable '50s rounded shape. It's loaded with '57 Classic and '57 Classic Plus humbuckers for maximum tone and ample output. Set up and ready to go for maximum playability, the Les Paul Traditional lets you create your own musical history!
Gibson Les Paul Traditional Solidbody Electric Guitar at a Glance:
Classic design for big sound
Taking design and visual cues from early Les Pauls, the Les Paul Traditional starts with an un-chambered mahogany body with no weight-relief. We're talking solid mahogany here. The body is capped with a carved AA figured maple top and the hand fitted neck tenon sports a '50s rounded neck shape. The Gibson Les Paul Traditional hearkens back to the early days of the Les Paul in design and sound.
Precise setup with Plek system
The Gibson Les Paul Traditional utilizes the revolutionary Plek system - a computer-controlled set-up that carefully measures and dresses each fret, accurately measuring the height between the fingerboard and each string, virtually eliminating string buzz and providing unbeatable playability. You won't believe how well this guitar plays!
'57 Classic pickups give you powerful, punchy tones
Two of Gibson's best-loved humbuckers - a '57 Classic in the neck position, and a '57 Classic Plus in the bridge - give the Les Paul Traditional the power, punch, and clarity of Gibson's legendary PAF pickups. Other traditional appointments include vintage-style Gibson speed knobs, classic Kluson-style tuners by TonePros, which offer period-correct looks with a higher tuning ratio, and a chrome Nashville Tune-o-matic bridge and stopbar. Each Gibson Les Paul Traditional also comes with a standard hardshell case.
Gibson Les Paul Traditional Solidbody Electric Guitar Features:
The Gibson Les Paul Traditional gives you the great sound and performance of a soulful standard!
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Jason, San Diego, CA
Reviewsbased on 3 reviews
World Class Purchasing experience
by David Seckinger from Minneapolis, MNFirst off, the Les Paul Traditional is incredible. Love the tone and playability. Love the weight of it! Couldn't be happier with it. That, I expected - it's why I chose a Gibson. The Sweetwater ... read more [+]buying experience - that was unexpected and really, really impressive. The hi-rez photos greatly helped the decision process and the guitar looked identical upon arrival, even better really. But what really impressed me most were the follow-up calls from Sweetwater staff - great, engaged, truly cared about my purchase and were real musicians. I sound like a homer but, seriously, this was World Class treatment that kinda shocked me because I researched a ton and got the lowest price, too. You don't normally get both. close [-]
May 2, 2013
Music Background: Hobbyist
by Mike Reid from Newton, NJI absolutely love this guitar !! I had a 93 Les Paul Standard which regretfully I sold. When I got to a place where I could get another, I couldn't find anything like the 93 that I had. I knew I wante... read more [+]d a Les Paul that had some weight to it because that's where you get all the tone. Gibson offers so many different models of Pauls, I didn't know which way to go. So I did some research and with the help of Patrick, of Sweetwater Customer Service, I got lucky and narrowed it down to the Traditional. My whole experience from choosing the right guitar, the purchasing process and finally the day when my guitar arrived, was nothing short of awesome !! Thanks again Sweetwater !! close [-]
January 31, 2013
Music Background: Musician
Amazing LP, Just what I needed
by Richard from Bellevue, NEI am primarily using this guitar to play 70's hard, glam and classic rock. KISS, Sweet, TRex, Slade, David Bowie, etc. I play it through a Marshall DSL50 and various practice amps.
April 22, 2013
Music Background: Serious Hobbyist recovering from delusions of grandeur =)
Its a ... read more [+]really incredible guitar. As I understand it, Gibson's first solid body production guitar in 30 years or so. No weight relief, just solid mahogany. And so light! 8 lbs, 8 ounces.
The finish is incredible. I'm not really one for lots of figuring, and plain tops are fine with me, but that said, who would kick this girl out of bed? She looks amazing.
And the playing and action is unreal. I have owned 6 different LPs and this one is the best, hands down. Plays like butter with great tone and sustain for days. Very slinky on the upper frets and I SWEAR it gets LOUDER as you work your way up the neck. Perfect for searing solo runs.
However, YMMV as part of this guitar's mojo is almost certainly an anomaly. It has THE THINNEST NECK of all the LPs I've owned, and its also thinner than most I've ever played. Mine does NOT have the expected, chunky, 50's style neck that is spec'd with this model. It is as thin as a 60's slimtaper neck, such as the Les Paul Classics. In fact I have guitars that are advertised as having slimtaper necks, whose necks are BIGGER than this one.
No real complaint about this, except that it makes it tough to count on a similar feel coming from another one. I've heard all over how hand crafted these are and that they hand shape the necks and there is a lot of variance... and I'm sure that is all true. But I'm also sure that this neck was thinner than this model is spec'd with to begin with. I can't believe someone sanded off 2/3 of it! That's the only reason I deducted half a star- that fact that its so far from what I expected that I'm not sure another one will be similar.
The pickups are also great. I have the 57 Classics in 2 of my guitars now, and I might just put them in all my Gibsons. They clean up nice, are medium gain, but overdrive in a very musical way any way you push them- OD, Distortion, Fuzz, they love it all. Always very articulate and warm. I certainly haven't tried every pickup out there, but they are certainly my faves.
I plan on playing this guitar for the rest of my life, then leaving it to my daughter. Its a family heirloom type of instrument. Its not just another guitar. close [-]
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