Who says a Les Paul has to be mahogany and maple with two humbuckers? Check out this amazing Gibson Les Paul Korina Tribute, which harkens back to Gibson’s forward-thinking guitars of the late ’50s (think Flying V, Explorer, and Moderne) with just a hint of ES-5 Switchmaster rolled in. We’re talking one unique guitar!
The Les Paul Korina Tribute features a solid korina body — a wood that is similar to mahogany but with its own special tonal richness and flavor, and of course, that gorgeous korina grain and coloration! The body is bound for maximum curb appeal, with a VOS (“vintage old stock”) nitrocellulose lacquer finish. A mahogany neck with a rosewood fingerboard rounds out the tonewoods. The neck has a generous ’59 carve for playing comfort matched with sustain and resonance.
And check out that awesome “split V” headstock, as spec’d on the January 7, 1958 patent sheet for the Gibson Futura, which was released into production as the model we know as the Explorer — just a few very early ’58 Explorers were made with that style of headstock. (For the trivia buffs out there, that 1958 patent is not to be confused with the Futura model released by Gibson in the ’80s; that was an upgraded Corvus and had nothing to do with the Explorer. But we digress….)
A BurstBucker I at the neck, a BurstBucker 2 in the middle, and a BurstBucker 3 at the bridge provide the humbucking signals through ES-5-style electronics: a volume control for each pickup, a master tone control, and a 4-way blade pickup selector switch for choosing each pickup alone or a blend of all three. With that much flexibility, you can conjure up just about any tone you can imagine!
If you’re looking for all that’s great about a Les Paul (thick humbucker tone, resonant woods, total playing comfort, endless sustain) but want your LP with a distinctive new flavor — and unmatched versatility — then the Les Paul Korina Tribute is the guitar for you!