Gibson Les Paul Traditional 2016 T - Heritage Cherry Sunburst

Solidbody Electric Guitar with Mahogany Body, Maple Top, Mahogany Neck, Rosewood Fingerboard, and 2 Humbucking Pickups - Heritage Cherry Sunburst
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A Great-looking LP with Classic Standard Feel and Tone

The Gibson Les Paul Traditional solidbody electric guitar gives you the construction quality, performance, and great sound offered by the Standard models from the 1980s and '90s. The Les Paul Traditional features a beautiful figured maple top, non-chambered, 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 with Plus Top at a Glance:

  • Classic tone, time-tested tonewoods
  • Plek system setup
  • Powerful, punchy pickups

Classic tone, time-tested tonewoods
Taking design and visual cues from the Les Pauls of the '80s, the Les Paul Traditional starts with an un-chambered mahogany body with traditional weight-relief holes for a beefy tone that maintains the resonance of modern Les Pauls. The body is capped with a carved maple top and the hand fitted neck tenon sports the rounded, C-shape profile common on the Les Pauls of the '80s and '90s.

Plek system setup
The Les Paul Traditional is Gibson USA's first model to utilize 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. And of course your guitar will go through Sweetwater's setup process as well, ensuring a flawless playing instrument the moment you get it in your hands.

Powerful, punchy pickups
Two of Gibson's best-loved humbuckers - a '57 Classic in the neck position, and a '57 Classic Plus in the bridge - give the 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.

Gibson Les Paul Traditional Solidbody Electric Guitar with Plus Top Features:
  • "Traditional" weight-relieved mahogany body reduces weight while maintaining sustain
  • Top: Maple plus top
  • Neck: Mahogany, '50s rounded style
  • Fingerboard: Rosewood
  • Pickups: '57 Classic Plus (bridge) and 57' Classic (neck)
  • Controls: Two volume, two tone, 3-way pickup selector switch
  • Bridge: Chrome Nashville Tune-0-matic
  • Tailpiece: Chrome stopbar
  • Tuners: TonePros Kluson-style
The Gibson Les Paul Traditional gives you the great sound and performance of a soulful Standard!

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Tech Specs

Body Type Solidbody
Body Shape Les Paul
Left-/Right-handed Right-handed
Number of Strings 6
Body Material Mahogany
Top Material AA flamed maple
Body Finish High gloss nitrocellulose lacquer
Color Heritage Cherry Sunburst
Neck Material Mahogany
Fingerboard Material Dark Rosewood
Fingerboard Inlay Acrylic trapezoid
Number of Frets 22
Scale Length 24.75"
Nut Width 1.695"
Nut Material TekToid graphite
Bridge/Tailpiece Tune-o-matic bridge with stopbar tailpiece
Tuners Grover traditional green key tuners
Neck Pickup '57 Classic Alnico II humbucker
Bridge Pickup '57 Classic Plus Alnico II humbucker
Controls 2 x volume, 2 x tone, 3-way toggle switch
Strings Cleartone 0.009-0.046
Case Included Traditional hardshell case
Manufacturer Part Number LPTD+HSCH1

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4.5/5

Impressive Les Paul

I bought this recently and have been putting it through the paces. The neck is the right size as far as late 50's. Felt as comfortable as my '91 lp studio. The 57's in this thing are fantastic. Can't praise them enough. Powerful and sweet. All the sounds of our favorite Les Paul players are there. The finish is also beautiful on this. Love the burst on it. No flaws that I could find in the fretboard, binding or finish. As far as the set up, I'm impressed also. The hybrid (9-46) strings feel right on this guitar. You can bend easy, and the transition from high to low strings is very natural. Noticed the strap buttons are bigger now. Hooray! Also the jack plate is metal. It stays in tune very well, although I will keep an eye on these Kluson style tuners. They can be hit or miss, but these seem to be doing the job. And yes, it is a beast as far as weight. But once you plug in, you understand why. The hollowed out les pauls since 2005, just can't compete with the sound of this traditional. Pure gratification. Looks like Gibson is back on their game. Now as far as cost, I only bought this due to the Sweetwater purchase promotion. It is pricey, but they made it affordable. Gibson prices have skyrocketed over the last few years, so when it came down some for 2016, I looked into the possibility. Overall, it's an awesome guitar and I hope this helps.
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