Gibson Les Paul Standard Traditional Pro Electric Guitar, Vintage Sunburst Review

Posted by Sherrie Kearney on Friday, October 14, 2011

Gibson Les Paul Standard Traditional Pro Electric Guitar, Vintage Sunburst
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Gibson Les Paul Standards are a bit showier then the lower priced studio models but never count Studios out, this is a Standard Traditional Pro which also feature coil taps. Coil taps split the pickups, so even with your hefty bridge pickup (a BurstBucker 3) you can get a single coil bluesy sound. You will find the neck pickup to be a 57' Classic, which only further compliments the look and sound, presenting that much more authenticity to replicating a vintage tone. Hardware is the usual chrome, and tuners are locking grovers. Those not familiar with LP's there is a 3-way toggle switch/pickup selector. With the coils `tapped' leaving the switch in the middle position can lead to many unique tones, play around with both volume pots while in this position really interesting.

The neck is of a 60's profile, the fret board is made of high quality rosewood. The looks of the fret board are upped with the trapezoid inlays. Yes this LP has a binding (`antique binding'), it's rare to find a LP without one.Standard Traditional Pro models are not chambered, those hunting literally a more traditional LP sound this is a good start. Notes are clearer, where as often times chambered LP can make sharp notes fatter. Crème pickguards are another way these LP pop visually. Three variants are currently available, ebony, vintage sunburst, and heritage cherry sunburst. The vintage sunburst looks similar to a (Gibson) Les paul Studio Deluxe, minus the grain effect. The neck, oh and backside too, has a satin finish, similar in feel to some other models like the (Epiphone) Les Paul Ultra, well the original model not the II which I have yet to play. Supposedly this finish helps resonation, honestly I don't know, feels nice though. The top is a high-gloss lacquer finish.

The sound what you'd expect from an old school style Les Paul, especially considering the whole BurstBucker 3 ordeal. Heavy thick overdriven rock chords, ashy bluesy single notes, and a brooding clean. Muddiness isn't a problem here, this LP really comes through. As mentioned earlier with the coil taps expect versatility, but to be honest, if you lift the volume pot while having the selector on `Treble', the sound (on clean channels) can be very brittle and twangs of something umm unique.

So if you're hunting down another LP for your collection, or wish to begin with one of these models make sure you are familiar with all the small touches. Things like being non chambered, the finish, the pickups, and body when all combined can affect the sound. Also really make sure you are familiar with the BurstBucker 3's, also luckily this isn't the case, but one may benefit from reading about pickups that aren't waxed. I'm posting this review, as this was one of the guitars I was choosing between awhile back for another LP. I ultimately ended up choosing the Studio Deluxe model over this (which is cheaper), but this is definitely not a guitar to overlook. You get the full package, sound, looks, playability, and versatility.

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Taking design and visual cues from the Les Pauls of the '80s and '90s, the Les Paul Traditional Pro features BurstBucker 3 and '57 Classic pickups with coil-splitting, '60s neck profile, Grover locking tuners, antique binding, period-correct pickguard, vintage Gibson top hat knobs, and the revolutionary Plek set up.With all the fat, sweet, snarling Les Paul tone that purists love, the new Gibson Les Paul Standard Traditional Pro sports a non-chambered mahogany body with a thick maple cap for the perfect blend of warmth and clarity. The top is finished in high-gloss lacquer, while the back, sides, and neck have a smooth satin finish that feels great and lets the wood resonate fully. Each Les Paul Traditional also comes with Gibson USA's standard black snakeskin case.Period-Correct Pickguard The creme-colored pickguard has been a Les Paul staple dating back to the models of the late 1950s and the early 1960s. Many players, however, removed the pickguard from their Les Pauls to show off the beauty of the flame maple tops, moving Gibson to stop installing the pickguard altogether. During the 1980s and 1990s, Gibson began reinstalling the pickguard in the factory, and the Les Pauls from this era once again arrived in stores bearing the classic, creme-colored pickguard. The Les Paul Traditional comes equipped with a period-correct pickguard, designed to protect the maple top.Pickups: Neck - '57 Classic; Bridge - BurstBucker 3 Among the qualities that make Gibson's original "Patent Applied For" humbucking pickups so unique are the subtle variations between coil windings. For the first few years of their productions-1955 to 1961-Gibson's PAF humbuckers were wound using imprecise machines, resulting in pickups with slightly different output and tone. The BurstBucker 3 and '57 Classic Plus pickups are the result of Gibson drive to capture and recreate this characteristic. Introduced in 1992, the '57 Classic provides warm, full tone with a balanced response, packin

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