To many changes on an annual basis -To many different models – So yes it can be confusing for many players and buyers as to which Les Paul would suit you – So where does a Gibson Les Paul Traditional fit in within the range – For many years the LP range was effectively a Standard, Deluxe and Custom – The Standard and Deluxe were the same guitar other than the option of mini-humbuckers or humbuckers – Whilst the Custom was the posh boys model, with gold hardware, fancy binding, that split diamond headstock inlay plus an ebony fingerboard – At that point most of us knew where we stood – Over the last 10 years, or so, the Les Paul Standard was often anything other than what we knew it was – The best selling model that many rock/blues players worshipped – Gibson added coil tap options, a new neck profile, a host of ‘odd ball colours, locking tuners – Maybe nothing wrong with such changes, but with such modern tweaks it should have been called the Les Paul Modern – Then leave the Standard as it was – So whilst this was going on, the Les Paul Traditional was/is effectively the Les Paul Standard that we’ve all known for many years – So effectively this used, 2011, Gibson Les Paul Traditional, with an ice tea burst finish, is an LP Standard – In fact change the truss rod cover and most players would never know – The spec and features are what many LP Standard players/buyers required – So time for me to update you with more details :-
- 2011 Les Paul Traditional, with a classic ice tea burst finish – It includes the appropriate paperwork that shows the model colour as ITCH-1 which indicates the Ice Tea Burst finish
- Includes the correct factory deluxe case + various paperwork
- Whole guitar weighs 8lbs and 15oz
- Look at the web site picture of the headstock facia and you’ll see a nick on the treble side – Other than that nick, the condition is very very clean – But quite as new/mint, but any additional graze is nigh on miniscule and certainly not obvious on first viewing – As such close scrutiny required and you’d have to be pretty fussy to have any complaints – Clean frets – One owner since new
- Re-strung with 10/46 gauge strings and set-up with a sensible easy action that responds to a light touch
- 50’s neck profile – measures .858″ around the top nut end and 1.002 around the 12th fret – Chunky with a C profile
- One piece rosewood fingerboard
- One piece mahogany body with 9 hole weight relief
- AA grade figured maple top – character without looking over the top
- Traditional hardware including Kluson style machine heads with tulip buttons
- Gibson Classic 57 and 57 Plus humbuckers – neck measures 7.55K – bridge measures 7.82K – alnico 11 magnets
I’m not sure we need to go into any details regarding the tonal qualities of an LP – We’ve all just about heard hundreds of recordings by our favourite artists, be they hi-gain rock players, or guitar players who require a clean funky voice – The Classic 57 humbuckers kick out a vintage PAF flavoured output so not a screamin’ demon, that kicks down barn doors – But such vintage output levels ensure more dynamics and more responsive – Remember the great EVH rock tone is from such a similar pick-up – So for more modern rock styles that require more gain/bite, then just add more gain on the pedal/amp as required – This LP will still sing and bite as required – For clean, to jazz/fusion, to Indie, pop, or country, to the laid back clean styles of BB King The Thrill is Gone, to the rock/blues of Green, Kossoff, Moore and JoBo then the traditional is on home turf – Overall I’d say the Classic 57 pick-ups deliver a tone with more clarity and definition – Some LP’s can be a touch to mushy, whilst the Traditional delivers clear crisp highs, but not thin or weedy
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