- 2017 flagship model sets the standard for the High Performance series
- Mahogany body with luxurious AAA grade maple top
- Non-weight relieved to capture essence of traditional LP feel
- Sturdy mahogany neck shaped to the slender slimtaper profile
- 22 fret rosewood fingerboard with trapezoid position inlays
- Burstbucker 2 and 3+ pickups deliver sumptuous tones
- Includes Gibson hardshell case, premium strap, multi-tool, and polishing cloth
The Gibson 2017 Les Paul Traditional HP Electric Guitar combines classic Les Paul looks and playing feel, with modern appointments to improve the responsiveness, tonal versatility, and longevity of this stunning model. Everything from the construction of the tonewoods to the most minute of finishing touches, has been pored over with due care and attention by the team at Gibson. The result is an outstanding model that deserves to be treasured, and is the perfect partner for taking centre stage with.
Classic Les Paul design
As the name suggests, Gibson has aimed to adhere as closely as possible to the Les Paul body feel that has made it the go-to guitar for so many over several decades. Therefore, the body has not been treated to any weight relief, and instead bears the weightier feel of older Les Paul models. Combined with the single-cutaway body profile, the Les Paul Traditional HP certainly lives up to its name, generating a hearty sustain and powerful timbre.
The body is crafted using mahogany, which is paired with a AAA grade flamed maple top, which is protected by a smooth hi-gloss 90 sheen lacquer. The combination of mahogany and maple creates a confident mix of mid to low-end energy with crisp and articulate highs. Cream binding has been applied around the body top to accentuate the rich finish of the top.
Classic rounded neck with Fast-Access heel
Fitted to the body via a classic mortis and tenon joint is the single-piece mahogany neck. Franklin Titebond 50 adhesive has been tasked with reinforcing the neck joint to maximise stability and strength. In keeping with the traditional approach, the neck has been shaped to the rounded profile, which gives the neck a more substantial feel in the hand. A new addition to the Les Paul HP is the fast-access heel on the back of the guitar, which creates a slimmer body depth for improved access to the upper frets.
Married to the neck is a sublime 22-fret rosewood fingerboard, which is adorned with trapezoid Mother-of-Pearl inlays to guide your way in style. The fingerboard has been increased in thickness, which makes it ideal for those who like to flex their playing muscles. Cream binding traces along the edge of the fingerboard to create seamless transitions between frets.
Improved G-FORCE tuning system
Gibson's G-FORCE auto-tuning system has also been given an upgrade, so that fast, accurate string tuning is now even easier than ever before. Whether you're playing in standard, using an alternate tuning, or making up your own that you can save and recall at a later time, you'll be amazed at how smoothly the G-FORCE system operates - and also at how quietly the synchronized spur gear system operates too.
Resilient, stage-ready hardware
The titanium zero-fret adjustable nut guarantees exceptional tone, sustain and durability. Total action control means that the playing feel will remain uniform no matter how much you rock out, and the useful locking feature prevents unwanted alteration. The Gibson logo adorns the top of the headstock, with a gold ""Les Paul Model"" silkscreen resting between the tuning pegs. Angled to Gibson's customary 17-degrees to improve tuning stability and string tension, the Les Paul Standard HP is built to endure anything you can throw at it.
The body is home to the aluminium Tune-o-Matic bridge with titanium saddles and locking thumbwheels, which is paired with an aluminium stop bar with locking studs. The bridge and tailpiece partnership works dutifully to ensure intonation and sustain is optimised so that your Les Paul sings beautifully, and with the richness it deserves.
Burstbucker 2 and 3+ humbucker pickups
The Gibson 2017 Les Paul Traditional HP Electric Guitar has been fitted with a Burstbucker 2 and 3+ humbuckers, fitted in the neck and bridge positions respectively. The Alnico II-powered Burstbuckers translate the richness of the body tonewoods, and the articulation of the neck and fingerboard construction with impeccable clarity. They produce the same glorious Gibson tones we all know and love, with a little added bite compared to their model T counterparts.
Control over the pickups comes in the form of new push-pull knurled knobs, which are finished in chrome to accentuate the stunning body finish. The switchable functions on offer are: to Tap or Split either pickup; activate an integrated High Pass Filter; or introduce transient suppression. The range of tones on offer is truly staggering, and you'll wonder how you ever got by without this guitar in your arsenal during any studio session or tour.Included Accessories
The Gibson 2017 Les Paul Traditional HP Electric Guitar is supplied with its very own Gibson hardshell aluminium case with plush lined interior. Additional accessories include the Gibson USA multi-tool, premium strap, and polishing cloth to keep your new pride and joy in pristine working condition.