- 2018 model resurrects the essence of the late '50s Les Paul
- Non-weight relieved mahogany body establishes luxurious warmth
- Beautiful grade AA figured maple with nitrocellulose lacquer protection
- Sturdy mahogany neck shaped to the rounded profile for a substantial feel
- 22 fret rosewood fingerboard with acrylic trapezoid position inlays
- BurstBucker humbuckers deliver everything from vintage to modern tones
- Nickel-plated vintage-style keystone tuners uphold tuning dutifully
- Includes Gibson hardshell case, and accessory kit
The Gibson USA 2018 Les Paul Traditional Electric Guitar resurrects the coveted feel, look, and sound of the late '50s Les Paul. Alongside vintage-style features resides modern appointments that make this model a truly outstanding work of craftsmanship. It doesn't get much closer to the original than the 2018 Les Paul Traditional. Accompanying the guitar is a Gibson hardshell case and accessory kit.
Late '50s Les Paul design
To uphold the substantial feel of the late '50s Les Paul, Gibson have kept this as a non-weight relieved model. The result is a substantial yet manageable feel in the hands, with an unbeatable sustain and warmth. The same single-cutaway profile that we've all come to know and love is present and correct.
The classic tonewood partnership of mahogany body with maple top has been retained too. However, this isn't any old maple, it is grade AA figured maple. The result is a weighty midrange foundation with a clean upper mid to high frequency articulation that shines through. From smooth blues licks to searing high-gain soloing, the heart of the Les Paul produces resounding tones to suit any musical style. The finish has been treated to a slender yet durable layer of gloss nitrocellulose lacquer to protect against premature wear.
Classic rounded neck
Fitted to the body is a solid mahogany neck, which has been shaped to the rounded profile - again, ensuring a substantial yet manageable feel in the hand. Married to the neck is a sublime 22-fret rosewood fingerboard, which is adorned with acrylic trapezoid inlays to guide your way in style. Rolled-over-fret cream binding creates seamless transitions between each fret to create the smoothest feel possible.
Resilient, stage-ready hardware
At the top of the neck you'll find the Tektoid nut, which works tirelessly to maintain string tension. The headstock is angled to Gibson's customary 17-degrees to improve tuning stability, whilst the Gibson logo is proudly on display for all to see. The nickel-plated vintage-style keystone tuning machines boast an impressive gear ratio, allowing them to firmly secure your strings during each and every performance. The body is home to the ABR bridge, which is paired with an aluminium stop bar tailpiece to optimise intonation and sustain.
Sublime BurstBucker pickups
The Gibson 2018 Les Paul Traditional is equipped with Burstbucker 1 and 2 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. Control over the pickups comes in the form of classic gold Top Hat knobs, which complement the stunning finish beautifully.