Gibson first introduced the Les Paul model in 1952, and in 1957 they offered the Les Paul with humbucking pickups for the first time. Now, the 2016 Les Paul Standard takes all the classic features that were included on those original Les Paul models, but takes a new turn with additional High Performance features. Since the birth of the Les Paul, it has been played and adored by many iconic guitarists, from Led Zeppelin’s Jimmy Page to Gary Moore.
MAPLE AND MAHOGANY TONEWOODS
The 2016 Les Paul Standard HP has a wonderfully figured two-piece AAAA maple top that is incredibly eye-catching in any finish. Gibson have used modern weight relief in this model to make it feel somewhat lighter, thus feeling really comfortable to play whether standing on stage or sitting in the studio. The 2016 Les Paul Standard has the perfect blend of a maple top and mahogany body which creates a strong resonant output.
SLIMTAPER MAHOGANY NECK
Joined firmly to the body via a traditional Mortis and Tenon joint is a slimtaper, asymmetrical mahogany neck. Its soloist profile has a slightly larger width, but it is potentially the best neck made to date particularly for guitarists who enjoy playing complex solos up and down the frets. This is further simplified with the new fast-heel neck combined with the single classic cutaway in the Les Paul body.
Aboard the mahogany neck is a rounded 22-fret rosewood fingerboard which is embellished with Mother of Pearl Trapezoid inlays to guide you along the frets as you transition from note to note.
At the top of the neck is an adjustable nut angle whereby you can adjust your string height to suit your style ensuring that you feel ultimately comfortable and can play on for hours.
BURSTBUCKER PRO PICKUPS
Gibson have chosen Burstbucker Pro pickups for the 2016 Les Paul Standard HP as they can cope with louder volumes but receive very minimal feedback. Both Burstbucker pickups are powered by Alnico 5 magnets and have asymmetrical coils for a more open sound. The coils have been wax potted to further enable the guitar to allow for a higher output through the amplifier.
Four control knobs sit to the lower end of the guitar body for: lead volume, lead tone, rhythm volume and rhythm tone, and a three-way pickup switch allows you to adjust your sound to suit your playing needs.
The Gibson 2016 Les Paul Standard HP is furnished with a chrome plated Tune-o-Matic bridge with titanium saddles and a traditional stopbar tailpiece.
Fitted to the headstock are the next generation Gibson G-FORCE tuning machines which allow you to retune your strings with pure simplicity thanks to the built-in servo motors in each key that detect the strings’ vibrations and alter the tuning accordingly. The G-FORCE machines work quietly even when used manually, and it has an easy-to-read lit up display at the back of the headstock so that you can even retune on a dark stage.
The Gibson 2016 Les Paul Standard HP is an exquisite electric guitar absolutely packed with modern, premium features but does not compromise on all the original classic attributes found on some of the first ever Les Pauls. To help you keep your guitar in good shape, Gibson have supplied a High Performance luxury aluminium gig bag so you can protect your new axe from dirt and damage.
Manufacturer Gibson Model 2016 Les Paul Standard High Performance Top Material Maple Back & Side Material Mahogany Neck Material Mahogany Fingerboard Material Rosewood Pickups Burstbucker Pro Guitar Size Full Number of Strings 6 Tuners Gibson G-FORCE Inlays Trapezoid Neck Profile Slimtaper, soloist No. of Frets 22 Bridge Tune-o-matic and traditional stoptail Controls 2x Volume, 2x Tone, Pickup Switch Pickup Switching 3 way Included Accessories "High Performance" luxury aluminium case
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