Combining two legendary models to create a striking marriage of beautiful tonality, and exceptional playability, is no easy feat. However, the Gibson Memphis 2015 ES-Les Paul Electric Guitar in Bourbon Burst is a triumph, an electric guitar that is deserving of the admiration and praise previously heaped on the models it merges together so seamlessly. Built by Gibson's team in Memphis, Tennessee, this is more a work of art than a musical instrument, and deserves to be adored and treated as such.
Gibson Memphis ES-Les Paul Body
The ES-Les Paul design brings together the exceptional warmth of a semi-hollowbody, combined with the sleek, single-cutaway playability of a Les Paul. Running along the back of the body is a centre-block, which prevents the generous warmth created by the body from becoming saturated by mid to low-end power. This also ensures feedback is resisted to maintain smoothness at high volume levels, without sacrificing sustain. Stylish f-holes adorn the top to project a gentle acoustic presence.
The tonewood used in the body is a delicately balanced 3-ply maple/poplar/maple partnership, which resonates sweetly thanks to its robust construction that is reinforced using Franklin Titebond 50 adhesive. The body profile and tonewoods work wonderfully together to yield highly articulate tones that are full of sparkle and energy. The eye-catching bourbon burst finish is protected by a smooth hi-gloss 90 sheen lacquer.
Single-Piece Mahogany Neck
The single-piece mahogany neck provides a solid and reassuring playing feel, thanks to Gibson's customary mortise and tenon joint that is reinforced with Franklin Titebond 50. Shaped to the rounded "C" neck profile, the neck feels elegant yet robust, and the slim heel on the back of the guitar makes the ES-LP a delight to play. Newly appointed rolled neck binding allows the fretting hand to reach around comfortably.
Paired with the neck is a hand-selected single-piece rosewood fingerboard, which is home to 22-frets that are decorated with full trapezoid pearloid inlays. The fingerboard radius is shaped to Gibson's established 12 inches, which they've found creates the perfect platform for executing smooth string bends. The cream binding ensures smooth transitions between each fret, allowing your hands to glide along with ease.
Memphis Historic Spec Pickups
The 2015 ES-Les Paul is equipped with a pair of Memphis Historic Spec (MHS) humbuckers that are fitted in the neck and bridge positions. The MHS pickups are "scatter-wound" to recreate the sublime character of Gibson's PAF humbuckers, translating the smooth warmth, and subtle tonal nuances of the ES-LP body profile and tonewoods.
Each pickup has an individual volume and tone control, allowing you to create silky clean tones and raucous, high-energy tones for performing stadium-filling rock with. Through deft manipulation of the controls, you can find your perfect tone with ease. Orange Drop capacitors are on hand to ensure the smoothest response, giving you complete mastery over your output signal.
The headstock is angled to Gibson’s' customary 17-degree angle to uphold tuning integrity, sustain and uniform playability. The instantly recognisable mother-of-pearl crown headstock inlay and Gibson logo reside between the steadfast Kluson single-ring tulip button 15:1 gear ratio tuning machines, which uphold tuning integrity with precision thanks to their highly impressive synchronised spur gear system.
The body is home to the Tone Pro AVR-2 nickel-plated, die-cast alloy bridge, and matching nickel-plated lightweight stop bar tailpiece. This partnership works dutifully to create a seamless connection between the strings and body, guaranteeing stable intonation and string tension throughout.
The Gibson Memphis 2015 ES-Les Paul Electric Guitar in Bourbon Burst is a cool model that combines vintage charm and sophisticated tones in a ground-breaking design from the Gibson Memphis team. Each model is supplied with a brown hardshell case, as well as a certificate of authenticity.
Manufacturer Gibson Memphis Model 2015 ES-Les Paul Electric Guitar Body Material 3-ply Maple/Poplar/Maple Binding Cream Neck Material Mahogany Neck Profile Rounded "C" Fingerboard Material Rosewood Position Inlays Trapezoid Pearloid Tuners Kluson Single-Ring Tulip Button with 15:1 Synchronised Spur Gear System Bridge Hard Tail No. of Frets 22 Pickup Configuration HH Bridge/Tailpiece Tone Pro AVR-2/Gold-Plated Die-Cast Alloy Lightweight Stopbar Active/Passive Passive Pickups
- Neck/Bridge: MHS Humbuckers
- 2 x Volume
- 2 x Tone
Finish Bourbon Burst Included Accessories Brown Hardshell Case Gibson Memphis Certificate of Authenticity
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