The Gibson Memphis 2015 ES-Les Paul Guitar in Heritage Cherry Sunburst takes two iconic Gibson body designs and fuses them together to create a heavenly model that is set to become a legend in its own right. The powerful depth of tone offered by the semi-hollowbody profile is paired with the compact solid-body dimensions, as well as having a much more focused midrange output. 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
As previously noted, the ES-Les Paul is a harmonious pairing of the finest features offered by ES semi-hollowbody guitars, and the Les Paul solid-body. ES models are celebrated for their exceptionally rich tonality, which is thanks to the perfectly appointed tonewoods that are compared with the superb "open"-bodied design. Les Pauls are revered for their magnificent sustain, and powerful output.
The ES-Les Paul combination creates a guitar overflowing with warmth, a lightweight and very comfortable to play design, and a highly versatile timbre. 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 restricted to maintain smoothness at high volume levels, without sacrificing sustain. Thanks to the exquisitely designed f-holes in the body top, the acoustic timbre of the guitar shines through intimate settings, even with a very modest level of amplification.
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 heritage cherry sunburst finish is protected by a smooth hi-gloss 90 sheen lacquer.
The body is equipped with a durable team that works tirelessly to ensure a seamless connection between the strings and body, in the form of the superb Tone Pro AVR-2 and lightweight aluminium stopbar tailpiece. Thanks to the resilient responsiveness of this partnership, you can rock out to your heart's content.
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 adorned with full trapezoid pearloid inlays. Performing smooth string bends free of choking or fret buzz couldn't be smoother thanks to Gibson's established 12-inch fingerboard radius. The cream binding contributes to smooth transitions being made between each fret, allowing your hands to glide along at great speed.
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.
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 Gibson Memphis 2015 ES-Les Paul Electric Guitar in Heritage Cherry Sunburst has everything one could ever dream of in a guitar, but to make things even better, each model is supplied with a brown hardshell case to protect your new pride and joy. As well as this, your guitar is supplied with its very own 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/Nickel-Plated Aluminium Lightweight Stopbar Active/Passive Passive Pickups
- Neck/Bridge: MHS Humbuckers
- 2 x Volume
- 2 x Tone
Finish Heritage Cherry Sunburst Included Accessories Brown Hardshell Case Gibson Memphis Certificate of Authenticity
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