The Gibson 2015 Les Paul Traditional Electric Guitar combines classic features from the '50s along with some key updates for 2015. The mahogany body ...Click To Read More About This Product
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Traditional style and sound with discrete updates for 2015.
The Gibson 2015 Les Paul Traditional Electric Guitar combines classic features from the '50s along with some key updates for 2015. The mahogany body is unrouted for improved sustain and has a figured maple top in a choice of delicious colors. Highlights include a late '50s contour mahogany neck, bound rosewood fingerboard, '59 Tribute humbuckers with orange drop capacitors, and a gloss lacquer body finish. Includes hardshell case.
All 2015 Gibson models benefit from some important upgrades:
G Force on all guitars except LP Supreme, Firebird and Derek Trucks SG
Zero Fret Nut - Patent applied for nut with adjustable action
Wider neck and fingerboard (.050 per side) for increased playing comfort
Tune-o-matic bridge featuring hex wrench adjustment on thumbscrews for easy action adjustments
Professional setup - Accurate intonation, PLEK program, 27% lower fretwire
Smoother sanded/buffed fingerboard with oil treatment
One-piece thicker rosewood fingerboard
Pearl inlays return on all product
More robust cables change from 28 AWG to 26 AWG for improved signal
Improved jack design for uninterrupted signal
No satin or vintage gloss finishes: All SKUs will be gloss lacquer
Hardshell case on all models
2015 is an excellent Gibson vintage. Order yours today.
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Comments about Gibson 2015 Les Paul Traditional Electric Guitar:
The 2015 Gibsons get a bad rep for the G-Force tuning system, zero nut, hologram, and widened fretboard. I once was a hardcore traditionalist, and I, too, would have argued that all of those new appointments are mere gimmicks at best. I have owned many Gibson, Fender, and boutique guitars (too many to count), and I must say that the new Les Paul is my favorite gibson of all time. . . PERIOD. My friend has a custom shop R8, and that is the only other Gibson I have played that is as good as this one. What many people forget to mention when they knock the new Gibsons is that they are ALL plekk'd now, so they consistently play perfectly. The traditionals have HANDWIRED electronics now--a few years ago, most gibsons had a circuit board wired in for the electronics. The Traditional also has NITROCELLULOSE finish--that's a rarity! They also have a new upgraded case that looks sweet and can withstand mega trauma. They have titanium saddles now, so they stay consistent over the life of the guitar and the owner. The zero nut is brilliant. No longer do you need to cut, file, or shim in order to get the right nut height; you can do it with the turn of a screw. As far as people saying that the fret nut ruins the tone, I think they are really just being sensitive to the fact that the new nut, and all the upgrades, are just that--NEW.
As far as G-Force goes: I was really afraid that this would be a gimmick and a waste of money. Until I have had the luxury of NOT EVER HAVING TO TUNE, I didn't realize how awesome it was. Now, after every song, I hit the button, strum the strings, and the guitar is perfectly in tune in seconds. Also, I can dial up drop D, Open E, Blues G, or any other tuning with the same level of ease. The G-Force also DOES NOT interrupt the signal flow or electronics of the guitar at all. It's entire existence is isolated just to the back of the headstock. The electronics are hand wound and have a VERY vintage, PAF vibe to them.
Speaking of vintage and people complaining that the Traditionals are not traditional enough. . . I haven't heard many people mention the fact that the new Traditionals are NOT CHAMBERED OR WEIGHT RELIEVED. While this adds heft to the guitar, it also makes it sound and feel MORE like a "real" Les Paul than any of the others, because it's one of the only Gibsons in a long time that I can think of without chambering or the "swiss cheese" weight relief. The neck on these are very large, too, which is true to the 50's design, and the widened fretboard is an added luxury. NO, it is not going to be the difference between being able to play it and not being able to play it--we are talking about .050" on either side, here--negligible from an aesthetic standpoint, but a nice bonus for bending and slopping around the low and high E strings.
Lastly, The frets on the new Gibsons are shorter, which I LOVE. It makes them feel smoother and even easier to play. Because of this, you can wail really fast on the Traditional and not feel like you are getting tripped up on the fret wire. However, they didn't make the frets so short that they feel like an 80's shred axe either.
Ultimately, Gibson has been getting bashed over the last 10 years or so for slipping in quality. I have had some not-so-good experiences with some higher end Les Pauls from those eras--shoddy inlay work, crumby binding, and even some less than perfect finish issues. The 2015's have addressed those issues, and they have added some killer innovations. If you are hung up on those, then think about this: GIBSON HAS ALWAYS BEEN KNOWN FOR INNOVATING THE GUITAR! The Les Paul itself was a huge innovation for its time, and many people thought it would never be successful. If you are looking for a killer Les Paul, and you want something that sounds and feels like the real deal, and you want upgraded appointments that enhance the experience you get from the instrument, then you need one of these.
I am not a Gibson fanboy per se, but this guitar is not leaving my arsenal.
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