Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Gibson Les Paul Classic Guitars

By: Hal Guthrie

The Gibson Les Paul Classic is in addition to be had featuring
in Classic Custom and Classic Antique versions. This guitar is a
progressive version of the Gibson Les Paul. Its chief features
are a 60's fashion slim design neck and scorching ceramic
humbuckers create this an outstanding rock guitar.

The body is made out of premium grain mahogany with a hand
carved maple top and a white binding along the top edge. The
pickguard is creme color. The styles this guitar is offered in
are Vintage Sunburst, Honey Burst, Wine Red, and Ebony finishes.
The hardware is nickel plated with the exception of it being
gold on the Ebony color guitar. The bridge is a tune-o-matic
with a stud tailpiece.

The 24.75" degree length neck made of a single cut of mahogany
and has the 60's slim narrow taper profile for fast operation.
The fretboard is rosewood with 22 frets and mother of pearl
trapezoidal inlays. Around the fretboard is a single ply creme
tinted binding. The body and neck junction is on the 16th fret
while the tuners are designed like the kluson keystone tuners in

The pickups and electronics include two sizziling hot ceramic
humbuckers with the standard Les Paul wiring to the Two volume,
two tone, and a three-way pickup selector. The pickups are 500T
for clear enhanced sounds and the treble pickup and a 496R being
a rhythm which define the sound with higher highs. The control
knobs are gold tophat which are commonly found on LPs with
natural, sunburst, or else gold finishes. The three things that
really stand out on this guitar are its neck, pickups, and
hardware,however the performance and sound are what sets this
guiatr apart from all the rest.

The 60's slim fashion neck is found to remain extra popular by
players. It was introduced close to the inauguration of 1960
replacing the rounder '59 neck profile. On the young les pauls
the neck profiles were boat v like shaped . In 1940 or later the
rounder '59 profile was introduced and stayed around until 1960.
The then in 1960 the slimmer and faster style neck was used,this
neck is characterized by being flatter and progressively
becoming thicker while you move down the neck.

The pickups are blistering hot ceramic type with a 496R within
the neck place and a 500T inside the bridge position. Both of
these pickups utilize ceramic magnets and are wax sealed. The
500T is the highest output existing from Gibson. This is a
remarkable pickup in support of extra aggressive music. The 496R
has been designed to perform well with the 500T. It doesn't
contain quite the output but works well with rhythm, lead, and
alternative playing styles. These pickups comprise 2 wire

The nickel plated hardware is somewhat of a through back while
nickel plating was phased out in 1965 and replaced with chrome
plating. Chrome finishes allow better wear and survive longer
than that of nickel but nickle has a silky feel. There are still
a quantity of guitars that utilize nickel plated parts
especially the historic versions.

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Gibson Les Paul Guitars

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