Weight relief: Traditional weight relief for a lighter overall guitar Tuners: Traditional manual tuners Neck width: Traditional neck width of 1-11/16? at the nut Nut: Graph Tech nut Neck heel: Traditional Les Paul neck heel Case: Traditional brown Les Paul hard shell case Inlays: Historic trapezoid fingerboard inlays Fingerboard: Thicker one-piece rosewood fingerboard Setup: Comprehensive hand-finished setup Pickups: ™57 Classic humbucking pickupsmore
At 4:20, he talks about his 2 Les Paul Traditionals. He got one Gibson Les Paul Traditional as his anniversary present, and it weighs 9 pounds. He calls this guitar "Stella". This guitar, as well as "Paddy" have Lollar Imperial pickups on them, He took this guitar to NAMM, especially because of massive neck, Second one is 2012 Gibson Les Paul Traditional, and this one is a really heavy guitar (weighs about 9.6 pounds), and Fluff calls it "Paddy". He describes this guitar as "fantastic-sounding".more
The Gibson Les Paul Traditional is just a simple classic Les Paul that reminiscent of the Les Paul Standards since the late 1980s. Mine is from 2011 and features two Gibson 57 Classic humbuckers, traditional weight relief, a Nashville bridge and Tonepros vintage tuners. There are no coil taps, boosts, Min-E Tune or any super modern features on this guitar. It has a two piece mahogany body and a one piece mahogany neck. The one I have was laqcuered in Light Burst which looks like a faded Heritage Cherry finish. Being a nitro finish it started to age a bit on its own, but I really like that. It came with a black Gibson snakeskin case with white furry lining which has a nice vanilla kind of smell and is still going strong after a constant use.
The Gibson 57 Classic pickups are really nice sounding pickups which have a moderate output which is slightly hotter than vintage PAFs and a real nice clarity to them. When I use them with my amps (Marshall JCM 900 MkIII, Marshall YJM 100, Fender ´57 Twin Amp RI) they clean up very well offer a lot of different sounds when you use the volume and tone controls. The neck pickup can be a bit boomy but when the pickup height is set up correctly it works very well for those classic Les Paul neck pickup tones. Due to its clarity the bridge pickup can be a little bit ice picky sometimes but most of the time I set the tone control to 7, which smooths out the tone just enough and leaves a bit of treble reserves for later.
I tried other pickups in this guitar, namely the Dimarzio 36th Anniversaries, the Seymour Duncan Slash pickups and the Seymour Duncan Joe Bonamassa pickups and finally went back to the 57 Classics. This does not mean the other pickups sounded bad but that the 57 Classics are a very good choice for these guitars, if you like their vintage character.
Over the years I also replaced the chromed zinc taipliece with a light aluminium one in nickel, added a ABR-1 conversion bridge, changed the pickup covers to nickle and replaced pots and caps with CTS TVT 500ko pots and Russian PiO caps. These mods mainly added a bit more clarity and changed the appearance slightly. I would have no problem to recommend this guitar in its stock form.
Loaded with Classic 57s (and a Classic 57 plus in the bridge for more aggressive tone), this is the real old time Les Paul Standard. Can't go wrong with this guitar! Fat neck and awersome humbuckers.
I have this and use it as my main guitar, it's just such a dream to play with it's 50's neck and doesn't have the complication of all the coil splitting and what not. Just really works well. Into a Marshall theres nothing better! Only thing is it's damn heavy!
When I first try this guitar, i felt like a punch on my stomach, this axe rocks, full of low-mids frequencies on the neck pickup and crispy tone on the bridge pickup, the neck is similar to a 59, very smooth and comfortable. The flametop is just amazing to look at.