Legendary Tone and Cutting-Edge Features
Orville Gibson invented the archtop guitar in 1894. Gibson unveiled the world’s most desirable solidbody electric guitar in 1952. Now 120 years after it all started, Gibson USA brings you the latest incarnation of the Les Paul in a next-generation guitar that marries legendary tone and feel with 21st century innovation—and astounding value. The 2014 Les Paul Classic’s hot-modded electronics take it from this impressive foundation to a whole new level. Two upgraded zebra-coil pickups with push-pull coil splitting, a built-in 15 dB boost on a mini-toggle switch, and a master tone pot with Orange Drop capacitor yield an astounding array of tones. The legendary pairing of Tune-o-matic bridge and stopbar tailpiece, with vintage TonePros keys, anchor it all down for optimum resonance and sustain. Add it up, and the Les Paul Classic offers unbeatable value in a cutting-edge update of the iconic Les Paul Standard.
Body and neck
The Les Paul Classic is crafted in the image of the original Les Paul Standard. It’s made from a solid mahogany back with traditional weight relief for a lighter strapped-on feel, with a carved figured maple top It has a glued-in mahogany neck with a ’60s profile. The bound rosewood fingerboard is topped with a TekToid nut, and carries 22 cryogenically treated frets for long life and corrosion resistance, undercut frets over neck binding, with traditional trapezoid inlays and a commemorative 120th Anniversary inlay at the 12th fret.
Pickups and electronics
The guitar carries a pair of legendary Gibson humbuckers—a ‘57 Classic in the neck position and a hotter Super ‘57 in the bridge. They have independent volume controls with push-pull coil splitting, a built-in 15 dB boost on a mini-toggle switch, a master tone pot with Orange Drop capacitor, and a three-way selector switch.
A chrome Tune-o-matic bridge and stopbar tailpiece anchor it all down for outstanding resonance and sustain, while vintage TonePros keys provide outstanding tuning stability. Enlarged strap buttons (new for 2014) keep your guitar secure throughout the set. Vintage-cream binding, pickguard, and pickup rings provide a visual link to the Les Pauls of the ’50s, while new Supreme Grip gold speed knobs keep you sure-fingered on the controls.
The Les Paul Classic 2014 comes protected in a vintage-brown Gibson hardshell case with pink lining and includes a truss-rod wrench and owner’s manual.
About Gibson USA
Gibson USA continues the tradition of innovation, premium quality, and made-in-America hand-craftsmanship that started in 1894. Although their flagship Les Paul is the most iconic guitar in history, other innovative guitars and basses have become standards in their own right—like the SG, Explorer, Flying V, and Firebird. Gibson instruments are truly “American made, world played. ”
Les Paul Classic at a Glance
- Two upgraded zebra-coil pickups
- 15 dB boost
- Push/pull coil splitting
- 120th Anniversary Banner inlay at the 12th fret
- New Supreme Grip gold speed knobs
- Extra large strap button
- Coated strings with 1 micro coating
- TekToid nut minimizes friction
- Cryogenically treated fret wire for longer life and corrosion resistance
- The body of the Les Paul Classic has the Traditional weight relieved Mahogany body with a figured Maple top. It also has a Mahogany neck with a 60’s Slim Profile.
- The fingerboard is bound Rosewood with undercut fret over binding and has Trapezoid inlays.
- The electronics are the Zebra coil 57 Classic and Super 57 pickups with push/pull coil split on each volume pot, 15db Turbo boost mini-toggle, master- tone pot with orange drop capacitors.