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Gibson 2016 Les Paul Traditional HP - Iced Tea

The Gibson Les Paul Traditional 2016 HP embodies the original Gibson Les Paul guitar with the iconic style and tone, while also introducing a premium set of high-performance features.

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Gibson 2016 Les Paul Traditional HP - Iced Tea

The Gibson Les Paul Traditional HP is an interesting guitar as it mixes together the best of old and new. With the feel and sound of a 50's Les Paul but with all the modern advancements implimented in the High Performance line you really do get the best of both worlds in one.

Traditional Build

As it is called a traditional model you would assume that it is built to sound and feel like one of the classics right- Yeah, that is pretty much spot on. By using a mahogany body topped with AA flamed maple as well as a mahogany neck and rosewood fingerboard you are 90% of the way there to getting that classic Les Paul tone. With its deep and warm overall tonal character you can get all the classic rock and blues tones that this guitar is known for.

The neck has been carved to a popular 50's style profile that is certainly chunky but is extremely comfortable in the hands so even those with smaller hands should be fine. Every part of this neck has been carefully constructed to match up with the standards that were set so many years ago.

The body is still made put of mahogany with a maple top like all legendary Les Pauls but this one is a little bit different. To make sure you can play this guitar for longer with no issues it has had Gibson's traditional weight relief treatment. This takes away part of the wood to minimise weight while still delivering the same tone you would want out of an original.

Classic Pickups

While most of the pickups that Gibson produce take a classic style and introduce higher output and more power to please more modern fans. This guitar is loaded up with some real PAF inspired designs with the '57 Classic humbuckers.

These pickups really do take after the original 50's style humbuckers with their alnico magnets and plain enamel coated wire. They have gone all out to really nail the sound and response of those classic pickups with their medium output, smooth overdriven tone and midrange focus every guitarist needs an instrument like this in their lineup.

Next Generation G-Force

G-Force is an incredibly interesting technology that simply wants to save you time. We have all played gigs where your guitar goes out of tune halfway through. Just like we have all played gigs where we need to quickly change between tunings.

Gibson's G-Force system makes those previous tasks a second thought. Just set it up with the tunings you want. Select what you want using the unit on the back of the headstock and you are in tune within seconds.

And don't worry just because it has the ability to tune itself does not mean that you can't tune manually. The machine heads are actually very accurate 40:1 ratio tuners so you can get pitch perfect in no time at all.

New Titanium Nut

The 2015 version of the Zero Fret Nut was made out of brass. Unfortunately that meant is was very soft for a nut and could be damaged from heavier gauge strings. To make sure this does not happen again Gibson have changed the brass for much stronger Titanium.

If you don't know what the Zero Fret Nut is let me fill you in. It is a Gibson USA exclusive nut that has two main benefits over a standard nut. Firstly you can adjust the action at the nut very easily now making setting up quick and easy no matter how high or low you like your action.

Secondly this nut has essentially a fret at the end of it (hence the name, Zero Fret). By having a fret in the zero position your strings in open positions ring out like fretted notes. This sounds amazing with open chords as you get a much more even tone across all of your strings.

Sweet Smooth Neck

One thing that we have heard a few times before about Gibson guitars is that the neck heel can get in the way. They originally remedied this with their Custom Shop Axcess model that had a smoothed transition. This meant greater access to the higher frets so lead players can dig in and let loose.

The neck on all of the 2016 USA models is based off of this Custom Shop model offering the same incredible feel that previously was only available on some of Gibson's most expensive guitars.

But they did not end it there with the neck. No this guitars neck width is slightly wider than you might be used to compared to other Gibson guitars. By increasing the nut width by just 0.05"and keeping string spacing the same you get more area to play with.

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