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Les Paul Deluxe — $3,299.00

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Throughout the classic-rock era of the 1970s, if you mentioned "Les Paul" to a guitarist they usually heard "Deluxe." Made in the image of the original single-cutaway set-neck Les Paul Standard of 1958 to '60 but with a pair of mini-humbucking pickups for the brighter, more cutting tone that many players were demanding, the Les Paul Deluxe ruled the roost for the better part of a decade, and found an enduring place in the hearts of guitarists and collectors alike that has held fast ever since. Crafted in the image of the most revered version of this model from the early '70s, the Les Paul Deluxe newly recreated by Gibson USA offers all the ingredients that helped this instrument stand out from the crowd, including traditional tonewoods and electronics, superb playability and first-class Gibson craftsmanship. And it's all wrapped in a high-gloss Goldtop nitrocellulose finish to give it the look of the best-loved rendition of the Deluxes of old.

To set a firm foundation for tone, Gibson USA crafts the Les Paul Deluxe with the same tonewoods used in the most beloved example of the model from the 1970s. A carved maple top is glued to a Grade-A mahogany body with traditional weight relief to enhance tone and reduce weight. A Grade-A quarter-sawn mahogany neck is carved to a comfortably rounded profile that measures .818" deep at the 1st fret and .963" at the 12th. It is capped with a rosewood fingerboard with 22 medium jumbo frets and a radius of 12" for easy choke-free bending. Cream plastic binding provides a smooth feel and a classic look. To anchor it all down there's a Tune-o-matic bridge and stopbar tailpiece—two innovative classics of Gibson hardware—and a set of vintage-look Tone Pros tuners with efficient 16:1 gear ratios.

All the ringing resonance and sustain wrought by these ingredients are transmitted to the amp with optimum depth and clarity by a pair of Gibson's legendary mini-humbucking pickups. The Les Paul Deluxe mini-humbuckers are made much like full-sized PAF-style humbuckers with genuine Alnico II magnets but with narrower coils and slightly fewer turns of wire for a sharper, more focused sound. They are perfect for cutting through a heavy band mix, while also going confidently into twangy and jangly genres that Les Pauls aren't usually thought to excel at, without sacrificing any of the depth and muscle that makes a great Les Paul what it is. Routed through the traditional complement of two independent volume controls and two independent tone controls and three-way toggle switch—and a great locking Neutrick® output jack for total plugged-in security—these pickups provide stunning tonal versatility. Put it all together—along with the gold Speed Knobs, "Deluxe" engraved truss-rod cover and LP Deluxe pickguard—all marks of the breed—and you've got an evocative recreation of a model that helped make today's rock what it is.

Each Les Paul Deluxe from Gibson USA comes with a plush-lined hardshell case, owner's manual, warranty and adjustment literature, and is covered by Gibson's Limited Lifetime Warranty and 24/7/365 Customer Service.
 

Body
Top: Maple
Back: Mahogany
Binding: Cream
Body Type: Traditional Weight Relief
Adhesive: Franklin Titebond 50

 

Neck
Species: Mahogany
Profile: 50's-Style
Truss Rod: Traditional Adjustable
Joint Angle: 5° (+/- 15 seconds)
Adhesive: Franklin Titebond 50

 

Neck Fit
Joint: Mortise & Tenon
Adhesive: Franklin Titebond 50
Joint Angle Tolerance: +/- .005"

 

Fingerboard
Species: Rosewood
Frets: 22
Radius: 12"
Nut/E.O.B: 1.695"/2.260"
Binding: Cream
Inlays: Acrylic Trapezoid

 

Nut
Material: Corian
Width: 1.695
Slots: Gibson PLEK System

 

Headstock
Logo: Mother of Pearl "Gibson" Logo with Gold Scripted "Les Paul Model" Silkscreen
Truss Rod Cover: Black and White Antique Bell with "Deluxe" engraved

 

Tuners
Model: Tone Pros® Keystone Vintage tuners
Plating: Chrome
Tuning Ratio: 16:1

 

Bridge
Type: Tune-O-Matic
Material: Zamak
Plating: Chrome

 

Tailpiece
Type: Stop Bar
Material: Zamak
Plating: Chrome

 

Hardware
Knobs: Gold Speed Knobs
Toggle Switch Washer: Cream with Gold Imprint
Pickup Mounting Rings: Cream Plastic
Pickguard: Cream Les Paul Deluxe
Control Plate Cover: Black Plastic
Strings: .010 - .046, Genuine Gibson strings
Strap Buttons: Aluminum

 

Pickups
Neck Position: Mini-Humbucker (Alnico II)
Bridge Position: Mini-Humbucker (Alnico II)

 

Electronics
Potentiometers: 2 Volume Controls, 2 Tone Controls
Type: 300k Linear Volume, 500k Non-linear Tone
Coil Wiring: Machine Wound
Toggle Switch: Three-way Switchcraft with Cream Plastic Tip
Output Jack: Neutrick Jack

 

Finish
Sealer: Nitrocellulose
Surface Texture: High Gloss
Process: 1-1.5 mils

 

Case
Type: Gibson Hardshell
Case Exterior: Black
Case Interior: White Plush

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