One of the more enduring Les Pauls is the Deluxe model. This icon from the classic rock days of the '70s has reappeared as part of Gibson's 2015 models, and it's better than ever. When the Deluxe was first introduced in the late '60s, it was remarkable for having mini-humbucker pickups that delivered a particularly bright tone (these pickups were previously used on '60s Epiphone models).
For 2015, the Deluxe has re-emerged with some big improvements, particularly with the pickups and electronics. For example, those mini-hums are now more tonally balanced between the neck and bridge. They are also coil-splittable and the electronics include a boost for additional output when needed. The pickups also feature extra Alnico V magnets and additional coil windings that allow for more clarity and punch when they're split. Physically, the guitar now features modern, nine-hole weight relief on the mahogany body (underneath the signature maple top), a one-piece mahogany neck with an asymmetrical and rounded profile, and a rosewood fretboard. The Gibson Deluxe includes the updates Gibson has made for all of its 2015 models, including an adjustable brass nut and improved G-Force (formerly Min-Etune) automatic tuning. In the end, however, it's a Les Paul Deluxe that brings old and new together for a new era.
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