For its 2015 model guitars, Gibson has updated the entire line with some great improvements that take its guitars to yet another level of excellence. In fact, itís a very exciting time to be purchasing a new Gibson electric guitar and bass!
When you visit Gibsonís website (www.gibson.com), youíll notice that every model guitar and bass has detailed pictures and written descriptions that explain the differences in wood grades (from a plain maple top to the most figured flamed or quilted maple available, or the darkness and grain variations in rosewood fretboards), neck profiles, and hardware, and how these variations contribute to the guitarís overall price. Itís part of a 4C grading system designed to help you find the Gibson guitar thatís perfect for you and your needs.
Then there are the physical updates to the actual guitars. They include: a brass nut with a zero fret and height adjustability (should you want higher action for slidework); a wider neck and fretboard (.50Ē per side) for increased playing comfort; a treated, sanded, and buffered fretboard; a thicker and solid piece of rosewood for the fretboard; a new tune-o-matic bridge with hex-wrench adjustable height via thumbscrews; a removable pickguard that doesnít attach with crews (that one screw on the guard is for appearance purposes); an improved G Force (formerly Min-Etune) automatic tuning system that can tune the guitar with one strum of all the strings; cryogenically treated frets that will last longer and are also 27-percent lower; an improved output jack for a better and uninterrupted signal; and a full setup from and intonation before shipment from Gibson. Also the new SG and Les Paul guitars have a ďLes Paul 100Ē signature on the headstock in place of the traditional logo, which celebrates the centennial of Mr. Paulís birth.
This new Les Paul Classic is indeed a perfect representative of the 2015 models. It's finished in Sea Foam Green and incorporates the aforementioned updates but carries over the signature features of the Classic model. This includes Zebra-Coil í57 Classic (neck) and Super í57 (bridge) pickups that are coil splittable, while a mini-toggle activates a 15-dB boost for leadwork or extra volume when needed. The mahogany body is weight-relieved and also has a clear coat finish that allows you to see the gorgeous mahogany underneath. The maple top has some beautiful and subtle flame figuring that contrasts wonderfully with the Sea Foam color, the cream of the plastic parts (pickguard, pickups, binding, and pickup rings), and the color of the mahogany.
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