Considered the quintessential solidbody electric guitar by generations of musicians, the Les Paul has achieved legendary status — and the Gibson Les Paul Traditional 2019 carries forward that legacy. Maple-topped mahogany delivers a balanced combination of warmth and brightness that's enhanced beautifully by a set of vintage-inspired Burstbucker pickups. On top of that, historically handwired circuitry infuses this guitar with an unmistakable sonic appeal. When you hit the stage, all eyes will be on you, thanks to the Les Paul Traditional's stunning AA-grade maple top. Vintage-style keystone tuners and a meaty rounded neck profile complete the package.
At its introduction in 1952 and for six years thereafter, the Les Paul was a bit like Ford's Model T: you could have any color you wanted — as long as it was gold. Sunburst finishes first appeared in 1958, placing more importance on the quality of the maple used for the guitar's top. The 2019 Les Paul Traditional goes above and beyond in the tonewood department with a resplendent AA-grade figured maple top, ensuring that the guitar looks every bit the top-tier musical instrument that it is. The beautifully figured maple caps premium mahogany body for the unmistakable warmth, sustain, and cutting power Les Pauls are famous for. And the rounded-profile mahogany neck is topped with a silky-smooth rosewood fingerboard that guitarists here at Guitar World just love to play.
Comfort and playability were two of Gibson's primary concerns when they were designing the 2019 Les Paul Traditional. You'll be delighted at how this guitar's rounded-C neck profile comfortably fills your hand in just the right way. For your playing pleasure, the rosewood fingerboard is buffed to silky smoothness and bound so no fret ends impede your dexterity. The frets are dressed to perfection using a Plek Pro machine for optimized playability. Typically reserved for top-dollar custom guitars, this process levels the frets with pinpoint precision, providing you with the most playable fretboard you're likely to own.
When it comes to capturing that classic Gibson tone, nothing beats the sound of Burstbucker pickups. You'll love the tight low end, complex midrange, and sweet highs you'll get out of these pickups — it's everything you expect when you pick up a Gibson! That's because Burstbucker pickups were designed to re-create the sound of original PAF humbuckers to perfection. So if you want the time-tested tone of a classic Gibson, the Les Paul Traditional is the guitar for you.