One of a handful of guitars joining Gibson USA’s Limited Run 120th Anniversary Celebrations, the Les Paul Traditional Flame Top makes for a timely reminder of what makes the world’s most influential electric guitar such a long-running success. Combining classic tonewoods with vintage-spec pickups and top-notch hardware, this gorgeous guitar adds your choice of three grades of flame maple top—Level 3 (AA), Level 2 (AAA), Level 1 (AAA+)—made even more luscious beneath a high-gloss Heritage Cherry finish, to recreate the look of the most desirable Les Pauls ever produced.
The Les Paul Traditional 120 Flame Top begins with a non-weight relieved Grade-A mahogany body and a gorgeous flame maple top. This echoes the beauty of the highly desirable tradition of Les Pauls through the years, a vibe that’s carried through with a slim, fast neck profile on its Grade-A mahogany neck. A one-piece Grade-A rosewood fingerboard with frets over binding carries traditional trapezoid inlays, and there’s a commemorative “120th Anniversary” banner at the 12th fret. Vintage tones follow classic looks, thanks to a pair of 1959 Tribute humbuckers. Made with Alnico II magnets, 42 AWG enamel-coated wire, and slightly mismatched coils just like the original PAFs, these pickups capture all the depth and edge of the best humbuckers made from 1957-’60. Finish it off with quality TonePros™ Kluson® tuners, a Tune-o-matic bridge and stopbar tailpiece and cradle it in a brown hardshell case and you’re good to go!
Orville Gibson founded the company in 1902 as “The Gibson Mandolin-Guitar Mfg. Co., Ltd.” in Kalamazoo, Michigan to make mandolin-family instruments. Gibson invented archtop guitars by constructing the same type of carved, arched tops used on violins. By the 1930s, the company was also making flattop acoustic guitars, as well as one of the first commercially available hollow-body electric guitars, used and popularized by Charlie Christian. www.gibson.com