Gibson Announces The Les Paul Traditional 12-String
Gibson has a long and glorious history
of crafting top-notch electric 12-string guitars, from the elegant
ES-335-12 of 1965, to the EDS-1275 that enabled Led Zeppelin's
Jimmy Page to segue seamlessly from the 12-string intro to
"Stairway to Heaven" to the ripping 6-string solo in live
performance. Now Gibson USA merges its 12-string expertise with a
legendary electric for what might be the most powerful-sounding and
best-playing rendition of the breed ever created: the Les Paul
Traditional 12-String. The guitar is equipped with all the
hallmarks of the popular Les Paul Traditional, including its
legendary tonewoods, groundbreaking hardware complement and
sensational humbucking pickups, with minor alterations to make it a
solid and smooth-playing 12-string electric. To top it all off, the
Les Paul Traditional 12-String is available in your choice of the
three most popular Les Paul finishes-Heritage Cherry Sunburst,
Goldtop and Ebony Black-all in high-gloss nitrocellulose lacquer,
and complemented with traditional vintage-cream binding and
pickguard and gold speed knobs.
Like all of the finest Les Pauls, the Les Paul Traditional
12-String starts with a body made from choice mahogany, weight
relieved for your comfort, and capped with a carved maple top
(Grade-A maple used beneath the Heritage Cherry Sunburst finish).
This combination offers a time-tested marriage of tonewoods that
combines the best elements of mahogany's depth and richness and
maple's clarity and definition. To this foundation, Gibson USA adds
a glued-in Grade-A maple neck for the extra stability demanded by
the string tension of this 12-string model. The neck is carved to a
fast, comfortable '60s profile that measures .800" deep at the 1st
fret and .875" at the 12th, and is topped with a Grade-A rosewood
fingerboard with 22 medium-jumbo frets and traditional acrylic
trapezoid inlays. In order to accommodate six extra strings without
cramping your playing style, Gibson USA ekes out a little extra
real estate on the 'board by extending the width of the PLEK-cut
Corian™ nut to 1.750". The extended headstock remains true to Les
Paul style, with a mother-of-pearl Gibson inlay and gold "Les Paul
Model" silkscreen, a truss-rod cover engraved with "Traditional,"
and 12 high-quality Mini Grover tuners.
The pickups are the final key factor in blasting the Les Paul
Traditional 12-String through sonic territory into which 12-string
electric guitars rarely venture. A '57 Classic in the neck position
and a '57 Classic Plus in the bridge provide singing chime, sweet
in-between tones, or brilliant leads at the flick of a three-way
switch, providing more guts and glory than you've ever heard in a
12-string before. Both pickups are made in the style of Gibson's
legendary PAF humbuckers, with Alnico 2 magnets and 42 AWG wire,
with extra turns in the bridge pickup's coils for added grind and
gusto. An iconic Tune-o-matic bridge and stopbar tailpiece, both
modified for the 12-string, provide firm anchors for excellent
resonance and sustain, and easy intonation adjustment. All in all,
it's a classic "Traditional" electric 12-string, and one of the
most powerful and versatile 12s ever produced.
Each guitar comes protected in a plush-lined hardshell case with
black exterior, and includes owner's manual and adjustment
literature, along with Gibson's Limited Lifetime Warranty and
24/7/365 customer service.
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