2012 Gibson Les Paul Traditional Pro in beautiful Pelham Blue.
This literally makes me sick and I really, really hate to do this but home finances and the fact my wife needs a new car demands I do. This is a fine guitar and its quality exceeds my asking price. It is totally flawless and has never left my home studio, except to have mods done. Below is info from Gibson and below that are the mods/refinements I had done to make this my favorite guitar I have ever owned. Taking design and visual cues from the Les Paul’s of the '80s and '90s, the Les Paul Traditional Pro featuresBurstBucker 3 and '57 Classic pickups with push/pull coil splits, '50s neck profile, Grover locking tuners, antique binding, period-correct pickguard, vintage Gibson top hat knobs, and the revolutionary Plek set up.
With all the fat, sweet, snarling Les Paul tone that purist’s love, the new Gibson Les Paul Standard Traditional Pro sports a mahogany body with a thick maple cap for the perfect blend of warmth and clarity. The top is finished in high-gloss lacquer, while the back, sides, and neck have a smooth satin finish that feels great and lets the wood resonate fully. The more traditional '50s neck profile is the thicker, rounder profile, emulating the neck shapes of the iconic 1958 and 1959 Les Paul Standards. Each Les Paul Traditional also comes with Gibson USA's standard black snakeskin case.
The creme-colored pickguard has been a Les Paul staple dating back to the models of the late 1950s and the early 1960s. Many players, however, removed the pickguard from their Les Pauls to show off the beauty of the flame maple tops, prompting Gibson to stop installing the pickguard altogether. During the 1980s and 1990s, Gibson began reinstalling the pickguard in the factory, and the Les Pauls from this era once again arrived in stores bearing the classic, creme-colored pickguard. The Les Paul Traditional comes equipped with a period-correct pickguard, designed to protect the maple top.
Pickups: Neck - '57 Classic; Bridge - BurstBucker 3
Among the qualities that make Gibson's original "Patent Applied For" humbucking pickups so unique are the subtle variations between coil windings. For the first few years of their productions—1955 to 1961—Gibson's PAF humbuckers were wound using imprecise machines, resulting in pickups with slightly different output and tone. The BurstBucker 3 and '57 Classic Plus pickups are the result of Gibson's drive to capture and recreate this characteristic. Introduced in 1992, the '57 Classic provides warm, full tone with a balanced response, packing that classic Gibson PAF humbucker crunch, inspired by those original PAFs that received a few extra turns of wire. Both are made by Gibson to the exact same specs as the original PAFs, including Alnico II magnets, nickel-plated pole pieces, nickel slugs, maple spacers, and vintage-style, 2-conductor braided wiring. Gibson added poly-coated wiring, which improves consistency by eliminating thick or thin spots on the wiring, and wax potting, which removes all internal air space and any chance of microphonic feedback. Both pickups offer coil splitting for single-coil sounds via push/pull switching in the volume controls.
Revolutionary Plek Set Up
The Les Paul Traditional is the first model from Gibson USA to utilize the revolutionary Plek machine in setting up the guitar. The Plek is a German-made, computer-controlled machine that carefully measures each fret, along with the fingerboard height under each string, and then automatically dresses each fret, virtually eliminating string buzz and greatly improving the overall playability of the guitar. This pioneering process does in minutes what it takes a luthier several hours—sometimes even days—to accomplish. Every fret is accurately aligned, and the guitar is properly intonated, leaving the instrument "Plek'd" and amazingly playable.
To see the process of putting the binding on the Les Paul Traditional is to really appreciate the effort and attention that Gibson puts into each instrument. A lone craftsman will carefully glue and fit 2 pieces of binding around the entire body of a Les Paul. He then winds a single, very long piece of narrow cloth around the entire body until the entire surface is nearly covered. The body is then hung to dry for a full 24 hours before it is unwrapped and moved into the next phase of production. It has been done the same way for over 100 years. Some question the value of adding binding, but Gibson believes it is a fundamental part of our rich guitar-making history. The binding adds elegance to the Les Paul Standard, and helps protect the edges of the body. The neck binding is installed over the fret ends, which eliminates sharp fret edges and provides for a smooth neck and easier playability. Features
Top: Carved maple
Neck: Set mahogany
Neck Profile: '50s
Scale length: 24-3/4"
Fingerboard: Bound Rosewood
No. of frets: 22
Nut width: 1.69"
Bridge: Tune-O-Matic with stopbar tailpiece
Tuners: Locking Grover
Bridge pickup: potted BurstBucker 3 humbucker with push/pull coil splitting
Neck Pickup: '57 Classic with push/pull coil splitting
These are the Mods/Refinements done by Mouradian Guitar in Massachusetts…
Removed small low quality capacitors
Install Axial Tone Caps
Rewired for VOS wiring
Dressed tuning machines
Cleaned Truss Rod Cavity
DE burred/Smoothed Fingerboard edge
Installed Tone Pro Bridge/Studs/Locking Stop Studs
Dunlop Dual Strap locks
Ernie Ball Cobalt’s .10-46
Complete Setup: Action, Truss Rod, Intonation, Stop Height, Pickup Heights, Nut Regulation, Hardware check
Comments from Mouradian: Plays Excellent
As I stated I cannot find a mark or a blemish on this guitar. She’s beautiful and I love to play her. The tone is 2nd to none. The split coils offer such a wide range of tones and so much fun to play with. Guitar comes with OHSC.
I cannot find any Pelham Blue Les Pauls for sale anywhere. Im going to be adding more pics soon. These are before the mods.
Asking $1600 plus $75 for shipping/insurance ConUS only.