Gibson Launch new Les Pauls at NAMM 2012

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Gibson announced no less than 10 new Les Paul models at NAMM 2012, including some very tasty looking artist guitars and a most unusual B-bender model.

Les Paul Studio – Satin Finish

The Gibson Les Paul Studio Satin Finish features a mahogany body and mahogany neck with a ‘50s rounded profile, maple top, baked maple fingerboard with trapezoid inlays, chrome Tune-o-matic bridge, vintage style tuners and dual Burstbucker Pro pick-ups. Includes a gigbag. Available in Satin Fireburst and Satin Yellow.


Les Paul Jr Special P-90’s – Satin

The Gibson Les Paul Jr Special P-90’s satin features a mahogany body, bound mahogany neck with slim taper profile, baked maple fingerboard with dot inlays, chrome Tune-o-matic bridge, vintage style tuners and dual P-90 soap bar pick-ups. Includes gigbag. Available in Satin Ebony, Satin Cherry, Satin Vintage Sunburst and Satin Yellow.

Les Paul Jr Special Humbuckers – Satin

The Gibson Les Paul Jr Special Humbuckers Satin features a mahogany body, bound mahogany neck with slim taper profile, baked maple fingerboard with dot inlays, chrome Tune-o-matic bridge, vintage style tuners and 490R and 490T open coil pick-ups. Includes gigbag. Available in Satin Ebony, Satin Cherry, Satin Vintage Sunburst and Satin Yellow.

Les Paul Jr Special P-90’s – Gloss

The Gibson Les Paul Jr Special P-90’s satin features a mahogany body, bound mahogany neck with slim taper profile, baked maple fingerboard with dot inlays, chrome Tune-o-matic bridge, vintage style tuners and dual P-90 soap bar pick-ups. Includes gigbag. Available in Ebony, Gloss Yellow, Heritage Cherry and Tobacco Burst.

Les Paul Jr Special Humbucker – Gloss

The Gibson Les Paul Jr Special Humbuckers Gloss features a mahogany body, bound mahogany neck with slim taper profile, baked maple fingerboard with dot inlays, chrome Tune-o-matic bridge, vintage style tuners and 490R and 490T open coil pick-ups. Includes gigbag. Available in Ebony, Gloss Yellow, Heritage Cherry and Tobacco Burst.

“Shred” Les Paul Studio

The Shred Les Paul Studio features a mahogany body with a maple top, mahogany neck with a rosewood fingerboard, chrome Tremolo system with locking nut and 496R and 500T pick-ups. Includes a hardshell case and is available in limited numbers in an Ebony finish.

Les Paul Junior Special with B-Bender

The Gibson Les Paul Junior pecial with B-bender features a mahogany body, a mahogany neck with a 50’s rounded profile and rosewood fingerboard and a chrome bridge convertible for B-Bender or G-Bender use. The guitar is fitted with dual P-90 pick-ups and is available in limited numbers in Antique natural.

Ace Frehley “Budokan” Les Paul

The Ace Frehley Budokan Les Paul features an unbound mahogany back, maple top with 7-ply binding, a Richlite neck with rosewood fingerboard with acrylic block inlay, bound headstock with acrylic split diamond inlay and chrome hardware. Installed are three DiMarzio Super Distortion humbuckers in white. Includes a hardshell case. Available in limited numbers in Heritage Cherry Sunburst.

Zakk Wylde “Vertigo” Les Paul

The Zakk Wylde vertigo Les Paul features a mahogany body with a maple top with Les Paul Custom binding on the top and back, a ‘50s profile maple neck finished in natural satin and a maple fingerboard with acrylic block inlays and white binding. The headstock has multi-ply binding with split diamond inlays, all hardware is chrome including the Grover Kidney tuners and the guitar id outfitted with EMG-85 and EMG-81 pick-ups. Includes hardshell case. Available in limited numbers in Vertigo.

Paul Landers Signature Les Paul

The Gibson Paul Landers Signature Les Paul features a weight relieved mahogany body, a maple top with grey/silver binding, mahogany neck with Obeche fingerboard, a black Corian nut and chrome hardware including Grover Locking Keystone tuners and strap locks. Pick-ups are EMG-60 and EMG-81 with only one volume control. There is a “Paul Landers #1” coin attached to back of headstock. Included is a hardshell case and the guitar is available in limited numbers in Satin Ebony finish.

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MNJ has been writing articles, reviews and blogs for the DV online magazine for the last five years or so. Although he has been playing for longer than he cares to remember and is now officially an 'oldie', he is still mad for all things guitar related and when not busy in his studio he's learning new songs, practising bluegrass guitar, painting his house and taking his dogs out. If banished to a desert island and forced to take only one guitar he'd take a Les Paul. Actually, make that several Les Pauls, a Strat, a Tele, an ES-335, a vintage Martin and some boutique amps. Battery powered obviously.

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