Gibson Les Paul All Wood
Gibson unveils the Les Paul All Wood, the latest iteration of their popular guitar with figured maple top and back.
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According to the company, this new model celebrates the organic beauty of the Les Paul by minimizing the non-wood components and allowing the hand-selected tonewoods to take center stage.
Gibson stayed true to the "All Wood" label by crafting every component that's conceivably possible from wood, including the usual plastic parts. This focus on wood is paired with the tried and tested humbucker and hardware configuration used on many Les Pauls from the past.
According to the official description, "The result is a guitar that not only looks extremely special, but one that rings and resonates like no other."
Instead of going for the traditional mahogany back and maple top combination, the Les Paul All Wood features a highly figured Grade AAA maple top and matching Grade AAA maple back. Sandwiched between the two figured maple wood is a chambered mahogany core with the company's modern nine-hole weight relief.
The neck of the guitar is also crafted from Grade-AAA maple and features a rosewood fretboard. The 22-fret fingerboard is also bound in maple, with maple block inlays and a highly figured maple headstock face that continues the all-wood theme. It has a tektoid nut that is 1.696" wide and Gibson used computerized PLEK system for consistency.
The usual plastic parts of the guitar were replaced with wood. The guitar's truss-rod cover, control back plates, and pickup rings are all made from rosewood, while the control knobs are chrome with abalone inserts.
Unfortunately, Gibson has not come up with an all-wood pickup yet, so they utilized two '57 Classic humbuckers. These pickups are described as a close reproduction of late '50s era PAF humbuckers which according to the company produces "warm, purring neck tones, raw, raunchy bridge settings, and endless voices in between."
Other hardware include 14:01 Grover Kidney tuners, Tune-o-matic bridge and stop bar tailpiece. The guitar features antique natural nitrocellulose lacquer finish that highlights the fine grains of the guitar's premium wood. Finally, it comes protected in a Historic Brown Gibson hardshell case.
The new Les Paul All Wood guitar has an MSRP of $3,499. For further information and other details, visit Gibson.
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