Gibson Les Paul Classic 7 String

Gibson Guitars introduce their first Les Paul with extended low-end range , the Les Paul Classic 7-String.

Gibson Les Paul Classic 7 String

This release expands the company'sr 7-string guitar lineup, which previously only came from Explorer and Flying V models.

The Les Paul Classic 7-String is probably influenced by the Epiphone Matt Heafy Les Paul Custom-7, only this time it retains the classic appearance of a traditional LP, and built by Gibson USA. At first glance, you can easily mistake it for a 6-string, but looking closer will reveal the extra tuner on the headstock.

Staying true to the LP design, this guitar retains a traditional 24.75" scale length, shorter than typical 7-string guitars. This prompted some to express their concern about the low B-string flopping, of which others defended the shorter scale saying that it will also work.

The single cutaway body of the guitar is carved from mahogany and features weight-relief cavities. Following traditional LP builds, it comes with an arched maple top with cream binding.

The glued-in neck is also made of mahogany, and topped by a one piece rosewood fretboard with mother of pearl trapezoid inlays. It is carved into a SlimTaper neck profile that's favored for easy playability. As expected the nut width is wider at 1.969", while the neck radius is 12". Like the body fretboard is also bound with cream binding.

Capturing the sound of the guitar is a familiar combination of Seymour Duncan ’59+ in the neck position and hot JB in the bridge. This dual humbucker configuration is widely used on rock and metal friendly instruments from various manufacturers, so it is quite a surprise to find Gibson utilizing this combination for a 7-string guitar that is labeled as "classic".

Further establishing the guitar's modern tone flavors is push-pull coil-split capable circuit. This allows for brighter sounding single-coil sounds, expanding the tones that the guitar can produce. Two volume controls and one master tone knob is provided for tone shaping. If that's not enough, the Les Paul Classic 7 String comes with an onboard 15 dB boost switch.

Other hardware include Grover Keystone tuners, 7-string tune-o-matic bridge and stop bar tailpiece. The Les Paul Classic 7-String is currently only available in black finish, and comes protected in a Vintage Brown Gibson hardshell case.

The MSRP for the new Gibson Les Paul Classic 7 String guitar is $2,499. For more information, head over to Gibson.

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