Les Paul range in Gibson`s catalog has changed and evolved over the years in search of the perfect formula and perfect ratio of expensive and affordable models. Various Junior, Special, Studio and Melody Maker models have been in and out of the catalog in past six decades, but 2014 is the year when the largest number of affordable LP models will hit the spotlights at the same time. One of them is 2014 LPM model. Basically, what is Gibson doing with the introduction of the LPM model is an attempt to offer a guitar which will clearly be positioned above the Melody maker, but below the new incarnation of the iconic Studio. LPM is a bit more expensive and a bit flashier variant of the LPJ model, with whom it shares a great deal of specs and features. Solid and single-cut body of the LPM six-stringer is made of mahogany base and a carved maple top. Mahogany base is equipped with several strategically placed holes in order to reduce the overall weight of the guitar (mahogany-based instruments are notorious for their weight). In Gibson`s dictionary, this is called Weight Relief System. Standard set of satin/matte-finished color options is available for LPM, as well. Cherry, Chocolate, Fireburst, Rubbed Vintage Shade and Vintage Sunburst Perimeter are all available for LPM. Standard two-piece bridge section is made up of the tune-o-matic bridge in the front and stoptail bar in the back. These two are the most standard and most usual bridge unit ever used on Les Paul models. 1961 Zebra Alnico V humbuckers with open coils and active electronics are the same ones found on LPJ. Tonal result is pretty much the same, it`s dirty, fat and has immense sustain. Standard set of controls includes two volume knobs, two tone knobs and a three-way toggle pickup switch. Maple neck is fit with a rounded`50s contour in the back, which makes it substantially thicker than the modern thin and asymmetrical necks used on the upscale LP models. Standard mortise & tenon joint and Franklin Titebond 50 glue connect the neck and the body. Standard rosewood fingerboard comes with 22 cryogenically tempered frets with figured acrylic trapezoid inlays, 1.695" wide string nut and standard 12" radius. The MSRP for this sweet little rocker is set at very reasonable $925, which is exactly half way between the LPJ and new Studio.
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