Back in the 1952, the first serial production Les Paul Gold Top (in 1952 entire body, back of the neck and headstock were painted gold) started out with a pair of P90 pickups with white plastic covers, trapeze bridge, 22-fret fingerboard and a set of six green key tuners. By 1957, only the top of the body remained golden; pickups changed to humbuckers (the original PAFs) and the bridge section morphed into an ABR-1 tune-o-matic bridge with stoptail bar in the back. 2016 Les Paul `50s Tribute concentrates on the late `50s models (predominantly on the legendary `57), sporting humbucker pickups, two-piece bridge and dark back color schemes.
Les Paul `50s Tribute 2016 HP is a vintage-modern guitar, made up of a smart combination of historic and modern features. It starts off with a single-cut body made of mahogany back (with modern weight relief) and plain maple top. One-piece mahogany neck features a rounded (`59) profile and is covered with a 22-fret rosewood fingerboard (12" radius, modern 1.745" zero fret nut, trapezoid inlays, 12" radius).
498T in the bridge and 490R in the neck position give that classic rock tone we all know and love. Gold-plated output jack, titanium bridge saddles & string nut, Gibson`s G Force tuners and two-piece bridge unit complete the specs list. Traditional version of this model costs $899, while the High Performance variant costs some $350 more. These $350 make enough of a difference for all players, except the hard core vintage LP fans, to think twice before choosing the cheaper version.
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