SMG Review: Gibson Les Paul Classic Plus ’60s Neck Profile Electric Guitar

The Gibson Les Paul Classic Plus ’60s Neck Profile Electric Guitar!

Gibson was founded by Orville Gibson who made mandolins in Kalamazoo, Michigan, in the late 1890s. He invented arch top guitars by using the same type of carved, arched tops found on violins. By the 1930s, the company was also making flattop acoustic guitars, as well as one of the first commercially available hollow-body electric guitars.  In the early 1950s, Gibson introduced its first solid-body electric guitar and its most popular guitar to date— the Les Paul.

The Les Paul model guitar originally included two models: the regular model which was nicknamed the Gold top, and the Custom model, which offered upgraded hardware and an alternate black finish. Later, with the advancements in pickup design, body construction, and hardware modifications it allowed the Les Paul to become a long-term series of electric solid-body guitars that targeted many price-points and a favorite of electric guitar enthusiasts the world over.

OUT OF THE CASE

I always jump at the chance of taking another Les Paul out of the glass case and firing it up. The Les Paul Classic Plus ’60s Neck Profile is available for a limited time in a series of four beautiful transparent nitro lacquer finishes over AA figured maple tops. The high-output ceramic pickups have that classic Zeppelin tone that we all know and love. The pickups are punchy, with just the right amount of gain, breaking up at just the right levels. The sustain is out of this world and will sing for days. Like our Friend Nigel Tufnel says: You can go and have a bite to eat and you’ll still be hearing that one.

The Gibson Les Paul Classic Plus ’60s Neck is semi-fast with great grip that you can really dig your fingers into. The 60’s profile necks were a bit thinner and therefore allowed you to make smoother runs with less effort. The overall tone of the guitar mixes well with just about any amplifier on the market. I think it sounds best with a natural setting from your amp and not washed out with effects. Like most Les Paul’s, they are heavy and feel like a Cadillac around your neck, but you won’t find better tone anywhere.

THE SPECS

  • Body: Genuine Mahogany
  • Top: AA Figured Western Maple
  • Neck: Genuine Mahogany
  • Profile:’ 60s neck profile
  • Fingerboard: Baked Maple
  • Hardware: Chrome Tune-O-Matic
  • Vintage Style tuners w/Push-in bushings
  • Electronics: Gibson Ceramic 496R/500T
  • Case: Gibson Hard-shell Case

THE LOW DOWN

The Gibson Les Paul Classic Plus ’60s Neck Profile Electric Guitar is a great axe with all the trimmings including that classic feel that many guitarists seek. The pickups are hot with just the right blend of warm and crisp tone from both the neck and bridge pickups. This is a perfect classic rock and blues guitar, that can easily transmission to progressive and jazz music. It stays in tune perfectly while taking even the most brutal of bends. The electronics are smooth and quiet thanks to excellent quality electronics/pots that allow you to adjust the volume and tone with no static interference. Definitely a nice addition to anyone’s collection and it could easily become a mainstay for a touring guitarist.

 

Pros: Great tone, Perfect neck, Quiet electronics, Affordable.

Cons: Coil Tapping not included.

Price range- $1,500-$1,900

Till next week, thanks for reading and keep on shredding!

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  • Every review needs a Nigel Tufnel reference. I was surprised none of the rating went up to 11 :p

  • Rob

    I have been fortunate enough to play a lot of Les Pauls, and I like the heavy, chunky feel of the older Les Paul Standards. When I decided I wanted to treat myself to one, I was convinced I wanted a Les Paul standard, until I tried some. Found the lightweight body unpleasant in feel, and the asymetric neck profile awkward. Saw a Vintage ‘Burst Classic plus on the rack and decided to try it out. That was much more like what I had in mind as it is very heavy, sustains for days and the neck profile is very comfortable. I liked it so much I ended up buying it. Couldn’t be happier with my decision. I love it. Feels like a proper old school Les Paul, sound excellnt and plays like a dream.

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