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Neck and Headstock
The neck of the Les Paul Studio 50s Tribute is constructed from solid mahogany, cut using the superior “quarter sawn” orientation for improved strength and resonance.
The neck on the Les Paul Studio 50s Tribute is carved to Gibson’s comfortable, rounded 50s profile, which offers a smooth playing feel in the hand. This neck shape has been a favorite with many players since its arrival on the Les Paul in the early 50s.
The 12-inch radius of the Les Paul Studio 50s Tribute fingerboard provides smooth note bending capabilities and eliminates “dead” or “choked out” notes, common occurrences on fingerboards with lesser radiuses.
The angled, classical-style peg head and mahogany neck work together to provide exceptional tonal richness and resonance from the neck, with a good string definition and sustain.
When fitting the neck and body together, we take advantage of our precise measuring equipment so that all angles, pitches and alignments maintain a tolerance within .005 of an inch. Not only does this help to keep your guitar in tune but it also maintains proper string alignment relative to the fingerboard.
Gibson uses what is known as the Mortis & Tenon joint to bind neck to body so that the two pieces form one solid unit. This time-tested technique has been used for millennia in all the great woodworking arts—from shipbuilding to cabinetry—to create one solid wood unit from two separate sections, and has been proven to yield a stronger neck and body than if the instrument was made from a single piece of wood.
The Les Paul Studio 50s Tribute headstock is carefully angled at Gibson’s traditional 17 degrees, which increases pressure on the strings and helps them stay in the nut slots. An increase in string pressure also means there is no loss of string vibration between the nut and the tuners, which equals better sustain.
Gibson’s traditional truss rod, found in most all of our guitars, is highly responsive to the individual adjustments you’ll want to make to personalize and optimize string action and sustain.
The Gibson logo — one of the most globally recognized logos of all time — is silkscreened in gold across the top of the headstock face of the Les Paul Studio 50s Tribute, with “LP Model” silkscreened along the center of the headstock.
The adhesive used to join neck and body is Franklin Titebond 50, one of the strongest glues on the market today.
The average weight of the neck is .98 lbs.
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Fingerboard and Nut
The neck of the Les Paul Studio 50s Tribute carries a rosewood fingerboard, the traditional fingerboard of the original Les Paul Standard. Rosewood is both hardwearing and sonically superlative, adding sweetness and depth to the guitar’s overall sound. In keeping with the Studio series, the fingerboard remains unbound, a look and feel that also echoes the great Les Paul Special and Junior model guitars of the 50s.
The Les Paul Studio 50s Tribute sports 22 medium-jumbo frets, all immaculately dressed and polished.
Rosewood fingerboards are known for their rich, round tone.
The Les Paul Studio 50s Tribute fingerboard carries acrylic trapezoid position-marker inlays, echoing the traditional look of the original Les Paul Standard.
The nut on the Les Paul Studio 50s Tribute is made from Corian, which is mainly composed of acrylic polymer. This popular synthetic alternative to bone offers a very durable material, delivers enhanced sustain, and holds the tolerances of the precision cuts made in the slotting process. It is installed into the top surface of the neck, butting up to the end of the fingerboard to ensure proper tone and sustain transfer, and its nut slots are cut with Gibson’s PLEK system to ensure precise fit, break angle, and string spacing.
The width of the nut on the Les Paul Studio 50s Tribute is approximately 1.695”, the traditional nut width of Gibson electric guitars.