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Sammy Hagar Red Rocker Les Paul
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Neck and Headstock
The neck of the Sammy Hagar Red Rocker Les Paul is constructed from one solid piece of quarter-sawn, lightweight Grade A mahogany for improved strength and resonance. The luthiers at Gibson USA carefully match the grains and weights of these guitars’ bodies and necks to optimize tone and sustain.
Despite its hot, contemporary looks, the Sammy Hagar Red Rocker Les Paul nails the legendary traditional Les Paul tone in several ways, and the angled, classical-style peg head and mahogany neck contribute to this by providing exceptional tonal richness and resonance from the neck, with a good string definition and sustain.
The neck on the Sammy Hagar Red Rocker Les Pauls are carved to a comfortable, rounded profile, with a thickness that measures 0.838” at the first fret and 0.983” at the 12th.
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. Gibson USA achieves this strong, reliable joint with the use of CNC routers to cut both body mortise and neck tenon, which results in an ultra-tight fit and, therefore, superior resonance and sustain.
In line with contemporary Les Pauls, the neck is attached to the body at a pitch of 5° (+/- 15 seconds)
Just like the original Les Pauls of the ’50s, and many classic Gibson models, the Sammy Hagar Red Rocker Les Paul’s headstock is carefully angled at Gibson’s traditional 17 degrees. This subtle yet crucial element of the guitar’s design 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 nearly 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 traditional, period-correct Gibson logo is inlaid in mother of pearl across the top of a holly headstock veneer, with the “Chickenfoot” logo (a rectangular “peace sign”) silkscreened in white across the center of the headstock face.
This body/neck joint is further strengthened with the use of Franklin Titebond 50, one of the strongest glues on the market today.
Fingerboard and Nut
The Sammy Hagar Red Rocker Les Paul 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.
The Sammy Hagar Red Rocker Les Paul’s fingerboard carries 22 jumbo frets, all immaculately dressed and polished.
Rosewood fingerboards are known for their rich, round tone, which contributes added depth and dimension to the overall complexity of the Sammy Hagar Red Rocker Les Paul’s voice.
Just like that of the original Les Pauls and countless classic Gibson electric guitars, the Sammy Hagar Red Rocker Les Paul fingerboard is carved to a 12-inch radius, which provides smooth note-bending capabilities and eliminates “dead” or “choked out” notes, common occurrences on fingerboards with lesser radiuses, and is another feature that has helped to make this guitar a blues-rock legend.
The Sammy Hagar Red Rocker Les Paul fingerboard carries acrylic trapezoid position-marker inlays, echoing the traditional look of the original Les Paul Standard.
The nut on the Sammy Hagar Red Rocker Les Paul is made from nylon in the image of the original Les Paul. 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 Sammy Hagar Red Rocker Les Paul is approximately 1.695”.