Topflight Features, Outstanding Value, and the Power to Rock! Les Paul Special Humbucker
Les Paul Special Humbucker
Gibson’s Les Paul Junior has been a no-nonsense favorite of rock ’n’ rollers ever since its introduction way back in 1954. This single-cutaway slab-bodied electric guitar always has had a simplicity and affordability that has appealed to punk, blues, grunge and garage rockers, yet a tonal depth and purity that has landed it in the hands of plenty of more refined players, too. Originally issued with a single P-90 pickup in the bridge position, Les Paul Juniors have often been modified to humbucker status by players seeking thicker, creamier tones: with the Les Paul Special Humbucker, Gibson USA takes you straight there in a pre-modded, hotrodded dual-humbucker guitar equipped to carry you everywhere a Les Paul Standard wants to go. Powered by two of Gibson’s most popular humbucking pickups, loaded with classic hardware, and finished in your choice of stunning high-gloss Pelham Blue or Ebony Black—both in hand-sprayed nitrocellulose lacquer—the Les Paul Special Humbucker is outstanding value, and astoundingly versatile.
Just like the first Les Paul Junior built in Kalamazoo 57 years ago, the Les Paul Special Humbucker is made from solid mahogany. An archetypal tonewood used in countless classic Gibson electric guitars, mahogany has a sonic depth and richness that pulses through every note, yet always remains clear and articulate. As a further modification to the slab-bodied template, the Pelham Blue guitars include a comfortable “belly scarf” on the back, while the Ebony Black model excludes the pickguard for that full-on hotrodded look. The guitar’s neck is made from quarter-sawn Grade C mahogany, carved to the fast, yet comfortable SlimTaper™ profile, with a fingerboard of dark obeche, a rich-brown hardwood with excellent tone and durability. For hardware, Gibson USA packs in a classic set of Tune-o-matic bridge with stopbar tailpiece, with vintage-style, white-button tuners.
For all the meat and muscle you’ll ever want to muster, the Les Paul Special Humbucker carries two of Gibson USA’s most popular humbucking pickups, an open-coil 490R in the neck position, and a hotter, open-coil 498T in the bridge position. The 490R is made with a genuine Alnico II magnet for creamy, rich, warm tones, while the 498T has a stronger Alnico V magnet and extra turns of coil wire for added growl and punch in the “lead” position. Both provide superb clarity and sustain, and they make a well-matched set, with a balanced output and excellent round, funky tones when combined in the middle position. Protected in a padded Gibson gigbag, with an owner’s manual and coverage from Gibson’s Limited Lifetime Warranty, as well as Gibson’s acclaimed 24/7/365 Customer Service, the Les Paul Special Humbucker is one of the best values out there in a genuine Les Paul from Gibson USA.