Up for sale, a 2013 Gibson Les Paul Traditional in perfect working order, notably well-kept save for minimal aftermarket relicing, and complete with the original hardshell case. This well-crafted Les Paul captures the look and feel of a genuine vintage example, with a ’50s-style neck carve, nitro lacquer finish, and an upgraded pair of Seymour Duncan Custom Shop Antiquity humbuckers.
Featuring the classic tonewood complement of a solid, non weight-relieved mahogany body capped by a bookmatched AA flame maple top and a mahogany neck with a rosewood fretboard, this Les Paul weighs 10lbs 1oz and dishes out plenty of natural sustain and warmth, qualities faithfully captured by the upgraded Seymour Duncan Custom Shop Antiquity humbuckers. These pickups are an exacting tonal recreation of the original PAF, delivering the articulate-yet-mellow tone that has led to endless copying of Seth Lover’s original design. The frequencies are well balanced, with soft, sweet treble attack, a warm, full-sounding low end, and just enough midrange to remain articulate whether clean or dirty. These particular Antiquity humbuckers were wound by Maricela Juarez, the “Queen of the SD Custom Shop,” who has wound pickups for artists including Eric Clapton, Billy Gibbons, George Harrison and Slash, to name just a few. This Les Paul Traditional has been professionally setup here at Mike & Mike’s Guitar Bar with 10-46 strings, low action, and spot-on intonation.
The mahogany neck has a ‘50s-style chunky C-shaped “baseball bat” profile carve with generous, inviting shoulders in every register and ideal heft, measuring .940” deep at the 1st fret and 1.040” at the 12th. The rosewood fretboard features pearloid trapezoid inlay and a medium jumbo fretwire. The frets exhibit a touch of light wear beneath the plain strings on the crowns of frets 1-12. This guitar plays cleanly up the 24 3/4“ scale with a straight neck and a responsive, optimally-adjusted truss rod, and the nut measures 1 11/16” in width. On the headstock, the Kluson Deluxe double-line bolt-bushing tuning machines turn smoothly and hold accurate pitch, with aged keystone buttons.
All of the electronics function as intended; the upgraded Seymour Duncan humbuckers are wired to the stock harness and governed by a three-way pickup selector switch with dedicated Volume and Tone controls. The pickup baseplates retain their stickers and Juarez’s handwritten initials. The pickup covers were originally gold, largely stripped back to nickel with some gold remaining on the cover perimeters and pole pieces. The chrome plating on the bridge and stopbar is notably clean, and plastics comprise the cream switch tip and pickup surrounds, along with the quartet of gold speed knobs.
The gloss nitro lacquer finish splits the difference between a diffused Cherry Sunburst and a Light Burst, exhibiting light aftermarket relicing, including extensive subtle “shattered glass” lacquer checking on the bookmatched, tightly figured AA flame maple top, and simulated buckle rash through the gloss on the back at the bass-side waist. Additional honest playwear is limited to a handful of minor dings and faint finish scratches on the body as a whole. The smooth gloss finish on the neck profile is immaculate.
The original Gibson USA-branded hardshell case is included, along with the factory paperwork.