A modern, vibrant spin on the Les Paul design, Gibson have stripped their iconic instrument down to it's very soul!
Body & Neck
The body is comprised of mahogany and A-grade plain maple, but with Gibson's ultra-modern weight relief. You're getting a combination of top-end clarity, the warm resonance you'd expect from traditional mahogany Les Pauls, but in a more practical lightweight package. The worn cherry finish adds a touch of rustic yet vivid character to this 2018 model.
For the neck, you'll notice that the Classic is a dream to play thanks to a slim-taper profile and its velvety-smooth rosewood fretboard. The use of mahogany in both the neck and the body is what gives these guitars their famed neverending sustain - every note sings like you wouldn't believe!
Pickups & Electronics
The PAF formula helped put Gibson on the map back in the day, giving players a full-bodied sound they'd never have imagined. The Faded is loaded with pickups that owe the essence of their sound to the PAF's ground-breaking design.
In the neck position, you've got a 490R Modern Classic that gives you a typically fat sound but with a hotter top-end friendly response. In the bridge you have a 490T; the T stands for treble, so as you may have guessed, the aim here is to compliment both the brightness of the maple and the richness of the mahogany, but with loads of extra crispy overtones!
The pickups are left exposed to the elements, so you'll attain a rough-around-the-edges tone that matches the faded finish perfectly. Combined with black speed knobs, vintage-style keystone tuners and aluminium hardware, this guitar seriously looks and sounds the part!
Here's what Gibson say about the 2018 Les Paul Faded
The Les Paul Faded guitar fully embodies the celebrated Les Paul feel and tone in a spirited, worn finish. The mahogany body and maple top complement a pair of genuine PAF-inspired humbucking pickups to deliver the impressive power and sustain made famous by legendary Les Paul guitars.
The Les Paul Faded is also extremely comfortable to play thanks to the innovative Ultra-Modern weight relief and Slim Taper neck.
- Series Gibson Model Year 2018
- Body Style: Les Paul Faded
- Body: Mahogany
- Top: Plain Maple
- Finish Worn Cherry
- Weight relief: Ultra-Modern
- Binding: None
- Neck: Maple
- Neck profile: Slim Taper
- Nut width: 1.695”
- Fingerboard: Rosewood
- Scale length: 24.75”
- Number of frets: 22 - Medium - Cryogenically Treated
- Nut: Tektoid
- Inlay: Acrylic Dots
- Binding: None
- Bridge: Aluminum Tune-O-Matic
- Tailpiece: Aluminum Stop Bar
- Knobs: Black Speed Knobs
- Tuners: Vintage Style Keystones
- Plating: Nickel
- Case: Softshell
- Neck pickup: 490R
- Bridge pickup: 490T
- Controls: 2 volumes, 2 tones, 1 toggle switch