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USED Gibson Memphis ES-Les Paul Special Iced Tea Burst


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Here is an exceptionally clean Gibson ES Les Paul Special in classic Iced Tea burst lacquer finish. This 2016 model hails from Memphis and gives you best of both the Les Paul and 335 worlds in a slick package with all the fixin's. The center-block semi-hollow designs gives the humbucking pickups a breathe of new life, and with Maple/Poplar/Maple construction this bad boy is also easy on the shoulder.

This Memphis Gibson ES Les Paul features:

  • Maple/Poplar/Maple laminate construction - 6.4 pounds
  • Transparent Amber Nitrocellulose finish
  • Rounded C maple neck, 1-11/16" nut width, 12" radius
  • Torrified maple fretboard
  • Trapezoid inlays
  • Kluson tuning keys
  • ABR-1 bridge and stop tailpiece
  • Classic 57 Alnico 2 neck pickup - 7.9K
  • Classic 57 Plus Alnico 2 bridge pickup - 8.7K
  • CTS 500k pots, .022mf capacitors
  • Original certificate and owner's manual
  • Original brown tolex hardshell case

The ES-Les Paul will get your attention with the lightweight materials and true semi-hollow tone. How does semi-hollow affect the tone? In our opinion, semi-hollow tends to even out the guitar's response, providing more balance between highs and lows. They do lose a bit of low end attack, so if your thing is chugging riffs, solid body may be your best bet. But for nuance, sensitivity and the feeling of "air" around the notes, there is something to be said for semi-hollow.

This guitar is also equipped with a nice set of Gibson vintage-flavored pickups. If you've read any of our humbucker reviews we've come to the conclusion that the best sounding sets are wound to a mild resistance and use fairly weak magnets. Of course with all of the different musical styles that humbuckers serve this is not a universal truth. However if you want sweet clean power with creamy overdrive tones, this is a tried-and-true recipe. Both pickups utilize Alnico 2 magnets, and are wound with vintage output in mind. Alnico 2's softer magnetic field -- as compared to the more common Alnico 5 -- produces sweet top end and singing sustain at the expense of some low end bite. Not quite the recipe for tight metal chunk, but Alnico 2 is the secret sauce of many rock greats like Slash and Billy Gibbons. Especially at the bridge, Alnico 2 produces lots of musical brightness without the metallic, sharp nature of some higher output pickups.

This Gibson ES Les Paul Special is completely 100% original with Memphis Certificate. The guitar is in excellent condition and comes ready to do some serious work. There is not a lot we can say about this guitar: Chances are if you are looking at it, you know what it's all about.