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March 25, 2013

2012 Gibson Les Paul Traditional

Filed under: Guitars — S. Kindley @ 5:24 pm
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Gibson Les Paul Traditional

Gibson Les Paul Traditional

This is my 2012 Les Paul Traditional in Ice Tea Burst. This one is one of the more rare ones in that it has a 1 piece back. Most had two or more pieces. My LP is completely stock except for the addition of Schaller locking strap buttons. The Gibson model number is LPTD-ITCH1.

Click ‘more’ to see a demo video and the specs!

Gibson Les Paul Traditional


  • Top: Maple
  • Back: Mahogany
  • Body Type: Traditional Weight Relief
  • Adhesive: Franklin Titebond 50
  • Each Les Paul  Traditional is made from a figured two-piece Grade-AA maple top attached  with ultra-strong Franklin Titebond 50 glue to a solid, one- or  two-piece Grade-A mahogany body.
  • The average weight of the final completed body is 5.7 lbs, before neck and hardware are added.


  • Species: Mahogany
  • Profile: 50’s Style
  • Binding: Single-ply Cream Binding
  • Truss Rod: Traditional Adjustable
  • Joint Angle: 5° (+/- 15 seconds)
  • Adhesive: Franklin Titebond 50

Neck Fit

  • Joint: Mortise & Tenon
  • Adhesive: Franklin Titebond 50
  • Joint Angle Tolerance: +/- .005″
  • The neck of the Les Paul Traditional is constructed from one solid piece of quarter-sawn, lightweight Grade-A mahogany. The neck on the Les Paul Traditional is carved to a comfortably rounded ’50s “D” profile. The average weight of the neck is .98 lbs.


  • Species: Rosewood
  • Frets: 22
  • Radius: 12″
  • Nut/E.O.B: 1.695″/2.260″
  • Inlays: Figured Acrylic Trapezoids
  • The Les Paul Traditional carries a Grade-A rosewood fingerboard, the traditional fingerboard of the original Les Paul Standard. The fingerboard carries 22 medium-jumbo frets made from traditional nickel-silver wire. The Les Paul  Traditional fingerboard carries acrylic trapezoid position-marker  inlays, echoing the traditional look of the original Les Paul Standards.


  • Material: Corian
  • Width: 1.695
  • Slots: Gibson PLEK System
  • The nut on the  Les Paul Traditional is made from Corian, a dense, hard material known  for its outstanding ability to transfer the strings’ vibrational energy.


  • Logo: Mother of Pearl “Gibson” Logo with scripted “Les Paul Model”
  • Truss Rod Cover: Black and White Antique Bell with “Traditional” engraving
  • Just like the  original Les Pauls of ’50s, and many classic Gibson models, the Les Paul  Traditional headstock is carefully angled at Gibson’s traditional 17  degrees. The classic  Gibson logo is inlaid in mother of pearl across the top of the  headstock, with “Les Paul Model” silkscreened in gold along the center  of the headstock face. The traditional truss-rod cover is engraved with  the “Traditional” model name.


  • Model: Kluson-style Tone Pros with Green Tulip Buttons
  • Plating: Chrome
  • Tuning Ratio: 16:1
  • The headstock of  the Les Paul Traditional is equipped with Kluson-style Tone Pros tuners with green tulip buttons. These keys have a vintage look that complements the model, while offering an extremely efficient 16:1 turns ratio for precise tuning performance.


  • Type: Nashville Tune-O-Matic
  • Material: Zamak
  • Plating: Chrome
  • The Les Paul  Traditional carries a “Nashville” Tune-o-matic bridge that is made from  zamak and plated in chrome. This bridge provides a firm seating for the  strings, while also allowing the player to adjust and fine-tune the  intonation and string height in a matter of minutes.


  • Knobs: Gold Speed Knobs
  • Pickguard: Cream
  • Toggle Switch Washer: Cream with Gold Imprint
  • Control Plate Cover: Black plastic
  • Strings .010 – .046, Genuine Gibson strings
  • Strap Buttons: Aluminum – (Mine are Schaller strap locks)


  • Neck Position: ’57 Classic
  • Bridge Position: ’57 Classic Plus
  • Gibson’s 57 Classics use Alnico II bar magnets, just like many of the most prized original PAF humbuckers. In the bridge  (lead) position, the 57 Classic Plus offers a bright, cutting tones  through clean amps and more midrange snarl and bite through overdriven  amps, accurately capturing the versatility of an original PAF humbucker  in the bridge position. In the neck position, the 57 Classics presents  the optimum blend of warmth, depth, and clarity, a tone that is equally  suited to blues, jazz, and sweeter, mellower pop and rock styles.


  • Potentiometers: 2 Volume Controls, 2 Tone Controls
  • Type: 300k Linear Volume, 500k Non-linear Tone
  • Coil Wiring: Machine Wound
  • Toggle Switch: Three-way Switchcraft with Creme Plastic Tip
  • Output Jack: Traditional 1/4″
  • The guitar’s two  independent Tone controls consist of quality 500k non-linear  potentiometers, each with a .022mF tone capacitor for a broad, usable  range from these controls.


  • Sealer: Nitrocellulose
  • Process: 1-1.5 mils
  • Heritage Cherry Sunburst
  • Desert Burst
  • Honey Burst
  • Iced Tea
  • Light Burst
  • Gold Top
  • Ebony
  • Chicago Blue
  • Wine Red


  • Additional Materials: Each Les Paul Traditional comes with adjustment literature, and documentation for the guitar’s Limited Lifetime Warranty, along with Gibson’s 24/7/365 Customer Service.


  • Type: Gibson Hardshell
  • Case: Exterior Black
  • Case Interior: White Plush Lining


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    Trackback by michael kors montres — March 27, 2013 @ 4:37 am | Reply

  2. Iteresting which capacitor here? In my 2011 Ceramic. In 2013 Orange Drop

    Comment by Andrew Zeleno — December 30, 2013 @ 12:49 pm | Reply

    • It shipped with the cheap ceramic type from the factory. I’ve since changed it out to PIO Bee’s – 0.022 bridge, 0.015 neck. Kept the stock wires and pickups.

      Comment by S. Kindley — December 30, 2013 @ 6:43 pm | Reply

      • thanks for answer! btw my guitar resonates just a little. less than my epiphone lp. I think it’s because Trad has thick body and neck. Unplugged guitar sounds hollowly. But after recording it’s the same like others Traditionals. Do you have the same thing?

        Comment by Andrew Zeleno — December 30, 2013 @ 6:52 pm

      • To my ears it resonates like any other Gibson Les Paul with the “swiss cheese” weight relief. I have no idea how weight relief is done on an Epiphone LP.

        Comment by S. Kindley — December 31, 2013 @ 11:10 am

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