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Les Paul Push Tone

The ability to change pickups by simply pushing them out of the guitar and unhooking them represents a huge—and extremely practical—innovation for guitarists. Gibson USA is proud to introduce the new Les Paul Push Tone—Guitar of the Month for May 2008. Changing pickups has never been easier. A new Gibson-designed system allows players to push the pickups out of the guitar, disconnect the wire clips, and plug in a new set of pickups in a matter of minutes. The new Les Paul Push Tone comes with two sets of Gibson pickups—a set of Burstbucker Pros and a set of P-94s. Go from the vintage humbucker tone of Gibson’s legendary Burstbuckers, to the punchy and sweet tone of the humbucker-size, single-coil P-94s—or mix and match the two for a broad selection of tonal combinations. The electronics of the Les Paul Push Tone offer a high-fidelity boost with the addition of Gibson-designed, 24K gold-plated potentiometers manufactured by Bourns—one of the world’s leading makers of electronic components for guitars. A newly designed output jack from Neutrik—renowned makers of audio and video connectors—locks your guitar cord in place, preventing the unexpected loss of connection. The body is solid mahogany with a beautiful AAA figured maple top, an Antique Natural finish, and a matched bridge and tailpiece set from TonePros. The neck is one-piece mahogany with Gibson’s traditional ’50s rounded profile, an ebony fingerboard with maple fretboard inlays unique only to the Les Paul Push Tone, and locking Grover tuners. The new Les Paul Push Tone comes with a custom Guitar of the Month case from Gibson USA.

Antique Natural

Finishes

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Hot Points

The Gibson Logo

The Gibson Logo
The Gibson name has always stood for innovation and cutting-edge instruments, and the new Les Paul Push Tone will certainly carry on this historic legacy. The Gibson logo itself is made from hand-cut mother of pearl, and inlayed into a pressed fiber-head veneer that is then glued to the face of the mahogany headstock. It’s been done the same way for years, and it continues to convey the heritage of the most recognizable name in music. There is simply no equal.



Adjustable Truss Rod

Adjustable Truss Rod
The adjustable truss rod—another Gibson innovation—allows a guitar to be set up using a variety of string gauges and string heights, which makes any style of playing a possibility on any guitar. Before this ground-breaking discovery in the early 1920s, the truss rod was used mainly to strengthen and stabilize the neck. Now, different string tensions can be easily accommodated with a simple adjustment to the tilt of the neck. Also, the adjustable nut is at the base of the headstock and easily accessible, even while the strings are still on the guitar.



Angled Headstock

Angled Headstock
Gibson’s revolutionary angled headstock is carved out of the same piece of mahogany as the neck, then carefully sloped to 17 degrees. The angle maintains pressure on the strings and keeps them firmly in the nut slots. This also enhances string vibration between the nut and the tuners and contributes to the guitar’s ability to boost sustain.



’50s Rounded Neck Profile

’50s Rounded Neck Profile
The new Les Paul Push Tone has many of the long-established features of the Les Paul, one of which is Gibson’s traditional ’50s rounded neck profile—the thicker, rounder profile which emulates the neck shapes of the iconic 1958 and 1959 Les Paul Standards. Like all Gibson necks, it is first machined in Gibson’s rough mill using wood shapers to make the initial cuts. But the final sanding is done by hand, which means there are no two necks exactly alike. Each neck is slightly different with a distinct but traditional feel.



22-Fret Ebony Fingerboard

22-Fret Ebony Fingerboard
The Les Paul Push Tone joins Gibson’s long list of fine instruments with ebony fingerboards. The fingerboard itself is constructed from the finest ebony on the planet, which is personally inspected and qualified by Gibson’s team of skilled wood experts. The resilience of this dense and durable wood makes these fingerboards extremely balanced and stable, and gives each chord and note unparalleled clarity and bite. The 12-inch radius of the fingerboard provides smooth note bending capabilities and eliminates “dead” or “choked out” notes, which can occur on fingerboards with lesser radiuses.



Nickel and Silver Alloy Fret Wire

Nickel and Silver Alloy Fret Wire
The fret wire on the Gibson models is a combination nickel and silver alloy (approximately 80 percent nickel and 20 percent silver) specifically designed for long life and superior wear. Gibson’s traditional “medium/jumbo” fret wire is first shaped by hand, then cut to an exact 12-inch radius. After hand pressing it into the fingerboard, a machine press finishes the job to eliminate the gap between the bottom of the fret wire and the fingerboard.



Maple Trapezoid Inlays

Maple Trapezoid Inlays
Classic trapezoid inlays are one of the most distinguishable features of many traditional Gibson models, and the new Les Paul Push Tone is no exception. The one difference is they are made of maple, giving the Push Tone a unique look by matching inlays to the Antique Natural finish of the maple body top. The inlays are inserted into the fingerboard using the same process as any other inlay, thus eliminating any gaps and the need to use filler material.



Set-Neck Construction

Set-Neck Construction
A glued neck joint has been a staple of the Gibson guitar design since the very beginning of the company. The benefit is the elimination of any air space in the neck cavity, and the assurance of maximum wood-to-wood contact between the neck and body, which allows the neck and body to function as a single unit. The result? Better tone, better sustain, and no loose or misaligned necks.



Mahogany Back and AAA Figured Maple Top

Mahogany Back and AAA Figured Maple Top
The joining together of a solid mahogany back and maple top is a time-honored tradition at Gibson, and a critical part of making any Les Paul. The formula employed to select the wood and dry it is just as important. On the Push Tone, the mahogany back is matched with a stunning AAA figured maple top, both of which are personally inspected and qualified by Gibson’s team of skilled wood experts. Inside the Gibson factories, humidity is maintained at 45 percent, and the temperature at 70 degrees. This insures all woods are dried to a level of “equilibrium,” where the moisture content does not change during the manufacturing process. This guarantees tight-fitting joints and no expansion, and controls the shrinkage and warping of the woods, in addition to reducing the weight. It also improves the woods’ machinability and finishing properties, and adherence to glue. Consistent moisture content means that every Les Paul Push Tone will respond evenly to temperature and humidity changes long after they leave the factory.



Chambered Body

Chambered Body
There’s something about playing a guitar with perfect tone, balance, and weight. One of the ways the expert craftsmen at Gibson USA achieve this equilibrium is by carving carefully mapped-out chambers in the Les Paul’s solid mahogany back using a Computer Numeric Controlled (CNC) router before the maple top is glued on. The positioning of the routes was established after careful examination of the resonant characteristics of the Les Paul. Gibson approached this process with the awareness that every change to the formula would have repercussions on the instrument’s sound. So, in addition to relieving the stress on a player’s back and shoulder, these lighter Gibson guitars also enhance the tone palette in a manner unique only to these guitars. The results are comfortable, lightweight guitars that are acoustically louder, with increased sustain and resonance.



Burstbucker Pros, P-94s, and Push Tone Technology

Burstbucker Pros, P-94s, and Push Tone Technology
Gibson USA’s new Les Paul Push Tone gives you the option of changing pickups at a moment’s notice, and comes equipped with two sets of traditionally different pickups to choose from—Gibson’s legendary Burstbucker Pros and the humbucker-size P-94 singlecoils. The new Gibson-designed Push Tone system lets players push the pickups out of the guitar, disconnect the wire clips, then plug in a new set of pickups in a matter of minutes. Each pickup is mounted on a base backed with a metal plate that holds it in place against the body of the guitar using a set of powerful magnets. You can plug in the Burstbuckers, or the P-94s, or any combination of both. The Burstbuckers are the result of Gibson’s drive to recapture the magic of the original “Patent Applied For” humbucker pickups of the 1950s, and feature Alnico V magnets. The P-94s adapt Gibson’s legendary P-90 to fit into the slot of a humbucker pickup. They offer a soulful, classic tone by delivering more warmth than a standard singlecoil with higher output and sweet treble response. As with all Gibson pickups, every part of these pickups are precisely manufactured at Gibson USA in Nashville, Tennessee, insuring tight, seamless fittings, and superior workmanship.



TonePros Tune-O-Matic Bridge and Stopbar

TonePros Tune-O-Matic Bridge and Stopbar
The original Tune-o-matic bridge was the brainchild of legendary Gibson president Ted McCarty in 1954. It was a true revelation in intonation, and set a standard for simplicity and functionality that has never been bettered. This pioneering piece of hardware provides a firm seating for the strings, allowing the player to adjust and fine-tune the intonation and string height in a matter of minutes. It also yields a great union between the strings and body, which results in excellent tone and sustain. It is combined with a separate “stopbar” tailpiece, essentially a modified version of the earlier wraparound bridge. The new Push Tone comes with TonePros’ version of the Tune-o-matic bridge and stopbar tailpiece, which offer increased sustain and bell tone harmonics.



Nickel Grover Roto-Grip Tuners

Nickel Grover Roto-Grip Tuners
Gibson USA’s Les Paul Push Tone is outfitted with a set of Grover Roto-Grip tuners—a new and improved locking version of Grover’s pioneering Rotomatic tuners. The new Roto-Grips are an engineering marvel, with style and performance exactly suited for the Les Paul Push Tone. With a unprecedented gear ratio of 18:1, the new Roto-Grips deliver precision tuning with a ball-bearing style thumbwheel locking mechanism, all housed in a durable frame that provides maximum protection for the gear and string post. All moving parts are cut for exact meshing, eliminating the possibility of slippage.



Potentiometers By Bourns, Output Jack By Neutrik

Potentiometers By Bourns, Output Jack By Neutrik
The electronics of the Les Paul Push Tone get a high-fidelity boost with the addition of Gibson-designed, 24K gold-plated potentiometers manufactured by Bourns—one of the world’s leading makers of electronic components for guitars. A newly designed output jack from Neutrik—renowned makers of audio and video connectors—locks the guitar cord in place, preventing the unexpected loss of connection.



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Les Paul Push-tone
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