Gibson Les Paul Standard 7 String: Magnificent Seven?
A new limited run with one little extra...
Gibson Les Paul Standard 7 String. AAA flame maple top · Source: http://www.gibson.com/Products/Electric-Guitars/2016/USA/Les-Paul-Standard-7-String-Limited.aspx
Gibson Les Paul Standard 7 String. Something extra? · Source: http://www.gibson.com/Products/Electric-Guitars/2016/USA/Les-Paul-Standard-7-String-Limited.aspx
A new limited edition Gibson Les Paul Standard 7 string model has been announced today. This little number is hand-made in the USA – but will the extra string be your thing?
Seven-string guitars definitely have their place in modern guitar and music styles. But every time I have owned one, I have quickly found that they aren’t for me and I usually end up getting rid of them fairly quickly. However, some players can really make them sing and I can see why Gibson has made chosen 2016 to introduce these new 7 string versions of the Standard Les Paul.
It’s really a pure Les Paul Standard at heart, just with a slightly wider neck and, of course, a set of 7-string pickups. The pickups on this model are actually a set of Seymour Duncan JB/59 humbuckers rather than the standard Gibson own-brand you usually get on a Les Paul. This particular set is a tried and tested combination, so should sound great for most styles of music.
The guitar is finished in a very nice-looking AAA flamed maple top and will certainly appeal to Les Paul fans looking for a more traditional look, even though this guitar is far from a regular Standard model.
Real mother-of-pearl inlays are set into the rosewood fretboard. Oddly, the scale length is still the traditional Gibson 24.75″, so I am not sure how that low B string will sound. Gibson has made a few 7-string guitars in the past, so they probably know what they are doing and it should be fine. The headstock sports a set of Grover tuners, which normally means excellent tuning. The bridge is a traditional tune-o-matic, albeit made for seven strings.
You can get the new Les Paul Standard 7 String in either Tobacco Burst, Trans Amber and Heritage Cherry Sunburst. There are only 100 guitars being made in each colour, so it’s a very limited worldwide release.
RRP: USD $2,499 inc. Gibson hard case
Full specification on the Gibson Les Paul Standard 7 String can be found here
- Gibson Les Paul Standard 7 String: http://www.gibson.com/Products/Electric-Guitars/2016/USA/Les-Paul-Standard-7-String-Limited.aspx
As you install your strings, you might also try top wrapping. You pass your strings through the guitar tailpiece from the pickup side and wrap them around the top. By lowering the break angle and lowering the tension, this will make your strings slinkier and more easier to bend while also reducing string breakage. This method and modification have no associated costs. It is well known that Joe Bonamassa uses a wrap-around to make his 11-string guitar sound like a 10.5-string.