NAMM 2007 Highlights: Gibson

Alongside the long-awaited HD.6X-Pro digital guitar covered in issue 286, Gibson has brought a varied suit of new electrics and acoustics to the Anaheim party. First out of the blocks is the heavyweight Les Paul BFG, Gibson’s solution for the raw powermonger featuring a mahogany chambered body housing a Burstbucker 3 bridge humbucker and a single-coil P-90 in the neck, and a kill switch.

On a more retro vibe, the Les Paul Melody Maker is an affordable recreation of the late 50s models, with a specially designed single-coil pickup and vintage-style wraparound tailpiece.

Back in Les Paul land, we encounter the Les Paul Classic Antique with its figured maple top and ’57 Classic PAF humbuckers, available in Heritage Cherry Sunburst, Honey Burst, Vintage Sunburst, Wine Red. The Les Paul Classic Custom in Antique Ebony nods to the legendary Black Beauty Les Pauls, sporting new gold-appointed ’57 Classic humbuckers.

The CJ-165 acoustic offers a smaller body tailor-made for fingerstle and flatpicking, and the company describes the new SG Select as its “most exquisite” SG on account of its bookmatched AAA flame maple body, and three-piece flame maple neck. The new Explorer Pro has been updated with a smaller, lightweight mahogany body and powerful 496R and 500T humbuckers, and is available in Ebony, Natural or Natural Satin finish.

Finally, two signature models complete the picture: the Kiefer Sutherland KS-336 in (we kid you not) aged Kiefer Gold; and the Elliot Easton Custom SG with modifications from the Cars legend.

Visit Gibson to find out more.


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