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|Gibson Guitar announced several new models to debut at NAMM 2007 conference in Anaheim, California, room 204A.
One of the most radical Les Pauls Gibson has ever made, the Les Paul BFG is a stripped-down, rock ’n’ roll machine. Blasted back to the bare essentials, the BFG is the Les Paul for guitarists who want rich, full tone and raw power. Two volume knobs and one tone knob dial in the high-powered Burstbucker 3 humbucker in the bridge position and the screaming, singlecoil P-90 in the neck position. The traditional toggle has been rewired as a kill switch, and a mini-toggle at the volume knobs controls pickup selection. The BFG has no binding, no figured top, no finishing touches, just pure Mahogany chambered body and unsanded maple top.
Resurrecting one of the most popular guitars in Gibson’s history, the Melody Maker is an accurate, affordable recreation of the original Melody Makers of the late 1950s. Originally introduced as a student model, much like the Les Paul Junior, the Melody Maker became a player’s favorite for its light weight, comfortable neck, and great tone. Today’s Melody Maker is no exception. With a period-correct pickguard housing a special design singlecoil pickup, a vintage-style wraparound tailpiece, rounded neck profile, and slim, light body, the Melody Maker is a great value for players. The Melody Maker has Mahogany neck and body, wraparound tailpiece, chrome hardware, and will be available in Vintage Sunburst, Ebony and Worn White finish.
Part of the new Modern Classic series from Gibson Acoustic in Bozeman, Montana, the CJ-165 is the next step in the evolution of the iconic SJ 200. With all the resonance of a larger guitar, the CJ-165 is designed for players needing a smaller body profile for the precision of fingerstyle and flatpicking runs. As comfortable as it is beautiful, the CJ-165 is available with either figured maple or AAA Indian rosewood back and sides. With a Sitka spruce top and 1930s-style, wide-scalloped X-bracing, rolled fingerboard edge, low string height, hiigh quality pickup and preamp, and Grover tuners, the CJ-165 is available in Antique Natural or Vintage Sunburst finish.
Drawing on the specifications that have made the Les Paul a legendary electric guitar, the Les Paul Classic Antique continues Gibson’s popular Classic line with the vintage touches guitarists love. With a beautiful, figured maple top and ’57 Classic PAF humbuckers, the Les Paul Classic Antique allows players to experience the power and performance of an original Les Paul at an affordable price. Available in Heritage Cherry Sunburst, Honey Burst, Vintage Sunburst, Wine Red.
With all the vintage tone of the Les Paul Classic Antique, the Les Paul Classic Custom draws on the legendary Black Beauty Les Pauls of the past. With a beautiful ebony, single-bound body, gold hardware, and new, gold-appointed ’57 Classic humbuckers, the Classic Custom looks as amazing as it sounds. An affordable, vintage-styled Les Paul for today’s players. Available in Antique Ebony.
The Gibson Custom Shop is proud to present the Kiefer Sutherland Inspired By KS-336. Designed in close cooperation with the legendary film actor and star of the hit series 24, the KS-336 is based on a Custom Shop CS-336 model that Sutherland fell in love with. The Kiefer 336 features a tonally chambered back and sides made from a single piece of mahogany. The top is carved, two-piece maple. The top finish is based on the unique look of an aged Goldtop—Custom has affectionately named the color Kiefer Gold. The fretboard is ebony, with a classic Super 400-style inlay. The hardware is aged nickel and the guitar has a bone nut. The pickups are Gibson ’57 Classic Plus humbuckers.
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