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Gibson USA | CME Exclusive Les Paul Standards
Chicago Music Exchange is proud to announce our first line of CME Exclusive Gibson Les Paul Standards, based on two of our favorite burst finishes from Gibson Custom Shop!
CME Exclusive Gibson Les Paul Standard ’50sThe CME Exclusive Gibson Les Paul Standard ’50s models feature a distinguished Dirty Lemon Burst inspired by the beautifully fading original cherry bursts from the late ’50s. Standard ’50s models boast a Vintage ’50s neck profile, rosewood fretboard, and gold “top hat” control knobs with pointers, plus Vintage Deluxe tuning machines with keystone buttons.
CME Exclusive Gibson Les Paul Standard ’60sThe CME Exclusive Les Paul Standard ’60s models feature a vibrant, rich red-orange Tomato Soup Burst. Standard ’60s models also come with a 1960 slim-taper neck profile, rosewood fretboard, gold “top hat” control knobs with pointers, and Grover Rotomatic tuning machines with kidney buttons.
Gibson “T-Type” Humbucking Pickups
Both CME Exclusive Les Paul Standard ’50s and Les Paul Standard ’60s come equipped with a pair of Gibson T-Type humbuckers, to provide a well-rounded top-end chime! Developed in collaboration with Chicago Music Exchange for an exclusive 2019-2021 run of CME Exclusive SG Standards, “T-Type” pickups are a replica of Gibson’s T-Top humbucker pickups used from 1968-1980—the same model pickup Jimmy Page installed in the bridge his own 1959 Gibson Les Paul Sunburst, affectionately dubbed his “No. 1,” which helped to forever define the sound of ‘70s hard rock.
Renowned for their consistency, clarity, and note definition, Gibson’s original T-Tops became known for offering brilliant chime without sacrificing low-end. Meticulous replicas of the T-Top, “T-Type” pickups feature Alnico 5 magnets, a low-to-moderate 7.45k ohm DC resistance, polyurethane insulated wire, and chrome covers, and they are built to clean up beautifully with a turn of the volume knob for incredible dynamic range and pure tone at all decibel levels.
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