Gibson Les Paul Florentine with Bigsby – Limited Run
May 22, 2009 by Charlie
Limited Run Gibson Les Paul Florentine with Bigsby–Using Gibson’s Les Paul Standard as its core design, the 2009 Limited Run Series Les Paul Florentine with Bigsby Tailpiece blends the Les Paul’s iconic form with advanced features keeps the guitar at the forefront of everything else. The standard Les Paul cutaway gives way to the wider and deeper Florentine Cutaway.
First used in 1902 on Gibson’s O-style guitars, and traditionally found on renowned Gibson models such as the legendary Byrdland, the ES-175 and the ES-295, the Florentine Cutaway comfortably improves your reach to the higher frets. Like all the guitars from the Limited Run Series, only 350 of these matchless Les Pauls will be produced and distributed. Each one comes with a black rugged Gibson hardshell case and each Florentine comes with its an exclusive Limited Run Series certificate of authenticity.
The Les Paul Florentine’s most prominent feature is its chrome Bigsby vibrato tailpiece, that really stands out giving that vintage guitar look and feel. Essentially the same design as when it was introduced in the mid 1940s, the Bigsby vibrato tailpiece model B7 allows you to bend the pitch of notes or entire chords for vintage-style vibrato action. It has been a fixture on many Gibsons, and was named after its late inventor, Paul A. Bigsby, who sold his Bigsby Guitar company to former Gibson President Ted McCarty in 1966.
This classic piece of guitar hardware performs flawlessly thanks to numerous added enhancements — including a white graphite nut for optimal string action, a set of locking Grover tuners to help keep the guitar in tune, and a Schaller roller bridge to help the guitar return back to the original tuning after using the Bigsby vibrato bar.
The BurstBucker Pro features an Alnico V magnet (instead of the Alnico II), which offers slightly higher output and allows preamps to be driven a little harder to achieve a more natural break-up. Like all BurstBuckers, the BurstBucker Pro has asymmetrical coils — true to the original PAFs — which supply a more open sound. The BurstBucker Pro Neck is wound slightly less than the original PAFs, while the BurstBucker Pro Bridge is slightly overwound for increased output. The BurstBucker Pro pickups are also wax potted to allow loud volume pressures with minimal microphonic feedback.
The rest of the Les Paul Florentine with Bigsby Tailpiece is a traditional Les Paul. The body consists of a solid mahogany back and topped with a beautiful AA-grade maple top with single-ply antique crème binding. The Florentine also sports the traditional Vintage Sunburst finish, and the neck is the standard Les Paul mahogany neck with a rounded profile and rosewood fingerboard. Other unique appointments include the new Quick-Connect control pocket assembly, which keeps your guitar cord securely connected to the guitar, and a set of Dunlop locking strap pins.
Gibson Les Paul Florentine with Bigsby Specs:
- Body Style: Les Paul Carved Top
- Body Species: AA Maple Top – Mahogany Back
- Plating Finish: Chrome
- Tailpiece: Bigsby Tremelo
- Bridge: Schaller Roller
- Tuners: Grover Kluson Style Green Keys
- Neck Pickup: Burstbucker Pro
- Bridge Pickup: Burstbucker Pro
- Controls: 2 Volume – 2 Tone – 3-Way Toggle
- Control Knobs: Amber Top Hats
- Control Pocket Cover: Black Molded
- Special Features: Quick-Connect Control Pocket Assembly
- Species: Mahogany
- Profile: Asymmetrical
- Nut: White Graphite
- Nut Width: Standard Gibson: 1.695″ +/- .050″
- Headstock Inlay: Gibson Logo
- Silkscreen: Les Paul Model
- Truss Rod: Gibson Adjustable Truss Rod
- Truss Rod Cover: Bell-shaped cover stamped, “Standard”
- Fingerboard Species: Rosewood
- Inlays: Figured Acrylic Trapezoid
- Fingerboard Binding: Antique Cream
- Frets: 22
- Scale Length: 24 – 3/4″
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