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Gibson 2018 Les Paul Faded Product Overview by GAK

The unmistakable Les Paul Faded returns for 2018 with the same iconic look, feel and tone that's made it THE choice for countless guitarists. Simplistic, stripped back playability, iconic Les Paul shape, now with an ultra-modern, weight relieved body.

The Les Paul Faded's body and neck are forged from solid mahogany and feature an eye-catching beautiful maple top. The 2018 Faded retains that signature Les Paul tone and resonance but thanks to Gibson's innovative ultra-modern weight relief, this guitar is extremely light and portable. Straight out of its case we were taken by surprise at just how light this guitar feels. The early Les Pauls reputation of being a heavy model is seemingly now a thing of the past.

The Les Paul Faded's neck has a slim-taper profile and joyously smooth rosewood fretboard that feels instantly natural and workable with your hand, whether commanding rhythmic leads up top or shredding notes at the business end, it has a fantastic level of playability.

Furthermore, the Faded has received Gibson's PLEK processing treatment giving it a string action of unparalleled precision. Playability is greatly optimised and intonation problems eliminated in the 2018 Les Paul Faded ensuring that your guitar is perfectly adjusted and ready to play immediately.

The inspiring history of the Les Paul is brought to life in the 2018 Faded thanks to its PAF (Patent Applied For) inspired humbucking pickups. At the neck, the Faded is fitted with a 490R Modern Classic that delivers a smooth vintage-inspired voice, but with added clarity and mid-range clout. Down at the bridge, the Faded's 490T pickup works in perfect unison with the maple and mahogany to provide a bright sound with plenty of overtones. 

Hardware found on the 2018 Les Paul Faded is robust and functional whilst stylistically complimenting the shape and finish of the guitar. The Faded's black headstock features the classic gold Gibson script and Les Paul model logos, lined with vintage style keystones that add to the guitar's vintage aesthetic. On the main body, the revered Gibson aluminium Tune-O-Matic bridge is paired with an aluminium stop bar, the classic angular black pickguard and black top hat control knobs sit beautifully on top of both the worn cherry and worn bourbon finishes

Includes Gibson padded gig bag.

  • Body Style: Les Paul Faded
  • Body: Mahogany
  • Top: A Grade Plain Maple
  • Weight Relief: Ultra Modern
  • Neck: Maple
  • Neck Profile: Slim Taper
  • Nut Width: 1.695"
  • Fingerboard: Rosewood
  • Scale Length: 24.75"
  • Number Of Frets: 22
  • Nut: Tektoid
  • Inlay: Acrylic Dots
  • Bridge: Aluminium Tune-O-Matic
  • Tailpiece: Aluminium Stop Bar
  • Knobs: Black Speed Knobs
  • Tuners: Vintage Style Keystones
  • Plating: Nickel
  • Neck Pickup: 490R
  • Bridge Pickup: 490T
  • Controls: 2 volumes, 2 tones, 1 toggle switch