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2016 ES-Les Paul Special
No-nonsense styling for a great semi-solid hybrid
$1,899
The 2016 ES-Les Paul Special delivers this hugely popular new semi-solid hybrid design in the long-running "Special" rendition, where no-nonsense styling meets superb affordability. A flat top, dot inlays in a thermally engineered maple fingerboard, and black Corian nut deliver unbeatable value in an outstandingly versatile guitar, while 57 Classic and Super 57 humbuckers, rolled black neck binding, quality hardware and other features wrap up a hard-working guitar you'll be proud to own.
Body
Top
Back
Top
Wood Species: Maple, Poplar, Maple
Pieces: 3-Ply
Grade: A - Figured
Binding: Black
 
Back
Wood Species: Maple, Poplar, Maple
Pieces: 3-Ply
Density: Plain
Binding: Black
 
Rims
Species Wood: Maple, Poplar, Maple
Pieces: 3-Ply
Grade: Plain
Weight
Weight Relief: Maple, Poplar, Maple
Average Weight (body only): 1.3925 kg / 3.070 lbs.
 
Materials Used
Glue: Franklin Titebond 50
Etc.:
 
Tonal, Resonant, and/or Technical Effect: The sound waves resonate within the hollow airspace of the Maple veneered Body, around the F-holes, and throughout the solid glue joints.
 
Body Contour
Carve: ES-LP (Semi-Hollow)
Neck
Neck
Wood Species: Maple
Pieces: 1
 
Details
Truss Rod: Modern
Profile: Rounded "C"
Thickness at Fret 1: 21.59 mm / .850"
Thickness at Fret 12: 24.13 mm / .950"
Other Materials: Assembly 65 glue
Average Weight: 544.31 gm / 1.2 lbs
 
Peg Head
Type: SP-1
Inlay: None
Peg Head Binding: None
Silkscreen: Gold "Les Paul Model"
Headstock Angle: 17 degrees
Tonal, Resonant, and/or Technical Effect: The rounded neck provides an ergonomic feel and the maple adds a bright tonal quality with increased sustain.
 
Neck Fit
Joint Angle: 4 degrees
Joint Angle Tolerance: 0 deg 0 min 15 sec
Type: Mortise and Tenon
Adhesive: Franklin Titebond 50
Gauges Used: Pitch Height Gauge
Nut
Style: Black
Material: Corian
Width: 4.2863 cm / 1.6875"
Slots: E: 1.2268 mm / 0.0483 inches
A: 0.9601 mm / 0.0378 inches
D: 0.6934 mm / 0.0273 inches
G: 0.4534 mm / 0.01785 inches
B: 0.3467 mm / 0.01365 inches

e: 0.2667 mm / 0.0105 inches
 
Fingerboard
Wood Species: Torrified Maple
Pieces: 1
Shade: Medium
 
Fingerboard Details
Radius: 30.48 cm / 12 "
Frets: 22
Nut/End of Board: 4.2863 cm / 1.6875" @ nut, 5.2375 cm / 2.062" @ end of board
Scale: 62.865 cm / 24.75"
Binding: Black
Side Dots (Color): White
 
Fingerboard Inlays
Style: Dot
Material: Pearloid
Dimensions: 6.35 mm / 0.25"
Average Weight: 129.2738 gm / 4.56 oz
Finishes
Iced Tea Burst
Color Code: TE
Surface Texture: Smooth/ Hi Gloss 90 Sheen Lacquer
Filler: N/A
Sealer: 1-1.5 mils
Top: Iced Tea Burst
Top Coat: Hi Gloss Lacquer/ 90 Sheen 7-8 mils
Scraped:
Color Code:
Surface Texture:
Filler:
Sealer:
Top:
Top Coat:
Scraped:
Electronics
Pickups Rhythm Lead
Style: '57 Classic Super '57 Classic
Winds/Coil: Screw side/Slug side: 5250/5250 5750/5750
Material of Wire (gauge): 42E 42E
Coil Dimensions (per coil): 6.6294 cm x 1.7272 mm / 2.61" x 0.68 " 6.6294 cm x 1.7272 mm / 2.61" x 0.68 "
Coil Material: ABS ABS
Coil Winding Process: Machine Wound Machine Wound
Pole Piece Material: Nickel plated steel Nickel plated steel
Pole Piece Position from Nut: 47.3075 cm / 18.625" 59.52998 cm / 23.437 inches
Slug Material: Nickel plated steel Nickel plated steel
Slug Dimensions (diameter x length): 4.7498 mm x 1.24206 cm / 0.187" x .489" 4.7498 mm x 1.24206 cm / 0.187" x .489"
Magnet Material: Alnico II Alnico II
Magnet Position from Nut: 48.26 cm / 19 " 58.7375cm / 23.125 "
Magnet Dimensions: 6.35 cm x 1.27 mm / 2.5" x 0.5" 6.35 cm x 1.27 mm / 2.5" x 0.5"
Polarities: Screw side is the south pole of magnet Screw side is the south pole of magnet
Cover: Nickel plated Nickel plated
Qfactor: 5.95 5.15
ResistanceDC: 7.92k ohms 8.72k ohms
Resonant Frequency: 2450 Hz 2210 Hz
Tonal & Resonant Advancements: Matched coil windings for classic humbucker tone with enhanced highs. Wax potted to suppress feedback.
Control Pocket Assembly Lead Volume Rhythm Volume
Type: vCTS 500K Linear
Peak Voltage: 1080V
Range: 0-500K
Power Rating: 1/4 watt above 100K ohms
Resistance Tolerance: 500K +/- 20%
Minimum Resistance: 100 ohms
 
  Lead Tone Rhythm Tone Varitone
Type: CTS 500K Audio
Peak Voltage: 1080V
Range: 0-500K
Power Rating: 1/4 watt above 100K ohms
Resistance Tolerance: 500K +/- 20%
Minimum Resistance: 100 ohms
 
Capacitors: Lead Value Rhythm Value
  .022mf .022mf
Hardware
Tuning Keys
Style: Kluson Single Ring Tulip Button
Material: Body is stamped steel with plastic tulip button
Weight: 22.6796 gm / 0.8 oz
 
Tuning Keys Details
Tuning Ratio: 15:01
Gear Type: Synchronized spur gear system
What is allowable turn: +/- 4 degrees
Plating specs: Nickel
Part numbers: 430-14006 / 430-14007
 
String Dimensions
E: 1.1684mm / 0.046"
A: 0.9144 mm / 0.036"
D: 0.6604 mm / 0.026"
G: 0.4318mm / 0.017"
B: 0.3302mm / 0.013"
e: 0.2540mm / 0.010"
 
Bridge
Style: ABR-1
Material: Die cast alloy
Plating Specs: Nickel
Part number:
Weight:
 
Dimensions of String Slots
E: 1.2268 mm / 0.0483 inches
A: 0.9601 mm / 0.0378 inches
D: 0.6934 mm / 0.0273 inches
G: 0.4534 mm / 0.01785 inches
B: 0.3467 mm / 0.01365 inches
e: 0.2667 mm / 0.0105 inches
 
Tailpiece
Style: Stop Bar
Compensated: No
Material: Die cast zinc
Plating Specs: Nickel
Part number: 430-11738 / 430-10566 (Studs)
Weight: 113.3981 gm / 4.0 oz
 
Output Jack
Style: 1/4" mono
 
Jack Plate
Style: None
Material: N/A
Part Number:
Weight: 2.0 gm / 0.07 oz
 
Strap Buttons
Material: Aluminum
Plating Specs: None
Part numbers: 430-19150
Weight: 2.268 gm / 0.080 oz
Plastics
Pick Guard
Style: N/A
Part Number: N/A
 
Truss Rod Cover
Style: Black and white bell with engraved F-Hole
Part Number: 430-19802
 
Knobs
Style: Black Top Hats
Part Number: 430-19669
 
Dial Pointers
Yes/No: Yes
Control Plate(s) (Backplate Cover)
Style: N/A
Part Number: N/A
 
Control Plate(s) (SwitchPlate Cover)
Style: N/A
Part Number: N/A
 
Switch Washer
Style: Black with hot stamp gold
Part Number: 430-19295
 
Trim Rings
Style: Black
Part Number: 440-13580
Accessories
Case
Style: Hard Shell
Color: Black
 
Strap Locks: No
Tools: None
 
Manual: None
COA/Other: Gibson Memphis COA
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