From his start with country hell-raiser David Allan Coe to his 18 years with the Allman Brothers Band to the heavy and melodic improvisation of Gov’t Mule, Warren Haynes has blazed a trail that draws on the best of American music. With the voice of an old-school soul shooter and the guitar prowess of a legend, Haynes is both a formidable band leader and blistering sideman who cares deeply about all things musical. Throughout it all Haynes has remained primarily a Gibson player, alternating between one of his many beloved Les Pauls, ES-335s and non-reverse Firebirds, and the Warren Haynes Les Paul Standard is a true testament to the brilliance of the man ranked 23rd on Rolling Stone’s 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time.
A true virtuoso, Haynes draws on the spacious improvisation of jazz titans like Sun Ra, Miles Davis and John Coltrane to give his music spiraling dynamics and beautiful breathing room. He has also developed a loose, fluid command over this instrument of choice. Nowhere is this more evident than in his loose, elastic attack when it comes to bending notes. Perhaps as a result of his masterful slide playing style, Haynes is that special guitarist that clearly understands how to get the most from every note, wrenching maximum emotion out of every lick.
Body and Neck
This exceptional instrument begins with the most basic Les Paul feature, a carved plain maple top with a solid mahogany back. Single-ply crème –colored binding adorns the top and the top and bottom of the fingerboard. The neck is also a solid piece of mahogany with a 22-fret rosewood fingerboard, figured acrylic trapezoid inlays and neck profile modeled after the 1958 Les Pauls. The finish is a carefully faded burst, given the name Haynes Burst in honor of the guitar’s namesake.
All nickel hardware that includes a TonePros locking bridge and tailpiece and Schaller strap locks, along with vintage-style tuners, a bone nut and frets installed over the binding. The pickups consist of a Gibson Burstbucker 1 in the neck position, and a Gibson Burstbucker 2 in the bridge, delivering all the power and punch of vintage PAF Gibson humbuckers expected from a traditionally appointed Les Paul Standard. Each Warren Haynes Les Paul Standard comes with a standard Gibson Custom case and a certificate of authenticity personally signed by Warren Haynes.