Photos: Winter NAMM 2015

Gibson Memphis division displayed a whole different take on a familiar body shape: the ES-Les Paul. While the guitar has the same outward dimensions of the LP, the body is constructed more like that of an ES-335's semi-hollow design. Not only is the instrument lighter, but the tone is enhanced while still being feedback resistant. While offered in several traditional Les Paul colors and NOS finishes, this one is Alpine White.

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Taylor revamped their 600 line of instruments to give the maple back and side guitars a fuller voice, in addition to the cut and projection maple is known for. Among the upgrades are new bracing and a torrefied top. This kind of roasting the wood for the top of the guitar reportedly gives the new 600 series more of a “played in” sound. An added benefit of this process is the resulting “aged” appearance of the top, which is a great match for the new stain finish used for the back and sides.

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