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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Gibson used the Les Paul name on a prototype acoustic they were showing at their booth. The body is their mini-jumbo shape with a cutaway, but what makes the guitar really intriguing is the pre-amp for plugged-in playing: it has labeling for 12 string, nylon, dobro, bass, banjo and more. Stay tuned.

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