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GIBSON LES PAUL BFG GATOR

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The Les Paul BFG Gator has a fun and effective "kill switch" in the usual position of the three-way selector puts plenty of new tricks up this BFG’’s sleeve, while the inclusion of a pair of pickups that represent the best of Gibson’’s innovative history provides a surprisingly wide range of sweet and snarling voices. Wrap it all in a stunning Gator Green nitrocellulose finish complemented by black-plated hardware, a green Gibson logo, and a markerless fingerboard, and you’’ve got a stunning new addition to the Les Paul BFG family.

Like every great Les Paul Standard-styled Gibson, the Les Paul BFG Gator pairs the carved maple top and mahogany body (chambered for improved weight and resonance) that have helped to make the design legendary since 1952, while a glued-in mahogany neck with rounded "Studio" profile and a 22-fret rosewood fingerboard ensure optimum playability. While the BFG is traditionally a no-frills model with minimal adornments, a set of genuine wood control knobs adds an extra touch of class to this guitar and beautifully complements the three-dimensional "gator scales" look of the grain-textured satin finish. Grover® tuners, a Tune-o-matic bridge, a wraparound tailpiece, and a PLEK-cut Corian nut keep it all solid and singing with sustain, and translucent control plates round back let you see what’’s going on under the hood.

The hot, beating heart of the Les Paul BFG Gator is found in its ingenious combination of two of Gibson’’s most popular pickups of all time. A P-90 in the neck position yields all the biting, edgy, fat single-coil tones that have made this pickup a favorite since the 1940s. In the bridge position, a BurstBucker 3 presents classic PAF-style clarity and depth, with a little extra oomph when you need it, courtesy of slightly overwound coils, which are also wax potted to avoid microphonic squeal at high volume levels. Both pickups are made with genuine Alnico magnets (Alnico V in the P-90, Alnico II in the BB3), and the pair is routed through a network of independent volume controls, master tone control, three-way toggle switch. As a fun bonus, there’’s also a "kill switch" mounted in the usual upper-bout selector switch position, handy for dramatic stutter and chopper effects.

Features

Body

  • Top Maple
  • Back Mahogany
  • Body Type Chambered
  • Adhesive Franklin Titebond 50

Neck

  • Species Mahogany
  • Profile ’50s Rounded
  • Truss Rod Traditional Adjustable
  • Joint Angle 5° (+/- 15 seconds)
  • Adhesive Franklin Titebond 50

Neck Fit

  • Joint Mortise & Tenon
  • Adhesive Franklin Titebond 50
  • Joint Angle Tolerance +/- .005"

Fingerboard

  • Species Rosewood
  • Frets 22
  • Radius 12"
  • Nut/E.O.B 1.695"/2.260"

Nut

  • Material Corian
  • Width 1.695
  • Slots Gibson PLEK System

Headstock

  • Logo Green "Gibson" Logo with Green scripted "Les Paul Model" Silkscreen
  • Truss Rod Cover Black Antique Bell

Tuners

  • Model Black Grover™
  • Plating Chrome
  • Tuning Ratio 18:1

Bridge

  • Type Tune-O-Matic
  • Material Zamak
  • Plating Black Chrome

Tailpiece

  • Type Stop Bar
  • Material Zamak
  • Plating Black Chrome

Hardware

  • Knobs Wooden BFG Style
  • Control Plate Cover Clear
  • Strings .010 - .046, Genuine Gibson strings
  • Strap Buttons Black Aluminum

Pickups

  • Neck Position P-90 (Alnico V)
  • Bridge Position Uncovered Zebra Burstbucker 3 (Alnico II)

Electronics

  • Potentiometers 2 Volume Controls, 1 Tone Control
  • Type 300k Linear Volume, 500k Non-linear Tone
  • Coil Wiring Machine Wound
  • Toggle Switch Three-way Switchcraft in Treble Tone Control Locaton
  • Output Jack Traditional 1/4"
  • Other Kill Switch in Three-way Selector Location

Finish

  • Sealer Nitrocellulose
  • Surface Texture High Gloss
  • Process 1-1.5 mils
  • Gator Green

Case

  • Type Gibson Gigbag
  • Case Exterior Black with White Lettering
  • Case Interior Plush Lining

Accessories

  • Additional Materials Each Les Paul BFG Gator comes with adjustment literature, and documentation for the guitar’s Limited Lifetime Warranty, along with Gibson’s 24/7/365 Customer Service.

Reviews on Web

- Youtube

- Ultimate Guitar (en)
- Musician’s Friend (en)
- Thomann (de)

Sources

gibson.com

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