As Gibson put it on their website, the ES – Les Paul is “the ultimate marriage of solid and semi”… Couldn’t have put it better myself! Ok so maybe that could have been phrased a little better but it sums up what this model is, a Gibson Les Paul combined with a Gibson ES-335. Hasn’t this ever been done before by Gibson? It seems quite obvious to me to create a hollow body Les Paul and yet it’s taken 60 years?
Also available in black:
“With its laminated maple top, back and sides in the semi-acoustic construction of the ES-335, and a solid mahogany center block for enhanced sustain and feedback reduction, the ES-Les Paul elegantly marries the major characteristics of these two great Gibson guitars. Take away the telltale f-holes and the look is pure Les Paul, as is the glued-in mahogany neck with rosewood fingerboard and classic trapezoid inlays and LP-style headstock. Common to both—and carried through on the ES-Les Paul—are the traditional control section, toneful hardware, and dual humbucking pickups, a pair of MHS (Memphis Historic Spec) Humbuckers wound to accurately replicate the sonic glories of vintage PAFs. Get it in a your choice of Black top w/ historic walnut stained back and sides finish, or Light Burst finish with figured maple top and historic walnut stained Back and sides.”
Here is a video of Greg Koch checking out the light burst version: