When it comes to guitars, the Les Paul Traditional 2017 T is as classic as it gets, with a design that recalls the definitive Gibson USA guitars. Here’s a closer look at why the Les Paul Traditional 2017 is so “traditional.”

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Les Paul Traditional highlights:

Traditional electronics: Many contemporary guitars use circuit boards for the electronics, and while that can be a reliable and convenient building method, the traditional, hand-wired, point-to-point electronics found on the Les Paul Traditional have their own advantages, including the adherence to a tried-and-tested signal chain and the ability to easily experiment with different tone control capacitors.

Tone capacitors: The Les Paul Traditional’s Orange Drop tone capacitors date back to the ’60s, and while technology has obviously advanced, there’s nothing quite like these particular capacitors for rich, musical tone.

Nickel-plated bridge and nylon nut: Nickel-plated bridges have an uber-cool, vintage look and a special sound that’s recognizably vintage. Nylon nuts also help set the Traditional Les Paul apart from its contemporary rivals.

Classic knobs: The Les Paul Traditional 2017 has Gibson implementing the classic “top hat” shaped knobs that helped make the early Les Paul so unique.

Traditional, thick neck: The first Les Paul was created before the idea of a slim-necked guitar; the Les Paul Traditional 2017 has a full-size, “chunky” neck to mirror that of the originals.

Burstbucker 1 (neck) and Burstbucker 2 (bridge) pickups: These picks take you back to the pickups from the ’50s, with a traditional tone quality. The Les Paul Traditional 2017 also has the original “leaf”-style pickup toggle switch.

No pickguard, no problem: To easily maximize the look of its gorgeous top, the Les Paul Traditional 2017 arrives pickguard-free. (Don’t worry: If you want a pickguard, though, one is included in the guitar case.)

Manual tuners: The Les Paul Traditional 2017’s manual tuners have that vintage vibe that caps off a truly classic guitar.

For a comprehensive look at the Les Paul Traditional, check out this fantastic article by Craig Anderton.