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Watch These Awesome CME Exclusive Gibson Les Paul Standard Models in Action

CME Exclusive Gibson Les Paul Standards
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Chicago Music Exchange (opens in new tab) has long been a Mecca for guitar players seeking out their perfect Gibson.

With a huge array of Gibsons on offer, it's always a good idea for those on the lookout to keep tabs on what they have in stock.

From the newest Standard and Artist (opens in new tab) models to Murphy Labs aged instruments, they’ve got it all.

Some of the coolest Gibson electric guitars to be found at Chicago Music Exchange are the CME Exclusive (opens in new tab) instruments.

Working with the Gibson Custom Shop directly, these "CME spec" guitars cannot be found anywhere else.

The CME Exclusive Gibson Les Paul Standard '50s (opens in new tab) and CME Exclusive Gibson Les Paul Standard '60s (opens in new tab) have been thoughtfully put together with specialist knowledge, expertise and passion.

Recently introduced as “love letters to one of rock’s most fundamental brands,” this fine pair of ‘Bursts can be seen and heard in action here…

Making the most of what the Gibson Custom Shop has to offer, these special order Les Pauls have been tastefully designed with looks, sound and feel in mind.

Of particular merit are the instruments' CME T-Type pickups – a collaborative design originally developed for a run of CME Exclusive SG Standards (opens in new tab) back in 2019.

Delivering classic hard rock tone, these unique humbuckers are replicas of the vintage Gibson ‘T-top’ design, as found in Jimmy Page’s “number one” Les Paul.

Here’s a brief rundown of the specs…

Gibson USA Les Paul Standard '60s Tomato Soup Burst

Body:

  • Solid mahogany with AA figured maple cap
  • 1960-style Tomato Soup Burst gloss nitrocellulose lacquer finish

Neck:

  • Solid mahogany with Slim Taper profile
  • 22-fret rosewood fingerboard with medium jumbo frets and 12” radius

Pickups & Electronics:

  • Dual CME T-Type humbuckers
  • 3-way pickup selector switch
  • Independent pickup volume and tone controls
  • Hand-wired Orange Drop capacitors

Hardware:

  • Nickel-plated ABR-1 Tune-O-Matic bridge and aluminum stop bar
  • Grover Rotomatic tuners with kidney buttons

Plastics:

  • Cream pickguard, switch washer and jack plate
  • Gold ‘top hat’ knobs and amber switch tip

Gibson USA Les Paul Standard '50s Dirty Lemon Burst

Body:

  • Solid mahogany with AA figured maple cap
  • Late ‘50s-style Dirty Lemon Burst gloss nitrocellulose lacquer finish

Neck:

  • Solid mahogany with Vintage '50s profile
  • 22-fret rosewood fingerboard with medium jumbo frets and 12” radius

Pickups & Electronics:

  • Dual CME T-Type humbuckers
  • 3-way pickup selector switch
  • Independent pickup volume and tone controls
  • Hand-wired Orange Drop capacitors

Hardware:

  • Nickel-plated ABR-1 Tune-O-Matic bridge and aluminum stop bar
  • Vintage Deluxe tuners with plastic keystone buttons

Plastics:

  • Cream pickguard, switch washer and jack plate
  • Gold ‘top hat’ knobs and amber switch tip

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Rod Brakes is a music journalist with an expertise in guitars. Having spent many years at the coalface as a guitar dealer and tech, Rod's more recent work as a writer covering artists, industry pros and gear includes contributions for leading publications and websites such as GuitaristTotal Guitar, Guitar World (opens in new tab)Guitar Player (opens in new tab) and MusicRadar (opens in new tab) in addition to specialist music books, blogs and social media. He is also a lifelong musician.