Gibson Les Paul ES Special! Ice Tea Sunburst Finish!

$1,195.00 $1,495.00

2016 Gibson Les Paul ES Special!

Ice Tea Sunburst Finish! Made In USA!


This is really cool. You are looking at a 2016 Gibson Les Paul ES Special. This is built at the Gibson plant in Memphis Tennessee, USA.

The Gibson ES Les Paul is the company’s marriage of two of its most popular models – the Les Paul and the 335 – into a small bodied, hybrid, semi-hollow guitar. The full-fat model retails at a very high price, so Gibson has produced a ‘Special’ version with stripped down, no-nonsense styling and cost effective hardware to make this model more affordable whilst retaining as much quality as possible.

The 2016 ES Les Paul Special features 335 style construction with a laminate maple, poplar, maple body and a flat top, removing the associated costs of producing an arch top design. A one-piece maple neck is matched to a thermally treated maple fretboard with dot inlays and the classic Gibson headstock, this time featuring a 335 style F-hole on the truss rod cover. By thermally treating the maple you get the look of rosewood at less cost and a more stable piece of wood overall. The figured top is finished in an Iced Tea burst, while the back and sides sport a dark stain that matches nicely with the dark colour of the heat-treated maple fretboard and blends nicely into the edges of the top for a seamless look. Especially with those lovely F-holes on both sides.

Here you get a set of standard Kluson tuners, a Corian nut (used to save costs compared to a bone one), 22 vintage sized frets, a 57 Classic humbucker in the neck and a Super 57 Classic in the bridge position and the standard Tune-O-Matic bridge and stop tail piece. The only thing that some might miss is the lack of a scratch plate but again, this saves on costs and keeps the look as straight forward as possible.

The pickups feature Alnico II magnets for a vintage-style output matched to the standard three-way switch and the classic independent volume and tone controls for each pickup.

The guitar is extremely comfortable to play thanks to rolled edges on the fretboard and a very light weight body. It’s also surprisingly well balanced considering the semi-hollow construction, making the guitar a pleasure for longer gigs compared to the full mahogany variant. For those that love the tone of a 335 but consider the body too unwieldy, this ES Les Paul is a great, lower priced alternative that certainly captures a lot of the feel and vibe of its larger brethren.

The fun really starts when you plug the ES Les Paul in as the tones on offer are really superb from these lower output humbuckers. The bridge is slightly hotter than the neck as you’d expect and will easily drive a tube amp into crunch territory whilst retaining lots of clarity and dynamic range. The semi-hollow construction adds a lovely sense of ‘air’ to the tone that further aids clarity but still enables the guitar to sound as authentically ‘Rock’ as possible but with a penchant for Jazz and sophisticated Blues tones at the same time. The neck pickup has a lovely amount of ‘body’ to its sound with lots of sustain and warmth but retains the clarity from the bridge pickup thanks to the lower output and body construction.



  • Body shape: Single cutaway
  • Body type: Semi-hollow or chambered body
  • Body material: Solid wood
  • Top wood: Maple
  • Body wood: Maple
  • Body finish: Gloss Nitrocellulose
  • Orientation: Right handed


  • Neck shape: C rounded
  • Neck wood: Maple
  • Joint: Set-in
  • Scale length: 24.75"
  • Truss rod: Standard
  • Neck finish: Gloss Nitrocellulose


  • Material: Maple
  • Radius: 12"
  • Fret size: Medium
  • Number of frets: 22
  • Inlays: Dot
  • Nut width: 1.70" (43.2mm)


  • Configuration: HH
  • Neck: '57 Classic
  • Middle: Not applicable
  • Bridge: '57 Classic
  • Brand: Gibson
  • Active or passive pickups: Passive
  • Series or parallel: Not applicable
  • Piezo: No
  • Active EQ: No
  • Special electronics: None


  • Control layout: Volume 1, volume 2, tone 1, tone 2
  • Pickup switch: 3-way
  • Coil tap or split: No
  • Kill switch: No


  • Bridge type: Fixed
  • Bridge design: ABR
  • Tailpiece: Stopbar
  • Tuning machines: Historic green-key
  • Color: Nickel

Serial Number: #10356

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