Gibson Memphis ESLP14BTNH1 ES-Les Paul Semi-Hollow-Body Electric Guitar, Black Top
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- 100% American made in Memphis TN AAA Figured laminated Maple arched top, with weight relieved Mahogany Center block
- All lightweight materials modified 1959 Profile one-piece Mahogany neck with Rosewood fingerboard and Trapezoid inlays Also has Spruce Top Bracing
- Lightweight stop-bar tailpiece with a Ton Pro AVR2Bridge Pick-ups are the MHS unspotted Hum buckers with Alnico II Magnets in the neck and Alnico III Magnets in the Bridge
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Gibson ES-Les Paul in Black Top 100% American made in Memphis TN. AAA Figured laminated Maple arched top, with weight relieved Mahogany Center block All lightweight materials modified 1959 Profile one-piece Mahogany neck with Rosewood fingerboard and Trapezoid inlays. Also has Spruce Top Bracing. Lightweight stop-bar tailpiece with a Ton Pro AVR2Bridge. Pick-ups are the MHS unspotted Hum buckers with Alnico II Magnets in the neck and Alnico III Magnets in the Bridge.
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Then it gets weirder. Gibson's own specs [...] say the top and back are "3-ply Maple/Basswood/Maple."
So Gibson is evidently up to their old cost-cutting tricks. They're laminating junk wood (basswood this time, instead of poplar) into the tonewood on a $2.8K guitar.
The basic idea of rich hollowbody tone in a compact LP shape is a sound one. Gibson tried this before in the "Les Paul Florentine," which I believe was made of traditional woods. (I've never played one.)
Their affordable version was the Epiphone-branded "Les Paul Elite," later renamed "Les Paul ES." Reportedly made of mahogany/alder backs, and maple/alder tops. I have played one of those, admittedly through a better amp, and it actually impressed me more. Just one example of how you can find better values out there.
And as of late 2014, I've found the Epi version back in production, as the "Epiphone Les Paul Standard Florentine PRO Hollowbody" -- the name is longer than the guitar. Street price is $600. I just played one with lovely aesthetics: cherryburst flame-maple finish, flawless ebony fretboard (even though the specs say rosewood). Has independent coil splits on both pickups for versatility -- and you'll use them: The Epi humbuckers sounded a bit muddy, but splitting the coils cleared up chords. Action was fair: a bit high at the nut. Three-piece neck, with joints at the heel and headstock. Vintage plastic keystone tuner buttons.
Another alternative worth considering is Rondo Music's "Agile Harm" chambered semi. This is a Ricky-styled double-cut, with a solid maple top on a solid/routed maple back. Made in Korea. You can order this with semi-custom options (lots of electronics and finish choices) for under $500. Mine turned out with beautiful finish, and sweet tone from three alnico P-90's.
I just wish Gibson would execute this formula with more care (and better materials) in their U.S. run.