Buckethead Artist & Studio
Buckethead Signature Les Paul
From his prolific solo work, to his prominent memberships in the supergroup Praxis and rock legends Guns N' Roses, Buckethead has displayed one of the most fiery creative personas of our times, and has continually affirmed his stance in the upper echelon of contemporary shredders. Equally attention-grabbing as his incendiary chops, Buckethead's stage show and visual presence remain unique among the rock field, and his Gibson guitars—a white Les Paul in particular—have always been a big part of that. With an oversized, chambered Les Paul body, a marker-less Richlite® fingerboard, and Buckethead's choice of Gibson's contemporary ceramic humbucking pickups—complete with modified electronics and "arcade" style kill switches—this is a Les Paul like none to have come before. It's primed to get you noticed, and designed for utmost performance for the contemporary rock, metal, and shred performer.
Each Buckethead Signature Les Paul is crafted from a two-piece maple top attached with ultra-strong Franklin Titebond 50 glue to a chambered mahogany body. This wood combination, one of the most legendary pairs in the history of the solid and semi-solid electric guitar, yields a "best of both worlds" tonal splendor.
Reflecting Buckethead's continued departure from the norm, the Buckethead Signature Les Paul looks outwardly much like a slightly modified white Les Paul Standard, but had been made with an oversized, chambered body. The chambered mahogany back serves to minimize weight, while also adding tonal nuances to the guitar's overall sound. Its high-gloss Alpine White finish is complimented with a stunning black and white 5-ply binding.
The Buckethead Signature Les Paul body woods present a combination of good clarity, definition and treble bite from the maple, and excellent depth and richness from the mahogany, elements found in the classic Les Paul Standard tone. The chambering adds a further dimension, increasing the complexity of this guitar's tone, while also increasing its acoustic volume and sustain.
The Buckethead Signature Les Paul is finished in high-gloss Alpine White.
A gloss finish with 90-sheen lacquer and extensive hand buffing give the Buckethead Signature Les Paul a sleek, contemporary appearance and a smooth, fast playing feel.
The Buckethead Signature Les Paul is hand-finished in nitrocellulose in a process that is carefully monitored to ensure minimum build-up, in an effort to produce a final finish that breathes with the guitar and enhances natural resonance. Unlike many other manufacturers, who settle for a polyurethane finish, Gibson opts for a nitrocellulose finish that will encourage the natural vibration of the instrument for a purer tone. In addition, a nitro finish is very porous and actually gets thinner over time. That way your guitar's wood can age beautifully and naturally.
Neck and Headstock
The neck of the Buckethead Signature Les Paul is constructed from a single piece of solid mahogany, and glued to the body at a 4-degree angle (pitch). Mahogany is a traditional neck wood and a long-time partner to many legendary Gibson guitars. It is prized for its combination of lightness and strength.
Gibson's traditional truss rod, found in most all of our guitars, is highly responsive to the individual adjustments you'll want to make to personalize and optimize string action and sustain.
The Buckethead Signature Les Paul's neck is carved to its own custom profile that runs from .870" at the nut to .955" at the 12th fret, and is designed for the ultimate combination of speed and comfort.
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The Buckethead Signature Les Paul's headstock is carefully angled at a tried-and-true 17 degrees, which increases pressure on the strings and helps them stay in the nut slots. An increase in string pressure also means there is no loss of string vibration between the nut and the tuners, which equals better sustain.
The Gibson logo — one of the most globally recognized logos of all time — is silkscreened in black on the face of the Buckethead Signature Les Paul's oversized Les Paul-style headstock.
The angled, classical-style peg head and mahogany neck work together to provide exceptional tonal depth and resonance from the neck, with a smooth attack and excellent tonal depth.
The Buckethead Signature Les Paul features a 27" Scale length that increases neck tension for improved accuracy and precision.
Gibson uses what is known as the Mortise & Tenon joint to bind neck to body so that the two pieces form one solid unit. This time-tested joint style has been used in all the great woodworking arts — from shipbuilding to cabinetry — and has been proven to yield a stronger neck and body than if the instrument was made from a single piece of wood.
The adhesive used to join neck and body is Franklin Titebond 50, one of the strongest glues on the market today.
When fitting the neck and body together, we take advantage of our precise measuring equipment so that all angles, pitches and alignments maintain a tolerance within .005 of an inch. Not only does this help to keep your guitar in tune but it also maintains proper string alignment relative to the fingerboard.
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The Buckethead Signature Les Paul is equipped with a Richlite® fingerboard. Richlite® is extremely dense and stable, offering optimum playability.
The 12-inch radius of the Buckethead Signature Les Paul fingerboard provides smooth note bending capabilities and eliminates "dead" or "choked out" notes, common occurrences on fingerboards with lesser radiuses.
The Buckethead Signature Les Paul sports 24 jumbo frets, all immaculately dressed and polished.
The Buckethead Signature Les Paul carries no inlays, echoing the stark, contemporary look that this artist is known for.
Richlite® is known for being dense and stable with optimum playability.
The nut on the Buckethead Signature Les Paul is made from white Corian, which is mainly composed of acrylic polymer. It's a very durable material, delivers enhanced sustain, and holds the tolerances of the precision cuts made in the slotting process. It is installed into the top surface of the neck, butting up to the end of the fingerboard to ensure proper tone and sustain transfer.
The Buckethead Signature Les Paul features an enhanced nut width of approximately 1.715."
The Buckethead Signature Les Paul carries a calibrated pair of Gibson's contemporary-voiced Ceramic series humbucking pickups, featuring a 496R in the neck (rhythm) position, and a hot 500T in the bridge (lead) position. Both are specially made with double-white bobbins to match the look of the guitar, and the bridge pickup is split via a push/pull switch on the Tone knob to achieve a single-coil tone.
Both the 496R and 500T are made with ceramic magnets. While alnico has long been used as a magnet for vintage-style pickups, over-winding an alnico-magnet unit in an effort to create a "hot" pickup can lead to a squashed, muddy tone. Ceramic magnets provide a clear, bold performance with plenty of output, without the need for packing on more coil windings than the pickup design can handle.
The 496R in the neck position offers unparalleled creamy sustain that nevertheless retains excellent cutting power. Its partner, the 500T, is one of Gibson's two hottest pickups, intended for ultimate wailing lead tones, sustain, and searing cutting power in the bridge position. Between them, they present excellent sonic versatility and impressive contemporary tones. This pair is also well matched for balanced output levels in all switch positions.
The Buckethead Signature Les Paul carries a single Volume control which comprises a 300k linear potentiometer for a smooth, natural roll off.
The Buckethead Signature Les Paul features a single Tone control that comprises a 500k non-linear potentiometer for a natural transition from full treble to bass tones. The Tone control also carries a built-in push/pull switch to engage the coil splitting in the bridge pickup and achieve single-coil-like tones.
The Buckethead Signature Les Paul features one three-way toggle switch made of stainless steel with white plastic tip, which acts as the instrument's pickup selector. In the down position, only the bridge pickup is active. In the middle position, both pickups are active. In the up position, only the neck pickup is active.
The Buckethead Signature Les Paul carries two red "arcade" style pushbutton kill switches to mute the output of the guitar, as well as a push/pull switch on the Tone potentiometer to access the bridge pickup's split-coil feature.
The guitar features a 1⁄4" output jack made by Switchcraft. Its super heavy-duty construction holds your guitar cable securely in place.
The headstock of the Buckethead Signature Les Paul is equipped with chrome-plated locking tuners with an advanced 16:1 gear ratio for increased efficiency.
In 1954, Gibson rocked the world when it debuted the tune-o-matic bridge, setting a standard for simplicity and functionality that has never been bettered. Included on the Buckethead Signature Les Paul, the tune-o-matic provides a firm seating for the strings, allowing the player to adjust and fine-tune the intonation and string height in a matter of minutes. It also yields excellent coupling between strings and body, maximizing resonance, tone, and sustain. The Buckethead Signature Les Paul's bridge is made from Zamak then plated with chrome, and each one weighs approximately .118 lbs.
Every Tune-o-matic bridge is combined with a separate "stopbar" tailpiece, which is essentially a modified version of the earlier wraparound bridge that's designed to further enhance the connection between the strings and the body. The Buckethead Signature Les Paul's stopbar tailpiece is made from Zamak then plated with Platinum, and each one weighs approximately .168 lbs.
The Buckethead Signature Les Paul's aluminum strap buttons are the same style and design that Gibson has used since the early 1950s.
Truss Rod Cover
As with most Gibson guitars, the truss rod cover on the Buckethead Signature Les Paul is made from black and white vinyl plastic, and is shaped like an antique bell.
The control knobs on the Buckethead Signature Les Paul are Gibson's white speed knobs.
Pickup Trim Rings
The pickup trim rings on the Buckethead Signature Les Paul are made of white ABS plastic.
The Buckethead Signature Les Paul is fitted with genuine Gibson strings, sizes .010 - .046.
Your Buckethead Signature Les Paul comes protected in one of Gibson's durable black, hardshell cases with Gibson logo silk-screened across the front in white lettering.
Buckethead Les Paul Studio
A talent as large and unique as that of Buckethead (aka Brian Patrick Carroll) requires an equally unique guitar to get the job done, and for years this unusual artist has expressed his musical personality through highly customized Gibson Les Paul-style instruments. To bring the rarified look and tone of Buckethead's own guitars to hardworking rock guitarists, Gibson USA introduces the Buckethead Les Paul Studio. Packing all the power and sonic versatility of the upscale Buckethead Signature Les Paul, the Buckethead Les Paul Studio offers unparalleled potential for 21st century sonic mayhem, at a price every tone twister can afford.
At a glance, the Buckethead Les Paul Studio might appear to be just a "modified Les Paul with a satin white finish," but a closer look reveals a plethora of hidden specs that make this an extremely unusual guitar. With an oversized, chambered Les Paul body, a fingerboard that is made from baked maple and devoid of position markers, and Buckethead's personal choice of Gibson's contemporary ceramic humbucking pickups—complete with modified electronics including "arcade" style kill switches and a push/pull tone control for splitting the bridge pickup—this is a Les Paul like none to have come before. It's primed to get you noticed, and designed for utmost performance for the contemporary rock, metal, and shred performer.
The Buckethead Les Paul Studio's extended 27" scale length offers unprecedented harmonic shimmer and a firm low end like nothing you have ever heard in a six-string electric, and helps you to create your own unique voice and styling, whether you keep it in standard tuning or drop it into any of the alternative dropped and open tunings that it handles so well. A chambered mahogany body with solid carved maple top not only reduces the weight of this oversized instrument, but retains the classic rich yet clear tonal signature of the Les Paul Standard. Gibson's legendary Tune-o-matic bridge and stopbar tailpiece keep it all locked and loaded, while a Satin White finish offers a fast and tactile playing feel straight out of the case. With the Les Paul Studio's down-to-business appeal and Buckethead's unique specs and modifications, the Buckethead Les Paul Studio is primed to achieve tonal heights attainable by no other guitar out there.
Each guitar includes a Gibson hardshell case and owner's manual, and comes protected by Gibson's Limited Lifetime Warranty and 24/7/365 Customer Service.