The new slab-bodied single-cut is available in two pickup configurations, loaded with two P-90s or a set of 490R and 490T humbuckers. Open-coils on the humbuckers mean you still get the less restrained chime that the Special is known for, even without the signature single-coil pickups. Continuing to draw from the vintage Les Paul Special roots of the guitars, both come with a mahogany body, a rounded maple neck topped with a 22-fret rosewood fingerboard.
Both are also fitted with vintage deluxe white button tuners, running down a standard Les Paul scale-length of 24.75 inches to a chrome wraparound tailpiece, which is compensated but not individually intonatable.
Both configurations of the Modern Collection Les Paul Special Tribute are handmade in Nashville and come in a choice of vintage satin finishes: Worn White, Vintage Cherry, Ebony or Natural Walnut.
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