Gibson announces the latest in their 2009 Limited run series

Nashville, TN (May 14, 2009) -- A few weeks ago, Gibson teased a new Les Paul with a florentine cutaway and Bigsby. Now, they've officially announced the model as the Les Paul Florentine with Bigsby, the latest in the company's Limited Run series.

Body Style: Les Paul Carved Top
Body Species: AA Maple Top - Mahogany Back
Plating Finish: Chrome
Tailpiece: Bigsby Tremelo
Bridge: Schaller Roller
Tuners: Grover Kluson Style Green Keys
Neck Pickup: Burstbucker Pro
Bridge Pickup: Burstbucker Pro
Controls: 2 Volume - 2 Tone - 3-Way Toggle
Control Knobs: Amber Top Hats
Control Pocket Cover: Black Molded
Special Features: Quick-Connect Control Pocket Assembly
Species: Mahogany
Profile: Asymmetrical
Nut: White Graphite
Nut Width: Standard Gibson: 1.695" +/- .050"
Headstock Inlay: Gibson Logo
Silkscreen: Les Paul Model
Truss Rod: Gibson Adjustable Truss Rod
Truss Rod Cover: Bell-shaped cover stamped, "Standard"
Fingerboard Species: Rosewood
Inlays: Figured Acrylic Trapezoid
Fingerboard Binding: Antique Cream
Frets: 22
Scale Length: 24 - 3/4"
MSRP $4442

Also released in the Limited Run series is the Tobias Growler bass, which builds on the tradition of excellence of Michael Tobias and the original Gibson Grabber basses.

Body Style: Tobias Bass
Body Species: Swamp Ash
Plating Finish: Black Chrome
Tailpiece: 5-String Bass
Tuners: Grover Bass
Bridge Pickup: Bartolini
Pickup Covers: Yes
Controls: 1 Volume - 1 Pick-up Blend - 1 Bass - 1 Mid - 1 Treble
Control Knobs: Black Knurled
Control Pocket Cover: Black Plastic
Species: Maple/Purple Heart Laminate
Nut: Corian
Nut Width: 1.750 +/- .050"
Headstock Inlay: Tobias "T Vine" Logo
Truss Rod: Adjustable "Quad Bass" Truss Rod
Truss Rod Cover: Tobias Black Cover
Fingerboard Species: Rosewood
Number of Frets: 24
Scale Length: 34"
Plek Setup: Yes
MSRP: $3,053

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