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PL+S 2015: Les Paul lives on in Gibson reference monitors

Jon Chapple 15 April 2015
Nils Karsten, Craig Hockenberry, Gibson Les Paul Reference Monitors, Prolight + Sound 2015

Gibson Brands’ Les Paul reference monitors made their European debut at Prolight + Sound/Musikmesse in Frankfurt today.

Intended to “honour the legacy of Les Paul, the genius who pioneered the solid-body electric guitar and multitrack recording”, the monitors – available in 4″, 6″ and 8″ sizes and cherry, cherry burst and tobacco burst colouring – are styled after the classic Les Paul guitar and feature flame maple tops, diamond-like carbon-coated titanium tweeters (Gibson director of market development Nils Karsten told PSNEurope he tried to destroy the tweeters of a early prototype version, to no avail), non-woven carbon fibre woofers and custom-designed amplification “to ensure ultra-clean transient impulse response and ample headroom”.

Gibson Les Paul Reference Monitors, Prolight + Sound 2015Pictured is Gibson’s Craig Hockenberry (left) and Nils Karsten at the show.

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