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Since 2014 Gibson has been subjecting their frets to below -300° F and then let them gradually warm up back to room temperature. This process makes metals stronger without making them harder. They feel like normal frets, but they are very durable and resistant to the most aggressive string bending . Now you won't need to get your fret redone or replaced after years of heavy use.
Early 50s Les Paul's had larger, chunky necks, in terms of depth, which are now often referred to as "fat necks", "boat necks", "baseball bats". In 1959 Gibson began slimming down the necks to more comfortable size, and by the 60's the necks evolved into a designed called the "slim tapered neck". The slimmer neck was meant to make the neck faster while reducing fatigue.
Gibson 2018 transparent and faded finishes are all about the woods shining through.
High Performance versions of the Les Paul Standard and SG Standard come with G-Force robot tuners, but the rest of the line adheres to Traditional specs.