Messages 309. From what I've heard, all Les Pauls vary in weight. PRICE: $1,499 / £1,199 Sign up below to get the latest from Total Guitar, plus exclusive special offers, direct to your inbox! The spec options look neat, too. One sign that it is working is that on first impressions it was only the fact that the SG Special arrived in a Gibson hard case that distinguished it from the others, which arrived in padded gig-bags. Quick personal tangent, this guitar really makes me feel like I “made it” in the guitar review world. Those looking for a more stately Les Paul experience should plump for the Tribute. The famed sustain and weighty tone of the Gibson Les Paul is common knowledge in the guitar world. ( Log Out / It features hand-crafted beauty, authentic vintage Gibson tone and historic appointments plus historically accurate aniline dye, hide glue neck construction and the renown sound transference that comes with its long neck tenon. Models featuring Les Paul Studio 2015 Les Paul Less Plus 2015 Les Paul Classic 2015 SG Special 2015 The Gibson USA 2015 Model Year guitars feature four different backs, from ultra-low density with light weight and clear grain to high-density wood with strong grain variations. FINISH: Faded Pelham Blue [reviewed], Metallic Burgundy. The Modern fingerboard is crafted with genuine ebony and a compound radius for lower, and cleaner action. However, this guitar has far superior tuning stability to my 2011 Gibson Les Paul. The Mahogany body is even weight relieved beneath the figured Maple top, making it a real comfortable departure from heavy LP’s of the past. Well the day has finally come where Gibson has sent me a guitar to review. The brief was simple, too: put pro-quality, aspirational guitars into the hands of players who have always idealised the brand. The Classic, meanwhile, is a much heavier beast at 10.2lbs but the body-heaviness is more noticeable when playing seated than standing as when strapped on, the weight is distributed very evenly. You might even find these discounted online. What’s the difference between this and an SG Junior? The Tribute models pare back the spec a little but they still offer plenty of guitar. $3,799.00. Thanks! Some will love it. By Bryn6490, April 2, 2014 in Gibson USA. This LP Studio sports Grover Rotomatic tuners, Gibson’s Nashville tune-o-matic and stop bar tailpiece, and a lovely soft shell case as well. We are left with two guitars that support the hypothesis that says the P-90 soapbar is pound-for-pound the best pickup ever. This SG Special in Faded Pelham Blue is from the Original Collection; the Les Paul Tribute and the Les Paul Special Tribute with dual humbuckers and dual P-90 options are from the Modern Series. Everything seems to be pointing towards increased quality control coming out of Gibson. Websites like WildWood guitars are now even posting weights next to the guitars for sale. Expect more articles soon for @ultimateguitar #gibson #lespaul #guitarsforidiots, A post shared by Matt Dunn (@guitarsforidiots) on Jun 24, 2020 at 6:00am PDT. Future Publishing Limited Quay House, The Ambury, Donât let the weight put you off, either â some of the very best sounding Les Pauls weâve ever encountered have been 10-pound Goldtops. ( Log Out / FINISHES: Worn White Satin [reviewed], Ebony Satin, Vintage Cherry Satin, Natural Walnut. These days, these guitars are considered classics. The 490 humbuckers are so underrated, and tone-wise this has the most ‘Standard’, most stereotypically Les Paul tone here. Gibson’s Les Paul Studio 2020 is powered by coil tapped 490R and 498T humbuckers with otherwise standard wiring configuration (2 tone, 2 volume, 3-way selector). Especially after jamming, rehearsing, or performing with one for over 3 hrs. Comes with original manual/hang tag. The Mahogany neck features a return to Rosewood fretboards (yes!) 03.01.2018 Once upon a time, players would marvel over a Les Paul that weighed 10 lbs, 11 lbs, even close to 12 lbs and exclaim how such a heavy guitar âmust sustain for days!â On the Les Paul Tribute, there’s a little more high-end, more noticeable in the bridge ’bucker, but there is so much play on the Les Paul’s controls that finding the right blend is easy. That’s a win for everyone who can’t afford Customs, reissues, or vintage Gibson’s. 1 Finish Options . © It too can perform as a rock machine, with similarly hidden depths there, and an all-time classic finish. Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. LEFT-HANDED: Yes Is the guitar Chambered or Modern Weight Relief? But the chambered/weight relieved guitars don't have the sustain or cajones of the solid ones. Featuring a slab like single cutaway mahogany body, chunky mahogany neck and a single P90 pickup it was designed for the young and the skint. I really like the Classics for the neck shape, the tone of the pickups, and the ABR-1 Bridge and Aluminum Tailpiece. It sat comfortably in my hands, with some of that baseball bat chunkiness as you move around the neck. Les Paul's are boat anchors with a guitar strap attached. Luckily for you there is a link in the bio that takes you right there! Why is this good? SCALE: 24.75" Go. But here’s the thing: P-90s clean up beautifully. The one stop shop for guitar modification help, news, reviews, and opinions. If I want prog time in Nerdville, let’s go!“. Please refresh the page and try again. Change ), You are commenting using your Twitter account. The satin finish is something we haven’t really seen before and it might take a bit of getting used to. That Howl Sirena 3 I reviewed is one of them. FRETS: 22, medium jumbo The new Gibson Les Paulâ¢ Modern incorporates many contemporary updates that players have embraced such as a lighter-weight body and innovative SlimTaperâ¢ neck with asymmetrical profile. The neck is a touch slimmer than the SGâs, and âultra modernâ weight-relief chambering means it isnât that much heavier, although it still feels very much like a Les Paul. The collection was simplified. Cost: $1499.00, find yours on Reverb.com or from Thomann and learn more on Gibson.com. 1959s are no exception. While Les Paul studios have typically been the biggest offenders during Gibson’s leaner years, they got this one right. PICKUPS: 490T humbucker (bridge), 490R humbucker (neck) Like the Studio, there’s no binding on the neck. This isn’t ideal, but I can certainly live with it in return for the huge upgrade in playability on my older Les Paul. and 22 medium jumbo frets. Overall you can get a real Gibson Les Paul with only a few minor, modern upgrades, for under $1500. Roll back some of that back pickup’s top end and the cleans are worthy of a chef’s kiss before getting down to some jazz. Reply to this topic ; Start new topic; Recommended Posts. And these Tribute Les Pauls, dammit, sure offer a comfortable ride. For a stripped-down singlecut experience, it is hard to beat. The other guitar is hardly more radical: finish aside, itâs a close cousin to the equally reliable Les Paul Studio. I fortunately received one featuring the gorgeous “Smokehouse Burst” finish featuring gloss nitrocellulose lacquer. The P-90 equipped LP Special has more high-end still but it is tempered by the hot-mids these soapbars are renowned for. In fact, I could barely tell the bridge cut was anything more than a volume reduction. Bryn6490 1 Bryn6490 1 Advanced Member; Members; 1 168 posts; Report post; Posted April 2, 2014. Next Last. Does that make much difference? Good for: Blues, Classic Rock, High Gain, Players Looking For Lightweight Les Paul, Versatile Players, Guitar and music journalist for Ultimate-Guitar.com and Guitarsforidiots.com as well as a contributor for Guitarniche.com and Stringjoy.com. Gibson Les Paul Studio; Manufacturer: Gibson USA: Period: 1983 â present: Construction; Body type: Solid (chambered for weight relief) Lites had "Chromyte" Insert to replace some body wood weight with lighter balsa wood. Retailing for under a grand, the Tribute models potentially represent the best of both worlds – an American-built Gibson that won’t break the bank. Across the board, the Tribute Les Pauls have rounded, C-profile maple necks that feel like a fair compromise between the thicker 50s profiles, those bats you’d get on vintage Explorers, and the slim-tapered necks of the 60s SGs. Will Gibson’s newest Les Paul stand up to our strict standards? Thread starter agreatheight; Start date May 21, 2011; 1; 2; Next. Change ), You are commenting using your Facebook account. It’s classy. And you’ve got the chrome-covers on the pickups to give it that Standard vibe. SCALE: 24.75” There is plenty of midrange to chew through rock riffs, and the 490 humbuckers have a Pavlovian response to more gain, letting you easily find that singing sweet spot for your solos, and crunch for digging in. It keeps the purists happy while giving the company room to evolve. HARDWARE: Aluminium Nashville Tune-O-Matic You mentioned 500k CTS audio taper pots. Gibson seems to have (rightfully) prioritized a return to the vintage blues and rock basis that made the brand famous. I was really happy to see this and I assume it is because they’ve put more effort into perfecting the nut and how it is cut on each model. 1 of 2 Go to page. Guitar World is part of Future plc, an international media group and leading digital publisher. ( Log Out / There’s a lot of tone here. $3,799.00. PICKUPS: 2x Gibson 490 Humbuckers During Henry Juszkiewiczâs reign, this model would probably have been called the 2020 Les Paul Standard â it certainly inherits a few features from some of Gibsonâs more experimental riffs on the âStandardâ theme. The neck one sounded far more “coil split”-like than the bridge one. Bath 1958 Les Paul Junior Double Cut Reissue. Apr 17, 2017 #2 2013 - 2015, 2017. zeffbeff Member. â¦ The neck pickup is creamy, bluesy, and has all that warm goodness we’ve come to associate with Gibson. May 21, 2011 #1 What are my options for a non-weight relieved, non-chambered actual Les Paul, or Les Paul style guitar? The action was great out of the box, and I really liked the feel of the slim taper neck. Thank you for signing up to Total Guitar. After Gibson emerged from its financial travails with a change of ownership, the company hit the reset button. If youâre playing live a lot youâll appreciate it. I played a 2013 Gibson Les Paul Traditional (50's neck) recently that was not weight-relieved.....and it was a killer guitar. FINGERBOARD: Rosewood with acrylic dot inlay Quote; Link to post Share on other sites. HARDWARE: Chrome, Compensated Wraparound Nevertheless, Gibson’s rise in 2020 started on the back of the Epiphone re-launch and continues here with the new 2020 line of USA models. Not a major problem, but just something to think about and maybe I just got a dud. 2 Finish Options . Quote; Share this post. I usually strictly avoid that setting but it was a real charm here. The LP Special with humbuckers has a real gutsy tone. If you are looking for a rock ’n’ roll machine... PRICE: $999 / £899 A mahogany body, maple top and pair of 490 R & T humbucking pickups with Alnico II magnets provide classic tone, power and sustain. $3,799.00. I've read that R9's get the better wood. (Total Guitar) 11 June 2020, Three variations on the Les Paul format and one special SG Special to convince non-believers that Gibson is back. However, I’m ultimately impressed with how Gibson seems to have put the attention to detail back into these lower priced Studios. One of the most significant changes to Gibson’s lineup is the split in the production line range between the Original Collection and the Modern Collection. CONTROLS: 2x volume, 2x tone, 3-way selector switch This guitar is perfect for the sounds you expect to get from it, and honestly had a few atmospheric licks up its sleeve. The P-90 and mahogany slab body combo is a classic pairing; it’s cheese and burger, a tone combo that the likes of Leslie West would wield judiciously. Every Les Paul is weight relieved or chambered unless it's from the VOS or Historic line. Messages 5,829. Unfortunately, that perception is reinforced by its weight, which makes it the porker here (despite its Traditional Weight Relief) at a whooping 4.7kg/10.4lb. Edit: Every Les Paul since 1982 even when it says in the description they arent? I'd like to try and find another similar to it, if possible. All the guitars here are immaculately finished. HARDWARE: Chrome, Compensated Wraparound This is the same guitar, but with P-90s. Want to read my thoughts on @gibsonguitar ‘s new 2020 Les Paul Studio? BODY: Mahogany w/maple top By Jamie Dickson 22 October 2020. PRICE: $999 / £899 There was a problem. Tim Plains Member. The big news with the SG Special is that finish, yet under the hood there are 500k audio taper CTS pots and hand-soldered Orange Drop capacitors. 2010 Gibson Les Paul Weight Relief. So, as the title asks.....which years do NOT have weight relief? SCALE: 24.75” Switching from the LP to SG always requires some adjusting to the fretboard geography; the scale length is the same but there just feels like there is so much neck on the SG as it joins the body at 22nd fret. PICKUPS: 2x P-90 To be fair, there are some many great Les Paul guitars out there for less than the price of a Gibson. Many will go for the singlecut, the weight, the extra oomph of sustain, but the SG Special in Faded Pelham Blue is just the sort of get-it-while-it’s-hot guitar that will age beautifully, and will reward you with a supremely playable instrument and, possibly, a future classic. 2 Finish Options . Smokehouse Burst is also just such a beautiful finish, with more depth and nuance to the color than I’ve seen on older burst models. Reach out to talk about guitars, commission a partscaster, or ask for a review. Here is a Les Paul that is full of upgrades and tweaks that distance it from the vintage spec. FINGERBOARD: Rosewood with acrylic dot inlay And even with VOS and Historic, they do make weight relieved models. Followers 0. Besides, it’s nice to see some variation on the theme. You will receive a verification email shortly. We would have liked a little more meat on the bones, but that is the thing with neck profiles, preferences differ, and they change over time, sometimes within hours. 1957 Les Paul Special Single Cut Reissue. Gibsonâs Ultra-Modern weight relief process is an evolution of its nine-hole and chambering patterns that have been used on guitars such as the Les Paul classic. Gibsonâs Les Paul Studio 2020 is powered by coil tapped 490R and 498T humbuckers with otherwise standard wiring configuration (2 tone, 2 volume, 3-way selector). Massive. Change ), You are commenting using your Google account. In fact, I could barely tell the bridge one using your account! Only a few dollars more, the more refined experience of the box and... 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