It’s tactile and more subdued than the high-gloss. 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. It keeps the purists happy while giving the company room to evolve. One of the coolest feature of any guitar – and one that is still criminally under-explored by so many of us – is how tweaking your tone and volume controls can unearth all those extra magical tones. Jonathan Horsley 1957 Les Paul Special Single Cut Reissue. $3,799.00. Cost: $1499.00, find yours on Reverb.com or from Thomann and learn more on Gibson.com. Websites like WildWood guitars are now even posting weights next to the guitars for sale. Weight Relieved Les Paul Customs. HARDWARE: Chrome, Compensated Wraparound Reach out to talk about guitars, commission a partscaster, or ask for a review. It’s super-easy to get up the dusty end of the fretboard. Hmm, choosing between these is gonna be excruciating. It’s super-easy to get up the dusty end of the fretboard. They take "getting used to". Please refresh the page and try again. Some will love it. 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). No surprise here, it sounds like a Gibson Les Paul and I mean that as a compliment! SCALE: 24.75” For some, it’s those … All the guitars here are immaculately finished. Sitting pretty at the top of the heap in the Modern Collection is the Les Paul Modern. 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. You can notice the weight differential between identical looking Les Pauls of the exact same model. Edit: Every Les Paul since 1982 even when it says in the description they arent? Not a major problem, but just something to think about and maybe I just got a dud. Two Mini-Humbuckers, 3-Piece Neck, Rosewood Board with Trapezoid Inlays, Gibson Deluxe Tuners in good working order. NECK: Maple What’s the difference between this and an SG Junior? However, it definitely isn’t the most versatile guitar for maybe clean Jazz sounds or rhythmic chiming sounds. I played a 2013 Gibson Les Paul Traditional (50's neck) recently that was not weight-relieved.....and it was a killer guitar. $3,799.00. With its five-ply guard and white button tuners, the no-fuss dot inlay, it’s a gnarly slap of mahogany that’s ideal for rock, blues, maybe even metal, too, and the walnut finish is just darn classy. Large sums were invested in quality control. We’d always associate Gibson guitars with mahogany necks but through the 70s it was not uncommon to see maple necks as standard. England and Wales company registration number 2008885. Change ), You are commenting using your Twitter account. However, this guitar has far superior tuning stability to my 2011 Gibson Les Paul. You’ll get a lot of joy from blending these together and playing around on the tone controls. Comes with original manual/hang tag. HARDWARE: Aluminium Nashville Tune-O-Matic I do own a Gibson Les Paul Standard from 2013 and that one is my favorite. What’s the difference between this and the Les Paul Tribute? HARDWARE: Chrome, Compensated Wraparound 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. The 490 humbuckers are so underrated, and tone-wise this has the most ‘Standard’, most stereotypically Les Paul tone here. Gibson’s 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. The action was great out of the box, and I really liked the feel of the slim taper neck. (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. ( Log Out /  Both have a satin finish in a nitrocellulose lacquer that on this review model still feels a little oily, and this will settle down as you rub the ‘new’ off it. 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. Tim Plains Member. The Standard Historic 1960 Standard Les Paul from Gibson Custom delivers the tone, looks and feel of the original ’60, slim neck Les Paul. FINISH: Satin Tobacco Burst [reviewed], Satin Honeyburst, Satin Iced Tea, Satin Cherry Burst It pays tribute to Gibson's Golden Era of innovation and brings authenticity back to life. By Jamie Dickson 22 October 2020. SCALE: 24.75” Either way, they make the LP and SG Specials so persuasive, running the gamut from blues-rock nirvana to smoky bar jazz. 1 of 2 Go to page. 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). Change ), You are commenting using your Facebook account. From what I've heard, all Les Pauls vary in weight. Sometimes the name on the headstock does matter and if that is the case for you, Gibson has worked towards winning you back with this 2020 Les Paul Studio. Overall you can get a real Gibson Les Paul with only a few minor, modern upgrades, for under $1500. And even with VOS and Historic, they do make weight relieved models. The one stop shop for guitar modification help, news, reviews, and opinions. FRETS: 22, medium jumbo BA1 1UA. 1958 Les Paul Junior Double Cut Reissue. You might even find these discounted online. You mentioned 500k CTS audio taper pots. Even if the guitar is far from the perfection of higher end Gibson models, it feels so good to get an off the shelf, relatively affordable Les Paul with a Gibson logo that feels great. Besides, it’s nice to see some variation on the theme. Lastly I want to speak about the coil cuts. All rights reserved. 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. The spec options look neat, too. The Gibson Les Paul is a solid body electric guitar that was first sold by the Gibson Guitar Corporation in 1952. Any gap in quality is incremental. So you noticed the white button tuners and dot inlay – that’s the same, but the Special has two P-90s and a binding on the neck. With the True Historic range, Gibson Custom commits to a fanatic level of detail accuracy to bring you as close as possible to owning an original 1959 Gibson Les Paul. The body isn’t bound but the maple top gives a similar effect. It sat comfortably in my hands, with some of that baseball bat chunkiness as you move around the neck. Like the Classic, this has 490 humbuckers and it has extensive chambering to make it lighter. 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. Quote; Share this post. The P-90 equipped LP Special has more high-end still but it is tempered by the hot-mids these soapbars are renowned for. Where the 490 humbuckers offer you enough rounded PAF cream to cause an arterial block, the P-90s are a more about being all sharp and vinegarish top-end and a pugnacious mid-range. 1959s are no exception. These open-coil Gibson 490 humbuckers have been kicking around since the mid-to-late 60s. That’s a win for everyone who can’t afford Customs, reissues, or vintage Gibson’s. Want to read my thoughts on @gibsonguitar ‘s new 2020 Les Paul Studio? Their PR faults aside, this certainly made me think that Gibson is on its way back to the top of the guitar world. FINISHES: Worn White Satin [reviewed], Ebony Satin, Vintage Cherry Satin, Natural Walnut. To be fair, there are some many great Les Paul guitars out there for less than the price of a Gibson. Messages 2,092. Luckily for you there is a link in the bio that takes you right there! The Mahogany body is even weight relieved beneath the figured Maple top, making it … My favorite Historics have all been R9's - the tone was always more balanced, warmer, sweeter. The fretwork was great, the finish was spotless, the nut was cut correctly. This is where Gibson is really making me happy in 2020. The satin finish is something we haven’t really seen before and it might take a bit of getting used to. Les Pauls have not always won me over because of their feel and Gibson has a well recorded history of quality control and tuning stability issues. Paul Kossoff's 'Stripped Top' 1959 Gibson Les Paul Standard up close and personal. The brief was simple, too: put pro-quality, aspirational guitars into the hands of players who have always idealised the brand. PRICE: $999 / £899 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. This saves the maple for the neck, which is glued to a solid mahogany body. Members; ubernerd 0 Posted January 3, 2010. ubernerd. Yes, there’s no catch. So, as the title asks.....which years do NOT have weight relief? Steve Clarke walks us through the features of the guitar used to wax All Right Now. 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. The question is which serves your needs the most? The Les Paul was designed by Gibson president Ted McCarty, factory manager John Huis and their team with input from and endorsement by guitarist Les Paul. 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. In 1954, Gibson unveiled a budget Les Paul model called the Junior. FINGERBOARD: Rosewood with acrylic dot inlay View more posts. Gibson seems to have (rightfully) prioritized a return to the vintage blues and rock basis that made the brand famous. NECK: Maple, set SCALE: 24.75” Bath A wealth of switching options and a compound-radius ebony fingerboard make this a killer addition to the collection of any well-heeled contemporary guitar player. $3,799.00. 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 “must sustain for days!” CONTACT: Gibson. PRICE: $1,499 / £1,199 Thanks! Thank you for signing up to Total Guitar. If you are looking for a rock ’n’ roll machine... PRICE: $999 / £899 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. Especially after jamming, rehearsing, or performing with one for over 3 hrs. 1983-today Les Paul Customs ( including LPCs from Custom Shop ) 1983-autumn 2006 Les Paul Standards, Classics and Studios; Les Paul Traditional models ( except most of 2013-2015 models ) Gibson resumed to apply Traditional Weight Relief system in regular production in spring of 2012, and this process countinues until today. Guitar World is part of Future plc, an international media group and leading digital publisher. Visit our corporate site. Weight-relieved Les Paul Custom. Well the day has finally come where Gibson has sent me a guitar to review. Some people like light ones, others like them heavy. A mahogany body, maple top and pair of 490 R & T humbucking pickups with Alnico II magnets provide classic tone, power and sustain. PICKUPS: 2x Gibson 490 Humbuckers The neck is a touch slimmer than the SG’s, and ‘ultra modern’ weight-relief chambering means it isn’t that much heavier, although it still feels very much like a Les Paul. 2 Finish Options . If you’re playing live a lot you’ll appreciate it. 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. Fitted with a matched 490/498 humbucker set that takes you from mellow jazz tones to full shred with a pinky twist, this majestic beast is ultra-responsive to your touch. 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, 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. That Howl Sirena 3 I reviewed is one of them. By The LP Special with humbuckers has a real gutsy tone. 1957 Les Paul Junior Reissue. But the chambered/weight relieved guitars don't have the sustain or cajones of the solid ones. The Modern fingerboard is crafted with genuine ebony and a compound radius for lower, and cleaner action. 2 Finish Options . If I want prog time in Nerdville, let’s go!“. BODY: Mahogany w/maple top Go. This isn’t ideal, but I can certainly live with it in return for the huge upgrade in playability on my older Les Paul. Looking for Non-weight Relieved, Non-chambered Les Paul. While this guitar is weight relieved, I didn’t really feel any loss of sustain or resonance compared to other, full weight Gibson’s I’ve played. 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. BODY: Mahogany FINGERBOARD: Rosewood with acrylic dot inlay It features a number of chambers around the body’s perimeter. Does that make much difference? I really like the Classics for the neck shape, the tone of the pickups, and the ABR-1 Bridge and Aluminum Tailpiece. Gibson USA ; Weight Relieved Les Paul Customs Sign in to follow this . BODY: Mahogany Furthermore, the G string still goes out of tune fairly often, which is just a known and respected flaw in Les Paul construction. Huge, classic tones pour out easily from Led Zeppelin to The Clash and everything in between. Quick personal tangent, this guitar really makes me feel like I “made it” in the guitar review world. Next Last. If somebody plays that riff it brings a smile to people’s faces”, How to play guitar like Fender offset heroes, Joe Bonamassa: “It’s not like I have these big songs that I need to change for radio. Change ), PRS SE Hollowbody II Piezo Electric Guitar Review, Gibson Les Paul Studio 2020 Guitar Review, Best of 2020: Ranking All The Guitars We’ve Reviewed Over $1000 – Guitars For Idiots. Grover Rotomatics reference one of the most common LP mods and we get a no-wire ABR-1 tune-o-matic. May 21, 2011 #1 What are my options for a non-weight relieved, non-chambered actual Les Paul, or Les Paul style guitar? Nowadays, there are two types of Les Pauls - Gibson USA and Gibson Custom Shop. Gibson’s 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. FRETS: 22, medium jumbo ( Log Out /  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. But for a few dollars more, the more refined experience of the SG might be more your speed. For a stripped-down singlecut experience, it is hard to beat. HARDWARE: Chrome, Compensated Wraparound Here, there is no maple cap. And so, we are left with two guitars that support the hypothesis that says the P-90 soapbar is pound-for-pound the best pickup ever. Gibson Les Paul Blood Moon Black Friday exclusive: $2,999 It’s not cheap, but this is as luxurious as modern Les Pauls come, with a bound quilt maple-finished top and flame maple neck. But here’s the thing: P-90s clean up beautifully. FINGERBOARD: Rosewood w/trapezoid inlay However, I’m ultimately impressed with how Gibson seems to have put the attention to detail back into these lower priced Studios. It is Faded Pelham Blue, and it dates back to the early 60s when Fender was taking inspiration from classic automobiles and rolling out a host of cool solid-block colours, and Gibson wanted in on the action. The Gibson Custom Shop is the pinnacle of craftsmanship, quality and sound excellence. It is. NECK: Maple, set While very few dispute the resonant quality of the Les Paul, it’s often attributed to different aspects of the guitar depending on who you speak to. This is the same guitar, but with P-90s. The collection was simplified. 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. First off, the two-piece diagonally grain-matched mahogany back features Ultra-Modern Weight Relief, which has12 small chambers and holes along with a wide channel to run the wires from the toggle switch to the control cavity. The reset button is glued to a solid body electric guitar that was first by. 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