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Outstanding Les Paul for old fashioned players (Gibson - Les Paul Florentine)

By Davor, 02/04/2019
I play since 1959. and have owned some 50+ guitars; I still own about 25, 12 Gibson Les Pauls. This is the best one of all my guitars: Custom Shop Les Paul Silver Sparkle Florentine ... it has THE sound while all the rest is just like in the very best 1959 reissue Les Pauls (that I also have). OK, she is hollow, yet not as hollow as my ES-335 or ES-339 :-) The sound is more 'classic' jazz-pop rather than rock and certainly not metal even though she can handle ultra high gain very well. In reality she sounds at home in jazz, rock, blues and pop ... The tuning stability is remarkable, the sound is sweet and she plays like a dream. It will be almost impossible to separate myself from her ... oh, well :-)

A Real 50s Les Paul for only €1,500! (Gibson - Les Paul Traditional 2017 T)

By peyokustom, 24/08/2018
Which amplifier and/or effect(s) do you use with this guitar? What playing and musical style(s) do you play with this guitar?

I use it with a Kemper , a Rockerverb and a jcm 80 to play genres ranging from Classic rock to metal

What are your thoughts on the workmanship, electronics, and finish of this instrument? How is its intonation? Does its neck, touch, feel, shape, etc complement your playing style?

Workmanship quality is excellent, I know that a lot of Gibsons have finish problems with the lacquer, the body/neck junction and so on but mine was flawless when I unpacked it.

It’s heavy, and I like it! The body is a non-weight relief (no hole in it, it’s 100% solid mahogany), the wood resonates even when not plugged, the neck is round and particularly comfortable to me.

I’ve played ans owned quite a few Les Pauls (Epiphones, Studio, Classic, Standard...) and I must admit this one managed to surprise me for its playability and –most important– its sound and finish (I’ve been the unlucky owner of a 2008 Standard back in the days, the finish was awful).

The guitar comes in a case with a fingerboard protection, a multifunctional tool to set it up, a strap, and a picture of the guitar out of the workshop, while it was being set up.
A big flaw in my opinion is the lack of a poker chip (the cream-colored chip which is usually around the pickup selector). I had to buy one separately for 5 bucks, as without it I find Les Pauls ugly (granted, it’s only a question of taste).

Tuners are Kluson Vintage models (they stay correctly in tune except for the G as usual, but that’s because of the way the Gibson head was designed, not a problem with the tuner). The Tune-o-Matic is an ABR, like on vintage Gibsons.

Do clean, crunchy and distorted sounds adapt well to different microphone positions? Are the guitar's different frequencies and sounds well-balanced?

All the sounds produced by this guitar are impressive.
The pickups are a Burstucker 1 (neck) and 2 (bridge), both AlNiCo 2 pickups.

In high gain, the sounds are clear and well-defined while retaining their fat character. Big, complex chords are intelligible, the guitar has an incredible CHUG and the sound retains a vintage – yet heavy-sounding – identity.

Crunch sounds is this guitar’s biggest strength! It delivers an impressively dynamic sound, with very precise playing nuances and an outstanding sound definition (yeah, I know, I’m a walking ad! ^^ )
For a modern-vintage sound, the Burstbuckers really do an awesome job.
Granted, there’s no split offered but the volume knob is very efficient and the Orange Drops capacitors as well as the 50s cabling allow to lose no highs or definition when lowering the volume.

In clean sound, you get a very round, warm sound while the chords are still very articulated. Arpeggios resonate frankly, and the clean sound in itself is awesome if you like the Gibson sound signature (yeah, of course, it’s not a Strat clean played into a Twin).
I love my cleans right on the verge of breking up, and the pickups allow to get from a deep clean to crunchy clean in a breeze.

What are the pros and cons of this guitar?


+ its finish
+ THE sound!!!!!
+ the packaging (case, tools, strap and so on...) – you’ll rarely get as much from their competitors
+ non-weight relief
+ 50s pickups and cabling

Cons :

- the lack of a poker chip!!!!! (that small piece of plastic that surrounds the three-way pickup switch)
- only three colors are available (mine is heritage cherry sunburst )
- that’s all, folks!


This guitar is perfect for me.
It’s not as fancy and modern as the new Standard models with their splits and various pickup options, but it’s much more true to the Les Paul SPIRIT.
The Burstbuckers 1 & 2 are a nice surprise. I used to own Burstbucker Pros (I really hate them), so I expected a similar sound put these are PAFs with a slightly bigger output, way more versatile and with a more mids-oriented focus.
The fact that it’s non-weight relief attracted me as I didn’t want a cheese-like guitar filled with holes (yeah, I DO understand that weight can be an issue and that weight relief doesn’t impact the wood’s resonance that much)

In the end, I’ll say that this Les Paul is aimed at vintage fans, those who love heavy, fat-sounding guitars.
To men a Les Paul of such a quality for such a low price is a real steal, so go ahead and get it, you won’t regret it!

Gibson’s sound and legend are not so expensive. However... (Gibson - LPJ)

By Lord Kaos, 18/04/2018
Hi all!

Let me share my opinion on this Gibson which i’ve now been a lucky owner for a little over a month.
The overall presentation of the guitar can be found almost anywhere else, so I’ll concentrate on what its pros and cons are, at least according to me.

So let’s start with the good news:
- I really love the satin goldtop finish, so the color is really beautiful, nothing to find fault with in that regard, and the natural wood color, satin-finished back andneck are also beautiful (please note that the headstock is also in a satin finish).
- The black pickup covers, machine heads and toggle switch really get along well with the goldtop finish.
- The 490R and 498T pickups are Gibson’s legendary set, which is also to be found on the Custom model. The sound is here, nothing to say about it! I’ve used in in the studio (DI) and with amps (Fender Blues deluxe reissue and Marshall JCM double stack), it sounds incredible! No doubt abouth the sound, this can only be a Gibson! =)
- The machine heads keep in tune, no problem.
So here are the good points, and soundwise I’m very, very happy with this guitar!

Now, let’s get to the not-so-positive points:
- the finish is only so-so… I’ve seen worse, but the lack of a binding mcaused the goldtop finish to spill slightly at the cutaway. No catastrophe here, but not a good publicity for the brand either…
- the 3-position switch often causes a small “poc” noise in the amp when you use it to switch the pickup position… If need be, you can have it repaired or even changed.
- Gibson’s “protection” softcase is rather shitty, not well-thought and really unpractical. I’ve owned Tobago softcases which were way better than that. :8O: But that’s still a way for Gibson to spare money, considering a Gibson flycase costs in the 150€ range. It is also to be considered that the – less expensive – Gibson Les Paul Junior comes with a hardshell softcase, so, what’s going on!?? Well…
- and finally, the one most problematic point: THE SHITTY QUALITY OF THAT GIBSON LACQUER!!! Yeah, sure it looks good… but I’ve only owned it for a little over a month and the lacquer is already starting to chip on the top, right under the pickups O.O (just where my right hand’s last two fingers rests on the guitar when I play). First this had caused the finish to shine, but now the lacquer has gone away and I can almost see the top’s maple wood!!! And I’ve been a guitarist for over 20 years and own several guitars, which means I’m in no way playing exclusively this one. If that were the case, I guess that would have happened in a mere fortnight... :8O: Oh, yeah, also I forgot to mention that this model comes without a pickguard which would have prevented the lacquer from chipping away there :oops2: (well, OK, when there’s one I always take it away, I hate playing with it ^^). This is really penny-pinching! Just as the lacquer’s thickness and quality… I know what you’ll say, it’s a thin and soft lacquer which allows the wood to breathe and so on, but I’ve owned another Gibson (a 2004 Les Paul Classic with honeyburst finish with a normal gloss finish which cost me 2000 euros) for over 10 years and it still looks brand new, which didn’t prevent the sound from getting better with time! And it’s seen many a rehearsal, show in violent and muggy situations, tours in a hot car, truck, train and so on… And it’s still like new…! So, what’s the reason!!!???
I can even add thay I also own a 1994 cherryburst Epiphone Les Paul Standard with a “normal” gloss lacquer, which is also like new!!! And it’s seen even more than my 2004 Gibson Les Paul classic..! That’s just crazy!!

I bet that within a few months, my goldtop will be looking like an overused vintage guitar from the 60s…

So no problem as to its sound, this guitar is great..! vI’m currently recording an LP with it and it sounds awesome! (almost better than with my 2000 euro 2004 Les Paul Classic!! :8O: ). But as to its finish, the manufacturer’s penny-pinching policy (such as the pickguard) is really what I’ll call f***ing up… for a guitar which costs almost 800 euros, it hurts!

So, I’m satisfied with it, but I had to say my discontent as to this Gibson lacquer problem (sure it DOES let the wood breathe, as there’s almost no lacquer at all…)

An advice if you’re after one (granted, it was a 2013 limited edition which is now almost impossible to find but who knows ^^):
- put a Les Paul pickguard on it, or have it installed by a repairman as it takes drilling two holes for the screws in the guitar’s body. This way you’ll avoid what I’m going through…
- Take great care of it using a Gibson polish and other cleaning products from them
- Buy a solid flycase to protect it when travelling or storing it (or you can make one yourself like I did, buying parts from Conex)

It’s a great guitar with a beautiful finish, but which is too fragile…
I don’t regret buying it, but I have to find a way to stop this lacquer from wearing out (and hide the result from it) under the pickups (having the guitar relacquered would cost at least two-third of the guitar’s price :8O: )

A real, tiny, great guitar – and it doesn’t look cheaply made. Is Gibson back? (Gibson - Les Paul Special Double Cut 2015)

By MacB, 16/09/2017
GIBSON re-(re-re-)launches the famous LES PAUL DOUBLE CUT in a heritage cherry gloss (non faded) finish, featuring the new electronic tuning system located behind the back of the head.

I haven’t bought it but trie dit on MARSHALL (a rather modern head+cab model, JVM style) and FENDER (HOT ROD) amps.


To be honest, I’ve been disappointed by Gibson and I neatly prefer Fender. My disappointment comes from their instrument’s craftsmanship and finish, which I consider very bad and after buying one of those loathed models in 2010 I then immediately turned away from the brand.

This model is more expensive than any model in the same range 4 or 5 years ago (SP or LES PAUL-shaped), but I must admit the quality can be felt.

On the instrument that I’ve played, the finish was very good in spite of a few sanding-related faults here or there – nothing noticeable at first sight, nor by your audience or bandmates. To be really picky I could also mention how easily the lacquer shows marks, but hey, it’s a Gibson, so yeah you’ll HAVE TO polish it everytime you use it. The black-lacquered head and neck join seamlessly – no lacquer drip to be mentioned, and the guitar’s overall finish is almost flawless.

The head and neck join perfectly, you can’t even notice where they join and you’d think they were made from a single piece. While disturbing and un-aesthetic to those (like me) who prefer old-style models, the tuners work marvel. The old-time synthetic bone is no more, it has now been replaced by a metal joint that favors the string’s tension, hence helps keeping the instrument in tune. This joint looks great and gives the instrument a real character, it no longer has that old white, formica-looking aspect.

Finally, the stopbar – here made of metal – is made of brushed steel, I can’t say I like how it looks but it plays its role, the strings are kept as they should and everything works as expected.

Finally I’ll say the quality of the rosewood is very fine, it’s almost coal-looking as on some GIBSON or FENDER custom shop model – a real surprise for such a price!


On the MARSHALL and FENDER, the sound is really round, warm, not cold at all. The guitar will do the job for rock, country, rock'n'roll, blues, punk, grunge, hard rock (ala AC/DC), pop, post-rock, noise, brit rock. It’s made to be suitable for both a “classic” (rock, 60s/70s blues covers) or a more “alternative” (creation, exploration of more modern styles) use. However, it’s bound to lack power for METAL – it won’t do, even with a MARSHALL’s heavy distortion.

The P90 pickups sound rather soft, they’re real single coils with a sound that’s both creamy and punchy if you want them to be.

Two knobs (volume and tone) and a 3-way switch.

The lows are really bluesy-sounding, very hot and rock, on either the MARSHALL or FENDER. Clean sounds are very Fender-esque, even more on the FENDER amp.
The mid switch position provides more mids and highs, with a sound more on the rock side, more modern yet warm with the MARSHALL, more into 90s/2000s rock tones with the FENDER.
The last position provides a more twangy sound, reminiscent of a Telecaster/Jaguar to me – perfect for country, for instance.


+: CRAFTSMANSHIP AND FINISH, with a special mention to the neck/head joint, the head and neck’s lacquer and the impressive rosewood.
+: the lacquer is thick and seems sturdy.
+: very good pickups
+: the electronics is great
+: a very comfortable neck, which is unusual with Gibsons, somewhere in-between an ES 330 and an SG, both flat and thin, which won’t get you tired even after playing for 1 to 2 hours imo. More comfortable to my taste than a slim taper.
+: value for money seems fait – for once (I think it’s worth the 999€)

-: a bit too much highs in the third position, as well as the intermediate one with the FENDER amp. It might take modding the pots and adding a condenser to have the whole sound a bit softer.
-: the lacquer shows marks.

Musically yours!

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