The Gibson Les Paul 50's Tribute model for 2016 has had a bit of a facelift to the point where it is unlike many other guitars we have seen from Gibson before. By mixing together late 50's hardware with early 50's design you get a guitar that has not really seen the light of day before. It is not very often that Gibson offers a guitar like this before but now it can be yours.
During the 50's the Les Paul was a real big and heavy guitar. There was no such thing as weight relief back then and people liked big and chunky necks that you could really dig in to without causing any kind of damage.
This guitar takes the same size and shape of the 50's Les Pauls but updates it with some modern weight relief in the Mahogany body that is topped with a beautiful piece of maple. This means that you can play for longer without the back and neck strain that so many players associate with the Les Paul at longer gigs.
The neck has not been changed much. In fact it still uses the same rounded 50's style neck profile that has been offered on guitars for years as part of the Gibson line-up. Made out of mahogany with a rosewood fingerboard this guitar is a joy to play especially for Les Paul traditionalists.
One of the biggest tricks this guitar has up its sleeves is the pickups that are installed. The 50's tribute features a pair of the rather hot but vintage inspired 490R and 498T pickups that are incredibly popular for a wide range of styles.
By playing with the volume and tone controls you can dial these pickups back to get classic PAF tones or turned up they deliver a much hotter sound perfect for more modern rock and metal styles where fast attack and great response are key to getting your sound.
Just like the original 50's LP this guitar doesn't feature any kind of crazy modern hardware. No this guitar has simple but extremely solid parts that will keep the guitar feeling and sounding great for years to come.
With a very traditional stopbar tailpiece that has been used for nearly the entire life of the Les Paul and some classic green key style tuners not only does it look superb but it has the stability and feel of a premium guitar that has been around for a long time.
Professional Set Up
As part of the 2016 line this guitar has received a premium set up even before it has gone through our QC checks. This means that you can take this guitar out of the box on day one, go straight to your gig and rock up without any issues with the guitar at all.
No longer do you need to wait for a few days while you get your guitar. We all know that you want to get using a new guitar as soon as possible so Gibson have made sure you can do just that.
Here's what Gibson say about the Les Paul 50s Tribute
The Les Paul Studio '50s Tribute 2016 T has a traditional Les Paul mahogany body with a grain texured, satin finish maple top, as well as a mahogany neck with a '50s profile and a 22-fret rosewood fingerboard. The 490R neck humbucker and 498T bridge humbucker harness the resonant power of the time-tested selection of tonewoods, while Green Keys-style tuners and the faithful Tune-O-Matic bridge keep your tuning stability and intonation on-point during even the longest gigs.
- Tuners: Traditional green-key tuners
- Neck width: Historic 1 11/16" neck width
- Nut: Graph Tech nut
- Neck heel: Classic Les Paul neck heel
- Carrying case: Padded gigbag
- Body: Maple and mahogany with modern weight relief
- Pickups: 490R and 498T humbuckers
- Fingerboard: Thicker one-piece rosewood fingerboard
- Setup: Comprehensive hand-finished setup
- Neck profile: Rounded '50s neck profile