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Recent Gibson Les Paul Tributes

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I did a search of these pages, but nothing came up on the topic of these guitars.

They seem to get pretty good to glowing reviews - at least the online reviews that I've seen. I've never been a Les Paul guy, but I'm starting to think I may need one of these. The slim taper neck appeals to me, and I love love love the faded honey burst finish. And the price point is pretty nice too. Very affordable.

Anyone have any of these? Tried them?

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I believe these are the 2016s, with P90s.

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I had the 50s tribute, made in 2010, with P90s, also honeyburst. I liked everything about the guitar, but there was a Failure to Bond.

According to my Reverb history, I sold it about a year ago: https://reverb.com/item/782... . (Even though the guitar is gone, if you like the color, the pics in the ad are worth paging through in high resolution. I had a good photo day for once.)

I can't say an even slightly negative thing about the guitar; it just ended up not lighting me up. I have a Hamer Artist and an Agile 2500, both doublecut Less Pauls with P90s, and for whatever reason, when I felt the need to trim some excess and play-tested all three back-to-back, they won.

I think they're honest, honorable guitars, though, and can imagine someone loving one. Don't be afraid to try one.

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I had the 50s tribute, made in 2010, with P90s, also honeyburst. I liked everything about the guitar, but there was a Failure to Bond.

According to my Reverb history, I sold it about a year ago: https://reverb.com/item/782... . (Even though the guitar is gone, if you like the color, the pics in the ad are worth paging through in high resolution. I had a good photo day for once.)

I can't say an even slightly negative thing about the guitar; it just ended up not lighting me up. I have a Hamer Artist and an Agile 2500, both doublecut Less Pauls with P90s, and for whatever reason, when I felt the need to trim some excess and play-tested all three back-to-back, they won.

I think they're honest, honorable guitars, though, and can imagine someone loving one. Don't be afraid to try one.

– Proteus

This is interesting because I had a 2011 50s Tribute that I also wanted to love but for some reason I didn't. I also only have good things to say about the guitar. It felt great, played great and sounded amazing. It was like I finally got the chance to date the prettiest girl in class, she liked me, we had fun together but for some reason I couldn't fall in love with her. I sold the guitar to my brother and I'm glad he bought it because I know he would most likely sell it back to me if I ever wanted it again.

It was a chambered body with P90s. Since then I picked up a 50th Anniversary Casino with Gibson P90s and I really bonded with that guitar. I'm not sure why the Casino won over the Les Paul. They cover similar grounds sonically and the neck profiles are close too.

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Well, the Casino is considerably hollower. I still have mine, too.

Could be chambering isn't so magic with P90s. I've kept two Pauly-sized guitars with centerblocks, though.

So I don't know.

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I have a 2016 Les Paul '60s Tribute T in Satin Honeyburst - it has P90s. Very nice guitar for the money (I bought it used). But it doesn't feel right without a Bigsby.

The 2016 year has the black back and sides. Weird that for the 2016 models the P90 version was called a 60's Tribute while the humbucker version was called the 50's Tribute. Anyways, check out the specs for any model you are interested in. As I understand it, I think the 2010-12 models were OK. But for a couple years just prior to 2016 Gibson made some changes that a lot of people didn't like and then went back to more traditional specs in 2016.

http://www.gibson.com/Produ...

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I have a 50's Tribute I installed Thorn staple P90s on. Nice playing guitar, although the short scale is a little weird for me, and I will prolly put the original pickups back in it.

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I have to say that I always wanted a '56 Gibson Gold Top...

And I probably always will.

K

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I had a 2016 Gibson '60s Tribute 'Satin Vintage' w/P90s,that I bought from Long and McQuade.Really wanted to dig it,but eventually returned it. Although it looked okay,there were numerous tool marks etc on the body-- kind of crudely made. The guitar sounded okay,but there were a couple of other things I couldnt get past. The main thing were the 'Jumbo' sized frets that would put fretted notes out of tune when I played it.I hadnt had a guitar like that before and came to the conclusion that maybe you are supposed to play these a little differently..? A lighter touch maybe-- not sure .I couldnt play it. Too used to grabbing chords and wrapping around the neck. The other thing about the Tribute was the really irritating 'static noise'coming from the back and top of the guitar---weird.I read up that this was a common issue and had something to do with the finish and the way it is applied. Anyways,I am sure I will be seduced once again to try a Les Paul- but for now I am comfy with thin necks and tiny vintage frets .

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Thanks for your thoughts all. It is interesting how sometimes there are certain makes or models of guitars that we just don't bond with for whatever reason. Good thing we have variety to choose from.

I've always wanted a goldtop LP with P90s as well. But I also need a humbucker guitar (well, PAF-style humbucker) and thought these might be a good choice. Cheers.

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I also really liked these but more so with the humbuckers vs. the P90s. Great quality and tone and the slim taper didn't bother me a bit.....I'm a fan of the "baseball bat" neck profiles which is why I pulled the trigger on a '14 LP Traditional.

For the P90 lust, I grabbed a non-chambered Edwards LP-92. I liked the LP Tribute w/P90s but it couldn't deliver the tone I was chasing. I just assumed it was the weight relief and kept after a solid chunk of mahogany capped with maple. Either way, the Tributes are nice guitars.

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I have a 50's Tribute I installed Thorn staple P90s on. Nice playing guitar, although the short scale is a little weird for me, and I will prolly put the original pickups back in it.

– spike

Short scale compared to what?

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25.5 on most guitars I play.

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I've played a few of them. They're more than OK for the price, but the extensive chambering does make it different - if you're after the sonic weight, punch, power of a classic Les Paul, you might not like these. But that doesn't mean there's anything wrong with them.

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25.5 on most guitars I play.

– spike

So just Falcons and Clubs?

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Just sold a 60s Tribute Goldtop with p90s from the 2011 series (with the natural mahogany back). Didn't bond with it. Very bright.

Shipped it USPS 2-Day with $1,000 insurance. They lost it. Refunded buyer and now trying to make a claim. Not fun.

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No! This is terrible news. I hope the insurance company plays fair.

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So just Falcons and Clubs?

– Charlie Vegas

Teles and L5 size Gibsons too.

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I was gassing for a '50s Tribute honeyburst with P90s for a long time when the stars aligned for me and one finally became available last June. After some time with it, like others here, I hadn't bonded with it (likely due to the neck scale length) so now I'm moving it on.

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I always wanted a Gold Top p90 LP, and picked one up about 11 years ago. It’s my favorite non Gretsch. It ended up being a really good deal on a Custom Shop ‘53 reissue. Baseball bat neck and really sweet sounding p90s. She’s a beautiful axe. We did bond. In fact I picked up a electromatic doublejet to drop in TVJ T90s in to back up the Paul, and couldn’t bond with the Gretsch(please forgive me). I did find it a really good home. I sold the Gretsch to my boss, and now he’s slowly turning into a Gretsch guy.....So, Thanks Gibson for making that guitar what I wanted! And allowing me to be an embassitor for Gretsch!!!!!

I did manage to replace it with a beatifull Red Sparkle Jet as of Monday, that I really love after only a couple of days......

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As a total aside, it's interesting mentally about what we believe guitars will play like (in our heads, before we get them) and then the distressing reality that they play completely differently from what we're expecting.

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I've had a love affair with Gibson Les Paul guitars for 45 years. However, It's been hit and miss over the years, with a great deal of inconsistencies from guitar to guitar.

I remember Jonesing so bad for an LP, that as soon as I got my first credit card, I immediately bought a wine red, very gently used 1972 Les Paul Delux. Being used, it had been set up perfectly, and I bonded with it almost immediately. I still own this guitar and other than the occasional fret dressing, I've never had a problem with it. I inherited my grandfathers Black Beauty, that my father sold to him in 1958, Dad was in the Army and stationed in Germany, and he needed money for airfare, to fly my mother over there. It's a great guitar, and I was honored that it remained in the family under my stewardship.

Throughout the Norlin era, Les Paul's (and Gibson guitars in general) came out of the factory with very little regard to setup. I began to lose faith in Gibson guitars. I did end up buying an early 80's ES - 335, which ended up being a good guitar, after a thorough setup. I still own it and play it often.

I was absolutely horrified by the robot tuners and circuit boards inside the LP's that showed up a number of years ago. There were so many different models that it was mind boggling. I'm happy that Gibson appears to be getting back into making great guitars again. I'm once again regaining faith in the company, and I really like the Honey Burst finish. I'm beginning to GAS for a new Traditional LP, I've played a few of them and I was impressed. I don't think you'll be unsatisfied with one of the newer Les Paul's Jimbodiddley, Gibson seems to be back on track again. Good luck with your selection Jim, those Honey Burst Les Paul's are stunningly beautiful.

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I love mine. Chambered and light, but with all the Les Paul goodness. One mod put it over the top! Actually...I need another D'Armond 2000 if anybody has one...

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I love mine. Chambered and light, but with all the Les Paul goodness. One mod put it over the top! Actually...I need another D'Armond 2000 if anybody has one...

– charlie chitlins

TV Jones makes a T’armond in a soap bar mount. I have a set and love them very much. They are a drop in with little to no mods....


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