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Gibson Les Paul Traditional - Light Burst Reviews

5.0 stars based on 7 customer reviews
  • from Fort Worth, TX January 8, 2014Music Background:
    Somewhere between Pro and Hobbyist

    My First Les Paul...

    She's a 2013 Traditional in HoneyBurst.
    And I can't keep my hands off of her.
    I've heard all sorts of things about Gibson as a company. I actually own a 2010 NightHawk. I know that they've had QC issues and that always kept me away from them. Heck, my Nighthawk has a slight hum that I still need to get fixed. It's been that way since receiving it new. Plus, I grew up a Fender guy, and I also love PRS guitars. However, now that I'm older, my tastes have changed. I've moved more from metal to good ol' southern/classic rock. Currently spinning lots of Zeppelin and Black Crowes.
    Anyway, this had me take a second look at the LP's. Because of the QC issues I'd read about, I did some research on import copies like Edwards, and those were a lot cheaper, but the shipping and the risk of having a deal go bad was a bit uncomfortable for me.

    So on New Year's Eve, a buddy and I went to Sam Ash and Guitar Center to check out the real deal. I played a standard, then a traditional, and I was in love. Dang near felt like home. Later that night, I found the traditionals online for $500 less than in the store. The 2014 models are out, so they're trying to liquidate the 2013's I suppose. Regardless, I just couldn't resist.
    I talked to the wife and pulled the trigger. Got it from Sweetwater (simply wonderful to deal with) and had it within a few days.
    Easily the best electric guitar I've ever owned. When I got it, I started with the high gain stuff, and of course it was bone crushing. However, when I turned off all the effects with the exception of a little reverb, that's when this shined. I have a Fender Hot Rod Deluxe III . Every note was clean, clear and pure cream. Aesthetically, electronically no quality issues here AT ALL. This is one fine instrument.

    Couldn't be more happy with this guitar.

  • from Glen Carbon, IL December 28, 2013Music Background:
    Hobbyist

    Simply the best!

    I just received my Les Paul Traditional in Light Burst finish and I am absolutely floored by the quality of this guitar. To each his own, but Light Burst is the most beautiful finish. I got to choose between a few guitars in Sweetwater's inventory ( a fantastic option! ) mine weighs in at nearly 10 and 1/2 pounds. This is what a Les Paul is supposed to be. The tone of this guitar is amazing. The classic '57 pickups are the heart and soul of this guitar. Why would you even consider any other Les Paul?
    If you can afford it, buy it. You WILL NOT be disappointed. The Sweetwater experience was awesome, from start to finish. You cannot go wrong with this guitar. This is the ONLY guitar you will ever need.

  • from Mechanicsburg PA USA December 25, 2013Music Background:
    Serious hobbiest, independant artist

    The Les Paul traditonal

    1.This is the 4th expensive guitar we bought from John Ptkak and the reason I keep getting these great guitars from him and Sweetwater is the Awesome (and I mean that) customer service. Not only when things and products come nice/and o time, but also if things are not right-see my SG deluxe review, John and company MAKE things right. 2.Hopefully the have a long term customer with me as I have already bought thousands of dollars worth of guitars and equipment.
    Now as for the guitar itself I have a Les Paul Custom 1982, 2013 SG deluxe and now this Les Paul Traditional. The are all top quality USA instruments. For comparison I have 28 other makes and brands from BC Rich, ,Fenders , Ibanez, PRS. I love them all. This Les Paul is non weight relief. Almost as heavy around my neck as the Les Paul Custom. The main thing is the gorgeous burst, workmanship, tone, cool vintage pickups and very thick neck. Seriously, the neck is like a baseball bat. So this is a rocker, bluesy, workhorse guitar. Not a shredder like an Ibanez RG. The tones are rich and typical of a Les Paul. I would say as expected this is good one for playing classic rock like Led Zeppelin or Aerosmith. Thanks to my wife for the awesome Christmas present and thanks to Sweewater for the selection, info, guitar gallery and customer support, I will be ordering future high end guitars from them (yep, I may have a problem.)

  • from Chandler, AZ USA December 13, 2013Music Background:
    Hobbyist - Rock Star Wantabe

    Beautiful Guitar - Awesome Support

    Just received my Les Paul and all I can say is that it is more than I expected. I am glad I went with the Traditional model I love the weight, mine is 10 lbs 8 oz, it reminds me of my early eighties Heritage Les Paul that I had. The finish and feel are absolutely perfect, I just love this guitar. More than the awesomeness of this guitar is the awesome support I received from Chris McCown who went above and beyond to help me with this purchase, he sent me some great Les Pauls to consider and I am so glad I went with this one. Thank you Chris and the entire Sweetwater team, I am glad I found your website.

  • from Villa Rica, GA December 5, 2013Music Background:
    Working musician

    Flat out impressed

    I received my 2013 LP Traditional and right out of the box from Sweetwater this guitar impressed. I have not been a huge fan of Les Pauls since 2008 and was hesitant to buy one, but the traditional was more like the Les Pauls I've owned in the past. The non-weight relieved body is flawlessly finished, the fret work is great, and the playability is more like an old "favorite" than most new guitars. I can't put it down and it's a true joy to play; it inspires me to break out old Jimmy Page riffs!

  • from Linden, NC July 11, 2013Music Background:
    Hobbyist

    Classic Les Paul tones

    can't say enough good things about this guitar. set up and intonation were as close to perfect as i've ever had out of the box. fit and finish were just spot on. body is 100% solid and there is no mistaking it. with the 50s profile neck and 57 classics, this guitar absolutely screams. it easily has twice the sustain of my custom shop strat.

    love the sweetwater gallery so you can pick your own guitar. matt was a very personable sales engineer as well. seemed genuinely interested in my guitar hobby. can't say enough good things about my sweetwater experience.

  • from Newton, NJ January 31, 2013Music Background:
    Musician

    Awesome !!

    I absolutely love this guitar !! I had a 93 Les Paul Standard which regretfully I sold. When I got to a place where I could get another, I couldn't find anything like the 93 that I had. I knew I wanted a Les Paul that had some weight to it because that's where you get all the tone. Gibson offers so many different models of Pauls, I didn't know which way to go. So I did some research and with the help of Patrick, of Sweetwater Customer Service, I got lucky and narrowed it down to the Traditional. My whole experience from choosing the right guitar, the purchasing process and finally the day when my guitar arrived, was nothing short of awesome !! Thanks again Sweetwater !!

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