I have dreamt of it, Gibson made it!
I was very surprised to spot this guitar at my local store. I wouldn't have imagined Gibson releasing such a guitar. To me, a Les Paul with such appointements (ash body, "tele" shaped pickguard, maple neck and fretboard, black dot inlays, b bender) was more relevant from a luthier's custom order than Gibson. I love my Gibson and Fender guitars so the idea of owning a mix of both worlds got me gassing about this beauty.
I have to say that I never played a b bender before I tried out this guitar and I have to admit it's fun. You won't trigger it by accident as you really need to push on the neck (spring tension is adjustable and so is the bending action: half a step to at least one full step which is the default setting).
The P90 sound really good and the split on the bridge P90 can act like a boost depending on how you set your amp: nice!
The neck is very comfy although I would have preferred a thicker heel - just like my '79 LP Special 55 RI. Since the heel does not meet the top of the body back, you feel the rough angleof the back with your hand when you play on the hi frets. I will get use to it...
The wood grain is superb (3 piece body with a one piece table top to enable fitting of the Glaser bender mechanism I assume) and the satin finish very thin. I assume this makes the guitar "breathe" but it may wear out a bit faster than typical gloss finish?
Not really a problem as I love the look of worn out Teles.
The case is specific to this model: brown molded with no Gibson USA inscription on it which I prefer. Instead you get a sort of tooled leather finish that's really cool. The guitar came with a Gibson owner manual (no mention of this model nor the b-bender...), a truss rod key, strap locks and the QA checklist. I think I'm missing a documentation on how to set the b-bender device unless Gibson think it's easy to guess?
A really cool and affordable guitar that stands out from the crowded market. You can play anything on this guitar, it really sings and is absolutely not restricted to country players.