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Gibson Les Paul '60s Tribute - Wine Red Vintage Gloss Reviews

5.0 stars based on 3 customer reviews
  • from so. burlington, vt. usa September 24, 2013Music Background:
    week-end cover bands since the 60's

    60s' tribute les paul

    i already own an '81 les paul which has been my main guitar for 3 decades, so i pretty much know what an LP can do. my main amp is a '67 twin w/ 2 JBLs. i love playing the older gear, but i've got to say that this brand new 60's trib. guitar is an animal. it growls and snarls if you want it to, but can also be sweet and clean. definitely a keeper!

  • from Lexington, NC January 24, 2013Music Background:
    guitarist, classic rock, texas blues, hard rock, power metal, outlaw country

    Gibson Les Paul '60s tribute vintage sunburst

    This is my first Gibson. All I can say is wow.... this guitar is flawless! I had a few epiphone Les Pauls, and for the money they were good. But the American craftmanship is worth the difference. The '60s neck is so playable! Burstbuckers are nice too.... this guitar is such a joy to play. Sweetwater staff are great to deal with, they even send you candy..... lol. Can't beat the customer service. No one even comes close!!!!

  • from Grand Rapids, MI Area March 2, 2013Music Background:
    Basher for 20 years

    Harmonics Jump Out of this Tone Machine!

    First the not so great:

    The finish on this guitar is called vintage gloss, but don't be expecting much gloss at all. It is a satin finish, pure and simple. The wine red looks fantastic, but if you are after a wood-filled, smooth nitrocellulose high gloss finish, you'd be prepared to spend more money. It also doesn't have any special electronics (like coil-tapping), but I own or have owned other LP's with these features and seldom used them. If I want single coil tone I reach for my Tele or Strat, don't you?

    Now the great features of this guitar:

    This is a straight ahead, rock & blues machine. Nothing fancy, you can just conjure up great classic, humbucker-laden colors that sound like something from days gone by. Think of records made in the seventies with Les Pauls from a decade earlier. Think Mick Taylor, Steve Marriott, Dickie Betts, Mick Raphs...the list goes on and on.

    If you're after tone, this is a classic beast. After a little fine-tuning of the pickups heights, I got harmonics leaping out of this guitar. I have a Les Paul Standard that had a Burstbucker 3 in the bridge, but the Burstbucker 2 in this guitar seems to drive my amps harder with more grit than the BB3. If you're after classic rock, the pairing of the BB1 & BB2 is phenomenal in this model. They put it in a lot of Custom Shop Reissues for many $$$ more.

    It's well known that ALL of the parts of the guitar blended together give it the tone you hear, but this one sounds particularly great. I don't know if it's the thin finish that lets it resonate better, the density of the mahogany or what makes it work - it just does.

    Normally, I plan to have my favorite guitar tech set up every new guitar that I buy, but this one was fine. I don't know if it was Sweetwater's 55-point inspection or what, but the intonation was spot on and the action was good for me (medium low). It's nice to not have to bring it to a tech or do it yourself right after a purchase like this.

    In the end, tone is what really matters. This is a GIBSON Les Paul. The only reason I didn't give it a 5 rating is because I think that many people will expect a bit more nitro in the finish and I think that Gibson's use of the term "vintage gloss" is a bit misleading. Personally, I am fine with the finish, but others may not be.

    Finally, I'm not a shill for Sweetwater, but I like what they provide the customer. They may not always be the least expensive on the net, but they are competitive & they know musical instruments. My Sales Engineer is Ryan Wiltermood and he has always treated me right. I recommend him.

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