I, like many guitarists, have dreamed of owning a genuine made in the US Gibson Les Paul but the price tag has always been a stumbling block. But now those great guys at Gibson have done something miraculous and created a stripped back Les Paul at an affordable price. Ladies and gentleman I give you the Gibson LPJ Les Paul 2013 electric guitar.
The Gibson LPJ Les Paul 2013 is made in the same way as the classic Les Paul, a mahogany back with a two-piece carved maple top. The pairing of these two woods gives the tonal depth and complexity that we have all come to expect from Gibson and is unmatched by any single-wood construction. The mahogany contributes warmth and richness whilst the maple gives superb clarity and “snap”. On this model the back has been carefully contoured to reduce weight thus improving comfort but without losing any of that Les Paul resonance. The looks of this model are simpler than the traditional Les Paul. In fact they could be described as being quite rustic with the worn-look hand rubbed finish but I really like that as it has the look of a guitar that has been played and cherished.
The neck of the guitar is made from hard-wearing maple, carved to Gibson’s popular rounded ’50s profile and is glued into the body. The rosewood fingerboard features 22 medium-jumbo frets and traditional trapezoid inlays, with no binding to clutter the stripped-down look.
When you plug into your amp, the first thing that you notice is that Gibson have not attempted to save money on the hardware. The sound is generated by a pair of Gibson Modern Classics™ humbucking pickups. The 490R in the neck position is made with an Alnico II magnet and standard-wound coils, for warmth and clarity, while the 498T in the bridge position has over-wound coils and an Alnico V magnet for more punch and sizzle. As with the standard Les Paul there are separate volume and tone controls for each pick-up plus a three-way toggle selector which allows you to switch between the different pick-up combinations. The bridge is a Tune-o-Matic bridge and this with the stopbar tailpiece ensure solid sustain and outstanding intonation.
This is a great looking guitar and we really love the worn-look, you can buy other finishes but we think the hand rubbed vintage burst looks the business. The quality and sound from the Gibson LPJ Les Paul 2013 electric guitar is everything that we have come to expect from Gibson. Put bluntly we love this guitar and think it is an excellent addition to the Les Paul range. The price tag might put some off but at just over £200 pounds cheaper than a standard Les Paul we think this has got a lot of appeal.
|Gibson LPJ Les Paul 2013 Electric Guitar|
|Frets||22 medium jumbo frets|
|Neck profile||Rounded 50s|
|Bridge pickup||498T Alncio V Humbucking Pickup|
|Neck pickup||490R Alnico II Humbucking Pickup|
|Pickup switching||3 way toggle switch|
|Controls||Separate volume and tone controls for each pick-up|
|Recommended retail price||£559|
|If you love this guitar||Buy now for £559|
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