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Gibson 1961 Les Paul Tribute Electric Guitar  

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In 1961, Gibson took a quantum leap forward in style and design by updating the traditional single-cutaway Les Paul to a sleek new double-cutaway des...Read More

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Classic looks with improved performance make this cherry SG irresistable.

In 1961, Gibson took a quantum leap forward in style and design by updating the traditional single-cutaway Les Paul to a sleek new double-cutaway design, known simply as the SG Standard after 1962. The guitar has been a rock essential ever since.

This SG and its descendants have made legendary music in the hands of countless major artists—Eric Clapton, Robby Krieger, Angus Young, Derek Trucks, and more—because to this day the Les Paul/SG remains a forerunner for tone, feel and looks. Capturing the original vibe of the 1961 Les Paul/SG in all its glory, but with significant improvements that bring it into the 21st century, Gibson USA introduces the 1961 Les Paul Tribute—a guitar that can take you back to the dawn of rock, or thrust you forward into the future of music.

An undeniable classic, the original Les Paul/SG Standard of 1961-62 was released with one well-recognized flaw: its stylish Deluxe Vibrato unit (commonly known as the “Sideways Vibrato” for its side-to-side action) never functioned quite as smoothly or accurately as intended. Now Gibson USA has not only recreated this legendary guitar in all its period-correct glory, but totally re-engineered the Sideways Vibrato for smooth, efficient action with perfect pitch return.

While the 1961 Les Paul Tribute retains the magic of the original by capturing every nuance of this highly desirable vintage guitar, it also soars to new heights of tone and performance.

A body and neck crafted from lightweight Grade-A mahogany in the archetypal double-cutaway style with beveled edges results in superb playing comfort, as well as outstanding resonance and sustain. Gibson USA selects dark one-piece, Grade-A rosewood to give the fingerboard a traditional look and feel, then loads the guitar with vintage-correct hardware, two PAF-style ’57 Classic humbucking pickups, and historically accurate plastics.

Topped with a high-gloss Heritage Cherry finish in hand-sprayed nitrocellulose, the ’61 Les Paul/SG Standard resurrects a hallowed classic from more than five decades ago—and puts a smile on your face when you dig into that vibrato.

Body and Neck
Like the original 1961 Les Paul/SG, the 1961 Les Paul Tribute has a body crafted from solid mahogany in the asymmetrical “double-horned” deep double-cutaway design. Coupled with the SG's characteristic beveled body edge—a big part of this model's distinctive styling—the mahogany’s light weight also enhances playing comfort, and the fine grain of the Grade-A tonewood used beneath the semi-transparent Heritage Cherry finish looks superb. The guitar’s quarter-sawn mahogany neck is carved in a slim but rounded profile that measures 0.800” at the 1st fret and 0.895” at the 12th. It’s glued into the body with Gibson’s acclaimed mortise-and-tenon neck joint, and topped with a rich brown Grade-A rosewood fingerboard sporting 22 jumbo frets and vintage cream binding. Acrylic trapezoid fingerboard inlays, accompanied by a mother-of-pearl headstock logo and holly inlay, round out the guitar’s stunning visuals.

Pickups and Electronics
To capture the full-throated tone of the 1961 Les Paul Tribute, Gibson USA loads it with a pair of the most accurate PAF-styled humbuckers available today. The ’57 Classics in the neck and bridge positions are made with genuine Alnico II magnets, and wound with 42-AWG enamel-coated wire. To complement today’s high-volume music, the coils are wax potted to combat microphonic squeal. Routed through the classic configuration of an independent volume and tone control for each pickup and a three-way toggle switch, this pair gives you warm yet articulate voices from the neck position, crunchy yet singing bridge tones, and sweet round sounds in between.

Hardware
Alongside the traditional tune-o-matic bridge and vintage-style tuners with pearloid buttons, the Sideways Vibrato represents a major performance upgrade over original vintage units. Gibson USA has totally re-engineered the Sideways Vibrato for smoother action and accurate return-to-pitch capabilities, while retaining the historic look of the original. What’s more, the vintage-cream binding, black top hat with silver volume and tone inserts, an early ’60s style five-ply black plastic pickguard, and traditional black-and-white “bell” truss-rod cover hot-stamped with “Les Paul” all contribute to the guitar’s period-correct look.

The 1961 Les Paul Tribute comes protected in a black Gibson hardshell case and includes an owner’s manual, adjustment literature, and truss rod wrench.

FEATURES
  • Solid mahogany body with iconic double-horned design
  • Mahogany neck with slim, rounded profile
  • Bound rosewood fingerboard with acrylic trapezoid inlays
  • Pair of '57 Classic humbucking pickups in the neck and bridge positions
  • Tune-o-matic bridge with sideways vibrato
  • Vintage-style tuners with pearloid buttons and 14:1 ratio
  • Includes case

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SPECIFICATIONS

1961 Les Paul Tribute Electric Guitar

  • Body
  • Species: Mahogany
  • Adhesive: Franklin Titebond 50
  • Neck
  • Species: Mahogany
  • Profile: Slim, Rounded
  • Truss Rod: Traditional Adjustable
  • Joint Angle: 4° (+/- 15 seconds)
  • Adhesive: Franklin Titebond 50
  • Neck Fit
  • Joint: Mortise & Tenon
  • Adhesive: Franklin Titebond 50
  • Joint Angle: Tolerance +/- .005"
  • Fingerboard
  • Species: Rosewood
  • Frets: 22
  • Radius: 12"
  • Nut/E.O.B: 1.695/2.260
  • Binding: Cream
  • Inlays: Figured Acrylic Trapezoid
  • Nut
  • Material: Corian
  • Width: 1.695
  • Slots: Gibson PLEK System
  • Headstock
  • Type: SP2
  • Logo: Mother-of-pearl "Gibson" with holly
  • Truss Rod Cover: Black & White Hot Stamp White "Les Paul"
  • Angle: 17 Degrees"
  • Tuners
  • Model: Vintage-Style with Pearloid Buttons
  • Plating: Nickel
  • Tuning: Ratio 14:1
  • Bridge
  • Type: Tune-O-Matic
  • Material: Zamak
  • Plating: Chrome
  • Tailpiece
  • Type Sideways: Vibrato
  • Plating: Chrome
  • Hardware
  • Pickguard: 5ply B/W/B/W/B
  • Knobs: Black Top Hats with Silver Inserts and Dial Pointers
  • Toggle Switch: Washer Black Hot Stamp Gold
  • Trim Rings: Black
  • Control Plate: Cover Black
  • Strings: .009 - .046, Genuine Gibson strings
  • Strap Buttons: Aluminum
  • Pickups
  • Neck Position: '57 Classic (Alnico II)
  • Bridge Position: '57 Classic (Alnico II)
  • Electronics
  • Potentiometers: 2 Volume Controls, 2 Tone Controls
  • Type: 500K Non-Linear
  • Coil Wiring: Machine Wound
  • Toggle Switch: Three-way with Cream Tip
  • Output Jack: Traditional 1/4"
  • Finish
  • Sealer: Nitrocellulose
  • Process: 1-1.5 mils Cherry
  • Case
  • Type: Hardshell
  • Case Exterior: Black with Silver Gibson Logo
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Gibson1961 Les Paul Tribute Electric Guitar
 
3.6

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  • Good feel (4)
  • Fun to play (3)
  • Good pick up (3)

Cons

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    • Practicing (4)
    • Jamming (3)
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    3.0

    Shocked that vibrola doesn't hold tune?

    By lowrider83

    from Austin, MN

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    Pros

    • Fun To Play
    • Good Feel

    Cons

    • Over priced

    Best Uses

    • Practicing

    Comments about Gibson 1961 Les Paul Tribute Electric Guitar:

    I am thoroughly amused at people who express shock that sideways vibrolas or maestros don't stay in tune well! Why do you think they stopped making them? They aren't meant for the violent use that Floyd Rose units can handle. Gentle use and proper setup will help, but they'll never be as stable as a stoptail, FR or Fender unit. They are mostly used for the vintage look.
    As for this particular guitar, I tried out this model, the SG 2 with Maestro, a couple of Custom Shop SG's, and an Epiphone Ltd Ed SG Custom with Maestro (Pelham Blue). All played well, sounded great and looked great. But the winner was the Epi! I love the TV Pelham Blue finish, the Probucker pickups sounded every bit as good as the Burstbuckers or 57's on the Gibsons, the maestro actually holds tune pretty well (but is only used very sparingly), the build quality and setup was excellent, and it cost less than a thid of what the cheapest Gibson went for! I am not a 'brand snob', when it comes to guitars I go for what I like best. Sometimes its Gibson ('61 SG reissue, '04 LP Classic), sometimes its PRS ('07 McCarty Killer Quilt), and i also have a couple Strats and a Hamer Monaco Elite...but my most recent purchases have been Epi's, the SG Custom and a '66 SG PRO, that have become my main stage guitars.

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    5.0

    Great guitar!

    By Tguy2

    from Ohio

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    Pros

    • Fun To Play
    • Good Feel
    • Good Pick Up
    • Good Tone
    • Solid Electronics

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Jamming
      • Play It
      • Practicing
      • Recording
      • Rock Concerts
      • Small Venues

      Comments about Gibson 1961 Les Paul Tribute Electric Guitar:

      This is the best replica that Gibsons put out. I own an original 61 and outside of 40 some years of wear on the original you couldn't tell them apart. very correct appointments. The 57 humbuckers work well and only an idiot would expect anything short of amFloyd Rose to stay in tune. The trem works well for light. use which is more than the original does. get one while,you can, itsmthe best bang formthe buck you'll find.

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      2.0

      A Rose with Thorns

      By TrackerDan

      from Lincoln, Ca.

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      Pros

      • Beautifully Crafted
      • Good Feel
      • Good Pick Up
      • Top Notch Wood

      Cons

      • Vibrola Does Not Stay In

      Best Uses

      • Jamming
      • Practicing
      • Wall art

      Comments about Gibson 1961 Les Paul Tribute Electric Guitar:

      I ordered this guitar when I first saw it came out, really just a few weeks ago. The first ones sold like hot cakes. When my guitar arrived my wife gasped and remarked how beautiful it was. I have only seen this Art Deco looking tailpiece once when I was about 13 years old and I know all 3 guitarists who have and currently own this particular guitar. I took it out of the case, and tuned it up and started to play it, and retune it and retune it and retune it. The vibrola does not stay in tune. I was going to take it to my authorized Gibson repair tech in the area, who has worked on several of my guitars and knows his stuff; but then I saw another review on the Gibson website with another person who said they had the same trouble. I was heartbroken, got the RMA and sent it back. I had gotten a heck of a deal on the price, so it was a real bummer. Even the regular price is good. If they come up with a solid fix and that gets published, I'll probably buy another

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      5.0

      Killer guitar

      By cjsinla

      from Los Angeles

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      Pros

      • Fun To Play
      • Good Feel
      • Good Pick Up
      • Good Tone
      • Solid Electronics

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Jamming
        • Practicing
        • Rock Concerts
        • Small Venues

        Comments about Gibson 1961 Les Paul Tribute Electric Guitar:

        This guitar is one of the best SG style guitars I've ever played. It compares favorably to the SG Original but has a little bit sweeter sound to my ear. The tremolo unit works fine for old-style use, it will not do dive bombs and stay in tune. I got a particularly light one and it is very resonant and chimey sounding. This particular guitar also has a great feel to the neck, it is slightly flatter feeling then the other 60s style necks that I've played. If you are into vintage style solid body Gibsons, you can't go wrong with this guitar in my opinion.

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        3.0

        Not exactly as "Hyped" by Gibson

        By Sultan of Switchmasters

        from Manistee, MI

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              Comments about Gibson 1961 Les Paul Tribute Electric Guitar:

              Gibson 1961 Les Paul SG Tribute. My final decision is still out ---I Just received mine, and think the guitar is a great price point for Gibson. The neck and body tone woods ring nicely acoustically.   The thin neck shape is what I wanted, as advertised. Finish is super in quality, color, and gloss.  However---"Historically Accurate" plastics and   22 "Jumbo" frets however were not found on my example.   I was expecting, from the Gibson web site description, quality parts that are like those used on the Historic Reissues. For examples: the control knobs don't look right with their large metal cap lettering, and bland/grayish numeral coloring. The truss rod cover lacks the aesthetically pleasing wide exposed white bevel. The "Les Paul" lettering/font is not very accurate. To me it should be historically accurate as advertised.   The pick-guard was fair, but lacked bottom white plastic layer thickness, and bevel accuracy, to best show off the layers of the pick-guard.   Most disheartening to me was that the frets on mine were not Jumbo sized.  They are similar, if not the same as the medium sized fret wire on my recent issue Les Paul Standard Premium.   I personally don't care for the medium sized fret-wire.  Not listed as a feature in the Gibson on-line specifications is the tonal circuit wiring. It would have been nice for the generally preferred wiring of the capacitors in the tonally superior "1950's" style—It wouldn't cost Gibson any more to do it.   I can live with the Nashville bridge. I enjoy the side to side vibrola device—a nicely done upgrade. My decision to keep or return this guitar comes down to consideration of the fair Gibson price--- I could afford to replace the plastics with upgrade parts, but not the frets.  Question to Gibson marketing proofreaders: Were the Jumbo frets accidentally mis-advertised?

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