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Gibson 2013 Les Paul '70s Tribute Electric Guitar   

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The 2013 Les Paul ’70s Tribute captures the look, feel, and tone of a heavy sounding evolution of this legendary single-cutaway solidbody, the Les Pa...Read More

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A tribute to the Les Paul that put the hard into rock.

The 2013 Les Paul ’70s Tribute captures the look, feel, and tone of a heavy sounding evolution of this legendary single-cutaway solidbody, the Les Paul of the 1970s. Like many Les Pauls of the era of heavy rock, the Les Paul ’70s Tribute carries a pair of high-output humbucking pickups for unparalleled overdrive tones, along with the characteristic ‘70s neck profile with volute. Gibson’s most acclaimed hardware set ensures smooth playability and offers precise tuning and intonation.

Built in the image of the world-beating Les Pauls of the 1970s, the Les Paul ’70s Tribute starts with the classic tonewood combination of a mahogany body with solid carved maple top. When paired, these woods offer a tonal depth and complexity unmatched by any single-wood construction, with warmth and richness from the mahogany, and superb clarity and “snap” from the maple, all of which translates to surprising breadth and articulation within the guitar’s scorching amped-up sound.

The mahogany back is strategically weight relieved to both lighten your load and improve resonance. A solid mahogany neck is glued into the body in Gibson’s time-tested tradition, and carved to a characteristic medium ’70s profile that measures .810” at the 1st fret and .930” at the 12th, with period-correct volute to strengthen the back-angled headstock. It is topped with a genuine rosewood fingerboard that carries 22 medium-jumbo frets and traditional trapezoid inlays. In keeping with the stripped-down ethos of this powerful performer, both body and ’board remain unbound, and there’s no pickguard to obscure the finish. A PLEK-cut nut made from black Corian subtly complements the black witch-hat knobs with silver inserts and black pickup rings, while enhancing resonance and sustain. The headstock is silkscreened with a gold Gibson logo and Les Paul Model.

The Les Paul ’70s Tribute takes its firepower from a pair of Gibson’s mighty Dirty Fingers humbucking pickups, a legendary component of ’70s firepower, and among the two hottest pickups that Gibson has ever designed. These scorching humbuckers include powerful ceramic magnets and over-wound coils for a sizzling, sustainful sound that nevertheless remains clear and articulate. The traditional wiring complement of an independent volume and tone control per pickup plus a three-way toggle selector switch allows a broad range of sonic variations.

To anchor it all down, Gibson USA loads in a Tune-o-Matic bridge and Stopbar tailpiece, with a set of genuine Grover kidney button tuners, a hardware set that partners up for solid sustain and precision tuning. Put it all together, and the Les Paul ’70s Tribute presents the perfect celebration of the Les Paul’s advancement into the age of heavy rock, wrapping it all into a great guitar that brings the look, feel, and sound of a high-output humbucker-loaded Les Paul to the hands of players of today.

Each guitar includes a black Gibson gig bag, owner’s manual and truss rod wrench.

FEATURES
  • Mahogany body with solid carved maple top
  • Mahogany neck with medium '70s profile
  • Rosewood fingerboard with trapezoid inlays
  • Pair of high-output Dirty Fingers™ humbucking pickups in the neck and bridge
  • Grover Kidney button tuners
  • Includes a black Gibson gig bag

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Gibson2013 Les Paul '70s Tribute Electric Guitar
 
3.9

(based on 7 reviews)

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71%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good feel (6)
  • Fun to play (4)
  • Good pick up (4)
  • Good tone (4)
  • Solid electronics (3)

Cons

  • Craftsmanship (3)

Best Uses

  • Jamming (5)
  • Practicing (5)
  • Recording (3)
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4.0

Solid LP, great pickups, ugly knobs.

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from Ex San Jose CA

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Pros

  • Automated Tuners Work
  • Excellent sustain
  • Good Feel
  • Versatile Sound

Cons

  • Clearcoat Orange Peel
  • Knobs Crooked
  • Poor Quality Craftsmanship

Best Uses

  • Jamming
  • Practicing
  • Recording

Comments about Gibson 2013 Les Paul '70s Tribute Electric Guitar:

Great guitar, feels and plays like any Les Paul I've played. Sounds aggressive with the Dirty Fingers pickups. The automatic tuners actually work really well! Sustain is endless.

You can see Gibson put the time, effort, and money into sound, feel, and playability. The other aspects (fit and finish, visual appeal, setup) appear to have been thrown out the window.

The bad...Gibson must just make all guitars on a Friday now...the finish is not very good. Orange Peel from applying paint/clear wrong, the knobs are ugly and were on crooked, the action is poor. I don't expect a finish like super high end Les Paul, but I'd like a finish that's better than a base model Epiphone! You almost feel the disdain of whoever had to assemble yet another Les Paul...the final details seem rushed.

However, replacing or straightening the knobs is cheap and easy. I plan to refinish the guitar someday, because even the Sunburst finish is pretty mediocre.

If you can manage to get one though, it's a great guitar.

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2.0

NOT LIKE A GIBSON

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from michigan

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Pros

    Cons

    • 200 Guitar At Best
    • Fin Ish Is Awful
    • Neck Is Not Like Gibson
    • Poor Pick Up
    • Poor Quality Craftsmanship
    • Price Is Way Too High
    • Sound Is Way Muddy

    Best Uses

    • Garage

    Comments about Gibson 2013 Les Paul '70s Tribute Electric Guitar:

    BEEN PLAYING FOR BETTER PART OF FIFTY YEARS AND ALL I CAN SAY ABOUT GIBSON IS THEY SURE MAKE CHEAP PLAYING GUITARS NOW DAYS!!! LORD HOW DO THEY GET AWAY WITH IT??

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    2.0

    Could've been great, but...

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    from Glen Ellyn, IL

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    Pros

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

    Cons

    • Poor Quality Craftsmanship

    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Practicing
    • Recording

    Comments about Gibson 2013 Les Paul '70s Tribute Electric Guitar:

    Interesting how my critical review of this one disappeared, as this one will probably. Wasting my time. Also, curious how they had no replacements when I asked for an exchange...

    So it is a great playing guitar. The pickups sound great dirty and clean too. And fundamentally it had all that goes to a great guitar....BUT the workmanship, at least on mine, was sloppy. The neck wood and fretwood did not line up, which is annoying from a "Gibson" but it doesn't affect playability.

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    5.0

    I like this guitar

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    from Milwaukee

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    Verified Buyer

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Jamming
      • Practicing

      Comments about Gibson 2013 Les Paul '70s Tribute Electric Guitar:

      Great sound and excellent action as is common from Gibson. The Dirty-Fingers pickups give it a lot of musical style options and has excellent tonal sustainability. It is also a lot of fun to play.

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      4.0

      Good Build = Good Value

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      from MI

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      Pros

      • Excellent Build Quality
      • Good Feel
      • Good Modding Platform
      • No Sharp Fret Edges
      • Smoothfast Neck

      Cons

      • Muddy Bridge Pickup

      Best Uses

      • Jamming
      • Practicing
      • Small Venues
      • Workhorse

      Comments about Gibson 2013 Les Paul '70s Tribute Electric Guitar:

      I had a poorly finished "Vintage Gloss" in this series that felt cheap and had sharp frets. I replaced it with this for a lot less during the recent 2013 closeout.

      This is a well-built Gold Top that looks great and the top seems to have a bit more lacquer than the previous one I had. No sharp frets, EXCELLENT neck and the tones are pretty good from the Dirty Fingers.

      Now for the not so good: the Dirty Fingers Bridge pup gets muddy as it is cranked. I lowered it about as far as I could, but I've had the Super Distortion and Duncan Distortion & they both stay pretty articulate. This one does not at higher gain levels. It will be changed eventually.

      Be aware that this series comes with quick connect pickups so you may need to stay with Gibson to ease the mod. I may go with a '57 Classic Plus or an Angus signature. They are both available with the quick connect.

      The control knobs are not to my liking either, but that is a personal preference and a cheap mod. Speed knobs for me.

      Overall, this is a great guitar for the money spent. I'll be able to leave my better LP's at home and won't mind this one getting a ding or two. The neck is to die for, the fretboard is nice, dark rosewood, the top is great - other than the bridge 'bucker, what's not to like?

      Nice, low cost offering from Gibson...

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      (9 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Good guitar

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      from Tennessee.

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      Pros

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

      Cons

      • Frets A Little Sharp

      Best Uses

      • Jamming
      • Practicing
      • Recording
      • Rock Concerts
      • School Bands
      • Small Venues

      Comments about Gibson 2013 Les Paul '70s Tribute Electric Guitar:

      Very good guitar. It has a little warmer sound than my other guitars. Good clean tones from the neck pickup. U can get any heavy tone u like from the bridge. The neck felt a little sticky. Hopefully it will get better when it gets broke in. Frets a re a little sharp. Setup perfect out of the box.

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      (12 of 16 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      no descriptive words used for sound

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      from cville, va

      About Me Novice

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about Gibson 2013 Les Paul '70s Tribute Electric Guitar:

          bottom line up front: this guitar is awesome.

          i can't make up neat words to describe the sound other than "awesome." (<- i definitely used another word describing how awesome it was, but apparently BA is no longer legit in this PC world we live in.) i could say that it's bright and clean and all that, but aren't all of those qualities relative especially in reference to personal taste?

          anyways, i've been "playing" for 13-ish years and i've generally appreciated most decent guitars i've played. while it doesn't take an expensive guitar to impress me, i'm very unimpressed by cheap guitars or any other equipment that makes playing or screwing around less fun. basically, if you get frustrated and start to neglect an instrument because of the instrument vs your lack of ability, then you need to toss that stuff right into the street. you're not doing yourself or the world any favors by picking it up once every 2 years.

          so, now that i've sort of qualified my point of view, maybe my opinion will be valuable to someone. for someone like me, this is an awesome guitar. i don't ever find myself thinking of how it could be better. i have an ibanez that has a super thin neck and this one is larger, and i find it very comfortable in my hands. i have medium-sized dude hands. and by that, i mean awesome.

          i absolutely love the satin vintage sunburst. i can understand the GT appeal, but this is my guitar. i also conducted an internal study as to which finish was the most awesome (forced to use another word again! but you know what i mean.) and the most appealing. the satin vintage burst was found to be preferable on all accounts.

          i was barely alive in the 70's and have never had a guitar from that decade, so i can't say how tribute-ish it really is for those that were playing then.

          no issues with build or switches or controls. i don't know what strings that came on it, but i haven't replaced them yet, even though i should have when i got it. (does anyone care what strings come with a guitar? basically, you're going to change them out with whatever you play with, right?)

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