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Gibson 2013 Les Paul '70s Tribute Min-ETune 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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The Les Paul that put the hard into rock with the added bonus of always being in tune.

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. And this Les Paul ’70s Tribute comes upgraded with Min-ETune automated “Robot” tuners.

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.

Min-ETune automated “robot” tuners
Min-ETune is a small compact battery powered tuning unit that sits on the back of the guitar — a mighty enhancement to an already great instrument. No need for screws, wiring or routing, in fact the system is hardly visible from the front of the guitar. You can still adjust the tuning pegs manually or turn on the Min-ETune to choose from 12 popular tunings or program 6 of your own.

Always In Tune
A guitar with Min-ETune looks the same, feels the same, plays the same and rocks the same - it’s just always in tune. Adjust to other instruments' imperfect tuning with Reference Tuning and keep that harmony going. Perfect for home, studio and gigging: The internal lithium battery lasts for 80 to 100 tunings on just one charge. Rock longer with the fast and accurate Min-ETune, tuning your guitar in just three seconds and one strum.

In Perfect Harmony
Digital tuners that emulate open tunings are available BUT because the Min-ETune physically turns the tuners, the system is always organic and natural. There’s no delay, no dampening and no dead sound — just the natural vibration of guitar strings in total harmony with the vibrations coming out of the amp producing ringing harmonics and powerful sustain.

Rock Out
With the new Min-ETune equipped guitars all you have to do is PUSH the button, STRUM, get TUNED and ROCK out. Min-ETune is a huge boost to the live performer, the touring professional, the experienced enthusiast, the beginner and novice player alike.

Save time and money in the studio because the tuning system is so fast and accurate. And Min-ETune is a priceless tool for writing creatively with its instant access to the sounds your muse demands. Perfect for the professional – Min-ETune will have you rocking around the clock.

Travel light to your next gig or across the globe, just one guitar does the work of multiple guitars in different tunings – perfect for the enthusiast. Keep on rocking and experiment with a wide range of alternate tunings or program your own and save it forever with Min-ETune.

Spend less time learning to tune and more time learning to play the guitar. Perfect for the beginner – Min-ETune puts a variety of tunings at your fingertips. You are ready to rock? With Min-ETune you can even experiment with open tunings, something that usually takes years of practice.

More than just efficient, affordable, versatile, and powerful, Min-ETune is truly a creative tool that you can’t do without.

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 automated tuners
  • Includes a black Gibson gig bag and truss rod wrench

Make your contribution to the tribute. Order today.

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Gibson2013 Les Paul '70s Tribute Min-ETune Electric Guitar
 
3.6

(based on 9 reviews)

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67%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good tone (9)
  • Fun to play (8)
  • Good pick up (8)
  • Good feel (7)
  • Solid electronics (7)

Cons

  • Craftsmanship (4)

Best Uses

  • Practicing (5)
  • Jamming (4)
  • Recording (4)
  • Rock concerts (4)
  • Small venues (3)
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2.0

When a Gibson is not a Gibson

By The Skankydog

from Rochester,NY

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Pros

  • Good Pick Up
  • Good Tone

Cons

  • Bad Frets
  • E Tune Problems
  • Fret Buzz
  • Poor Quality Craftsmanship

Best Uses

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

    I was astonished with this guitar and kept saying "this is a Gibson?". Three main detractors: The frets were so long they actually hurt your hand as you slid back and forth along the neck. They clearly stuck out-all of them! They were so tall that any fingering, especially below the 5th fret went sharp. Open chords were near impossible.
    There was a noticeable dip in the wood of the neck at the 12th fret. No neck correction possible.
    The min etune system seemed fantastic until you played it on a live stage. When trying to set the tuning, especially during a song, any resonant frequency from another guitar or bass would cause the system to recalibrate. It could only be used when no one else was playing. Crazy.
    The sound was great and it was pretty as heck but totally unusable in a pro gig.
    MF was great about it and took it back postage paid. I couldn't help but wonder why they didn't have any replacements for it. I took my reimbursement and ran.

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    5.0

    Sweet 70's Hardrock LP fell and Vibe

    By Davey Rocket

    from NC

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    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

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

        Has the feel and vibe of my 77 LP Custom. The DF take it to another level, not for the faint of heart. Will do classic LP tones but not where it shines. The DF are the hottest passives I've played. Like them far better than EMG 81/85 setup on another LP, DF seem more versatile.

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        2.0

        Looks Good in the Pictures

        By Jason

        from Los Angeles, CA

        About Me Experienced

        Pros

        • Fun To Play
        • Good Tone
        • Looks Ok From A Distance

        Cons

        • Poor Quality Craftsmanship
        • Weak Finish

        Best Uses

        • Practicing

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

        I bought this not sight unseen but 'touch untouched.' As soon as I opened it up it didn't look like a "real" Les Paul; it reminds me of a PRS SE guitar. Oh, the mahogany and maple are there but the rest of the finishing isn't. There is no binding despite what the pictures indicate; the finish is very thin and flat, not the thick, glossy desired finish for a Les Paul. It's the first guitar I've ever bought without playing it... and it'll be the last.

        It does have built in automatic machine tuners; turn down the volume, strum push a couple of buttons and wait a bit. In other words, if you're playing a gig and want to keep the groove going... tune it yourself. The more I write the more I think Gibson's version of PRS's SE line.

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        2.0

        Great Guitar with sloppy workmanship

        By DIaNXhqrq

        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
        • Rock Concerts

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

        I bought this on a whim as the sale's price was too good to pass up. It's a great guitar, and I now understand why Gibson, even based on a low end guitar, has a great reputation. It's a very solid and comfortable guitar with great pickups, Dirty Fingers, and these sound good clean too. The neck is thick and wide, which you probably either love or hate. The finish is a bit odd-- feels like dried wax. And the minEtune works well though does get a little inaccurate when the battery low. Now the negative where we lose most of the stars: The seam b/n the fretboard and neck did not line up evenly, and there were other areas where the finish was built up or someone forgot to sand. Also MF sold this as "new" even though it had several nicks on the back of the neck and scratches, something you'd see on a used, open box guitar... MF offered me a full refund, but that doesn't make me whole as shipping it back is a huge hassle where I live and I already invested time setting it up and so forth. The solution is easy: I won't buy another guitar from MF or anything else for that matter. Be careful of the sale items.

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        4.0

        Sweet Les Paul

        By Skidoo90

        from Illinois

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        Pros

        • Beautiful Matched Top
        • Fun To Play
        • Good Feel
        • Good Pick Up
        • Good Tone
        • Solid Electronics

        Cons

        • Better Setup
        • Frets Could Be Smoother

        Best Uses

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

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

        Nice playing guit!! Dirty fingers are a bit on the dark side but still nice and clean up well too. Mine came with a beautiful matched maple cap on top of the mahogany body. Had a little trouble with the Min-Etune at first, But think I have it figured out now. Still nice to be able to tune without it though if you have too. Just a solid well built American made- No frills machine with a futuristic tuning system. Great price from MF as usual with the BEST customer service in the game.

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        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        2.0

        Some issues

        By MusicmanRS

        from Myrtle Beach, SC

        About Me Professional Musician

        Pros

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

        Cons

        • Fret Buzz
        • Poor Quality Craftsmanship

        Best Uses

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

          While this guitar is beautiful to look at and features quality components, there are some serious craftsmanship flaws. First it's just not possible that this guitar was properly run on a PLEK machine. There are high and low frets all up and down the fretboard causing significant fret buzz. I will take it to a local luthier and have this fixed. There is a little trash in the finish, not much, but it's there. The frets were not dressed to any sort of standard and are sharp enough on the ends to cut yourself. I contacted Gibson customer support which was a joke. Basically wanted me, the unhappy customer to pay the shipping to send it to them to be fixed. Why should I have to pay more money for you to fix your mistakes? Just wow... Aside from these issues the guitar feels solid and has a great sound. The Tronical tuning system works as it should. All in all, you can buy this guitar, take the chance of getting a good one and if not, send it back or have it repaired locally at your expense.

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          5.0

          Sweet

          By Marry Juano

          from Flagstaff, aZ

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          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

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

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

            MinETune is awesome and fast.

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            (7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            great guitar at a great value!

            By sal

            from new york, ny

            About Me Novice

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Fun To Play
            • Good Feel
            • Good Pick Up
            • Good Tone
            • Great craftmanship
            • Nice Sustain
            • Nice Tone
            • Solid Electronics
            • Warm Sounding Pickups

            Cons

            • None

            Best Uses

            • Blues
            • Hard Rock
            • Jamming
            • Jazz
            • Metal
            • Practicing
            • Recording
            • Rock
            • Rock Concerts
            • School Bands
            • Small Venues

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

            Very great guitar at a great value. Very versatile pickups can play anything from led zepelin to gnr to some sabbath an metallica. However, if you are really seeking the true heavy sound for metal swap out pickups to active EMGs. The minetune feature is great because you can tune your guitar up with no power source plugged in an it uses a rechargeable battery which lasts about 100 tunes. You can also program alt tunings into it if you like to use other than standard the unit allows you user defined tunings. All in all great guitar.

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            (10 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Simply an outstanding instrument

            By PalmettoPlayer

            from Myrtle Beach, SC

            About Me Experienced

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Beautiful finish
            • Fun To Play
            • Good Feel
            • Good Pick Up
            • Good Tone
            • Great sustain
            • Outstanding Inovation
            • Quality Gibson Intonation
            • Solid Electronics

            Cons

              Best Uses

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

                This is an outstanding guitar! When it arrived I spent several days putting it through its paces and I was amazed at quality of the tone and the general playability. Gibson expertly set everything up and it was ready to go straight out of the box.
                The min-Etune is equally as remarkable. I had my reservations that such an innovative piece of electronics would perform perfectly every time but it did. I have always been a bit lazy when it comes to retuning for a specific song because of the time it takes to get it right but those days are behind me. On average it takes about 12 seconds to switch between any one of the 12 preprogrammed tunings and if that wasn't enough Gibson left 6 programmable slots for your own special tunings.
                Whether I am picking on the couch or jamming with friends this will be the first guitar I will reach for.

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