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A tribute to the innovation at the heart of the Les Paul.
The 2013 Les Paul Future Tribute captures the look, feel, and tone of the guitar world’s most legendary single-cutaway solidbody, and equips it for the player of the future—making it available today. Primed for optimum playability and versatility, the Les Paul Future Tribute carries a pair of “zebra-coil” ’57 Classic humbucking pickups for a blend of vintage warmth and contemporary articulation, along with a superbly comfortable custom asymmetrical neck profile. Gibson’s acclaimed bridge and tailpiece team up with futuristic Steinberger gearless tuners to ensure smooth playability and precise tuning and intonation. And, like all Les Paul and SG 2013 Tribute Series guitars, the Les Paul Future Tribute is available upgraded with Min-ETune automated “Robot” tuners for a nominal upcharge.
The Les Paul Future Tribute takes the classic platform of the original Les Paul Standards forward into the 21st century by starting with the timeless 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 amplified voice. The mahogany back is strategically weight relieved using modern weight relief methods 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 an ergonomic and superbly comfortable new asymmetrical profile that fits the natural shape of the human hand, with depths of .800” at the 1st fret and .875” at the 12th, making this one of the most playable Les Pauls yet created. 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 knurled chrome knobs 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 Future Tribute ensures its sonic versatility and hot looks with a pair of zebra-coil ’57 Classic humbucking pickups, consisting of a standard-wound humbucker in the neck position and a slightly over-wound ’57 Classic Plus for hotter lead tones in the bridge position. The ’57 Classics begin in the image of Gibson’s esteemed PAF humbuckers, with genuine Alnico 2 magnets and 42-AWG enamel-coated wire, but are enhanced with evenly matched coils for a smooth, singing tone, and wax potting to combat microphonic squeal at high volume levels. The result is a pickup that is thick, rich, and warm, yet clear and articulate—perfect for the broad demands of today’s music. 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 classic tune-o-matic bridge and Stopbar tailpiece, then rams it all into the future with a set of super-efficient Steinberger gearless tuners, a hardware set that partners up for solid sustain and precision tuning. Put it all together, and the Les Paul Future Tribute presents the perfect way to celebrate the Les Paul in the 21st century, wrapping it all into a great guitar that brings the look, feel, and sound of a classic Les Paul to the hands of the demanding players of today.
Each guitar includes a black Gibson gig bag, owner’s manual and truss rod wrench.
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Comments about Gibson 2013 Les Paul Future Tribute Electric Guitar:
Let's forget this is a Les Paul for a second and look at its tuning system. I have a Steinberger and am familiar with Ned's designs so I was quite surprised to see Gibson use this on their intruments. Its not exactly like Steinbegers bridge tuners, which by the way, the best tuning system ever made for guitars in my opinion, but kind of an newer style that i've not seen before. They are 40:1 tuning ratio, which smokes every other manual tuner you can get except Steinberger's own Bridge tuners also 40:1. I've heard Gibsons being notorious for getting out of tune so bearing this in mind prior to purchase, i was real enthused they used Steinbergers on this one. Easy to load the string, no winding at all. The dial on the back sinks or rises as you tune and detune. Its a cool thing, but it does look weird on the headstock at first. All in all, excellent tuners.
The construction of the guitar is what I've heard, pulling it out of the box its definitely heavy. Even with the modern weight relief, its still the heaviest and chunkiest in my collection, which is a Fender Standard Strat, Esp M Series, Jackson King V Pro Kvmg and my Steinberger of course!
According to Gibson, the weight comes from the Maple Cap, which is what Les wanted in the first place, and ALL Maple body, but it would've been too heavy for all of us, so they put a mahogany back on all Les Pauls. So this being a basic LP, the guts are there. its unbound and plain looking, but a smooth player.
The asymmetrical neck is another important feature. In 2013 only this model and the Standard have this neck. In 2014 the Standard and the Studio Pro have this. Basically its narrower on the bottom than the top side. And it really does make it easier for speed and bends. Quite comfortable.
The electronics are excellent. these are my first 57 classics and classic plus. I spent a month researching pickups and even spoke on the phone with Gibson to seek advice. The 57s generally cover a lot of ground they said and boy do they. I play heavy, but a lot of cleans too, classical, some country and slide. The 57s can do it all. want high gain? its there, wanna play Ghost riders in the sky? its there, wanna play muddy waters? its there. Im impressed by the breadth of them. The Bass they produce combined with the body's resonance is incredible.. you feel it all throughout the neck. That's what always gets me is the real wide and warm low end. You'll get good sustain from this as well.
If you can't get a LP Future, still you can get a LP with 57s and you're there as far as tone goes. Awesome. Also you can easily switch pickups without soldering if you wanna mix n match to 498t or Burst Buckers. Many options. Hope this helps!