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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.

FEATURES
  • Mahogany body with solid carved maple top
  • Mahogany neck with new Asymmetrical profile
  • Rosewood fingerboard with trapezoid inlays
  • Zebra-coil '57 Classic humbucking pickups in the neck and bridge
  • Steinberger gearless tuners
  • Includes a black Gibson gig bag and truss rod wrench

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Pros

  • Good feel (7)
  • Good tone (6)
  • Solid electronics (6)
  • Fun to play (5)
  • Good pick up (5)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Recording (6)
    • Practicing (5)
    • Jamming (4)
    • Rock concerts (3)
    • Small venues (3)
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    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    EXCELLENT

    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...Read complete review

    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!

    VS

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    Great Paul with a little work

    The price for a goldtop was excellent but I was disappointed in the finish. There were runs in the paint and orange peel in the nitro finish. Fret work was decent and edges were...Read complete review

    The price for a goldtop was excellent but I was disappointed in the finish. There were runs in the paint and orange peel in the nitro finish. Fret work was decent and edges were smooth. Once I put on a set of vintage kluson tuners the guitar looked much better. The steinberger gearless tuners worked great but I really didn't like the look of no tuning keys on the headstock. The 57 classic pickups are superb and I like the feel of the asymmetrical neck and compound radius fretboard. A slightly modern feel but all les Paul. With a little work this guitar became a real classic looking and sounding Paul for not much money.

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    5.0

    Great buy!

    By Gator

    from Monroe,MI

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

    • Fun To Play
    • Good Feel
    • Great Tone
    • Solid Electronics

    Cons

    • None

    Best Uses

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

    Comments about Gibson 2013 Les Paul Future Tribute Electric Guitar:

    I have owned many guitars in my time but this one is a gold mine. Ready to play right out of the box. Had to get used to the tuners but once it's tuned you really don't notice them because your having to much fun playing the guitar.
    It stays in tune even after playing it very hard and the 57's in this guitar are really kickers with great tone and clarity. Strongly recommend you check this guitar out...it made me a believer.

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    5.0

    Sweet Deal on a real Gibson Les Paul

    By Stratman56-TkXi2

    from Denver area

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

    • Good Feel
    • Good Pick Up
    • Good Tone
    • Nice neck profile
    • Solid Electronics

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Jamming
      • Recording
      • Small Venues

      Comments about Gibson 2013 Les Paul Future Tribute Electric Guitar:

      Best deal out there. Crafted in the USA. Setup was great right out of the box. I really like the neck profile, very comfortable. The 57 Classic and Classic + pickups sound great. The finish was OK, serviceable. What you would expect from a Studio series Les Paul.

      The Steinberger gearless tuners are not the traditional look for a Les Paul or any Gibson guitar, but they work great. So, they will stay.

      Other cosmetics that I decided to change were:
      The "Future" Vol and Tone knobs look ridiculous on a Les Paul, so I switched them out to the vintage style knobs that have "Volume" and "Tone" written on them along with the pointer indicators. I also changed the pickup rings and Selector Switch washer from black to cream colored ones. And finally, I replaced the Truss Rod "Future"cover to a blank one. So, for this current price and a few bones for cosmetic changes I have a beautiful sounding (and looking) made in the USA Les Paul Studio Gold Top.

      If you can still get your hands on one of these beauties for this price, GRAB ONE.

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      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      "No Future For You"

      By Kai

      from Parts, Unkown

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

      • Fun To Play
      • Good Pick Up
      • Paf Tone
      • Value

      Cons

      • Knobs
      • Truss Cover

      Best Uses

      • Plug In To A Jcm 800

      Comments about Gibson 2013 Les Paul Future Tribute Electric Guitar:

      Sadly, by the time you read this there will likely be no future guitar available. This may be the best value I ever received in a guitar. It may be the best sounding Gibson I've owned in my thirty years of hum bucking. Does the truss rod cover look like something out of a gumball machine? Yes. Do the knobs look like they were stripped off a Mexican tele? Yes. Are those problems fixed in less than 10 minutes? Yes. My vintage sunburst arrived flaw less and well set up. Like previous posts I planned on changing the the tuners but they have grown on me and work well. The neck is very comfortable. The best part is the sound! I can't stop playing it.

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      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      GREAT Value in a Factory-Fresh Les Paul

      By Von

      from Nashville, TN

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            Comments about Gibson 2013 Les Paul Future Tribute Electric Guitar:

            This joins a large stable of Les Pauls to compare it to. It was so inexpensive that it was an impluse buy! Here are my findings:
            1. It feels "right" for a Paul; not too light, not too heavy.
            2. The compound-radius neck feels natural and comfortable.
            3. Only set-up tweak she needed was a few turns on the bridge height-adjustment washers.
            4. The tuners look kinda goofy on a Paul, and I planned to replace them, but they work better than anything I've encountered. String changes are instant, and she tunes up fast and STAYS in tune brilliantly. So, they're staying!
            5. The pickups are excellent. The 57 classic/classic + combo is the closest thing Gibson has ever offered to an original '57 PAF (with the cover removed). They cover a lot of ground with grace.
            6. Even though the body is a (mostly) gloss finish, the neck is pure flat/satin. I'd prefer it was gloss.
            Summary: This guitar is a total score. It feels like a Paul should, sounds like a GREAT Paul, and stays in tune forever! I wish it was fully bound & glossy, and I wish it came with "normal" knobs and a pickguard ... but the discount price is well below a Studio ... and this is much, MUCH more guitar than a standard Les Paul studio.

            Oh, and the color is just as dark as the picture looks ... I was hoping it would be actually a little more cherry and less tobacco ... but no, the "vintage" burst is totally a amber to dark brown tobacco burst.

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            (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            I would buy it again

            By Ol' Roy

            from Hot Springs Arkansas

            Pros

            • Good Feel
            • Good Pick Up
            • Good Tone
            • Solid Electronics

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about Gibson 2013 Les Paul Future Tribute Electric Guitar:

                This is my 3rd Gibson LP. I have owned A 84 Custom Shop and i currently own a Studio. This is the most interesting of the three. I love the satin finish on this Les Paul and the neck profile is amazing ! It is lighter than the others as well. I would have given it a 5 star rating but there is some merits to the other negative reviews. The frets need to be dressed slightly on the sides but they are exceptable. The setup was lacking in that the action needs to be lowered slightly and the intonation was off on 3 of the strings. I have to believe someone was in a hurry to get the guitar out of the factory. having said all of that I still think it is a very good buy for the money. It has more right with it than the little adjustments that have to be made. To me it seems kind of strange for a Gibson has to be adjusted as most of then are perfect right out of the box. I do not mind making adjustments because i build guitars. I own 3 American made Stratocasters and an American made Precision Bass. I like the fretwork on the Fenders a little more than the Gibsons in the first place. The tuning machines on this guitar look kinda funky but they work smoother than anything i have ever used. I will buy a hard case because the tilted head stock can be damaged pretty easy. The fact that it came with a gigbag was a plus because for the money they did not have to include that. I say buy one because not all of them was not setup by the same person. The sound on this Guitar is better than any i have ever had. You will be Satisfied with your purchase !

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                (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Killer Deal for LP with 57's

                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

                  • Jamming
                  • Practicing
                  • Recording

                  Comments about Gibson 2013 Les Paul Future Tribute Electric Guitar:

                  With the clearance price, unbeatable deal for straightforward real Gibson LP w/classic 57's. The Steinberger tuners look different, but preform excellent. 40:1 ratio makes for smoothest tuners I've ever used. The Plek setup really makes this easy to play, right out of the box, literally. Quality on these models is much better than previous years.

                  The asymmetrical neck with compound radius is killer. Same as 2013 LP Standard.

                  Comment on this review

                  (3 of 24 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  1.0

                  disappointed

                  By t-bone

                  from sandwich n.h.

                  About Me Experienced

                  Pros

                  • none

                  Cons

                  • Bad Fretwork 4 Gibson
                  • Poor Quality Craftsmanship

                  Best Uses

                  • Unable 2 Play

                  Comments about Gibson 2013 Les Paul Future Tribute Electric Guitar:

                  thought it was a great deal,but guitar was shipped w/side fret dressing needed,unable 2 play due 2 sharp fret edges,let it settle 4 over a week 2 c if it would settle in. but, its a no go will b returning un m.f.takes additional money off 4 fretwork.

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                  (3 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  4.0

                  Nice Guitar

                  By Paul B

                  from Down South

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                  Ask me a question

                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Practicing
                    • Recording
                    • Rock Concerts

                    Comments about Gibson 2013 Les Paul Future Tribute Electric Guitar:

                    This is a very decent Les Paul. Yes it is lower end because of the satin finish and gig bag but the price reflects that.
                    The pickups sound great through a tube amp. I like the volume and tone knobs. I'm undecided on the ugly headstock sans tuning pegs. If this system keeps it in tune then why not, Les Pauls are notorious for being hard to keep in tune. I don't mind the look because it's kind of a eye catcher.
                    Overall I am happy with my purchase. I own 11 Les Pauls and this one will fit into the mix just fine.

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                    (6 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    3.0

                    Great Paul with a little work

                    By 2manygtrs

                    from Hudson ny

                    About Me Experienced

                    Pros

                    • Good Feel
                    • Good Tone

                    Cons

                    • Poor Quality Craftsmanship

                    Best Uses

                    • Practicing
                    • Recording

                    Comments about Gibson 2013 Les Paul Future Tribute Electric Guitar:

                    The price for a goldtop was excellent but I was disappointed in the finish. There were runs in the paint and orange peel in the nitro finish. Fret work was decent and edges were smooth. Once I put on a set of vintage kluson tuners the guitar looked much better. The steinberger gearless tuners worked great but I really didn't like the look of no tuning keys on the headstock. The 57 classic pickups are superb and I like the feel of the asymmetrical neck and compound radius fretboard. A slightly modern feel but all les Paul. With a little work this guitar became a real classic looking and sounding Paul for not much money.

                    Comment on this review

                    (34 of 34 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    EXCELLENT

                    By Chris

                    from New York

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                    Ask me a question

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

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

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

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

                      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!

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