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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' 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 œzebra-coil ™57 Classic humbucking pickups for a blend of vintage warmth and contemporary articulation, along with a superbly comfortable custom asymmetrical neck profile. Gibson' acclaimed bridge and tailpiece team up with futuristic Steinberger gearless tuners to ensure smooth playability and precise tuning and intonation.

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 œsnap from the maple, all of which translates to surprising breadth and articulation within the guitar' 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' 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' 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' 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' 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' 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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Gibson2013 Les Paul Future Tribute Electric Guitar
 
4.2

(based on 26 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (13)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (8)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

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    (2)

88%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good tone (19)
  • Good pick up (18)
  • Good feel (17)
  • Fun to play (16)
  • Solid electronics (13)

Cons

  • Craftsmanship (6)

Best Uses

  • Jamming (16)
  • Recording (14)
  • Practicing (13)
  • Rock concerts (9)
  • Small venues (9)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (20), Professional musician (3)

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

Most Liked Negative Review

 

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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(39 of 39 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

EXCELLENT

By Reddsigma

from Fingerlakes NY

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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!

    (9 of 17 customers found this review helpful)

     
    1.0

    Bad Pickup, Cheapo Finish

    By The Resonator

    from Queens, N.Y.C.

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    Pros

    • Good Feel
    • Good Tone

    Cons

    • Poor Pick Up
    • Poor Quality Craftsmanship

    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Practicing

    Comments about Gibson 2013 Les Paul Future Tribute Electric Guitar:

    The guitar came with a non-working neck pup, so I returned it. The working bridge pup did have a nice lively sound. The neck had a good feel, as did the rosewood board.
    The gearless tuners worked OK.
    The finish was thin & cheap-looking; Gibson says it's nitro, but it looks & feels like a satin finish. Gibson doesn't say this out front, but there isn't the old fashioned wiring-some pcb board is used.
    I sent if back for a refund-the guitar seems cheaply made,& the quality control obviously isn't to be trusted.
    Here's my tip of the day: If a new Gibson comes with a gigbag, they are shorting you somewhere-either the neck is baked maple, or the wiring is pcb, or the finish is bad,etc.

    (8 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    I would buy it again

    By 'ol Roy

    from Hot Springs, AR.

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    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 !

        (6 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Great guitar for reasonable money.

        By MO

        from Oklahoma

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        Pros

        • Finish
        • The Neck 57 Pickups

        Cons

        • Appointments

        Best Uses

        • Any Use For A Guitar

        Comments about Gibson 2013 Les Paul Future Tribute Electric Guitar:

        This is a great value Les Paul. You get a real Les Paul for little money. The neck profile is fantastic. Only had to drop the bridge a tad and a little intonation for setup. The weight is substantial but no more than any other les paul I have played. Finish and fret work are perfect.

        The playability and the tone is where this thing shines. The 57s sound wonderful in this guitar. Im in love with these pickups. Im getting older so this thing sits in my office but would be perfectly serviceable for a professional musician.

        My only complaint is the truss rod cover and the tele style knobs. I think they are ugly but they are easily replaceable. The tuners are odd looking but work extremely well. They are the same hole size as regular Gibson tuners if you wanted to change them later.

        Overall Im very happy with my purchase. If you can live with the finish (which I actually really like) then its a great buy. I think paying multiple thousands of clams for essentially the same thing with a different finish is silly. You chip the finish and you have just lost a ton of money.

        (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        "No Future For You"

        By Kai

        from Parts, Unkown

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        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.

        (6 of 6 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.

        (6 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

         
        3.0

        Great Paul with a little work

        By 2manygtrs

        from Hudson ny

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        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.

        (5 of 30 customers found this review helpful)

         
        1.0

        disappointed

        By ty

        from nh

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        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.

        (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Great Value

        By Charlie C.

        from Chicago IL - Home of the Blues

        About Me Experienced

        Pros

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

        Cons

        • Fret ends little rough

        Best Uses

        • Jamming

        Comments about Gibson 2013 Les Paul Future Tribute Electric Guitar:

        Well built and great sounding guitar. The pickup is amazing sounding, The neck is perfect. The fret ends are a little rough but match the personality of the "bare bones" look of the guitar.

        (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Great buy!

        By Gator

        from Monroe,MI

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        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.

        (4 of 4 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.

          (4 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          Nice Guitar

          By Paul B

          from Down South

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          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.

            (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Should have done it years ago!

            By Mark103061

            from Atlanta, Ga

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            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

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

              Comments about Gibson 2013 Les Paul Future Tribute Electric Guitar:

              Set up nice right out of the box. Small issue with selector switch, but after using it a few times it seems to have corrected itself. I wished I had bought one years ago. The feel and sound of this guitar compared to all my korean and chinese knockoffs is well worth the money spent. I have almost as much invested in other guitars and they don't play or sound as good. This guitar can go from clean to dirty with the turn of a knob, and since it is set up right, it encourages me to play more. I like the steinberger tuners, they look odd, but add a certain uniqueness to this Les Paul. Coupled with my Fender Hot Rod amp, I get some beautiful music out of it. What a deal!

              (2 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Good guitar

              By Art

              from Stuart, FL

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              Pros

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

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • before millions of fans
                • Rock Concerts

                Comments about Gibson 2013 Les Paul Future Tribute Electric Guitar:

                I just one when it was on sale. I'm really glad I did. Out of the box, the intonation is good and no buzzing. Classic rock sounds. I almost sprang for the gorgeous expensive LP but I am now glad I didn't (only because I already own a PRS 20th Anniversary 10 top). It is essentially the same guitar with out the bells and whistles. The Steinberger tuners are great. I don't know why all guitars don't have them by now. I never liked the traditional LP tuners anyway. The look to 19th Century to me.

                (2 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                4.0

                Nice inexpensive Les Paul.

                By Scotteggshell

                from Grand Cayman

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                Pros

                • Good Feel
                • Good Pick Up
                • Good Tone

                Cons

                  Best Uses

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

                  Comments about Gibson 2013 Les Paul Future Tribute Electric Guitar:

                  It's been 25 years since I had a Les Paul. I thought I'd give this less expensive model a try. It's very nice. The pups are nice, they are not high output but have good cut and clarity. The satin finish is very nice , but that is a taste thing. Steinberger tuners, while they look a bit wierd are actually very nice to use. I've only played it on one show and the tuning stability wasn't great, but I mostly chalk that up to the nut.The only negatives I see are : Fret ends are a bit sharp (totally expected for a machine of this price) and the nut is a bit sticky - easily fixed. Oh, and the strap buttons are tiny. Replace them straight away.

                  (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  4.0

                  Gibson Les Paul Future Tribute Sunburst, 2013

                  By Sixstringer60

                  from Westlake, LA

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                  Pros

                  • Affordable And Fun
                  • Good Feel
                  • Good Tone

                  Cons

                  • Fret Ends Not Dressed

                  Best Uses

                  • Jamming

                  Comments about Gibson 2013 Les Paul Future Tribute Electric Guitar:

                  I had my reservations at first about purchasing this model of Les Paul, however when I saw the lowered price on a returned model (615) I took the plunge. I have to say it is not the finish or quality of a $2000+ Les Paul but I still think it was a great deal. After You get past the "look" of the Steinberger tuners you will have to agree that they are some of the best tuners on the market and add value to this guitar. The neck is very comfortable and I would say I prefer it to my other Les Paul models that have the traditional 50s neck. The pickups and electronics are solid, no complaints there. The volume and tone knobs although they dont look like LP knobs, are easy to use and have a lot of mass, not like most cheap plastic knobs. The only thing that I had to change was the truss rod cover. I went with the plain Gibson style without the ugly "Future" engraved on it, no big deal, just my preference for a more traditional look.
                  What this guitar needs more than anything else would be to have the fret ends dressed. They were very sharp. I plan on spending the money to have this done asap. That being said it is a good guitar for the money. Dont expect to get a top of the line Les Paul for this price, however If you want a good guitar without all the frills this is a good choice. Bottom line, its a keeper.

                  (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  A good, affordable Les Paul

                  By StillMakinMusic

                  from Los Angeles, CA

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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
                    • Small Venues

                    Comments about Gibson 2013 Les Paul Future Tribute Electric Guitar:

                    This is probably the best of the more affordable Les Pauls. Sure I'd rather have more beautiful wood, a high-gloss finish, binding, etc., but I can't justify the price tag. This is the first guitar I have purchased without being able to play it first - couldn't find one anywhere in Southern California. It has far exceeded my expectations.
                    It was very well set up out of the box. The tuners are different and although I haven't changed strings yet, I'm liking them so far. I really like the vintage sunburst finish and the natural look of the back and sides. I'm ok without a pickguard but may add one later. The pickups sound very good although harsh on the treble end - a little adjustment to the p/u height will fix this. Will likely change the knobs, add a strap lock, find a hard case and I'll be good to go.

                    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    Sweet Deal on a real Gibson Les Paul

                    By Stratman56-TkXi2

                    from Denver area

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                    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.

                      (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      3.0

                      Marty, I've seen the FUTURE.......

                      By You're killing me, Larry!

                      from Los Angeles, CA

                      About Me Professional Musician

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                      Pros

                      • Good Pick Up
                      • Good Tone
                      • Solid Electronics

                      Cons

                      • Poor Quality Craftsmanship

                      Best Uses

                        Comments about Gibson 2013 Les Paul Future Tribute Electric Guitar:

                        I've owned lots of Les Pauls in the past. The first connection I make with every guitar I own is how my hand feels around the neck. That said, this is the crudest feeling Les Paul I've ever played, and that includes Standards, Studios, Specials, copies and Epiphone versions. I must say I was impressed with the tone and the wood did carry a nice vibration to it, but I can't get past the fact that the neck is not much more refined than a tree trunk. Tuners look funky but once you get past that, you really begin to enjoy how nice they really are.

                        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        5.0

                        Great Guitar! I own four Les Pauls

                        By Mighty OneEye

                        from Charvegas NC

                        About Me Experienced

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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 Future Tribute Electric Guitar:

                          100%Les Paul sound and play-ability. Don't let the Standard and Deluxe players talk you down.

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