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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 th...Read More

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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.

A tribute to the innovation at the heart of the Les Paul.

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

Make your contribution to the tribute. Order today.

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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)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (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!

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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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3.0

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

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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.

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    5.0

    Great Guitar! I own four Les Pauls

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    from Charvegas NC

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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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      4.0

      Great deal from MF !!!!

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      Pros

      • Fun To Play
      • Good Pick Up

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Jamming
        • Recording

        Comments about Gibson 2013 Les Paul Future Tribute Electric Guitar:

        I bought an open box return that had a chip out of it under the bridge. The set up was fine right out of the box. The 57's sound great of course. Even though it is weight relieved it still has great tone and sustain. I will however have to replace the pots. The volume doesn't kick in until you roll it up to 7. I only gave it 4 stars because of this. The Steinberger tuners work so well that their odd look is not an issue. For the price I paid I would definitely buy this guitar again. Oh, by the way, I replaced the chrome knobs with some gold speed knobs and added a pickguard,,,,,definitely looks better now. Great playability with the asymmetrical neck. A great guitat for the money.....covers alot of ground.

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        3.0

        Would buy again

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        from Oronogo , MO

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        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Small Venues

          Comments about Gibson 2013 Les Paul Future Tribute Electric Guitar:

          I love this Guitar ! Plays great and the weight balance is fantastic. Smooth Guitar , great Harmonic Sustain .

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          5.0

          Transformed to beauty

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          from Pennsylvania

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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

          Comments about Gibson 2013 Les Paul Future Tribute Electric Guitar:

          Took a chance when black one was stupid deal of day. Odd looking beast but sound and playability was amazing. Finish was rough and thin. I actually knocked some paint off first day. Tuners to me were ugly. I decided to give it make over. I refinished top, back, and sides. Now it has perfect gloss. I knocked finis off corners to expose maple. I put grovers on it and changed knobs an truss rod cove. I left neck alone cause I like feel of it. Now I got sweet les Paul for Unbelievable price

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          4.0

          Great Value

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          from SoCal

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          Pros

          • Fun To Play
          • Good Pick Up
          • Good Tone

          Cons

            Best Uses

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

            Comments about Gibson 2013 Les Paul Future Tribute Electric Guitar:

            As the SDOD, this cannot be beat. A Made in USA Les Paul for under a grand?! Come on. Plays great. Great pickups. The wood, finish, feel and playability are like other LPs in this price range, such as the 60s and 70s Les Paul Tributes, which also got good reviews.

            Unfortunately, it was set up with novice/children's light 9 gauge strings and absurdly low action, to give the appearance of easy play to those who don't know any better. I raised the action and put 11 gauge strings on.

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            (1 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            Different

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            from Houston

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            Pros

            • Fun To Play
            • Good Pick Up

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Jamming
              • Recording

              Comments about Gibson 2013 Les Paul Future Tribute Electric Guitar:

              This is my third Les Paul. The cheapest by far. Not a bad guitar for the money. Way different tuning. But I like it. I'm using as a road guitar. Good deal for a Les Paul.

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              5.0

              Good guitar

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              from 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.

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                5.0

                Great Value

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                from Chicago IL - Home of the Blues

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                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.

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                5.0

                Should have done it years ago!

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                from Calhoun, 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!

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