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Gibson 2013 Les Paul Traditional Electric Guitar   

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A solid mahogany body without weight relief, '57 Classic pickups and '50s rounded neck

The 2013 Les Paul Traditional wraps several crucial features into a classic Les Paul that always just seemed right, echoing the specs of guitars that rocked the world through the 1980s and ™90s. The New Les Paul Traditional' tonewood combination retains the great sound of the original Les Paul Standard, with an unchambered back for a thick, meaty tone and superb sustain.

Its rounded late-™50s neck shape reflects one of the most popular profiles ever used on a Les Paul. Two PAF-style humbucking pickups with Orange Drop tone capacitors give no end of power and finesse. All this, and the new Les Paul Traditional looks outrageous with its Grade-AA figured maple top beneath a high-gloss nitrocellulose lacquer.

The Les Paul Traditional is built on a foundation of the same traditional tonewood combination that helped to make the Les Paul Standard legendary when it first arrived six decades ago. A carved solid Grade-AA figured maple top lends bite and articulation to the sound while looking great in the process, and a solid, mahogany back without weight relief contributes superb warmth and depth.

A quarter-sawn, Grade-A mahogany neck is glued in and carved in a comfortably rounded late-™50s profile that measures .900 at the 1st fret and 1.00 at the 12th, and topped with a bound Grade-A rosewood fingerboard with 22 medium-jumbo frets and traditional trapezoid inlays. Traditional touches include cream body and fingerboard binding, pickguard, and pickup rings, along with gold Speed Knobs with dial pointers. Classic Gibson construction ensures optimum playability, too, along with traditional specs like a 24¾ scale length, a 1 11/16 width across the PLEK-cut Corian nut, and a 12" fingerboard radius for smooth, easy bending.

Pure vintage-voiced tone with a contemporary edge is assured by a pair of Gibson' ™57 Classic„¢ pickups with traditional chromed covers. Both are made in the image of the hallowed PAF humbucker of the late 1950s with Alnico II magnets, a traditional wind in the neck position for plenty of warmth and clarity, and slightly over-wound coils in the ™57 Classic Plus„¢ in the bridge position for juicy crunch and wailing lead tones.

Both pickups are wax potted, too, to avoid microphonic squeal at high volume levels, and routed through Orange Drop tone capacitors to their individual tone controls for a smooth, rich high-end roll off. The innovative pairing of a tune-o-matic bridge and stopbar tailpiece ensures solid sustain and precise intonation, while a set of high-quality TonePros vintage-style ensures smooth, accurate tuning.

Each guitar includes a Gibson hardshell case covered in black snakeskin-textured vinyl, an owner' manual and truss-rod wrench.

FEATURES
  • Solid Mahogany body without weight relief contributes superb warmth and depth
  • Gibson' renowned ™57 Classic pickups supply vintage PAF humbucker crunch
  • Features Gibson's rounded 50's-Style neck profile
  • TonePros Kluson vintage-style tuners offer world-class performance, classic look
  • Includes hardshell case

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Gibson2013 Les Paul Traditional Electric Guitar
 
4.9

(based on 17 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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    (15)

  • 4 Stars

     

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  • 3 Stars

     

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fun to play (16)
  • Good feel (16)
  • Good pick up (16)
  • Good tone (15)
  • Solid electronics (14)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Practicing (14)
  • Jamming (12)
  • Recording (12)
  • Small venues (11)
  • Rock concerts (9)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (11), Professional musician (5)

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(17 of 18 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

I finally found it

By orangepeal

from Bhm, AL

About Me Experienced

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 Traditional Electric Guitar:

    I owned a 1981 Les Paul Custom that I got new in 1981. I had only been playing for a few months at the time and got it new in 1985. Yes, it had hung in the shop for 4 years before I walked in and picked it. As I got better, I always wondered what all the fuss was about les pauls as mine was nothing special. I finally resolved to trade mine if I could find a good one (since I never play it as I like my fenders and epiphones better). I played several Standards today, but none of them felt as good as the Traditional. It isn't that much heavier, and it is a good bit lighter than the custom I traded for it. The neck is great--very thick and round and fills my palm well. I find it much more comfortable than the slimmer 60's style necks found on the Customs and Standards. Also, the 57 Classic pups are great--I liked them much better than the pups in the Standards I played and what was in my Custom. The coil tapping and phase switch on the Standards are a nice feature, but I won't miss them and I found the tone to be a bit thinner all the way around on the Standards. The search is over. I now have the Les Paul I've been looking for since 1985.

    (7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Now I know what I had been missing!

    By GuitarGreg

    from Alexandria, VA

    About Me Experienced

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    Pros

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

    Cons

    • None

    Best Uses

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

    Comments about Gibson 2013 Les Paul Traditional Electric Guitar:

    After some 20 years of playing the guitar, I finally decided to invest in a Les Paul Traditional and all I can tell you is this - I should have done so 20 years ago! At least, bought a peer model at that time. I generally prefer thinner and lighter bodies and previously spent very limited time with the LP. However, the tone, sustain, clarity are stunning. I purchased the black version and the quality of the craftsmanship is outstanding. I was fortunate in that I was able to acquire several high end guitars at the same time several months ago and this one is by far my favorite. I feel more proficient when I play it - everything just sounds better. Any style, any location, at any volume....it delivers!

    (7 of 13 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Best guitar I have ever played.

    By da-matt-yo!

    from Undisclosed

    About Me Experienced

    See all my reviews

    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 Traditional Electric Guitar:

      Let me first say that I do not own this guitar, but tried it in a store in utah. I have always hated Gibson Les Pauls and always hated the way they felt and thought that they were over-priced poop. This broke that mentality.
      I own a fender tele, and fenders are well known for how easy they are at bending and makes the note bending seem effortless. This Les Paul was far easier to bend on than my tele. The action was flawless, the strings as close to the fret board possible without buzzing,the neck was incredibly straight, the burst and finish on the honeyburst was gorgeous, the binding on the fret board was inmpeccable and that was something i had hated before about Gibsons. The sustain on this bad boy was incredible, and the pickups sounded amazing. The tuners were easy to turn and stable, and the 50's neck just felt wonderful in the palm of my hand.
      If I had the money i wouldve dropped it on that guitar right then and there. This guitar changed my perceptions on the new Gibson Les Pauls, and i am an extremely picky person with guitars. Bravo Gibson USA on making such a fine electric guitar.

      (7 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      perfect les paul

      By NoelLevrahc

      from Chattanooga, TN

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      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

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

        Comments about Gibson 2013 Les Paul Traditional Electric Guitar:

        Perfect out of the case. I got the Chicago Blue and the color and the maple showing through must be seen to believe. Great neck. A good hand full. Nice medium wide flat fretboard. The tone from the 57 pups is right on it for just about anything you want to play. I have a 2000 model Gibson Les Paul standard that I love, and this traditional blows it away. Just the right amount of gain out of a Paul. Nice clean sound on both pickups. Sustain for as long and you like. I have been playing for 35 years and have over 30 guitars. This one is in the top 5 and right now is my go to guitar. Great balance. I cannot wait to record with this beauty. And above all, a solid body, no chambering and no coil tap. This is what a Les Paul should be. Simple and mean. If you are thinking about this, get it. You will not be sorry.

        (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        An incredible guitar worth every penny

        By DreamWarrior247

        from Pittsburgh, PA

        About Me Professional Musician

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

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

        Cons

        • None

        Best Uses

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

        Comments about Gibson 2013 Les Paul Traditional Electric Guitar:

        I've always been a Fender guy but I may reconsider after playing this guitar! To say this is a nice guitar is an understatement. I've been playing guitar for close to 20 years and this is one of the finest instruments I've ever played. Right out of the box I didn't have to do anything. It came in tune and the action was incredible! As can be expected, this is a heavy guitar but you cannot question the quality or workmanship of this instrument. Because of the weight and the wood used to make this guitar, you can really hear it whenever you play it through an amp. In my case, I plugged it right into my Marshall JCM 2000 DSL and it sounded incredible! The pickups on this guitar are amazing also so I won't be swapping them out anytime soon. One thing that some people may take for granted is the case which comes with this guitar. Sometimes cases are made cheaply but I found this case to be very sturdy and high quality. I do wish that Gibson equipped this guitar with strap locks during production but really, if you're buying a Gibson, strap locks are a small price to pay. After playing this guitar, I'm completely sold on Gibson. Even if you prefer Fender or Ibanez, you'll find yourself loving this guitar. Gibson definitely knows how to make a good guitar!

        (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Very Nice!

        By Falconeddy69

        from Conroe, TX

        About Me Professional Musician

        See all my reviews

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        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Jamming
          • Practicing
          • Recording
          • Small Venues

          Comments about Gibson 2013 Les Paul Traditional Electric Guitar:

          Just got me a 2012 model and surprised to discover how impressive it turns out to be. I have read mixed reviews about them while researching it prior to actually paying so much money for one. It produces rich tones at all three switch positions. Mine has the 57' Classic pickups and being a blues player, it produces the sound I look for in a guitar. I've always played Fender Strats, for many years. I never thought I'd find myself owning a Les Paul but I have no regrets buying this one. It's a little heavier than I'm used to but I'll manage because it's well worth it. I also like the neck, the pearloid tuners, and the overall look of the guitar.I found me a new baby!

          (6 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Beautiful and plays like a dream

          By sandman7474

          from Blackfoot, ID

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          Pros

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

          Cons

          • None

          Best Uses

          • Jamming
          • Practicing
          • Recording
          • Rock Concerts

          Comments about Gibson 2013 Les Paul Traditional Electric Guitar:

          I've played for about 20 years off and on. History of guitars owned would be Strats, Ibanez, ESP and other various brands. Last year I broke down and bought a 2012 Gibson standard SG. My most expensive purchase to that date. I couldn't believe I had waited to long to buy such a great guitar. Its just sings and felt. Fast forward to now. I sprung for the 2013 Honey Burst model of this and I could not be happier. This thing blew me away more that than the SG. The pickups are raunchy(for my playing style that is) but clear and full of tone. Its my first time playing with 57's in a guitar. Pretty sure I will be putting then in my SG now. I'm playing through an Orange Th30(LOVE IT) that I purchased at the same time. This thing rocks. Its also sounds just lovely with the cleans too. The action on mine was perfect and a little easier than my SG which I thought was great. Basically I'm happy as could be and if you are on the fence this one is a winner. I bit the bullet and went for it and so happy I did.

          (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          And maybe another

          By Jimmy

          from North Carolina

          About Me Experienced

          Pros

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

          Cons

          • None

          Best Uses

          • Practicing
          • Recording
          • Small Venues

          Comments about Gibson 2013 Les Paul Traditional Electric Guitar:

          Buy one. As I am to get another this week. Solid LP choice IMHO.

          (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          1st impressions

          By BT the guitar slinger

          from Wellsville, NY. 1 1/2 hr. south Buffalo

          About Me Professional Musician

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          Pros

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

          Cons

          • None so far

          Best Uses

          • Jamming
          • Practicing
          • Rippin It Up While Gigen
          • Rock Concerts
          • Small Venues

          Comments about Gibson 2013 Les Paul Traditional Electric Guitar:

          Just received my Les Paul Traditional only hours ago, (Chicago Blue) ..first went over the thing like a monkey grooming her young......was excellent...nothing found that would tweek me in a wrong direction toward the product.....beautiful guitar, the feel is great, action set-up was right up my alley....so far, so good, a happy camper, I mean guitar player....Will be back with more review info after I jam out with the baby thru my Fender 4/10 60 watt Deville, tube screamer, boss blues driver, carl martin delayla, and small stone phase shifter this weekend.......Yep I get a feelin I'll be back with a good report for sure......stay tuned...............

          (3 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          Pleased but Not Ecstatic

          By Trustme1mright

          from Simi Valley, CA

          About Me Experienced

          Pros

          • Fun To Play
          • Good Pick Up
          • Solid Electronics

          Cons

          • Fret Buzz
          • Intonation Issues

          Best Uses

          • Practicing
          • School Bands
          • Small Venues

          Comments about Gibson 2013 Les Paul Traditional Electric Guitar:

          I bought this guitar new from musiciansfriend about a year ago. It arrived in perfect condition, not a blemish to be found. It played nice right out of the box but I changed the strings to Elixr's from the Gibson strings that were on it. I took it to my guitar tech to get it set up and we both noticed some weird intonation issues.

          ***The frets on this guitar are VERY DEEP so the strings bend when you play a note which throws off the tone. Usually its not an issue for power chords or soloing but for root chord melodies I find it very annoying. Also, there is a very noticeable amount of fret buzz at the eighth fret on all of the strings.

          Overall, however, I am very pleased with this guitar. I used the labor day sale so my full price wasn't too bad, and its a Gibson. nuff said. It is my first ever Gibson, but not my first experience with Gibson. My father owns an '81 Randy Rhoads Custom and I have noticed that all of the issues I found on the Traditional are absent on the custom.

          SHORT AND SWEET: If you have the money, get the custom instead. its better made and has a nicer feel and sound. BUT THIS IS NOT A BAD GUITAR. It just takes some getting used to.

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