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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)

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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

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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 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

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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

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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.

          (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Incredible Tone, Sustain, & Playability

          By Derek

          from New Brunswick, Canada

          About Me Novice

          Pros

          • Excellent tone
          • Fun To Play
          • Good Feel
          • Unbelievable Sustain

          Cons

          • None

          Best Uses

          • Rocking out

          Comments about Gibson 2013 Les Paul Traditional Electric Guitar:

          This thing is a beast but in a good way. First off, the neck is chunky but plugged in or not, you'll learn how that neck results in some incredible sustain. Pick a note, go for a bite, come back and it'll still be ringing! The great neck also contributes to a consistently true neck. I set the action pretty low about 2 years ago and that neck hasn't budged a bit....no buzzing...no fretting out...perfect month after month, year after year.

          I had originally imagined I would put in some Lollar pickups but for this one I'll leave the Gibson's in....great tone...syrup-y in fact without getting to much in the mids. On the bridge pickup there is plenty of bite for leads. Love the vintage tuners and the weight.

          It is a heavy guitar but I bought a wide, padded leather strap and it's all good. You may get some string sticking in the nut (G or B string) but a little TLC will take care of the that (I like Big Bends Nut Sauce). You can't go wrong with this one.

          (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Excellent Les Paul

          By David

          from Columbus, Ohio

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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 Traditional Electric Guitar:

            I purchased a 2013 model in mint condition from Musician's Friend and could not be happier. It came set up right out of the box. I am very pleased with the Classic '57 pick ups and will be keeping it as is, no upgrades or changes necessary. Very solid build, easy to play and has an outstanding tone.

            (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Yepper I was right

            By BT the guitar slinger

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

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            Pros

            • Fun To Play
            • Good Feel
            • Good Pick Up
            • Good Tone
            • Loads Of Power
            • Solid Electronics

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Basic Rocknroll Bar Scene
              • Jamming
              • Practicing
              • Recording
              • Rock Concerts
              • Small Venues

              Comments about Gibson 2013 Les Paul Traditional Electric Guitar:

              Back again as I said I would......got to unleash the Gibson Traditional (chicago blue) with my 60 watt 4/10 fender deville amp.....More power than I can even use in a bar scene gig......love it to death......if you're even thinking about this baby, best just go ahead and get it immediately.....Fabulous instrument....beautiful color, heavy axe = tone, tone, tone with plenty sustain....as far as this 38 year player goes, this instrument was and is perfect right out of the case.................thank you Gibson and Musicians Friend........we will continue with business in the future.......for sure.....

              (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Love this Guitar

              By Jeffrey Whitman

              from Tampa FL.

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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 Traditional Electric Guitar:

                Waited a couple of weeks to write this. I was looking to replace my 2005 Les Paul Standard Faded. This guitar did that, and more ! No problems with shipping. The Guitar arrived in "perfect" condition, and on time. I am amazed at the artistry, craftsmanship, and attention to detail. For me the set up was perfect right out of the case. I have never had any problems with tuning on my last Les Paul, or with this one. I have been playing her a couple of hours every day. Actually, I have been playing for over 40 yrs. This is far and away the best guitar I have ever had the privilege to play. Very grateful to Gibson that they still have an old school Les Paul. The 50s neck is just what I wanted, plays as smooth as glass. The sustain, and quality of sound, is beyond description. For me, this is the perfect Les Paul!!

                (2 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                get it

                By rds

                from memphis tn

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                Pros

                • All Good No Bad
                • Fun To Play
                • Good Feel
                • Good Pick Up
                • Good Tone
                • Solid Electronics

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Good for everything

                  Comments about Gibson 2013 Les Paul Traditional Electric Guitar:

                  are you kidding me, get this thing. you wont be disappointed. mine is not the newest model. got the iced tea color. plays like a dream. gets real aggressive if you want it, or real sweet too. I changed bridge p-up to 498t. that's my preferred p-up. the 57 classic+ was just as good. I just preferred the 498t. all I can say is when I finally put the money down I was impressed with what I bought. the traditional is great in my opinion.

                  (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  4.0

                  Great guitar, with a requisite QC fail

                  By kbgear

                  from SF Bay, CA

                  About Me Experienced

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Good Feel
                  • Good Pick Up
                  • Good Tone

                  Cons

                  • 300k Pots
                  • Relatively Heavy

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about Gibson 2013 Les Paul Traditional Electric Guitar:

                    A great sounding guitar, with one major and three minor caveats:

                    1) The output from the selector switch to the output jack had not been soldered to the terminal in the control cavity. The guitar would never have worked electrically, had *anyone* actually plugged it in to test. Gibson fails to really finish their guitars, so by luck of the draw my issue is pretty minor and fixed with 5 minutes and a soldering iron.

                    2) The control cavity backplate is about 2mm smaller on one side than the inset carved into the back of the guitar. Not usually visible, but naggingly amateurish.

                    3) Gibsons tend to have a fret/fretboard hump where the neck meets the body.

                    4) The plastic nut is pure white, instead of matching everything else on the guitar which is a darker cream color.

                    I'm having the guitar pleked properly, fitting an unbleached bone nut, and replacing the bridge with Tonepros. IMHO, it's important to get a Gibson on a deep discount because, like me, you'll probably be investing money to finish what Gibson started. In my case, to the tune of 35% of the purchase price.

                    But the tone is unique, and my particular guitar sounds incredibly sweet, so it's worth it in this case.

                     
                    5.0

                    Gibson at its Best

                    By Toledo Bob

                    from Washington State near Canada

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                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Fun To Play
                    • Good Feel
                    • Good Pick Up
                    • Good Tone
                    • Its A Head Turner
                    • Solid Electronics

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Anything
                      • Jamming
                      • Practicing
                      • Recording

                      Comments about Gibson 2013 Les Paul Traditional Electric Guitar:

                      This is a solid guitar great for any style of play. Right out of the box it was almost perfect. With the 2013 Traditionals Gibson has re-established itself as the pre-eminent American guitar manufacturer. From creamy peanut butter crunch to banshee wailing this guitar can do it all. I appreciate the solid body sustain and the return to the tried and true simple control features. Its a no brainer. Buy this guitar.

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