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Gibson 2016 Les Paul '50s Tribute T Electric Guitar

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Classic tones straight from the '50s.

For players that prefer a more vintage feel, this year's Les Paul Studio '50s Tribute T combines all the right features at an irresistible price. It packs the prefect combination of a traditional mahogany body with modern weight relief and a grain textured satin finish maple top. These time-tested tonewoods with a set mahogany neck produce legendary Les Paul sound and resonance.

The neck sports a rounded '50s neck profile that traditionalists love. The fretbourd is made of a single piece of thick rosewood for seminal tone and enhanced sustain. A historically correct neck width and Graph Tech nut make for a familiar feel with enhanced sustain. A pair of 490R (neck) and hotter 498T (bridge) pickups showcases the full power of alnico magnets recreating faithfully the experience of the original Patent Applied For humbuckers of the day.


Traditional green-key tuners blend vintage appearance with modern performance while an ABR adjustable bridge with stopbar tailpiece makes action adjustments and intonation a snap. This year' Les Paul '50s Tribute T comes with a padded gig bag and is an exceptional value.

Key Features
Vintage-look "green key" tuners enhance the traditional '50s aesthetic
The familiar, time-proven playing feel that made the Les Paul famous
Density for solid sustain, self-lubrication for accurate return-to-pitch - even with heavy string bending
The look and feel from the great 1950-era originals
Carry your Les Paul in style, safety, and comfort
Traditional tonewoods nail the legendary Les Paul sound, with weight relief for enhanced comfort and resonance
Created in the image of the hallowed PAF, a 490R (neck) and hotter 498T (bridge) showcase the power of Alnico magnets
Traditional looks, seminal tone, serious sustain
Expert setup makes this handcrafted, American-made guitar ready for immediate action
Don't just hold the rounded '50s neck profile...cradle it

FEATURES
Tuners: Traditional green-key tuners
Neck width: Historic 1-11/16" neck width
Nut: Graph Tech nut
Neck heel: Classic Les Paul neck heel
Carrying case: Padded gig bag
Body: Maple and mahogany with modern weight relief
Pickups: 490R and 498T humbuckers
Fingerboard: Thicker one-piece rosewood fingerboard
Setup: Comprehensive hand-finished setup
Neck profile: Rounded '50s neck profile

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Gibson2016 Les Paul '50s Tribute T Electric Guitar
 
4.0

(based on 21 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (11)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (5)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (2)

75%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good tone (17)
  • Fun to play (15)
  • Good feel (15)
  • Good pick up (14)
  • Solid electronics (12)

Cons

  • Craftsmanship (4)

Best Uses

  • Practicing (12)
  • Jamming (11)
  • Recording (8)
  • Small venues (6)
  • Rock concerts (4)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (14), Professional musician (4)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Good, but not great.

Mine was well made cosmetically. My pickup rings fit perfectly. Nice finish. I have a problem with staying in tune and intonation. There are a lot of flat spots on the fretboard....Read complete review

Mine was well made cosmetically. My pickup rings fit perfectly. Nice finish. I have a problem with staying in tune and intonation. There are a lot of flat spots on the fretboard. It's all fixable but I expect better from Gibson. The tone is great, the electronics are fabulous. I really like the modular solderless circuit board. I added chrome pickup covers. I think it looks a lot better.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

QA problems?

The guitar that I received had questionable craftsmanship resulting in problems that should have been caught by QA. the biggest issue was the fit of the neck pickup ring against the fret board. The...Read complete review

The guitar that I received had questionable craftsmanship resulting in problems that should have been caught by QA. the biggest issue was the fit of the neck pickup ring against the fret board. The fretboard was slightly too long creating pressure against the neck pickup ring resulting in the ring being bowed by about an 1/8th in. in the middle. This ring would have likely cracked from the pressure at some point. The wrapping around the bridge pickup was also damaged and one of the pickup ring screws was set noticeably deeper than the others. Musicians Friend does have great customer service. I am sending the Les Paul back I know its a low end Gibson but any Gibson should have better quality control. I think I am going to try PRS to see if their quality lives up to the price.

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(14 of 15 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

QA problems?

By BB

from Virginia Beach VA

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Pros

  • Fun To Play
  • Good Feel

Cons

  • Poor Quality Craftsmanship

Best Uses

    Comments about Gibson 2016 Les Paul '50s Tribute T Electric Guitar:

    The guitar that I received had questionable craftsmanship resulting in problems that should have been caught by QA. the biggest issue was the fit of the neck pickup ring against the fret board. The fretboard was slightly too long creating pressure against the neck pickup ring resulting in the ring being bowed by about an 1/8th in. in the middle. This ring would have likely cracked from the pressure at some point. The wrapping around the bridge pickup was also damaged and one of the pickup ring screws was set noticeably deeper than the others. Musicians Friend does have great customer service. I am sending the Les Paul back I know its a low end Gibson but any Gibson should have better quality control. I think I am going to try PRS to see if their quality lives up to the price.

    (9 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Good, but not great.

    By Waldo

    from Minnesota

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    Pros

    • Good Pick Up
    • Good Tone
    • Solid Electronics

    Cons

    • Intonation problems, flat spots.

    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Practicing
    • Recording
    • Small Venues

    Comments about Gibson 2016 Les Paul '50s Tribute T Electric Guitar:

    Mine was well made cosmetically. My pickup rings fit perfectly. Nice finish. I have a problem with staying in tune and intonation. There are a lot of flat spots on the fretboard. It's all fixable but I expect better from Gibson. The tone is great, the electronics are fabulous. I really like the modular solderless circuit board. I added chrome pickup covers. I think it looks a lot better.

    (9 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

     
    3.0

    QA problems?, not inspected

    By AR

    from Texas

    About Me Novice

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    Pros

    • Fun To Play
    • Good Feel
    • Good Tone

    Cons

    • Poor Quality Craftsmanship

    Best Uses

      Comments about Gibson 2016 Les Paul '50s Tribute T Electric Guitar:

      I received this guitar in December and in reading the reviews I verified that my guitar has the same problem as the one user BB describes, the neck pickup ring is bowed.
      When I received the guitar I noticed that the pick guard seem to be forced into position and it looked like it had been used, I thought the scratches were from when being tested at the factory.
      Now I'm thinking, I might have received the same guitar user BB is talking about in his review.
      It's not worth it for me to return the guitar, it plays fine, and I'll just invest in having it repaired at some time in the future, I went from being exited to being sad.
      The picture that comes in the package does show the bowed pickup ring; by the way the serial number on my guitar is 160024570 Satin Vintage Sunburst.

      (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

       
      2.0

      Wish I'd tried out a similar Epiphone for the price.

      By None

      from NYC/SC

      About Me Professional Musician

      Pros

      • Fun To Play
      • Good Feel
      • Good Tone

      Cons

      • Poor Quality Craftsmanship

      Best Uses

        Comments about Gibson 2016 Les Paul '50s Tribute T Electric Guitar:

        I bought this brand new for a specific string of shows. I'm currently playing 6 shows a week with it and having to tune it CONSTANTLY. While it feels and sounds nice, be prepared to have extra work done. Also, I keep breaking high E strings at the bridge (and I don't play that hard)...a sharp edge on the saddle, perhaps. Gotta have that looked at, too. I probably should have spent the extra cash on a higher grade Les Paul or a even an Epi considering how much I may end up putting into this one. I just expected more from a guitar bearing the Gibson name.

        (4 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

         
        1.0

        Underwhelmed

        By StratFan

        from Long Valley, NJ

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        Pros

        • Gibson Name

        Cons

        • Flat Sound
        • Poor Quality Craftsmanship
        • Poor set up

        Best Uses

        • Kindling?

        Comments about Gibson 2016 Les Paul '50s Tribute T Electric Guitar:

        Went to my local guitar center with the intention of buying the gold top model. Couldn't believe how poor the guitar was set up, the action and intonation were completely off. On closer inspection found that the finish was unbelievably poor – the only things I liked about the guitar were the tuning keys and the volume/tone knobs. For the price I expect the guitar to properly finished and set up ready to play – I've seen better set ups and finishes on Staggs at a sixth of the price!!!

        (4 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Unbelievable!

        By Bowker

        from Nashville, TN

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        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about Gibson 2016 Les Paul '50s Tribute T Electric Guitar:

            I can't believe I got a GIBSON LES PAUL for this price. My brother in law is a professional musician and couldn't believe a Les Paul could be purchased for this amount. When I picked it up and strummed it I'm pretty sure I had an orgasm.

            (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            A humble Gibson USA

            By This old man

            from Arlington Va

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            Pros

            • Good Pick Up
            • Good Tone

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about Gibson 2016 Les Paul '50s Tribute T Electric Guitar:

                What a great guitar, nothing beats the growl of a les paul, tonal monster. The finish of the gold paint is superb, i don't miss the binding. Frets are well rounded, jazz sounds can be squeezed very easy as well as thick rock chords,you can notice the craftmanship of this guitar by grabbing the neck specially near the body, silky smooth, price is fair considering how gibson prices have been over the years, not one complain about this guitar

                (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                More than happy, with this guitar

                By Zachary

                from undisclosed

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                Comments about 2016 Les Paul '50s Tribute T Electric Guitar:

                I'm a professional musician. I gig with this guitar. I bought it as an open-box special. So, I wasn't expecting it to be perfect, cosmetically. Especially, after reading other reviews. But, it came in looking great. No problems there. This guitar sounds and plays amazing. Neck is fast. Pickups are fat. I love it. This is my first Gibson. It came out of the box, set-up. I'm very picky about intonation. But, this one seemed solid. I started playing shows right away, with the same strings that came on it. We do a lot of twin guitar riffs, and the intonation is spot on. I also like to tune often. So, the tuning issue I've heard about, doesn't really apply to me. I've never had any problems, with it going out of tune. I'm more than happy, with this purchase. If I had to go back and buy it again, without the open-box discount, I would definitely buy it, full price. It's worth the $$

                (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Total Deal

                By Adirondack Henri

                from NY

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                Pros

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

                Cons

                • None

                Best Uses

                • Jamming
                • Practicing
                • Recording
                • Small Venues

                Comments about Gibson 2016 Les Paul '50s Tribute T Electric Guitar:

                I owned two Les Pauls back in my youth when my bands were tearing up the 60's in central NY. They were the standard and a custom. Recently retired I wanted to get back to my music. Wish I still had all my old Gear ( Bet you hear that statement often ). But this new tribute 50's Les Paul is the Real Deal. Take it from an old rocker... Buy One, You won't be disappointed.

                (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                I would buy again.

                By John Deere 4430

                from Hamilton, MS

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                Pros

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

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about Gibson 2016 Les Paul '50s Tribute T Electric Guitar:

                    Get the legendary sound and feel for a fraction of the cost. Gibson hit a homer for the budget guys.

                    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    4.0

                    Great guitars but they need professional setup

                    By Sssteeve

                    from Bay Area, California

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                    Pros

                    • A very solid guitar
                    • Good Feel
                    • Good Tone

                    Cons

                    • Fret ends need to be dressed

                    Best Uses

                    • Everything!

                    Comments about Gibson 2016 Les Paul '50s Tribute T Electric Guitar:

                    The description at the Gibson site mentions "modern craftsmanship" which I believe refers to the CNC manufacturing techniques used in Asian factories to keep production costs down.  I suspect that the 2013 & 2014 model LPJ's were Gibson's experiments to determine which cost-saving techniques to keep and which to scrap. (I think that they used the name "LPJ" so that if they flopped it would not reflect poorly on the "Studio" name.)

                    One cost-saving method retained from the LPJ's has to do with the neck. CNC machinery to cut out the necks and bodies gives them the accuracy so that they are interchangeable and can be produced separately. I suspect that they cut fret and nut slots at once and that the frets are pressed in by a machine.

                    One common complaint of the LPJ's and the 2016 Tributes is that you can feel the fret ends if you run your fingers up and down the side of the guitar. Looking at the frets from the bridge you can see that the frets are rounded, but if you look straight down on the frets you can see that the ends are completely. To keep the price down Gibson skips the final step of dressing the fret ends. If you have several guitars I recommend the StewMac #1175 fret end dressing file. Or if you have access to a grinder you can buy a 5x1/4" ignition file locally and grind smooth the edges so that they will not cut into the fretboard.

                    Those not technically inclined can pay a guitar tech for a setup that includes dressing the fret ends, checking and adjusting the truss rod, using a fret rocker to check for high frets and finally to set the action to your preference. That might cost a bit but after the work is done it could very well play as well as a much more expensive Les Paul.

                    I personally consider these to be 5 star guitars but because they at least need the fret ends dressed I knocked one star off.

                    (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    1.0

                    Beware of cracks from the nut to the back of neck

                    By rockerye

                    from Park City

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                    Pros

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Practicing

                        Comments about Gibson 2016 Les Paul '50s Tribute T Electric Guitar:

                        Sad that both Gibson and Musicians friend let quality control be so incompetent. Really disappointing. Also, I returned it weeks ago and still haven't seen my refund at all.

                        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        4.0

                        Great Bang for Your BUCK!

                        By Jay

                        from Houston TX

                        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 2016 Les Paul '50s Tribute T Electric Guitar:

                          If you do your homework you should already no this is a no frills guitar. The finish is dull and it's not double bound. Basically your getting a poor man's stripped down version of a Gibson Les Paul. With that said I was exceptionally pleased with the tone and I had no intonation issues. It felt good in my hand and I had no issues with this guitar straight out the box. Could use a set up? Sure most guitars do, but again I had no issues with it straight out the box. One feature I did like was the weight controlled body. I'm totally dig'n it! I gave it 4 out of 5 stars only because it's not a perfect guitar, but it's still a good guitar. Check out the pic below...Honeyburst!

                          (2 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          4.0

                          Nice guitar

                          By Stratman1956

                          from Elizabethton TN

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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 2016 Les Paul '50s Tribute T Electric Guitar:

                            I read children writing her that it needed setup, well 99% of all guitars on the market needs setup,none are perfect to play . Each person has a different way of setting up so when someone says need intonation setup ,well... all of them need it .

                            (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                             
                            5.0

                            I finally got a Les Paul!!!

                            By Cowboy

                            from Nazareth Pa

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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 2016 Les Paul '50s Tribute T Electric Guitar:

                              Ive played guitar since i was about 14, I'm now 58 and this is MY FIRST Les Paul!!! The price was inviting so i bought it and couldn't be more pleased!!! I love this thing!!!! And NOW i decided to purchase one a year till i retire!!!! Gibson you won over a new customer with this purchase!!! Thanks again and KEEP IT I THE U.S.A!!!!

                              (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                               
                              5.0

                              I'm glad I bought one

                              By steve

                              from Summit.Ms

                              About Me Experienced

                              Pros

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

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

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

                                Comments about Gibson 2016 Les Paul '50s Tribute T Electric Guitar:

                                I bought this same guitar four years ago for my 57th birthday.I knew it was a plain Jane but at that price I couldn't pass it up.I was really pleased when I got it because it looked so much like the very expensive models that no one would no the difference but me.As far as playability, it's not as fast due to the fatter neck but very close.What I love about this guitar is the sound.Both pickups have that LP tone that can't be found on any other guitar.I've never had any tuning issues and the intonation was right on out of the box.I did lower the strings a bit to my own liking.I did order a decent hard case for it ,the gig bag that came with it was about the ugliest thing I've ever seen.Another thing to think about is how guitars can get damaged or stolen when playing gigs.This one would be less painful to replace.

                                (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                                 
                                5.0

                                Smartest decesion I have made.

                                By Wolfman

                                from Glens Falls, NY

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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 2016 Les Paul '50s Tribute T Electric Guitar:

                                  Great feel. I have been a Fender user for 30 years. This is my first Gibson and it is great.
                                  Sweet sound and easy to play. Definitely glad I decided to try it. I would recommend this guitar to anyone,
                                  and the price is great for what you get.

                                   
                                  4.0

                                  I would buy again for sure at this price.

                                  By Rockin Russ

                                  from Louisiana

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                                  Pros

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

                                  Cons

                                  • Excess glue on fret board.
                                  • needs fret work
                                  • Nut is cut at bad angle causing tuning issues.

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Jamming
                                  • Practicing
                                  • Rock Concerts
                                  • Small Venues

                                  Comments about Gibson 2016 Les Paul '50s Tribute T Electric Guitar:

                                  Good guitar for the price into the Gibson line of guitars. I am mostly a Strat player but I am glad I got this guitar and got some Gibson guitars and tones to my collection.
                                  It is lighter than most Les Paul's but still has some weight to it when standing and playing. I bought the honey burst. I thought it was going to look boring because of no nitro finish but, when I got it I was surprised how nice it looked. It arrived safe and packaged well from Musicians Friend.
                                  I own three of these from the Gibson 2016 line-up, the other being a 50's tribute gold top and another from the Studio Faded series. This one is the 3rd in my collection and it seems a bit brighter sounding than the gold top. Also, the 50's tribute series has a bigger neck which to me feels nicer than the 60's slim taper of the studio faded models but, it is just my preference. As far as sound goes it seems brighter than both of my other Gibson's. Maybe it is because of the lack of paint because of the honey burst finish? Still sounds good so I will keep it especially at the price.
                                  As for the bad stuff? The nut was cut badly so the D-string goes sharp because it gets stuck if you bend. Some of the fret edges stick out over the fret board edge so, it will need so fret work. Most of this is very fixable so I only gave it 4 stars. Overall its a good guitar at this price for a Gibson Les Paul.

                                   
                                  5.0

                                  Amazing

                                  By Carlos

                                  from NY

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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 2016 Les Paul '50s Tribute T Electric Guitar:

                                    Easy and inspiring to play. Gibson brought back it's roots.

                                     
                                    5.0

                                    Great guitar at a great price

                                    By StephenM

                                    from Kansas

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                                    Pros

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

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

                                      • Jamming
                                      • Practicing

                                      Comments about Gibson 2016 Les Paul '50s Tribute T Electric Guitar:

                                      I've owned a few Epiphone Les Pauls and a couple Gibsons and this is absolutely my favorite. The action was rather high but all new guitars should be set up when you get them anyway. After I lowered the action it's been a dream to play. The pickups are very responsive and deliver a great tone as well. I haven't had any issues with it staying in tune. I stretched the strings a bit and tuned it up and it hasn't lost its tuning yet.

                                      The satin good top is just beautiful. It has a slight copper color to it in some light but it still looks amazing. The satin finish still lets it shine through. The only flaw I could find was under the pick guard, but any Les Paul with a pick guard will have that mark.

                                      The fretboard is pretty nice. There are a couple of spots that look like they were gouged slightly but not where it causes any problems. For me the neck is comfortable and fast. Not too much stiction going on at all. And those knobs! I love reflector knobs. Against the gold top they just make the whole thing pop.

                                      I've always been a fan of binding on a guitar but this one doesn't need it. The guitar just stands out so well that it wouldn't even be noticed. Out of all of the more affordable Les Pauls this one really leads the crowd. Such a good guitar that not only sounds great, but looks beautiful as well.

                                      Now for my single complaint. Ship these with a case!!! The gig bag is nice, but it really needs a classic looking brown case to round it all out.

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