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Gibson 2016 Les Paul Standard T Electric Guitar   

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Steeped in tradition, the 2016 Les Paul Standard T has all the ingredients that have made the Les Paul such a desirable guitar, and one of the most l...Read More

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Premium woods and original features.

Steeped in tradition, the 2016 Les Paul Standard T has all the ingredients that have made the Les Paul such a desirable guitar, and one of the most legendary. This year's model comes in a choice of carved plain maple top or beautifully figured maple top dependent on its finish. Body binding adds a familiar touch of elegance, while the mahogany back uses modern weight relief to add resonance and playing comfort. The mahogany neck is also bound and features a thick rosewood fingerboard for more traditional feel and tone with a compound radius that offers the best playing experience possible, whether you'e fingering open chords or soloing up the neck. The nut width is slightly narrower this year, and marks a return to the historic original width that players prefer. Gibson uses a self-lubricating Graph Tech nut that helps strings return to pitch from heavy string bending while adding sustain.
Burstbucker Pro humbuckers offer true PAF tone with coil-splitting for alternate single-coil sounds.

Hardware includes Grover locking tuners for best-in-class performance. The 2016 Les Paul Standard T comes fully set up and ready for action right out of its traditional brown hardshell case.

Key Features
Best-in-class tuners provide outstanding performance with a classic look
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
Accurately reproduces the neck heel from the classic Les Paul Standards
The original Les Paul case style, featuring enhanced protection
Combines legendary resonance, serious sustain, and greater playing comfort
True PAF humbucker tone for today's player, with coil splitting for alternate single-coil sounds
Classic binding for traditional looks, one-piece design for seminal tone and sustain
Right out of the case, this handcrafted, American-made guitar is ready for action
Gorgeous AAA maple top accents translucent finishes

FEATURES
  • Tuners: Traditional locking Grover tuners
  • Neck width: Historic original 1-11/16" neck width
  • Nut: Graph Tech nut
  • Neck heel: Classic Les Paul heel
  • Case: Traditional brown hard shell case
  • Body: Carved maple top on mahogany body with modern weight relief
  • Pickups: Burstbucker Pro humbuckers
  • Fingerboard: Thicker rosewood fingerboard
  • Setup: Comprehensive hand-finished setup
  • Top: AAA maple top with translucent finishes

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Gibson2016 Les Paul Standard T Electric Guitar
 
4.0

(based on 15 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (9)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (3)

80%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good feel (10)
  • Good pick up (9)
  • Good tone (9)
  • Fun to play (8)
  • Solid electronics (8)

Cons

  • Craftsmanship (5)

Best Uses

  • Practicing (10)
  • Jamming (7)
  • Recording (7)
  • Rock concerts (7)
  • Small venues (5)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (11), Professional musician (3)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Great guitar

Plays well and sounds like a Les Paul should. Setup was good, frets could be polished better. The top on mine is nice but probably would have been discarded or branded a second...Read complete review

Plays well and sounds like a Les Paul should. Setup was good, frets could be polished better. The top on mine is nice but probably would have been discarded or branded a second with tighter quality control.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

The Holy Grail is Gone baby Gone...

The critical reviews on this site have merit. I own a couple dozen top end instruments from over thirty five years of collecting and playing--everything from Gibson to Ric to Gretsch, etc....Read complete review

The critical reviews on this site have merit. I own a couple dozen top end instruments from over thirty five years of collecting and playing--everything from Gibson to Ric to Gretsch, etc. Gibson is the Holy Grail of guitars, even more than Fender, and Gibson believes it....their t-shirts cost five bills more than Fender's....just because. Everyone out there wants a Gibson, and Gibson has artfully put itself in the place where they are affordable in the upper mid-range market. But say, six years ago as stated by other reviewers here, Gibson had three basic guitars: the studio, the traditional, the standard. They were all excellent, superior, unique. Epiphone, an identical line-up, decent, versatile. But after 2011, here and in Europe, yes, the standard of quality vanished. The Grail is now an illusion that you're able to afford over that Mexican Fender. Literally in a day some years back, Gibson's SG went from 1100 to 1900 bills. Then after a couple months, dropped to 1600. Now at 1400. Gibson was in chaos, threatened by the EMG craze. It's classic lineup now? Mediocre, hollow, plastic. But those not in the know think they're getting the real deal. Look at PRS, who admits to using more "readily available" wood and cuts their beauty away and designs the guitar so as to use its scrap to build the same instrument; PRS once remarkable under 1000, now junk, under and over until 4000. Same with Gibson. Look elsewhere: fair advice. If you want a real Gibson, you can't buy anymore their traditional lineup. Double or triple those prices and you'll come close to what they were, in their glory, six+ years ago. Today, they are cheapened and the feel and playability is gone. The Grail is no longer in perennial models. It's way up the charts. Gibson is cheating via a pretty picture. An Ibanez Artcore feels the same as a Gibson Traditional. Gibson needs to come to quality or it will lose its Grail status for those who know the difference, follow the market, and play the years. So?

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5.0

`Great Guitar

By Desert Dog

from Santa Fe, NM

About Me Experienced

Verified Buyer

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Practicing

    Comments about Gibson 2016 Les Paul Standard T Electric Guitar:

    A beautiful well-made guitar. I had trouble keeping it in tune at first but probably because I didn't stretch the strings enough. Wasn't sure about the honey burst color since I didn't get to see it in person before purchasing but it looks good. The intonation and action were spot on right out of the box. It makes me want to play more like I was hoping it would do.

     
    4.0

    I might buy again

    By JD

    from Colorado

    About Me Experienced

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

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

    Cons

    • Poor Quality Craftsmanship

    Best Uses

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

    Comments about Gibson 2016 Les Paul Standard T Electric Guitar:

    This is a really good guitar. Overpriced? Yes. I went through 3 different 2016 Les Paul's before finding one that did not have a QC issue. I am hopeful that Gibson does something about their quality control for 2017 or they may find themselves losing customers. As for the tone, these pickup are a medium output and very articulate. I love them but tone is subjective. I can say the set up was done well, the intonation was off thought but I did have MF change strings for me before shipping. My suggestion, play one and inspect it. I imagine you'll love it. Don't listen to the people bagging on Gibson. Judge for yourself, buy what you like.

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Great guitar but

    By JD

    from Colorado

    About Me Experienced

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Good Feel
    • Good Pick Up
    • Good Tone
    • Solid Electronics

    Cons

    • Poor Quality Craftsmanship

    Best Uses

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

    Comments about Gibson 2016 Les Paul Standard T Electric Guitar:

    This is a great guitar but the QC from Gibson is lacking. I went through 3 other Les Paul's before I found one with a factory defect of some kind. These defects were burned lacquer from buffing, binding looked melted from fret 17-20, and the second fret was cut too short causing the high e to fall off with the slightest flex of the string. The one I finally keep was perfect, no flaws anywhere. However, the intonation was not set and one of saddles will not adjust properly. GIbson support was great, they are singing me a new bridge. Yes I had a lot of bad luck but this truly is a good guitar. Hopefully, Gibson QC will improve for 2017.
    As for the sound, the pickups are medium output and very articulate. I tried a variety of tuning and the bass stayed tight and distinct even in C. I did not go as far as dropping to B tuning. For me this gives me that wonderful Les Paul sound I was looking for. Hope this helps!

    (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Great guitar - even better service

    By tom

    from Sparta Ga

    About Me Experienced

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Jamming
      • Practicing

      Comments about Gibson 2016 Les Paul Standard T Electric Guitar:

      Great guitar

      (6 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

       
      1.0

      The Holy Grail is Gone baby Gone...

      By Raven

      from NJ

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

        Cons

        • Poor Quality Craftsmanship

        Best Uses

        • Practicing

        Comments about Gibson 2016 Les Paul Standard T Electric Guitar:

        The critical reviews on this site have merit. I own a couple dozen top end instruments from over thirty five years of collecting and playing--everything from Gibson to Ric to Gretsch, etc. Gibson is the Holy Grail of guitars, even more than Fender, and Gibson believes it....their t-shirts cost five bills more than Fender's....just because. Everyone out there wants a Gibson, and Gibson has artfully put itself in the place where they are affordable in the upper mid-range market. But say, six years ago as stated by other reviewers here, Gibson had three basic guitars: the studio, the traditional, the standard. They were all excellent, superior, unique. Epiphone, an identical line-up, decent, versatile. But after 2011, here and in Europe, yes, the standard of quality vanished. The Grail is now an illusion that you're able to afford over that Mexican Fender. Literally in a day some years back, Gibson's SG went from 1100 to 1900 bills. Then after a couple months, dropped to 1600. Now at 1400. Gibson was in chaos, threatened by the EMG craze. It's classic lineup now? Mediocre, hollow, plastic. But those not in the know think they're getting the real deal. Look at PRS, who admits to using more "readily available" wood and cuts their beauty away and designs the guitar so as to use its scrap to build the same instrument; PRS once remarkable under 1000, now junk, under and over until 4000. Same with Gibson. Look elsewhere: fair advice. If you want a real Gibson, you can't buy anymore their traditional lineup. Double or triple those prices and you'll come close to what they were, in their glory, six+ years ago. Today, they are cheapened and the feel and playability is gone. The Grail is no longer in perennial models. It's way up the charts. Gibson is cheating via a pretty picture. An Ibanez Artcore feels the same as a Gibson Traditional. Gibson needs to come to quality or it will lose its Grail status for those who know the difference, follow the market, and play the years. So?

        (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Great Les Paul !

        By jakbur

        from Wisconsin

        About Me Professional Musician

        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Recording
          • Rock Concerts
          • Small Venues

          Comments about Gibson 2016 Les Paul Standard T Electric Guitar:

          I have been playing professionally for 40 years and have owned many fine pre 1965 Gibson's! There was only one of these at the store but it was killer/perfect and had major mojo so I grabbed it! This Gibson is way more versatile than my older Historic and more fun to play. In my opinion, 2013 was a watershed year for Gibson USA! My 2016 LP Standard T tells me that 2016 may be another watershed year for Gibson USA.

          (2 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Nice setup.

          By Danno

          from Colorado Springs, CO

          About Me Experienced

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Fun To Play
          • Good Feel
          • Good Pick Up
          • Good Tone
          • Solid Electronics
          • The Gibson factory setup is nuts-on.

          Cons

            Best Uses

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

            Comments about Gibson 2016 Les Paul Standard T Electric Guitar:

            I tried to talk myself into just getting an Epiphone. Everyone told me to just get a Standard. Turns out they were right.

            (2 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Great Guitar

            By Vetteman

            from St. Charles, IL

            About Me Experienced

            Verified Reviewer

            Pros

            • Fantastic Look
            • Good Feel
            • Good Pick Up
            • Great Tone
            • Solid Electronics
            • Versatile

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Anything That Calls for Excellence
              • Practicing
              • Recording
              • Rock Concerts

              Comments about Gibson 2016 Les Paul Standard T Electric Guitar:

              Got the Gold Top and just love it. Not my first Les Paul. All around great guitar and a killer looker. Really shines in different lighting conditions. Really satisfied with all aspects (Look, Feel, Sound, Flexibility, etc.).

              Not quite a fan yet of the new way the frets are ended. The binding comes up and dresses the fret ends. Would have preferred smooth tapered ends like my other Les Pauls. However, this is nothing that would make me unhappy or not recommend it. Just not as smooth going up or down the neck on either E string.

              (10 of 34 customers found this review helpful)

               
              1.0

              Sad Steady Decline into Major Mediocrity

              By Johnny

              from Manchester, NH

              About Me Professional Musician

              Pros

                Cons

                • Poor Quality Craftsmanship

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Gibson 2016 Les Paul Standard T Electric Guitar:

                  The reviewer from Boston is dead correct. Les Pauls as a model have de-evolved into compromised standards and relative garbage comparable to some years ago. I've been playing, composing, and collecting for a quarter century. My collection is comprised of Rics, PRS, Gibson, Gretsch, Fender, Epiphone, Hagstrom, Taylor, Takamine, and so on, etc., maybe 35 instruments. I took up collecting Epiphones and PRS guitars beginning in 2006, specifically because Epi's Standard Plus Top and PRS's electrics showcased the most beautiful accented woods and figured tops in the market. You can literally divide the Les Paul model as 'before 2011' and 'after 2011'. The slide with Gibson began with Epiphone, a bargain carbon of Gibson, but their decline is instructive. By 2010, Epi pulled their Alnico II pickups and switched to weak 'Classics', then after abruptly pulling all-natural wood guitar issues from their lineup, began coating the side and back woods of Traditional Pros with satins. It was obvious they were hiding wood deliberately. Then were abandoned the dramatic stained and sanded 3-D figured top woods in favor of paint. Hiding. Figured tops come in about ten varieties, maybe five different grades. What LP tops that remain today are faint, indicative of low grade. Any wood covered over can be the cheapest you can get away with. Once Epi and Gibson so massively weight relieved the LP and SG, their respective playability went out the window, with strings so like noodles you can't play a chord, likely because the frame can't endure the needed tensions for alignment and the resulting playability, once so unique to Gibson, is lost across their models. Weight relief turns Les Paul solid bodies to Swiss-cheese or near hollow. Chambers are meant to collect and project, give reverb, not sustain. When EVH chainsawed away the base of his Destroyer, he kicked himself for removing the solid wood that promoted sustain. LP is presently in gross decline. Gold formula for sixty years....now?

                  (11 of 35 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  1.0

                  Are you joking?

                  By Chris

                  from Boston, MA

                  About Me Professional Musician

                  Verified Reviewer

                  Pros

                    Cons

                    • Poor Quality Craftsmanship

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about Gibson 2016 Les Paul Standard T Electric Guitar:

                      I've been playing and composing for 30 years, and collecting seriously for over a decade. I own true quality issues from every major brand: Gibson, Takamine, Charvel, Gretsch, BC Rich, PRS, Taylor, Epiphone, Ovation, ESP, Rickenbacker, Fender, Godin, Ibanez. I played this Gibson Standard 2016 today for the first time. Had you handed me one of those Epiphone Specials at starter price, I would not have known the difference. Six + years ago, Gibson imbued an elite craftsmanship into its models that one could feel, that one could sense, in the very wood that comprised them, and boasted a playability unique to Gibson alone: a chunky, substantial, taught playability that was worth, in combination with the quality of the design, also unique to Gibson alone, whatever price they were asking for it. You knew you were playing a Gibson and nothing else. It was worth whatever it took to get. Today, I knew in 5 seconds I was playing junk, pure junk. First, Gibson destroyed Epiphone, once the finest mid-grade company in the market, then put out a sub-par mid-grade line of junk of its own, then after its next tier of studio models, which Gibson doesn't consider authentic full-blown products, set out its true core line, which has tragically gone phantom, here and in Europe. Three years ago in a second hand store, I played a used yellow Gibson Jr. from the 1980's, a simple, featureless slab of wood with a P-90 in it, and it exhibited the action and sound and substance yet of a true Gibson. Where did you go, Gibson? There are those individuals out here not so easily swayed or blinded by a name. My advice, friends, buy a Kramer Baretta. Gibson got that one right, serendipitously one suspects. And by the way, the 490 and 498 pickups are Gibson's throw-away stock models. Don't believe the pitch. Gibson, it appears, is out for undeserved profit, and not to deliver a genuine namesake in the process. When will you come back? I'm waiting to buy your Standard '17. Will it be there, honestly?

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