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Well-worn looks meets modern performance.

The 2016 Les Paul Studio Faded Series T is going to tempt a lot of players to add a Les Paul to their collection. Packed with Pro-level features and priced below anything comparable, it's destined to sell out quickly. Sporting a carved maple top over a weight-relieved mahogany back, it's available in a choice of hand-sprayed nitro finishes that are beautifully faded to appear slightly aged.

The mahogany neck sports a rounded '59 neck profile that's considered to be one of the most desirable in Gibson's history and comes with a historically correct nut width that's slightly narrower than last year's. A Graph Tech nut adds sustain and helps avoid œstring stick when tuning or bending notes. Onboard are two Burstbucker Pro humbuckers, made to exacting PAF specs with potted coils to avoid squealing at high-gain.

Traditional tuners offer that time-honored look with smooth, more efficient performance. Chrome hardware includes a tune-o-matic bridge with stopbar for rapid string changes and simplified adjustments. The 2016 Les Paul Studio Faded Series T comes ready to rock right out of its padded gig bag.

Key features
The time-honored tuner look, with smooth, efficient performance
Traditional playing feel of the very first Les Pauls
Density for solid sustain, self-lubrication for no "string stick" - even with heavy string bending
Vintage look and feel
The best of both worlds - slimmer than the traditional neck, thicker than the "slim-tapered" '60s carve
Combines legendary resonance and sustain with maximum playing comfort
Made to exacting PAF specs, with potted coils that squelch squeal at high gain
Sustain and sonic clarity are the hallmarks of this hard-wearing wood
This handcrafted, American-made guitar is ready for action
The beautifully faded, hand-sprayed satin nitrocellulose lacquer finish captures the lovingly aged look of a vintage guitar

FEATURES
  • Tuners: Traditional tuners
  • Neck width: Historic original neck width
  • Nut: Graph Tech nut
  • Neck heel: Classic Les Paul neck heel
  • Neck profile: Rounded '59 neck profile
  • Body: Carved maple top over mahogany with modern weight relief
  • Pickups: Burstbucker Pro humbuckers
  • Fingerboard: Rosewood fingerboard
  • Setup: Comprehensive hand-finished setup
  • Finish: Worn satin finish

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Gibson2016 Les Paul Studio Faded Series T Electric Guitar
 
4.4

(based on 47 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (31)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (10)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (3)

85%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good tone (37)
  • Good feel (35)
  • Fun to play (34)
  • Good pick up (34)
  • Solid electronics (30)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Jamming (34)
  • Practicing (33)
  • Recording (26)
  • Small venues (26)
  • Rock concerts (21)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (30), Novice (5), Professional musician (4)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Solid Gibson

My first real Gibson. I have an Epiphone Les Paul Custom that I have owned for about 15 years and the frets are about worn out so I decided to get the real deal;...Read complete review

My first real Gibson. I have an Epiphone Les Paul Custom that I have owned for about 15 years and the frets are about worn out so I decided to get the real deal; and I am glad I did. This guitar plays incredibly easy with the jumbo frets and the resonance and mid frequency clarity of the Burstbucker Pro's are infinitely better than any of my other guitars. Guitar was setup very well with a low action from the factory with almost no buzzing (I checked every fret immediately). I have the Fireburst finish and although it shows fingerprints and looks greasy after handling, I love the raw neck feel and can tell the finish will wear nicely. Altogether a great guitar, USA quality at a price mere mortals can afford.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Tough to get a good one

I really want to like this model. Unfortunately, you always get what you pay for. The first one I got had a fretboard that wasn't aligned flush with the side of the neck,...Read complete review

I really want to like this model. Unfortunately, you always get what you pay for. The first one I got had a fretboard that wasn't aligned flush with the side of the neck, a common Gibson problem. The tone was great, but the ridge on the neck was annoying. So I sent it back. The second one arrived with a G-string tuner that would spin a full quarter turn without moving the shaft of the tuning head; and in general, the tuning was totally unstable. So I sent it back.

The third one had a perfectly aligned fretboard, though the edge of the fretboard was almost sharp. The guitar, though, while "modern weight-relieved," was still very heavy--much heavier than he first two. The wood was therefore much denser, and you could hear it in the shrill tone. The high frequencies were noticeably harsh. It didn't have the nice airy, woodsy tone of the the first two. Argh. And this one--made in 2016--had a fretboard that had been painted dark, and the dye came off on my fingers. That's usually an Epiphone trick! I am going to try one more, and if that's not acceptable, I'm giving up on this model. Bummer, too, because it could be a nice Les Paul at a great price. But Gibson doesn't put much effort into it, and they're apparently using whatever wood is rejected from other models. I would only recommend buying this model in a store where you can check it out in person first.

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(9 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

Tough to get a good one

By Guitar, Man

from Dallas, Texas

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Pros

  • Fun To Play
  • Good Feel
  • Good Pick Up
  • Good Tone
  • Inexpensive for a Gibson Les Paul
  • Solid Electronics

Cons

  • Uneven quality

Best Uses

  • Jamming
  • Practicing
  • Recording

Comments about Gibson 2016 Les Paul Studio Faded Series T Electric Guitar:

I really want to like this model. Unfortunately, you always get what you pay for. The first one I got had a fretboard that wasn't aligned flush with the side of the neck, a common Gibson problem. The tone was great, but the ridge on the neck was annoying. So I sent it back. The second one arrived with a G-string tuner that would spin a full quarter turn without moving the shaft of the tuning head; and in general, the tuning was totally unstable. So I sent it back.

The third one had a perfectly aligned fretboard, though the edge of the fretboard was almost sharp. The guitar, though, while "modern weight-relieved," was still very heavy--much heavier than he first two. The wood was therefore much denser, and you could hear it in the shrill tone. The high frequencies were noticeably harsh. It didn't have the nice airy, woodsy tone of the the first two. Argh. And this one--made in 2016--had a fretboard that had been painted dark, and the dye came off on my fingers. That's usually an Epiphone trick! I am going to try one more, and if that's not acceptable, I'm giving up on this model. Bummer, too, because it could be a nice Les Paul at a great price. But Gibson doesn't put much effort into it, and they're apparently using whatever wood is rejected from other models. I would only recommend buying this model in a store where you can check it out in person first.

(8 of 16 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

mf shipped me a used lp at facr fresh price

By pgg

from flroida

Comments about Gibson 2016 Les Paul Studio Faded Series T Electric Guitar:

mf shipped me a used and abused guitar at factory fresh price.

not cool. really not cool.

(8 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Love'n this Guitar!

By Jalamaroz

from Nashville, TN

Verified Reviewer

Comments about Gibson 2016 Les Paul Studio Faded Series T Electric Guitar:

I've mainly played strats since the mid 90's. I've played mainly for the pleasure of "just playing" and jamming with friends here and there - never really jammed with a band.
This is my first Les Paul (and Gibson for that matter). Being a "strat guy" I've been curious about Les Paul's for a while and have been doing research and playing them in guitar shops. I saw the faded T and decided to go for it and glad I did.
I play through a Marshall DSL 40C and a Fender Blues Junior. Both are tube amps.
It's such a great guitar for the price, that I feel like I ripped them off. This is a great guitar. A few things that I'd like to mention:
It is a very well made. It is very solid and feels great.
It's a fun guitar to play and difficult to put down.
I'm blown away by the tone, resonance and sustain and for price? Get out of town!
I love the burst buckers...I'm new to these but they sound great. Blues....rock....classic rock....even hot enough to play heavy metal.
Sounds sort of silly but I was impressed with the actual picture of my guitar that came with it, new. The pic was definitely of my guitar because you can see the figures in the natural grain. It's also made in the USA!
The cons:
Some people have listed the finish as a con but I love the worn looking finish. You can tell that they obviously put less time into the series faded T but, I love it....great looking guitar! And it's not the high quality (feathered) maple you see on some of the higher end Les Paul's which again, is fine with me. It's a beautiful guitar, plain and simple.
If you twisted my arm and forced me to think of something that I'd add to this guitar, it'd be a coil tap. I do love coil taps on neck humbuckers.
All things aside, the finish, the gig back and less sophisticated electronics is the only reason this guitar is priced as it is.....it may not look like a high end model but definitely sounds just as good as the $2000 ones, for sure! I'm very happy I took the chance with this guitar.

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  • No

(7 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

An Authentic LP for less.

By TBoss

from Boulder, Colorado

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Comments about Gibson 2016 Les Paul Studio Faded Series T Electric Guitar:

The first thing I noticed when I unpacked this thing was how smooth the neck felt, not sharp fret edges and a really nice profile for me. The frets are a medium size and had no rough spots,really amazing for a guitar in this price range. Obviously, the finish on these guitars are what really separate them from the more expensive models. I felt the worn brown was much too dark, it almost looked black in low light. The maple top really shines with a lighter finish, so I actually sanded and refinished my top. The original nitro coat had a few chunks of dust or something solidified in the finish here and there, but they usually buff out with a cloth. The pickups are pretty much what you expect from mildly wound alnico 5, bright and articulate with humbucker punch. The neck pickup was a little dirty on the clean, so you'll probably want to back it off the strings a bit and the bridge gives a perfect rock and classic metal sound. You may want a boost pedal for really high gain stuff though. The thing that disappointed me in the electronics was the new circuit board that ties the potentiometers together. This makes it nearly impossible to add a mini toggle switch, so you have to cut a little irrelevant chunk out the side of the circuit board (right next to the plastic ground wire connector) and then they just barely fit. These burstbuckers do have a 4 conductor wire, so if you can work it out, you can split these babies and get a really sweet clean tone. Another mod I tried was replacing the stop-bar with an aluminum piece. These change the sound and feel significantly, It may not be for everybody, but its worth trying. They basically give you a more telecaster-like tone, very bright and articulate, with some loss of sustain. If you plan on playing more jazz and blues, I would consider aluminum to brighten these guitars up on the clean tones. All merits considered, this is a fine guitar for the money, but could be brighter in finish and clean tone.

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  • No

(7 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Solid Construction

By Jason Ducote

from Bunkie, LA

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Pros

  • Fun To Play
  • Good Tone
  • Solid Electronics

Cons

  • Fret Buzz

Best Uses

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

Comments about Gibson 2016 Les Paul Studio Faded Series T Electric Guitar:

This thing is great. My first true les paul so I can only compare it to the melody maker. thicker sound and pickups are a lot hotter. the neck and body feel solid as a rock. its a little heavy, but that's a les paul for ya. a little fret buzz straight outta the store, but not a dealbreaker by any means

(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

USA Gibson Studio, Faded Brown Series

By Bitsbocker

from Fullerton, CA

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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 2016 Les Paul Studio Faded Series T Electric Guitar:

    Doesn't have all the fancy binding and trim, but sounds great. Besides that, I don't especially like fancy because you have to be so careful not to scratch it. These guitars are meant to be taken out and played, and a ding or two will just add character.

    (5 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Great guitar!

    By Funky T

    from Ooltewah, 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 Studio Faded Series T Electric Guitar:

      i love the satin finish of this guitar. It looks great and the neck feels awesome. The pickups sound great and the pots all seem topnotch. Honestly I don't know how they make it this cheap in the US. I have two of these and they get played everyday. I use them with 0.011's tuned standard, both sound great for fingerstyle and slide as well. The gig bag is great as well. I could go on and on in detail but I absolutely guarantee you that this guitar plays, feels and looks like a 3K guitar from the 50's. It's a great gigging guitar that I'd put up against anything out there. and best of all it's made in the US!

      (5 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Solid Gibson

      By Scott

      from Charleston, SC

      Pros

      • Finish
      • price
      • Sound

      Cons

      • Basic Tuners

      Best Uses

      • Blues
      • Classic rock
      • Hard rock
      • Rock

      Comments about Gibson 2016 Les Paul Studio Faded Series T Electric Guitar:

      My first real Gibson. I have an Epiphone Les Paul Custom that I have owned for about 15 years and the frets are about worn out so I decided to get the real deal; and I am glad I did. This guitar plays incredibly easy with the jumbo frets and the resonance and mid frequency clarity of the Burstbucker Pro's are infinitely better than any of my other guitars. Guitar was setup very well with a low action from the factory with almost no buzzing (I checked every fret immediately). I have the Fireburst finish and although it shows fingerprints and looks greasy after handling, I love the raw neck feel and can tell the finish will wear nicely. Altogether a great guitar, USA quality at a price mere mortals can afford.

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

      (4 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

       
      3.0

      wanted to love it

      By slate

      from Maryland

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      Pros

        Cons

        • poor finish / maple selection
        • rough frets

        Best Uses

          Comments about Gibson 2016 Les Paul Studio Faded Series T Electric Guitar:

          As you can tell I was less than pleased with it. I seriously was expecting better and there were only two items that ruined it for me. The first had no effect on play or "play-ability" but was disappointing nevertheless : apparently no pre-stain was used on the maple top and since it was a poorly figured "seconds" piece of wood it turned out mottled and cheap looking.
          The main issue, however was the fret finish: when they were trimmed and beveled the machine must have scraped over them as it went because every string sounded like it was grounding on gravel from the high E to the G. The strings were slick and not rusty, but it sounded like they were.
          Sigh. So I'm going back to Epiphones. Seriously a very sad commentary from someone who desperately wanted to Buy American.

          (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          This is a great deal for a very playable LP!

          By Lunk

          from Coloradado Springs, CO

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          Pros

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

          Cons

          • Minor Fret Buzz

          Best Uses

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

          Comments about Gibson 2016 Les Paul Studio Faded Series T Electric Guitar:

          I was skeptical about these lower end models, but this is a real keeper. This guitar is very well made and has pretty good sound and tone for the price point. I am IN LOVE with the neck and feel, I cannot put it down! I have to warn you about one thing - that the fireburst picture is NOT accurate - there is red in the catalog picture that is not there on the guitar - I may have gotten the Cherry if I had known, but this ax is growing on me so I will keep it anyways. You cannot really do better for a USA Gibson, I got mine for a steal of a deal for Black Friday. I feel like I won, because I did lol.......

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