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Gibson 2017 Les Paul Faded T Electric Guitar

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The 2017 Les Paul Faded T has the comfortable look of an instrument that already has a few decades of playing on it, but like every Gibson guitar it ...Click To Read More About This Product

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Get the played-in feel and looks in a brand-new instrument.

The 2017 Les Paul Faded T has the comfortable look of an instrument that already has a few decades of playing on it, but like every Gibson guitar it feels like it has been shaped directly by the player's hand, for an absolutely perfect fit.

This guitar represents the perfect marriage of tradition and modernity. It has modern 490R and 490T humbuckers, 22 polished frets for amazing bends and a great feel, a slim-taper neck profile for fast and comfortable soloing, Ultra-Modern weight relief for comfort and enhanced resonance, and nickel hardware, adding to its yesteryear vibe.

It also features Gibson's new Faded Gloss finish process for a more authentic worn-in look. Delivered in a padded gig bag, accompanied by a strap and a polishing cloth.

FEATURES
Body
  • Body shape: Les Paul
  • Body type: Solid Body
  • Body material: Mahogany
  • Top wood: Maple
  • Body wood: Mahogany
  • Body finish: Select finish
  • Orientation: Right Handed
Neck
  • Neck shape: Slim Taper
  • Neck wood: Maple
  • Joint: Set Neck
  • Scale length: 24.75
  • Truss rod: Single Action
  • Neck finish: Worn Cherry
Fretboard
  • Material: Rosewood
  • Radius: 12"
  • Fret size: Medium
  • Number of frets: 22
  • Inlays: Dot
  • Nut width: 1.695
Pickups
  • Configuration: Dual Humbuckers
  • Neck: Gibson 490R
  • Middle: N/A
  • Bridge: Gibson 490T
  • Brand: Gibson
  • Active or passive: Passive
  • Series or parallel: Series
  • Piezo: No
  • Active EQ: No
  • Special electronics: None
Controls
  • Control layout: 2 volume, 2 tone knobs
  • Pickup switch: 3-way switch
  • Coil tap or split: No
  • Kill switch: No
Hardware
  • Bridge type: Tune-matic
  • Bridge design:
  • Tailpiece: Stop Bar
  • Tuning machines: Vintage Style Keystone Tuners
  • Color: Nickel
Other
  • Number of strings: 6
  • Special features: None
  • Case: Gigbag
  • Accessories: Owners Manual, Truss Rod Wrench
  • Country of origin: USA

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Gibson2017 Les Paul Faded T Electric Guitar
 
3.2

(based on 6 reviews)

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67%

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    • Was this a gift?:
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(16 of 17 customers found this review helpful)

 
2.0

Very poor quality control

By theLonnie

from Jacksonville, FL

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Pros

  • Looks Amazing
  • Sounds Decent

Cons

  • Frets aren't level
  • Neck isn't straight
  • Sharp Edges on Frets

Best Uses

  • Home recording
  • Playing at home
  • Practicing at home

Comments about Gibson 2017 Les Paul Faded T Electric Guitar:

Excellent customer service! Was back ordered, delivery occurred 2 days, before they were even scheduled to be in-stock. It looks great, and sounds decent (I'll change the pick-ups). The neck isn't perfectly straight, the frets aren't exactly level, causing buzzing on some string, and buzzing in different areas of the scale. The frets edges are nasty on both sides, all over the scale. I just expected an American made Gibson, to have better quality control than my cheap far eastern entry level Dean. At an eighth the price, my Dean has better fretwork.

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  • No

(2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

Great raw rock machine

By Carloxxx

from Mexico

Pros

  • amazing look
  • amazing tone
  • good setup
  • great playability
  • great sustain
  • lightweight

Cons

  • finish wears very easy and quick
  • frets with sharp edges
  • narrow nut slots

Best Uses

  • home practice
  • live playing

Comments about Gibson 2017 Les Paul Faded T Electric Guitar:

I bought this one month ago. This is my first Gibson Les Paul and I have to say I fell in love with this guitar since I've played for the first time. It looks amazing, has some raw vibe on it, is a guitar that you want to play hard instead of just hang it on the wall. This axe sounds amazing compared with my 2 other Les Pauls (Epiphone Studio & Standard Plustop Pro), it has a lot more resonance, the pickups has more output and are more dynamic, the controls works perfect, actually I use the guitar through a Orange Micro Terror (cheap but great amp for playing at home) with cranked gain, and I'm able to generate a lot of tones and clean the sound just manipulating the volume & tone knobs. On the other hand, I have to say I hate the desicion of Gibson to put hybrid strings on his guitars, 9's strings at top doesn't work for me, and since the nut slots are too narrow on Gibsons, I had to do some work at the nut in order to fit 10's, other bad thing on this guitar is the fretwork on the edges, I have to say my 2 Epis feels a lot better on the edges but for me this is a minor thing, this doesn't affect my playing in any way. And my last complain is about the very thin finish, I have 1 month playing this guitar daily for 2 or 3 hours, and the finish is starting to wear where my right arm makes contact with the body, definitely this is a very bad thing talking about the quality of the finish, but for me is a great thing, since I love how a road worn guitar looks.

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  • No

(1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

WHAT A GREAT DEAL IF YOU WANT A REAL GIBSON LES PAUL

By AJ

from MICHIGAN

Comments about Gibson 2017 Les Paul Faded T Electric Guitar:

The 2017 faded t has all the specs I want in a les Paul. I tend to like simple looks in guitars. I like to see the maple cap grain instead of binding that covers it in the high priced les Paul standard models. I'm probably in the minority on stuff like that. I was able to get a worn cherry demo of this model (faded t) and just love everything about it. Action – perfect, finish – gorgeous, sound of the 490s – perfect for my style (classic rock, blues, jazz). Frets – perfect. I've played guitar for 47 years now. I was in a country rock band back in the 80s, but 90s through now, I've just played for my own amusement and at occasional gigs. I've handled all the epiphone les pauls and up to mid priced Gibsons. The Epiphones, even higher models have multiple pieces making up the body (sometimes 4), with thin veneer (in most cases) for the top and even back. What you get by buying this bare bone Gibson Les Paul, is 2 piece back where you can follow the grains from back to sides, carved maples top you can see from the sides, Gibson 490s, plek'd fretboard, just better at all the basics minus the bling. Don't get me wrong, I'm thankful for the epiphones I have too and think of them as a great, reliable bargin with good sound. But, these Gibson tributes should be considered if you are already shelling out 80 percent of the gibsons cost for an epi. I was going to do just that, then I decided to save a little more and buy a real Gibson Les Paul. Love it…..

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  • No

(1 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

i would buy this again

By old rocker

from uk

Pros

  • great feel and sustain

Cons

  • needs a bit of work set up little bit of tweek

Best Uses

  • good all round axe

Comments about Gibson 2017 Les Paul Faded T Electric Guitar:

very cheap but a les paul feel and vibe

  • Was this a gift?:
  • No

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
2.0

"It's Good Enough"

By Whiplash

from St. Paul, MN

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Pros

  • Could be used as art on a wall

Cons

  • Quality

Best Uses

  • Art

Comments about Gibson 2017 Les Paul Faded T Electric Guitar:

This guitar looks great from afar. And is comfortable on the hand.
With that being said, frets need filing down on the sides, the fretboard had a 1/8 inch gap between it and the neck of the guitar in some places all along it, the volume/tone knobs had different depths with one sticking out what seemed like way too far, the strap buttons are massive and takes a while to get the strap on (at least the strap should never fall off then), and the pick up in it are okay. The finish was blotchy is some areas as well. Personally, if you're just looking for a guitar that has the Gibson name on it, this will work. If you're looking for a great guitar that's worth the investment, then this isn't it. More work than trouble when you get it. Also could use upgrading of the tuners.

I returned mine. My Epiphone Les Paul Custom Pro is significantly better than this Gibson.

  • Was this a gift?:
  • No
 
4.0

What a deal!

By Louparte

from Gulf Coast

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Pros

  • Fun To Play
  • Good Feel
  • Solid Electronics

Cons

    Best Uses

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

    Comments about Gibson 2017 Les Paul Faded T Electric Guitar:

    No other company is offering a US-made guitar that has been through a PLEK machine for fretwork and action - at even double this price. This guitar is a rare bargain. Mine was well set-up out of the box. Each guitar comes with a photograph of the instrument going through the final inspection station in Nashville. (*see mine below)

    The PLEK was a real selling point for me. In the past, I thought lower-priced Gibsons had frets like railroad ties. Not anymore. That's what the PLEK machine was designed for.

    I don't know much about Les Paul's. I have yet to find my tone on this guitar. I'm not crazy about the pick-ups. Also, even at 6 1/2 pounds it seems heavy. Previously, I tried to rely on a lighter, more expensive Korean-made Guild. Great tone - terrible workmanship - massive fret buzz. By comparison, the action on this LP is sends me to heaven. I love the neck. Frets dressed to perfection. I've never had a guitar with such nice action -- and no fret buzz.

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