Up to 25% Off Select Gear With Code: SPOOKY
Looking for Coupons?Call us Hablamos Español
MF MD HG01 Halloween Store 10-11-17
Gibson Logo
Product 512579

Gibson Les Paul BFG Electric Guitar

  • Write a Review

A decidedly nontraditional Les Paul for rockers who want a Les Paul with attitude and don't care about good looks. It has the sound and playability ...Click To Read More About This Product

We're sorry-this item is unavailable.

Find a similar product below or contact our experts for a recommendation of great alternatives. Call us at 800-449-9128.

Customers Also Viewed:
OVERVIEW

Stripped down and ready for action!

A decidedly nontraditional Les Paul for rockers who want a Les Paul with attitude and don't care about good looks. It has the sound and playability you'd expect from an Les Paul, while its raw look stands Les Paul styling on its head: unsanded top, no binding, no pickup rings, no truss rod cover, no toggle switch rings, no fretboard position indicators (dots on the side only), with wooden knobs that have no numbers. This rough and tough guitar has sonics to match: steamy hot tones from the novel pickup combination of a single coil P-90 in the neck and a BurstBucker 3 in the bridge - like having a Les Paul Special and a Standard in one guitar.
Mini toggle pickup selection switch located near two volume and one master tone controls. Kill switch located where rhythm/lead switch used to be. "Distressed" stop bar, Tune-o-matic bridge, and Grovers complete the raw look of this very different looking Les Paul.

FEATURES
  • Unsanded carved maple top
  • Mahogany back
  • 1950s rounded mahogany neck
  • Rosewood fingerboard
  • Scale length: 24-3/4"
  • Number of frets: 22
  • Nut width: 1.695"
  • Inlays: white side dots only
  • Hardware: gun metal (trans cherry finish) or distressed black chrome (trans black and trans gold finish)
  • Tailpiece: stopbar (distressed)
  • Bridge: Tune-o-matic
  • Knobs: two wooden volumes, one wooden tone
  • Tuners: Grover (distressed)
  • Neck pickup: P-90
  • Bridge pickup: Zebra BurstBucker 3
  • Controls: 2 volume, 1 tone, 3-way switch
  • Kill switch toggle
  • See-through wiring covers in back
  • Strings: Brite Wires .010-.046
  • Case: shopworn Les Paul
Reviews
Loading....

Review Snapshot

by PowerReviews
 
4.8

(based on 35 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (31)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

The Truth!....

If you look at the numbers I listed for features, and quality, you may be confused by what you see when you see I still gave it a 5 for overall; let me...Read complete review

If you look at the numbers I listed for features, and quality, you may be confused by what you see when you see I still gave it a 5 for overall; let me explain. The reason I gave it a 4 for features is because all of the features it has are awesome, but there's certain features it doesn't have. Binding, for instanced, or inlays on the fretboard- while this guitar is great as it is, there's certainly a little room for improvement. Plus, the killswitch needs a different circuit wired in or something, because it makes noise when it's supposed to be "killed" unless you hold your finger on a string. A lot of people complain about the looks on this guitar, too, but that to me is a very superficial thing. While I kind of like the looks, I'm not sure that it looks better than a standard, so when it came down to it I bought the guitar with the best SOUND I could find (and afford...but I had a couple of grand) and this was it. The P-90 and BB3 kill! Awesome combo.All said, if you care about tone more than looks, this is it. Unless you're trying to spend five grand or more, the BFG can't be beat. And that's the truth.

VS

Most Liked Negative Review

 

what a mistake from Gibson

I had the opportunity to play this guitar at a friend's house the other day - while the sound of the instrument is fine on its own, I can't imagine anyone wanting to pay...Read complete review

I had the opportunity to play this guitar at a friend's house the other day - while the sound of the instrument is fine on its own, I can't imagine anyone wanting to pay this much for a "faux gritty" half-finished guitar that looks the way this one does.Gibson makes incredible guitars, but this instantly stands out as a huge misstep. For this price players can get something new and beautiful - playing this in person and hearing what the friend payed for it was embarassing.

Reviewed by 35 customers

Displaying reviews 1-20

Back to top

Previous | Next »

(6 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

The Truth!....

By Thundersworship

from Brooklyn, NY

If you look at the numbers I listed for features, and quality, you may be confused by what you see when you see I still gave it a 5 for overall; let me explain. The reason I gave it a 4 for features is because all of the features it has are awesome, but there's certain features it doesn't have. Binding, for instanced, or inlays on the fretboard- while this guitar is great as it is, there's certainly a little room for improvement. Plus, the killswitch needs a different circuit wired in or something, because it makes noise when it's supposed to be "killed" unless you hold your finger on a string. A lot of people complain about the looks on this guitar, too, but that to me is a very superficial thing. While I kind of like the looks, I'm not sure that it looks better than a standard, so when it came down to it I bought the guitar with the best SOUND I could find (and afford...but I had a couple of grand) and this was it. The P-90 and BB3 kill! Awesome combo.All said, if you care about tone more than looks, this is it. Unless you're trying to spend five grand or more, the BFG can't be beat. And that's the truth.

(4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Perfect!!!

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

I bought this Les Paul within 5 minutes of playing it. This is the Guitar i've always been searching for. The soapbar pickup just makes it that much sweeter. I also have a Les paul studio and now it's just collecting dust!!!!

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

..........

By keytondaniels1`222

from Incirlik Turkey

wow where do i start first of all it looks HOT!!second of all mixing p-90 pickups with humbuckersis just what kind of sound i need for a guitar!

(2 of 15 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

what a mistake from Gibson

By That Guy From That Place

from Pingree Grove

See all my reviews

I had the opportunity to play this guitar at a friend's house the other day - while the sound of the instrument is fine on its own, I can't imagine anyone wanting to pay this much for a "faux gritty" half-finished guitar that looks the way this one does.Gibson makes incredible guitars, but this instantly stands out as a huge misstep. For this price players can get something new and beautiful - playing this in person and hearing what the friend payed for it was embarassing.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

BFG

By SZ320BK

from Fishers, IN

See all my reviews

Just recieved it about two days ago, and every chance i get, i pick it up and play it. And when i cant play, its a joy to look at.Just like any other les paul i've owned, it needed minor adjustments to the intonation and those CRAPPY gibson strings taken off of it. After that was done, it played like a dream. The Burstbucker 3 pickup is absolutely obnoxious and i love it. And the P-90 is an excellent go-to pickup when you wanna clean stuff up, or if you want the overdriven single coil crunch.Overall, i feel like this guitar was made for me with it being already beat up and stuff.AWESOME GUITAR!!!!THANKS GIBSON!!!!

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Awesome, just awesome!

By Dennis-0wUyJ

from Central Missouri, rural

Look, a carved maple-top Les Paul with the traditional mahogany back for under a grand, 7.5 lbs. It can't get any better than that. Doesn't that meet the definition of a 'real' Les Paul, and isn't the price absolutely fabulous? (With all due respect to SG and mahogany-top Pauls, good guitars in their own right, but not the traditional Paul)I bought my gold BFG used; the second owner put gold bell knobs, a cream pickup ring and a cream P-90 cover on it, and moved the pickup selector switch back to where it used to (should?) be. He also put a Duncan JB in it, which I wouldn't have done, but what the heck. It still sounds awesome.I gave the Features a 4.5 because I wish it had fret markers, even dots, but Gibson offers a Studio BFG with BFG electronics, so I can't complain. Not having the ebony fingerboard my '81 Custom does, it doesn't have that ping, but it's all Les Paul, playing better than the Custom and sounding awesome, sustain for days. The neck is buttery-fast, and it sounds very smooth, even the JB on raucous distortion settings. Heaven!A wonderful, awesome guitar, awesome sound, features and playability, at a price more musicians can afford.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

This IS the Guitar For You

By Coffeeguy13

from Minneapolis, MN

My first LP after 10 years of owning a Strat, and I don't think I'll be playing it again for a while. Screaming tone from the humbucker and great bluesey tone from the neck. It's actually lighter than my Strat, and the hardware is solid-nice, big throw on the volume and tone knobs. If you can get past the looks (this IS a raw finish), you can coax any sound you're looking for out of this. Easily the best value out there for a real US-made Les Paul.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Wow!

By teburns81

from Alabama

There's really not too much bad you can say about this guitar. I fell in love with it from the start. I guess the only thing I would change is to put the kill switch near the volume knobs and not where the treble and rythym switch should be, but I guess I will get used to it. When I play on stage, I oftem like to switch from rythym to treble for solos, and I now have further to go to get back to the strings.Overall... an awesome guitar and great value!

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Simple Fabulous

By Aman

from Singapore

This guitar can do it all from Blues to Jazz. This guitar sounds amazing as it comes with the perfect combination of a P-90 and Burstbucker3. I can actually make my guitar sound like Slash's and Mark Knophlers. The raw finish gives this guitar a unique character. Dont be fooled by the pictures as it doesnt do the guitar justice. It lookes mind blowing in reality. The ONLY 2 things i didnt like about the guitar is the faded affect across the Gibson Logo. I was unlucky enough to receieve that kinda piece and it makes my guitar look kinda 'fake' if you know what i mean. Secondly, the pickup control switch doesnt have a cap which can slow you down at time when changing pickups. Otherwise an AWESOME guitar.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Bad Little Doggy

By plexiclone75

from Virginia USA

Raise the action a bit, put some 10's or 11's on for strings, get a pickup ring for the Burstbucker to rest your pinky.... Then tear the roof off the joint. I play out often and jam even more. This Les Paul is full of tone and very responsive. You can't put her down(not with a P-90 up front)once you get going. Do it!!!

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Bfg Review

By Mike Fiera

from Tampa, FL

See all my reviews

Features:(Head) No truss rod cover (who cares) but the bfg comes stock w/grover tuners. They stay in tune very well- great actually.(Neck)No fret markers, but it does have dot inlays on the side. Neck and fingerboard are consistant, no blemish to speak of. Action is fair, neck is smooth, and my intonation was fine.(Body) Body is not as unsanded as people say. In fact, the one I have is very smooth to the touch. The pups are great, and compliment each other nicely and make for some serious versitility with single coil and HB. There are two volumes knobs (one for each pup) and one tone knob. Some people don't like the fact that this LP lacks a tone knob, but I can work around it so it doesn't matter to me. The only thing I don't like is that the traditional pup selector and added kill switch functions are reversed. Why add a kill switch and why make it be a pup selector? It Reminds me of strat style switching on a LP plus a unneeded pup selector. (Strings) I like Gibson, but these strings are a complete joke. I think they may be the worst strings I ever played. Maybe. Probably. I changed them out with elixir lights and it sounded great. Quality: (Hardware) The guitar is well made, but some of the hardware is not mounted too securely. The kill switch (traditional pup select) is mounted very poorly and does not meet flush with the body. On nearly every bfg I have seen (on forums or in person) a Black Switch Washer had been added to hide the opening that would normaly be present without it. The pups *NEED* a ring on them as they wobble to the touch.(TONE) As far as the tone is concerned the quality is great, and better than what I think you could get on a new Studio LP. Value:If it came down to this and a LP studio, I would choose this. The price of this guitar plus a washer and a pup ring is less time and money than buying a Studio and having to add Grovers to it. Not to mention the pups- personally, I'd rather go with a BB3 over a 498t, and much rather a P-90 over a 490R. Either way the strings will need to be changed.OverallNo, its not a vintage 54 goldtop- but it is a serious sounding LP for under 1K thats well worth your attention. Sure LP purists hate it- actually they despise it- but who cares?

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Review

By chuck-.Hmn3

from Midland, TX

Amazing guitar. I bought this last December and I have never regreted it. It can play literally anything.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

hands down...

By Rich Dally III

from New York

No question about it, this is now my favorite guitar, ive had it for almost a year now and i have yet to find anything really wrong with it. as far as looks go, its easily one of the koolest les pauls out there, and it looks soo much better in person, these internet pics hardly do it justice. all i hear about is people not liking the look, but if thats all you have to complain about...your all set. the guitar sounds phenomenal, granted the pickups seemd like they wanted to "get out" but after 5 seconds of tweaking, problem solved. But the best part is...you dont have to worry about hurting it or banging it on anything! other pauls you have to have an emptly 10 ft radius and a bodyguard, but ive taken this thing gigging and it actually looks even better when you bang it on stuff. it is stong and durable too.ive been looking for a guitar for a long time that would fulfill all my needs, nail every style, and have a sick, unique look (all at a reasonable price of course), well i found it, and i wont need another guitar for a long long time. this is hands down...the best guitar i could ask for.even if you dont like its sound or look, its a USA Gibson Les Paul for under you cant beat it.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

best guitar i have ever owned

By maxmandude

from iraq

Pretty close to what i wanted in a les paul. all the sound none of the "girlyman" trim. the most product per dollar in the music world. i want to buy another.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

True Love at last!!

By Theo-KLhKE

from Toronto,Canada

Just recently(a week ago to be exact)got mine, and I haven't been able to put it down. This insrument is surprisingly light for a Les Paul, not to mention absolutely killer in the looks department. It plays like a dream, as the neck is extremely comfortable, and the sonic combinations presented by the pick-up combo has kept me playing for hours on end. I played quite a few other Les Pauls previous to this one in my search for "the one", but the price alone had me sold, not to mention this thing plays and sounds as good(even better)than some of the others I tried, and at hundreds, even thousands less. I can not recommend this instrument enough, it far exceeded any expectations I had.

 
5.0

Not your Grampa's Les Paul

By danpoong

from Hawaii

This is a Les Paul that is very different and yet the same.With the P90 in the neck, great clean sounds can be found. Of course, it has a kind of old fashioned jazz vibe with this pickup.Then, with a flick of the switch, the humbucker slams to life and kicks out some of that old faithful, seering Les Paul sound that you'd expect.A note on the looks: I think it looks great. It isn't shiny or formal, but it has that wide open feel that says "play me!"And the price just makes the whole picture better, doesn't it?

 
5.0

Amazing!!!

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

i played this guitar and i was blown away. It was an incredible guitar for the price. I just put it on lay away and cant wait to pick it up when i get the money. Want a neat looking guitar this is it. the pick up combination delivers a killer sound! BUY IT!

 
4.0

Ugly but Awesome

By Fix3890-uYpQX

from San Francisco, CA

See all my reviews

It's even uglier in person than in the pics. If you're looking for something pretty, this ain't it. But I like that. I love Gibsons, I really do. But I don't like having to worry about them. The BFG sits out on a stand and so gets played all the time. (My 335 sits in its case and gets ignored a lot.) The unique pickup combo sounds great. The Burstbucker3 is strong enough to do even the heaviest stuff, and the P90 sounds excellent clean. As for value, the Vintage Mahogany is probably a better deal, but the BFG is so different and so antisocial that it just might be the most unique Gibson to come along in years. I also notice that most of the forum geeks seem to hate it. All the more reason to like it. If you understand the message, buy it.

 
5.0

Review

By 7HABG71r3

from springboro, OH

I love this guitar.It is a rock machine,i cant even put into words what you can do with it.I did add speed knobs and rewire it so the pickup selector is where it was supposed to be,other than that i love this guitar.

 
5.0

BFG

By gobacktogo

from Calgary

I got this guitar about a week ago, and every chance I get I pick it up. At first glance personally I loved the finish and look or (un-finished look) however I know lots of Gibson fanatic's are spitting poison all over this guitar. The P-90 which is a rare aspect of modern Gibsons is truley amazing, the tonal capability is just outstanding. It really is perfect for hard rock/punk/thrash style of guitar when the gain is cranked. The Zebra Burstbucker provides a great melodic sound as well as that classic Les Paul lead tone. The chambered body is exactly what I wanted as I had a Les Paul studio previously to this and it killed my shoulder after literally 30mins of playing. The BFG is a great relief. One aspect which I won't use much is the killswitch, since a pickup toggle can be used in the same fashion. But it's nice to have the option, you can get some cool killswitch effects with the use of feedback too. Overall this is the best guitar I've ever owned and I would recommend it to anyone looking for a pure USA Gibson for under $1000 and great quality tone and playability. Buy it, and enjoy it. And don't let the looks play a major role, maybe I'm just saying that becaue I love the look.

Displaying reviews 1-20

Back to top

Previous | Next »

See All Gibson Solid Body Electric Guitars
You are changing the Ship-To country.

Our product catalog varies by country due to manufacturer restrictions. If you change the Ship-To country, some or all of the items in your cart may not ship to the new destination.