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Gibson Les Paul BFG Electric Guitar   

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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

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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
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4.8

(based on 35 reviews)

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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.

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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.

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(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.

(3 of 3 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 13 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

what a mistake from Gibson

By That Guy From That Place

from Pingree Grove

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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

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

..........

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!

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

BFG

By SZ320BK

from Fishers, IN

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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!!!!

(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

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.

(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!!!

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