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Gibson Les Paul Faded Double Cutaway Electric Guitar   

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The nitrocellulose lacquer finish on the Gibson Les Paul Faded Double Cutaway Electric Guitar makes for great looks. But you also get cool feel, wide...Click To Read More About This Product

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The killer classic double cut with P90 edge and vibrant nitro finish!

The nitrocellulose lacquer finish on the Gibson Les Paul Faded Double Cutaway Electric Guitar makes for great looks. But you also get cool feel, wide-open vibrant tone, and a whole lot of guitar for very little cash. Solid mahogany body and set neck add to the resonance and great sustain while classic P90 single-coil pickups provide the sharp bite of the very first Les Pauls. Rosewood fretboard. Includes Gibson deluxe gig bag.

  • Honduras mahogany body
  • Mahogany set neck
  • Rosewood fretboard
  • P90 pickups

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P-90s have won my heart

This guitar is somewhat light on features, however, the absence of "features" is what gives this guitar its appeal. It doesn't have a AAA flamed maple top. It has ugly...Read complete review

This guitar is somewhat light on features, however, the absence of "features" is what gives this guitar its appeal. It doesn't have a AAA flamed maple top. It has ugly vintage tuners with white plastic knobs. It doesn't even have a shiny lacquer finish (thank GOD!). What it does have is HEART AND SOUL.This guitar has vintage style. This is the first nitrocellulose/satin finish guitar I have ever owned and man do I love it. I may never buy another shiny guitar as long as I live. The satin finish on the neck makes for very smooth action and is a huge plus. I have heard that satin guitars have more resonance since the wood isn't sealed by lacquer. I have to concur. This guitar seems to breathe on its own. I have heard P-90s in other guitars, but they don't sound like these. These pups growl with commanding authority. The sound has a dark bottom with the neck pup and a surprisingly bright top with the bridge pup, but it's the midrange howl that I love about this thing. I can get a lot of sounds from this axe. The outstanding separate volume and tone controls for each pup really are the key to its well rounded tone. The tone controls don't simply muffle the tone, they actually add or subtract brilliance and provide a bassier tone if dialed down. These tone controls beat anything I've ever heard from Fender (my other guitar is a Tele). Gibson has also found a way to eliminate noise and feedback on these single coils. I understand that one way they do this is by dipping the leads in wax. I dunno, but these things are awesome!If you want a pretty guitar, look elsewhere. If you want a gorgeous sound, close your eyes and buy this bad boy. At this price, this guitar is a steal.I took points away from the guitar for poor factory setup. The pickups were too high, the nut wasn't properly cut and the intonation was all wrong. I tried to fix the intonation, but the nut was far too whacked out. I took it to my local shop and had them remove the plastic nut and install a bone nut. They also set the action and intonation perfectly. That was $, but well worth it. The guitar plays better than ever. However, it would be nice if Gibson actually finished the guitar before shipping it. On the other hand, any guitar worth keeping is worth the touch of a shop. That said, this guitar still offers tremendous value. Buy it while you still can. It is destined to be a classic.


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Good deal...I guess

I got this to replace an old Melody Maker (that had had a P-90 installed in it) that I stupidly sold a long time ago. I guess it is a good deal...Read complete review

I got this to replace an old Melody Maker (that had had a P-90 installed in it) that I stupidly sold a long time ago. I guess it is a good deal for the money, but I think that mine was made on a bad day at the factory. The edge of the neck is actually wider than the fret board. That's right, it's as if the fret board was made for a neck that is thinner from side to side. It is claimed that this model has the slim 60's neck. Now while mine seems the worst that I have played, none seem to have a true slim 60's neck. I agree with the other reviews that Gibson should rethink the faded yellow finish. The neck on this one has a couple of dead notes, but overall the tone is good P-90 tone. Overall, I guess it is a fair deal, but a disappointment if one is hoping for the same playablity and tone of the originals.

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Low Cost Gibson for real players. Not Collectors.

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

This guitar is made in mind for real players, with real gigs, at real smokey bars where a '59 classic RI in Sunburst has no place being. This guitar is not for beginners either, the slim, fast neck will not complement new learners. niether is this a guitar for your teenage son/daughter.. It's a Gibson! Let them wear out their Yamaha or Ibanez or Squire or get tired of playing guitar before you dare look twice at this beauty. But if the wife/girl will have it... take a look for yourself.

(1 of 3 customers found this review helpful)


Les Paul Faded Double Cutaway

By PiscNJMusician-veBOR

from NJ

It's a great unit. The finish, not the paint job, the fit/finish is a bit quick on it. However, has nothing to do with playability. I like the paint job, I have the Yellow. And, it's not worn away, it's just a matte thin coat. In the Yellow, count on the dings showing well, and quickly... but not a negative. It feels great, not like a plastic bat. I don't like that I can see rasp file marks, and neck to body fit is tight enough, not perfect/ perfect though, however I (as builder myself) see some final would work, not done--even at this price, it should be done. The $200 imports do--jeeze. Anyway, the positives: more sustain than from my Les Paul with Burst Bucker Alinco 5's, or my SG with a dirtyfingers PUP at the bridge. I was very shocked. And the distortion, was smooth and clean, well articulated, amazing. Neck PUP was not muddy, and really could play lead happily from the neck. As well, it came, (first one ever), perfectly setup, and was in a sealed factory box too. The Nut action was as low as it could go; action lower than 5/64's at the 12th fret, perfect 1mm forward bow... just dump founded indeed. The neck, is not much slimmer than my 50's neck LP... I like it. It's just slightly flatter on the back of the neck. Aside from lowering the PUPs so did not hit the strings, just played it for a few hours. But, for any more money, they would absolutely have to do perfect wood work fit/finish... jeeze Gibson.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


Well Worth It!

By PlankSpanker1961

from Indianapolis

These are fun, lively and fast little tone monsters! A true no frills axe that has great tone. This is a working mans P-90 guitar, not an expensive piece of furniture, so you may have to do a little tweaking here and there but well worth the money!


Some times

By Ivey

from Bartonville, IL

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I am impressed with the quality and tone of this guitar. While lacking in ornamentation and fancy finish, it sounds and plays just as good as 90% of the fancier Les Pauls. Action and intonation needed adjusted out of the box, otherwise it would have scored 10 in quality. The plastic button tuners are attached to quality Gibson tuning mechanisms, which hold a tune well. Quality, American made components make this a well rounded, usable guitar.


Awesome guitar

By Mateo Del Toro

from Ocala, FL

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I got this guitar a few weeks ago as an early christmas present. I skipped school the next day and played this guitar the entire time. It is so amazing. I've never heard a better guitar for punchy distortion, and yet it creates amazing clean sounds too. I usually only play it on the treble setting, i like that P-90 blazing right next to the bridge. I don't know how i survived playing without this thing. The only thing I can find wrong is that the P-90's buzz pretty loud when you get at weird angles to the amp, but i don't really care about that. Oh, and my A-string broke a few days ago, but I guess they were just old so i replaced them. This guitar will blow your mind don't settle for anything cheaper!!!


not too bad

By trey-qqgt5

from brewerton, NY

I think gibson charges WAY too much for most of their guitars. This is no exception. I like this guitar a lot but it could have been a little less expensive. the tuners do look cheap but mine work O.K. though the buttons are a little too small for big hands. There are no sharp frets on mine. The p-90's hum quite a bit, especially at high volumes. But their tone makes up for this. they're not well suited for certain styles of music but, MAN they honk. I don't mind the faded finish because it doesn't take long for me to wreck my guitars any way, and its light weight makes it easy to play for hours.


Great Guitar, but be careful...

By Liam1963

from Hudson, MA

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I purchased my Les Paul Faded Doublecut a couple of months ago, and had some immediate issues right out of the box. The pickup selector switch came loose and shorted against the volume and tone pots, resulting in no sound. Okay, after a little troubleshooting and adjustment, we're back in business. I did replace the tuners with Grovers, since the original tuners were a little "coarse", and the Grovers do a much better job. All in all, the guitar possesses a great sound with the P90's, and it is primarily used for slide playing, so after a little bit of frustration out of the box, I have a very good axe, for not a ton of money...


A great Gibson for the price

By fwqhgads

from Calgary, AB

When I first saw and played this guitar at a local music store, it was love at first sight, and I'm still really digging it. The P90's are the perfect pickups for me, and this guitar just has "the sound" I've been looking for. The neck is fast, and you can feel the grain through the finish. Awesome.I wanted something that wasn't too flashy.. just a basic guitar that could take a beating and be played for a long time. It's surprisingly light, and was set up quite well when I got it. The ends of the frets were a little sharp, but not as extreme as some of the people here are describing it.As far as value goes, it's a great buy. The tuners seem to be holding tune so far, but I might have to look for something different in the future. Amazing guitar.


great guitar, great deal!

By imustkill

from L.A. Ca.

Great bang for the buck! A real Gibson guitar for $600.00 bucks Played pretty well right out of the box, but I did have to lower the action, rear pickup and tailpiece. Nice solid neck and "feel" Finish was nicer than I thought it would be.Overall I am happy with the guitar.



By GFL Guitar Player

from Ocean County, NJ

The people that are downing this guitar are wrong. The P-90's are a perfect match for the Double Cut Les Paul. I saw one person had a problem with going through strings. It is not the guitars fault, they are probably playing it bad, or putting them on the wrong way. It always stays in tune, its got a fast and easy neck, and its very light. Its a good guitar for a person who likes to move around alot as theyre playing.

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