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    An affordable Les Paul with a powerful pickup combination and wraparound bridge.

    The Gibson Les Paul Special is great deal on a unique guitar. The body is all-mahogany with a set, single-piece mahogany neck. Playability is perfect as you'd expect with its '60s slim taper neck profile, rosewood fingerboard and traditional 24-3/4" scale length. What sets this one apart from the rest is its pickup combination of a 490R neck and 491T bridge pickups. The 491T humbucker is noteworthy as it's crafted in the image of Gibson's acclaimed PAF ("Patent Applied For") humbucker of the late '50s, but updated with a ceramic magnet for great power, clarity and sustain. The result is a a stage-ready guitar with a winning range of tones and an unbeatable price.

    Features

    • Lightweight slab single-cutaway mahogany body
    • Nitrocellulose lacquer finish
    • 1-piece mahogany neck
    • 22-fret rosewood fingerboard
    • Dot inlays
    • '60s slim taper neck profile
    • 24-3/4" scale length
    • 1-11/16" nut width
    • 490R neck and 491T ceramic bridge pickups
    • 2 volume and 1 tone controls with 3-way toggle selector
    • White button tuners
    • Wraparound bridge
    • Chrome hardware

    Can you afford not to add this Special Les Paul to your collection? Order today.

     
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    GibsonLes Paul Special
     
    4.3

    (based on 7 reviews)

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    86%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Good feel (5)
    • Good tone (5)
    • Solid electronics (5)
    • Fun to play (4)
    • Good pick up (4)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Jamming (6)
      • Practicing (6)
      • Small venues (5)
      • Recording (4)
      • School bands (4)
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      5.0

      Great Value Guitar

      By JC

      from San Diego, CA

      About Me Experienced

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      Pros

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

      Cons

      • Cheap tuners
      • Dot Fret Inlays
      • Single Tone Pot

      Best Uses

      • Jamming
      • Practicing
      • Recording
      • Small Venues

      Comments about Gibson Les Paul Special:

      Bear in mind that Gibson USA protects their brands and simply will not produce and distribute less than quality products from their factory with their name on the headstock. I had no reservations buying this axe, especially as a Stupid Deal. The lack of a Les Paul signature on the guitar is not an issue for me or anyone who is buying a guitar and not a hood ornament. It came out of the box well set up. I usually change the strings on new guitars, but like these. The single tone knob reduces the flexibility a little, but I honestly rarely get married to four-knob configurations and can always make it sound nice with what it's got. Yeah, there are sexier format LPs out there, but this is much more than adequate for the price. Without a doubt, this one has the highest QPR of the Les Pauls I have had. The price is more than right for it; it's a steal.

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      4.0

      Good Value Basic Starter LP

      By Lunk

      from Colorado Springs, CO

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      Pros

      • Fun To Play
      • Good Feel
      • Good Fingerboard
      • Good Fret Build
      • Good Pick Up
      • Good Tone
      • Nice In Cherry Finish
      • Solid Electronics

      Cons

      • No Lp Headstock Signature
      • One Tone Control

      Best Uses

      • Jamming
      • Practicing
      • School Bands
      • Small Venues

      Comments about Gibson Les Paul Special:

      I was very pleased with everything about this guitar except the cons I listed. The pups are hot enough for blues and classic rock, which is what I play. Decent sustain and tonal qualities. Setup was adequate, but you may want to tweak it to your taste and style. I think I would go for the other one in heritage cherry slightly over this level, if I were to do it all over again. Still, this is a worth ax in most ways that count!

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      (7 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

       
      3.0

      Overall satisfied

      By Groovedoggie1

      from Baton Rouge, LA

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

      • Better Fret Ends
      • Good Hardware
      • Good Size Neck
      • Good String Height Action
      • Good Tone
      • Great Pickups
      • Great Tone
      • Solid Electronics

      Cons

      • Different Finish
      • Lack Of 2nd Tone Knob
      • Needed Intonation Work
      • No "les Paul" On Headstoc
      • Not Sure Of Fretboard
      • Prominent Ridge On Neck

      Best Uses

        Comments about Gibson Les Paul Special:

        I was a little let down at first, but am now bonding nicely with this guitar.

        First off, there is no "Les Paul" signature as shown in the photos. Not a deal-breaker, but a little disappointing. Even though some snobs don't think Juniors and Specials should be considered true LPs, I'm of the opinion that they are.

        Secondly, the finish on my Desert Sunburst is much darker than the photos and not nearly as shiny. Not a huge fan of the dull, open-pored finish, but that's not why I bought the guitar. I bought it for the sound, and here it truly delivers! More on that later...

        Third, this is my third lower-end Gibson. My SG Faded had horrendous fret ends. I mean, you could cut a 2x4 with that neck. I then bought an LP Studio 50's Tribute and it again had terrible fret ends, but worse, there was a pronounced ridge running down the length of the neck between the fretboard and the mahogany neck. This guitar has better fret ends, but that ridge is still there and is a nuisance. I've checked other Gibsons in stores and a lot of them have this problem. Gibson QC should have fixed this two years ago.

        Fourth, the literature says it's a rosewood fretboard. I'm not convinced. Whatever it is, it's not bad - it just doesn't look like rosewood. The grain is much tighter and the color is lighter and more uniform than most rosewood fretboards. It looks and plays like a very light-colored ebony. I actually like it!

        Overall, setup was very good, but I spent a lot of time getting the intonation as close to right as I could (considering the type of bridge). Took a lot of tweaking as it was way off from the factory.

        Now for the sound: I already know the 490R well and got exactly what I expected. I had no idea what the newish 491T would be like (with a ceramic magnet). It is actually a very, very good pickup! If you could only have one guitar, this one would do nicely as the 490R does the blues / classic rock thing quite nicely while the 491T really kicks it into high gear for punk and almost-metal tones.

        I typically don't futz around with volume and tone when switching between pickups. But this is where the design of this guitar could be better. The pickups are so different, you really need that second tone knob.

        Hardware is all very good. Some people prefer the keystone tuners, but the button-tipped Klusons look right on this guitar and work as they should. The electronics are solid and hum-free.

        Gibson has increased the padding in their gig bags (very good thing, as the old ones were worthless).

        Overall, I would recommend this guitar to any musician - not just beginners.

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        (0 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

         
        3.0

        Beginner guitar

        By Backyard jamboree

        from WV

        About Me Experienced

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Good Feel
        • Solid Electronics

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Jamming
          • Practicing

          Comments about Gibson Les Paul Special:

          I bought this guitar used because I was under the impression after talking with a representative that this guitar had the Les Paul signature on the head. He assured me it did and when it arrived it most definitely DID NOT. I played a few songs on it and compared to other 1K-2K Les Paul's I have played there was a significant difference in the fingerboard action. The frets were not quite as smooth which immediately turned me off. The guitar did have a good sound and the electronics are very up to par but if your gonna have a Gibson your gonna feel half empty not seeing that signature on the head.

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          (4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          A great guitar at an amazing price...

          By SDB Guitars

          from The Northwest, USA

          About Me Professional Musician

          Pros

          • 490r Pickup Sounds Great
          • Great feeling neck
          • Great Value
          • Immaculate Fretwork

          Cons

          • 491t Pickup A Bit Harsh

          Best Uses

          • Alternative
          • Blues
          • Jamming
          • Jazz
          • Practicing
          • Recording
          • Rock
          • Rock Concerts
          • School Bands
          • Small Venues

          Comments about Gibson Les Paul Special:

          Picked this up for an amazing price over Memorial Day weekend. It plays amazingly (plek setup from the factory), frets are totally level, well dressed and highly polished. I dropped the action down to 1/32" or less with no fret buzz.

          I'm surprised how well the '50's style uncompensated wraparound bridge is intonated. Only the B string is out, and only by a few cents. This can probably be corrected with a minor adjustment.

          Sounds great, though the ceramic 491T bridge pickup can be a bit harsh.

          This is a great guitar at an amazing price. Can't be beat!

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          (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Great Guitar!

          By CapnDan

          from Boise, ID

          About Me Experienced

          Pros

          • Fun To Play
          • Good Feel
          • Good Pick Up
          • Good Tone
          • Light
          • SOLID

          Cons

            Best Uses

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

            Comments about Gibson Les Paul Special:

            I got this guitar for my college graduation and it's my first Gibson which is exciting by itself. The first thing that I noticed about this guitar is how light it is. It's not nearly as heavy as my Ibanez GAX70. The sheer sound quality and play-ability of this instrument are incredible as well. It sounds great, is very comfortable to play standing or sitting. This one may not have the bells and whistles that the other more expensive Gibson LPs have, but this is still a quality Gibson made in the USA. I absolutely love this guitar!

            The matte finish is very beautiful on this guitar as well. I have the desert sunburst version of it and the matte finish looks great.

            Just a comment on it though, when I bought mine it didn't have the Les Paul emblem on the headstock. I was told this was normal because it seems to be a special model for MF and GC beings it can't be found on Gibson's website. This isn't a con by any means, but just an FYI.

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            (15 of 16 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Nice guitar from Gibson USA

            By Woody1

            from Cornelia

            About Me Professional Musician

            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 Les Paul Special:

              I'll be 62 years old this May and sometimes my Gibson LP standard and LP
              Jr. seem a little heavy to me ... Purchased this guitar for my birthday
              with a cash gift from my girlfriend, children, and music students ...The
              Mahogany slab body in desert burst is flawless ... The action on the neck
              is better than my other single cut guitars(Gibson,PRS,Epiphone) ... and
              the fretwork is second to none(no unlevel or sharp frets) ... Apparently
              Gibson has solved their rosewood "problem" because this is the nicest
              rosewood I have seen on a 2013 guitar ... The electronics and tuners are
              regular Gibson quality ... Guitar is mildly stripped down with 2 volume
              and only one tone control... Guitar is well intonated even though it has a wraparound bridge ...Pickups are Gibson 490R neck and Gibson
              491T ceramic bridge pickup ... The 491T bridge pickup responds well to pick attack
              and seems to have a "little more attitude" than a regular 490T ... The 491T
              will remain on the guitar ... All in all -- this Gibson Les Paul Special
              is a nice feeling, good playing guitar ...

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