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Gibson Les Paul Special Faded Electric Guitar with Humbuckers  

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    Scorching modern humbuckers on a vintage body.

    The Gibson Les Paul Special Faded Electric Guitar gives you a 490R alnico magnet humbucker at the neck and a 498T at the bridge for a hot jolt of huge tone while the classic mahogany body, chrome hardware, and fabulous finishes dish out great looks. The 1960 slim tapered neck with rosewood 22-fret fingerboard is a joy to play. Includes Gibson gig bag.

    Features

    • 490R alnico magnet humbucker at the neck
    • 498T alnico magnet humbucker at the bridge
    • Mahogany body
    • 1960 slim tapered neck
    • Rosewood 22-fret fingerboard
    • Chrome hardware

    This guitar is designed to be a rocker's companion for life. Improve your life, order now!

     
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    4.8

    (based on 149 reviews)

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    Gibson Les Paul Special Faded

    Years ago I was in process of going from being a pop-punk rocker to just a straight up rock player. Being a guy on a budget who's main goal was to go record an...Read complete review

    Years ago I was in process of going from being a pop-punk rocker to just a straight up rock player. Being a guy on a budget who's main goal was to go record an album of his own tunes I didn't think I could go Gibson. I'd played Epiphone semi hollows for years (335s, Riveras). And before that I was a Strat guy...mostly because they were all cheap.
    But for the a rock sound...the guys I was hanging with, that I was watching, it was all Les Paul all the time...through JCMs (just not a 900, awful awful lead tone), Mesas, Fender Hot Rods...it was pretty obvious I needed to Step up.
    I'm not a great lead player, so I never really thought I NEEDED a Les Paul. What I did need was something beefy and nasty all at the same time that was primarily a rythm machine and could handle some small lead duties.
    The bass player that works at the guitar store...we all know that guy...was a buddy of mine and he let me bench test a high line Tele, a strat, a Fender Les Paul copy (bolt on neck-booooo!) and a few other guits. Ran all of them through a JCM800.
    Hands down, this Gibson Les Paul Special had not only the NASTIEST tone, but it was also the FULLEST...yet not muddy. I even liked it better than a used Studio he had in stock. I'm a left hand palm muter; (means that there's a lot more noise for the pick up to deal with with since the strings are free right over them as I'm muting) my previous epi's and strats I always had an issue with their subpar pick ups doing odd things sound wise when I hand muted. The 490's in the Special NEVER did that. No buzzing, etc...the Special is a lighter weight LP, but it's still solid. I never played out with it but took it into the studio and ran it through a bunch of different amps, Mesa double rectifier, JCM800, and it sounded great on everything...except for the orange...but then again I think that's the orange's fault.
    I got a couple of tracks laid down in the studio, then ended up doing a fully blown rock band as the bass player, lost my job, had to sell the Special. Wish I still had it though. For my purposes, it's the ultimate guitar. Craftmanship, sound, price, and size...can't be beat. Also...it sez "Gibson" on the head stock. IMHO, this series was one of the best kept secrets in the modern era of guitars (next to Ibanez's line of Semi Hollows). If I ever do buy another guitar, it will be one of these, in Faded Ebony. Don't be fooled by the newer ones either...look for Specials from the early to mid 2000's...those are the real deal.

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    Don't waste your money on a name

    My good friend owns this guitar so i have played it numerous times. For starters, the thing weighs too much. If you're gonna buy a heavy guitar, at least make sure it looks...Read complete review

    My good friend owns this guitar so i have played it numerous times. For starters, the thing weighs too much. If you're gonna buy a heavy guitar, at least make sure it looks good. Second, the neck has the worst finish ever conceived. It isnt smooth or comfortable at all, making it very slow. The neck seems awkardly large too. The best feature on the guitar is the headstock that says "Gibson". Pretty much you're just paying for the Gibson name. Even the pickups arent fabulous. Seriously, my Ibanez Ar250 sounds better. I guess if you are on a budget and you REALLY want a Gibson, then fine buy it, but at least play it first.

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    5.0

    Gibson Les Paul Special Faded

    By Deuce Mackey

    from Columbus, OH

    Pros

    • 1 It~~~apos~~~s An Actual Gibson
    • Gibson
    • Good Quality
    • It~~~apos~~~s A Gibson
    • Light Weight
    • Nasty Yet Full Tone
    • Under A Grand

    Cons

    • Not A Lead Machine

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      Years ago I was in process of going from being a pop-punk rocker to just a straight up rock player. Being a guy on a budget who's main goal was to go record an album of his own tunes I didn't think I could go Gibson. I'd played Epiphone semi hollows for years (335s, Riveras). And before that I was a Strat guy...mostly because they were all cheap.
      But for the a rock sound...the guys I was hanging with, that I was watching, it was all Les Paul all the time...through JCMs (just not a 900, awful awful lead tone), Mesas, Fender Hot Rods...it was pretty obvious I needed to Step up.
      I'm not a great lead player, so I never really thought I NEEDED a Les Paul. What I did need was something beefy and nasty all at the same time that was primarily a rythm machine and could handle some small lead duties.
      The bass player that works at the guitar store...we all know that guy...was a buddy of mine and he let me bench test a high line Tele, a strat, a Fender Les Paul copy (bolt on neck-booooo!) and a few other guits. Ran all of them through a JCM800.
      Hands down, this Gibson Les Paul Special had not only the NASTIEST tone, but it was also the FULLEST...yet not muddy. I even liked it better than a used Studio he had in stock. I'm a left hand palm muter; (means that there's a lot more noise for the pick up to deal with with since the strings are free right over them as I'm muting) my previous epi's and strats I always had an issue with their subpar pick ups doing odd things sound wise when I hand muted. The 490's in the Special NEVER did that. No buzzing, etc...the Special is a lighter weight LP, but it's still solid. I never played out with it but took it into the studio and ran it through a bunch of different amps, Mesa double rectifier, JCM800, and it sounded great on everything...except for the orange...but then again I think that's the orange's fault.
      I got a couple of tracks laid down in the studio, then ended up doing a fully blown rock band as the bass player, lost my job, had to sell the Special. Wish I still had it though. For my purposes, it's the ultimate guitar. Craftmanship, sound, price, and size...can't be beat. Also...it sez "Gibson" on the head stock. IMHO, this series was one of the best kept secrets in the modern era of guitars (next to Ibanez's line of Semi Hollows). If I ever do buy another guitar, it will be one of these, in Faded Ebony. Don't be fooled by the newer ones either...look for Specials from the early to mid 2000's...those are the real deal.

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      5.0

      Great guitar for the money!

      By Anonymous

      from Undisclosed

      The Les Paul faded guitar is simply great, you get the sound of much more expensive LPs for a fraction of the price. Also, the neck is super fast, the body is light and solid, and it looks great too! I have a bunch of guitars, a Gibson SG, a Gretsch Country Gentleman and some other Gretsches, a Burns London and a Fender, but this is the best allround guitar I have ever tried! It sounds phenomenal, especially for rock. A very high quality instrument for a great price.

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      5.0

      Best Guitar I ever bought.

      By MeccaIsAGuitarist

      from Ford City, PA

      I bought this at a store close where I live. I think this is one of the best guitars I have ever played considering I only starting playing for 4 months and yhis is my second guitar. The Treble setting on this guitar is fantastic and one of the best parts on this guitar. Don't fool yourself into thinking this will damage easily, it wont. It is very durable. I use Ernie Ball nickel regular slinky electric guitar strings and this makes it sound even better! The humbuckers in this guitar are perfect. You always have a warm sound. For distortion use the treble setter which works best with distortion and sounds dark but with an awesome melodic sound. I use a Laney GC 60C 60 watt amp, which works great with it in every way. I also use a Boss MT-2 Metal Distortion pedal which is great with this guitar. The other pedal I have is a Danelectro Pastrami distortion pedal which makes you sound awesome in a punk/grunge feel that will feel like you play in style. SsO GO BUY THIS GUITAR!

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      5.0

      All ya need, really.

      By Anonymous

      from Undisclosed

      Don't let the "faded" finish scare you. This geetar sounds and plays better, not to mention has better quality control than many of the carved top Pauls I have played. It has a warm, thick tone, yet also has a bright and singing tone that seems to elude most other Pauls. It's really resonant and sustaining, possibly because of the minimal finish. The neck is quite fast as well. The cleans are warm and thick, but overdriven on the 498t bridge pickup is where the sweet spot of this axe is. But make no mistake, it is versatile as well. The only defect is that the finish wears through fairly quickly. However keep in mind that it is made to be played, not looked at. My main axe and the only one you'll need. A top notch guitar.

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      5.0

      Great Guitar!

      By FaTM1Ke

      from Virginia

      I've played the guitar off and on for about 10 years and have peaked in skill level about 5 years ago - until now. The pickups are amazing, I can make you cry with the clean tone, and make you scream when it's distorted. The guitar will come to your home with a decent setup, but I highly suggest lowering the action, which can be very very low and have little to no fret buzz anywhere you play on the guitar. Buying this guitar has made me a better guitar player, no joke. I have a American Strat, Mexi Strat, Old LP copy, and a Japanese Telecaster - none of which compare to the playability of this guitar. It's light weight, very solid, stays in tune perfectly with extensive string bends; I just couldn't be happier. Thank you Gibson!!

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      5.0

      All the best of Gibson in an inexpensive package

      By Anonymous

      from Undisclosed

      Wow. This guitar is on par with every other guitar I have ever played. the neck action is smooth and your fingers can just fly on this fretboard. the beveled back of the guitar not only cuts down a little on weight, it makes the guitar fit into your body more easily. it's easy to reach the top frets, and even there the sound is clear. This guitar can do well with any kind of set up. Both pickups are top of the line and can be used for any style of music. the bridge delivers a crisp, clear clean sound and a crunching low and screaming high distorted. On the neck, the tone is warm and sounds almost acoustic when played clean. Distorted, it delivers a warm, creamy crunch. One more thing: this guitar is tough as a rock. mine has been dropped several times, and all it required to fix was a quick tightening of some nuts and bolts. Buy this guitar. You will get the quality you would expect from a Gibson and some of the best playability of any guitar on the market.

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      5.0

      I won this guitar in a raffle!

      By Buske

      from denver, co

      If you are looking to step up, this is it, I play every style of music from Metallica, Burning Spear to the Grateful Dead on it. It is short on frills (pick guard, enlays, etc) but high on quality, the hardware is top-notch and really just feel good- similar to picking up a Martin acoustic. The neck is exactly my style it is a lot thinner and no enamel - I think if you like the standard paul necks you might be turned off - I on the other hand love the lighter weight and speedier neck. I don't play slide so that may make a difference to you. I play for fun, but my playing was demanding a more capable guitar. I was saving for either a amrican strat, SG or something of a higher caliber, when I went to a Rose Hill Drive show and won a faded yellow special in a gibson music rising promo. at the show. (I was shocked a band signed guitar was this good not just an epi. for show) I am in love with this guitar.surprised, This is a very unique Les Paul. I don't know if I would have gone for this if I had not won it. That is why I am writing this - check out this guitar! I'm glad I did. As I said on stage at the show when the Gibson rep asked me what I would do with the guitar I said" I am going to play the F.. out of it!"

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      5.0

      GOODY GOODY GUMDROPS

      By Anonymous

      from Undisclosed

      This has to be one of the greatest guitars in the world! a little cheaper than most other LP's, this guitar gives you WAY MORE than what you pay for. The neck is amazing, the tone is beautiful...just all around hottness. its very sturdy too. being an active performer, there have been a few times where i have slung the guitar and a strap would break or something, and the guitar would go flying, and NOTHING has messed up!BUY THIS GUITAR!!!

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      5.0

      Nice guitar

      By 20 Below

      from camdenton, Mo.

      I recently bought this guitar at a local music store used. I thought it was a good deal. And the sound is awesome it is great clean and distorted. It could have had more detail on it. I just put a pick guard on mine it looks 100 times better. Great guitar.

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      5.0

      GIBSON, name says it all !

      By Captbo

      from Coraopolis, PA

      All my Fender players friends, when they come to my house, can't seem to leave this guitar alone. Awsome sound & tone through a Fender Hot Rod Deluxe Amp. I was once told "Just because you have an expensive guitar, doesn't mean its going to sound any good". Enough said ! Buy one !

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