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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
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4.8

(based on 149 reviews)

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Most Liked Positive Review

 

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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I like gibsons but...

If you really want to buy a nice guitar with humbuckers, leave this one alone! A good friend of mine has one and the quality is awful! The finish is...Read complete review

If you really want to buy a nice guitar with humbuckers, leave this one alone! A good friend of mine has one and the quality is awful! The finish is "Plain-Jane", the pickups are average and the neck is a finger slicer! The frets on the one I played were similar to the raw edge of newly opened tin can. One of my guitars is an El-Cheapo Fender Squire Telecaster with Humbuckers that only cost me $200 and the quality is WAY better than this Gibson and it sounds Great! Don't get me wrong, I like Gibsons but this one is a Gibson only in NAME!!! Why waste your money when there are much better guitars out there for a lot less money?

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(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Gibson Les Paul Special Faded

By Deuce Mackey

from Columbus, OH

Pros

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

Cons

  • Not A Lead Machine

Best Uses

    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.

    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    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.

    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Great Guitar!

    By FaTM1Ke

    from Misawa Japan

    See all my reviews

    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!!

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    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.

    (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    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!

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    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.

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    A decent guitar

    By Gibson Guitarist

    from Palo Alto, CA

    See all my reviews

    i just bought this guitar a few days ago. honestly, the tone isnt quite as i had expected. the overall sound isnt quite as bold as i thought it would be. i own a epiphone les paul standard and a gibson sg standard as well, and i honestly prefer my epiphone over this gibson. im not a big fan of the finish and the feel of the neck. the pick ups are the same set up as my sg has, but doesnt produce a similar tone at all. if your more into punk or metal, i dont think this will be the guitar for you. if your more into blues or jazz style guitar, this could be the guitar for you if you want the gibson prestige, but dont wanna pay the big bucks.

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    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 !

     
    5.0

    Only a Gibson Is Good Enough

    By I Dont Know-vzN_b

    from Livonia, MI

    I saw this thing at guitar center, it was used and about half the price a new one is. It had been banged around alittle bit but i played it for about an hour and it was great. Ive had it for about 8 months and still havent had a problem with it.It plays great, the 60s neck is awesome. The humbuckers give it a great sound and its got a great tone too. This is one of the best guitars out there for the price. It has every thing a great guitar needs. If a used one of these is as great as mine is i can only imagine how great a new one is.

     
    5.0

    Great Guitar!

    By Mike Voxlover

    from Guitarville, USA

    See all my reviews

    This guitar is amazing. It has great tone and a great feel. The finish could be better but it keeps it looking like a really old, sleek Les Paul. I really like this guitar! The bad part is that it makes really easy scratches but everything else about it is great! Sounds great with bad amps. Much better than all SG's even the standards. If you buy a Gibson-buy a Les Paul.

     
    5.0

    great guitar

    By Gary R.

    from inverness, florida

    See all my reviews

    I have played on this guitar for about 2 years now and I have been impressed with it, especially because of the small amount of money it cost me. I've had a few wiring problems with it that I fixed and clear laquer finish started to wear off but that was due to some weather I had to play a gig in once. The action on the guitar that you feel when plaing it is very smooth, I can glife along the neck with ease. Overall I think this is a great guitar and I would buy more of them if I wasn't poor and spent all my money on the first one that I own.

     
    5.0

    Love this guitar,love the price better!

    By mad season/above

    from park river north dakota

    when it comes to guitars, Gibson is the Harley of guitars.This guitar is the sportster. If your a beginner or just don't know if u wanna spend big bucks on a guitar. Buy this one,u won't regret it. My only regret is now i more gibsons ,and i ain't got the cash!!!!!!

     
    5.0

    love the tone

    By Anonymous

    from Undisclosed

    I love the tone and the pickups, they make the guitar, at a killer price, I have one myself and I play it all the time. It is a work of art by it's self the wood texture in wonderful.

    (0 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    3.0

    Gibson just isn't what it used to be.

    By theScourge666

    from New York

    See all my reviews

    It's definitely a Les Paul...but for what I paid, I was disappointed. I hate comparing one guitar to another, but Fender's guitars and Gibson's older guitars beat these. I played a 1956 Les Paul set up with the same pickups as this one and the '56 sounded and played much better. You'd think that with time, guitars would be better made...I wish that were the case.

     
    5.0

    buy it now

    By jackblack24

    from Montalba, Texas

    I was a little skeptical at first when I first got this guitar. I bought it to just play with a little because I own several nice les pauls. But I was thrilled with what a great sounding and playing guitar this really is. For the price you absolutely can't beat it. For a playing and traveling musician this is a fantastic deal without spending tons of money. INVEST!!!

     
    5.0

    great guitar for the money

    By Anonymous

    from Undisclosed

    If you have a limited budget, but are looking for a great guitar, you might want to consider this guitar. i also love the feel of the neck on this guitar, its thick compared to fender necks, which is great for bending notes with ease and playing with heavy strings. Overall a great value.

     
    5.0

    A Great Guitar

    By Anonymous

    from Undisclosed

    Wow what can I say? a fantastic deal - this guitar rocks and the service from this site was brilliant - took only 3 days and came packaged so well you could probably drive a tank over it and not damage the guitar. No need to say any more about the guitar, only that the online pictures do not do the finish justice - it's not as faded in reality and is pretty awesome, in fact. Go buy one now before they are gone.

     
    5.0

    One of the nicest guitars I have ever played.

    By Gibsonplayer15

    from Bloomington, MN

    The Gibson USA Les Paul Special is one of the nicest guitars I have ever played. The action is superb and the weight is perfect. It is a very good deal, and well worth purchasing.

     
    5.0

    Scorcher!

    By AnotherBrick

    from Arcata, CA

    This guitar kicks some serious glut. I wasnt sure how it was going to sound before it arrived, from what i've heard, every gibson is different, but the humbucker at the neck has amazing tone. It is pretty heavy, making it hard to play long sessions with, but has awesome sustain. The faded yellow finish looks beautiful, almost like a natural finish. Awesome guitar!

     
    5.0

    Good Guitar

    By Tyler Hardee

    from Greenville North Carolina

    See all my reviews

    I bought this guitar a year ago just to add a Gibson to my collection. I was impressed but I would rather invest 3 hundred more and buy a better lookin gibson, but the sound quality is great.

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