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MF MD HG Exclusives 09-19-14

Gibson Les Paul Special Single-Cutaway Electric Guitar  
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A mahogany body with flat top, dual P-90s and '60s slim taper neck

The Gibson Les Paul Special's solid mahogany body is carved with a single cutaway for good upper-fret access, and was given a flat "slab" top for ease of manufacture. The neck on the Les Paul Jr Special cutaway guitar is constructed from solid mahogany carved to Gibson's popular "slim taper" profile, which offers a blend of speed and comfort. The neck shape on the Gibson Les Paul Junior guitar is an outstanding marriage between the rounded '50s profile and super-slim early '60s profile. An ebony fingerboard enhances the Gibson guitar's note attack and articulation.

Dual Gibson P-90 pickups give the Les Paul Special guitar a snappy, slightly gritty response, with a chunky midrange, firm lows, and sweet, musical highs. In the bridge position, the P-90 packs plenty of snarly cutting power, while in the neck position it can be surprisingly rich and refined.

The Gibson Les Paul Junior comes with a LP Thinline Case.

Features
  • Comfortable and lightweight slab single-cutaway mahogany body
  • Set mahogany neck with '60s slim taper and ebony fingerboard
  • Dual Gibson P-90 single-coil soapbar pickups
  • Tune-o-matic bridge and stopbar tailpiece
  • Includes Thinline Gibson Guitar Case

If you like P-90s, you'll love this one. Order today.

 

Les Paul Special Single-Cutaway Electric Guitar Specifications:

  • Lightweight slab single-cutaway mahogany body
  • Nitrocellulose lacquer finish
  • 1-piece mahogany neck
  • 22-fret ebony fingerboard
  • Dot inlays
  • '60s slim taper neck profile
  • 24-3/4" scale length
  • 1-11/16" nut width
  • Dual Gibson P-90 single-coil soapbar pickups
  • 2 volume and 2 tone controls with 3-way toggle selector
  • White button tuners
  • Chrome hardware
  • Tune-o-matic bridge and stopbar tailpiece
  • LP Thinline Gibson Guitar Case
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GibsonLes Paul Special Single-Cutaway Electric Guitar
 
4.8

(based on 34 reviews)

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92%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good tone (11)
  • Fun to play (8)
  • Good feel (8)
  • Good pick up (7)
  • Solid electronics (7)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Jamming (9)
    • Practicing (7)
    • Recording (5)
    • Rock concerts (3)
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    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    GIBSON LES PAUL JUNIOR SPECIAL SINGLE CUTAWAY

    I like the classic sound of P-90's, and I love the Ebony fingerboard.
    The Gibson Les Paul Junior Special is the most basic, stripped down Les Paul you may...Read complete review

    I like the classic sound of P-90's, and I love the Ebony fingerboard.
    The Gibson Les Paul Junior Special is the most basic, stripped down Les Paul you may find on the market today. However, it is still a Gibson Les Paul, and that says something. Like its higher end siblings, the Gibson Les Paul Junior Special has a neck and body that are made of Mahogany. The body of the Les Paul Junior Special is made of a solid slab of flat Mahogany, unlike a higher end or more expensive Les Paul, such as a Les Paul Standard, which has a carved Maple top. Leaving off the Maple top cuts down on several things. One is that it keeps cost down. Another is that it keeps the weight of the guitar down, and you will notice that this guitar feels significantly lighter (about 2 pounds on average) than a Les Paul Standard. Unfortunately, it also cuts down on the bite and crispness of the sound of the guitar. This guitar is darker sounding than a Les Paul model with a Maple top, a Mahogony body, and P-90 pickups. In certain respects it sounds more like an SG Classic with P-90 pickups, because both of them have a solid Mahogany body. However, because it is thicker than an SG Classic, the Les Paul Junior Special has a deeper, darker, and richer tone. Of course, depending on your musical tastes and the sound you want to achieve, this can be a desirable trait and not a drawback. However, that being said, it is important to realize that you are not going to readily get that classic crisp, cutting bite from the Les Paul Special Junior that you can so easily get out from a Les Paul Standard, and you are not going to get the same tone as you would get from some other Les Paul models that have a Maple top with P-90's.

    Like most Les Paul models, the neck on this incarnation of the Les Paul Junior Special is also made of solid Mahogany, and it has 22-frets. However there is a big difference in the tonewood that the fingerboard is made from, and that is what excited me about this guitar. Most Les Paul models, including the previous incarnations of the Les Paul Special, were all made with a Rosewood fingerboard. However this Les Paul Junior Special has an Ebony fingerboard. Is this a big deal? You bet it is. An Ebony fingerboard enhances the articulation of the pick attack when one is playing. If you are skeptical of this, I would urge you to compare a similar model of a Les Paul with a Rosewood fingerboard side by side to this guitar with an Ebony fingerboard. I think you will agree that the individual notes of a chord are more distinct and clear, and the bite and attack of individually played notes is more pronounced. I was really excited by this. When I crank the Volume Control up and the Tone Control down on the neck pickup, the singing sustain is simply incredible through a good tube amp.

    The inlays on the neck are Pearloid Dot Inlays. There is no binding to be found anywhere on this guitar. The tuning pegs on the Les Paul Special Junior are white button tuners, and I found that they did a very good job of holding this guitar in tune quite well. Personally, I prefer tuning pegs that are a bit larger because they are easier to turn. The Les Paul Special Junior Single Cutaway has a Tune-O-Matic Bridge and Stopbar Tailpiece. All of the hardware on the guitar is finished in a rust resistant Chrome. There are two Volume and Tone control knob, which means there is one pair of each for each of the two pickups.

    And now a few words about the feel of this guitar. As to the playability, I very much liked the neck on the Gibson Les Paul Special Junior Single Cutaway. The neck is a nice blend between the super slim and fast 1960's Slim Taper style, and the thicker Rounded 1950's style neck. This neck felt substantial, and yet was fast and quick. Further, the slightly thicker neck, in conjunction with the long neck tenor, really makes this guitar sustain beautifully. The contour of the body, as well as the generous single cutaway, permits easy reach to even the highest of the frets, and the construction of the guitar is such that one can even play chords very high up on the neck and close to the body with ease and comfort. The fret work was very nice and consistent and there were no sharp overhangs or edges.

    Overall, I would have to say that I very much liked the way this guitar sounds and plays. It is one great lower mid-priced guitar. It is a fun guitar to play. It is light enough to play for an all night gig, and it is well balanced, and not too neck heavy. The Les Paul Junior Special feels good to play, it has great tone, and has the classic sound of 1960's rock. It is versatile enough to get a jazz sound, a 60's rock or blues sound, and also can produce a very modern sound as well. The Ebony fingerboard elevates this guitar from some of the other previous incarnations of the Les Paul Special, especially the faded models. In short, this is a very nice sounding guitar, and it is a very versatile sounding instrument.

    In short, I really liked this guitar. Owning the Les Paul Special Junior Single Cutaway will permit you to say that you own a Gibson Les Paul, which is of course saying a lot.
    This is a simple, but well made guitar.
    Good.

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Hoped for more, was let down by Gibson

    I live in North Dakota, when the first 2 were delivered it was below 0, even though I waited at least 4 hours the coating cracked. I received the 3rd and it had...Read complete review

    I live in North Dakota, when the first 2 were delivered it was below 0, even though I waited at least 4 hours the coating cracked. I received the 3rd and it had something white similar to baby powder on the fret board, the coating from the body was very evident on the sides of the fretboard, it lacked the quality I would expect from a Gisbon. The relief on the neck was at least 1/8" when pressing down the E string and measuring around the 12th fret, way to much. Musician's Friend (Dave, you are awesome brother!) got me taken care of with trade I am extremely happy with.

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    5.0

    Excellent gtr. don't pass it up

    By Nick

    from Boston, MA

    About Me Experienced

    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 Single-Cutaway Electric Guitar:

      Great guitar! These used specials are a bargain! Ebony fretboard.Super straight necks. Mine was a level 3 (Good condition) and had only superficial cosmetic issues. (barely visible hairline cracks in the paint at the surface.) These were probably finishing issues due to temperature, etc. The sound is fantastic. The neck and action are true and straight. And it comes with a new Gibson hardcase. I got mine for just under the price above but I would pay twice the price for this gtr. It's that good.I looked at some others online and this is the defintely the best deal around. Get 'em while they last

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      5.0

      Really Sweet Guitar

      By Bandtech

      from Sugar Land, TX

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Jamming
        • Practicing
        • Recording

        Comments about Gibson Les Paul Special Single-Cutaway Electric Guitar:

        I reviewed this guitar last September when I first received it but it's turned out to be my "go to" guitar. I have a '77 Starfire 4, a '93 G&L Legacy, and '98 Bluesbird in addition. I love all of them but if I had to go with only one guitar it would be this one. Sorry to see them discontinued but grab one of these while you still can.

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        2.0

        Hoped for more, was let down by Gibson

        By Nick

        from North Dakota

        About Me Experienced

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Good Tone

        Cons

        • Poor Quality Craftsmanship

        Best Uses

          Comments about Gibson Les Paul Special Single-Cutaway Electric Guitar:

          I live in North Dakota, when the first 2 were delivered it was below 0, even though I waited at least 4 hours the coating cracked. I received the 3rd and it had something white similar to baby powder on the fret board, the coating from the body was very evident on the sides of the fretboard, it lacked the quality I would expect from a Gisbon. The relief on the neck was at least 1/8" when pressing down the E string and measuring around the 12th fret, way to much. Musician's Friend (Dave, you are awesome brother!) got me taken care of with trade I am extremely happy with.

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          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          P90 Soul

          By PJ

          from Hull, Québec

          About Me Experienced

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Good Tone

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Jamming

            Comments about Gibson Les Paul Special Single-Cutaway Electric Guitar:

            An ebony fret board, alpine white mahogany slab with P90's only mean one thing, lots of Gibson soul. The neck pickup with the tone rolled down to 6 is awesome sweet, the neck is a nice hand-full and the weight of the gutiar is perfect for playing all night. Excellent bridge P90 growl for singing sustain. Sweet action from the Plex cut nut. A pure Gibson Les Paul. I sure love mine!

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            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Great Guitar!!

            By Shakey Jake

            from Sugar Land, TX

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            Pros

            • Excellent Neck Feel
            • Good Tone
            • Great Finish
            • Love The P90's

            Cons

            • Strings A Bit High

            Best Uses

            • Jamming
            • Practicing
            • Versatile Guitar
            • Versitile Guitar

            Comments about Gibson Les Paul Special Single-Cutaway Electric Guitar:

            I was yearning for the P90 instrument to add to my collection and found this on sale this week at MF. I purchased one of the "used" units to save a bit and was very pleased. The only blemish I found on the guitar was a minute impression on the neck about the fifth fret otherwise it's flawless. This guitar can be sweet or sassy depening on your taste. The strings are a bit high for my taste but that's a minor adjustment. I've only played it for a few minutes and may come back and add a few notes but couldn't be happier.

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            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Get a great Gibson while u can

            By Riggs

            from Undisclosed

            About Me Professional Musician

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            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about Gibson Les Paul Special Single-Cutaway Electric Guitar:

                You cannot beat this guitar for the money. I ordered the Alpine White Les Paul and am extited and compelled to write to you fellow players. Fit and finish is great outta the box..The P90 pickups sound so..electric! Nice clean wiring job in the cavity, it has a very unique sound (this review is coming from a Humbucker and Tele guy). Play it thru a deluxe style amp and hear the hair! Pinch harmonics pop out. Chords bloom. The neck angle is SICK! Joins the body and pitches left for optimal left hand comfort (for me anyway), ebony board! You will never find that on a new Gibson. Ebony is brighter than rosewood on a mahog body p90 guitar..hence there's enriched harmonic content and sizzle. Try one, unless the p90 noise will be a deal breaker.The solid mahogany body is a li'l heavy. I think in time, the nitro finish will breath and give the low end a kick. Bought it for gigging at bars as to not have to worry about expensive guitars getting lost, etc. This guitar can do all cover styles, from Dire Straits to AC/DC, of that I am sure. This is old school Gibson- Grab now!

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                (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Sweet little axe

                By BryanS

                from Planet Earth

                About Me Experienced

                Pros

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

                Cons

                • In Need Of A Set-up

                Best Uses

                • Jamming

                Comments about Gibson Les Paul Special Single-Cutaway Electric Guitar:

                I have been researching this guitar for some time now and finally pulled the trigger and I am sure happy I did. I have 2 other LP's, a Studio and a Traditional Plus, and I wanted one with some P90's. The ebony fretboard is amazing and is a very nice touch. This guitar feels a little lighter and is definitely thinner than my other LP's, but it puts a smile on my face every time I pick it up. It is in need of a set up and a new set of strings, but that can be said for most guitars purchased from an online vendor. The P90s are awesome, they definitely have a sound all their own. I got this one used from MF (cat 2) and I can find no flaws with it in fit and finish. This is an amazing deal for this guitar at this price... and it is every bit a Les Paul as my other 2. I just wished they offered ebony fretboards on some other models.

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                (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                extremely impressed!!

                By CJ gibson man

                from Denver, Co

                About Me Experienced

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

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

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Jamming
                  • Practicing
                  • Recording
                  • Rock Concerts
                  • Small Venues

                  Comments about Gibson Les Paul Special Single-Cutaway Electric Guitar:

                  I love this guitar. Its way more solid and well built than I expected. I got a cherry one and the body almost looks like a one piece, I only see one line telling me its maybe a two piece. Very clean, even grain and finish, its gorgeous. Mine weighs 8lbs. These are not chambered like the les paul tributes. The neck shape is very nice, not a skinny mega thin, slim taper with no curve. Its got a little round chunk in the back. The ebony is killer and I can't believe gibson had any left in 2011, and am surprised they put it on a guitar at this price. They don't even use ebony on all the les paul customs now! I did not want baked maple or a cheap dull satin finish, so I didn't go for the tributes or the recent lower quality jrs and specials. The button tuners are cool n vintage, turn smoothly and so far this axe stays in tune. The p90s sound great, nice high end clarity and bite, but still warm, the neck pickup is sweet. My bridge pickup was so high, the high e was dead, lowered both pickups and all was good. I will get it set up anyway, I always do a bone nut, set up and will do pots on this. Only complaint is the pots seem rough and stiff, not easy to turn. Good bourns, cts, or gibson historics will fix that. I got a level 2 that was pretty immaculate. Still had plastic on the pickguard and was in great shape. Mus friend lowered the prices to an awesome deal on these, gave me a year financing and delivered it in 3 days. That's why they are my favorite place to buy from and why I will chance buying a guitar I haven't even played. This guitar with a real les paul case at the price is a steal. If you are considering one, do it while they're still available here, nobody else has these better made models anymore. Mines a 2011-buy one.

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                  (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  It's a Les Paul Special!!

                  By Seabiscut

                  from Connecticut

                  About Me Experienced

                  Pros

                  • Feels Like A Special
                  • Looks Like A Special
                  • Plays Like A Special

                  Cons

                  • None

                  Best Uses

                  • Classic Rocking P90 Sound

                  Comments about Gibson Les Paul Special Single-Cutaway Electric Guitar:

                  It's everything I remember this guitar being. Addition of the ebony fingerboard a major plus, nice on the fingers. P90s are sweet. Highly recommend.

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                  (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Great guitar. I love mine!

                  By Alias9

                  from Sheffield, UK

                  About Me Experienced

                  Pros

                  • Fun To Play
                  • Good Feel
                  • Good Tone
                  • great price
                  • Solid Electronics

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Jamming
                    • Practicing
                    • Recording
                    • Rock Concerts

                    Comments about Gibson Les Paul Special Single-Cutaway Electric Guitar:

                    Previously I owned a Fender Standard Telecaster (MIM) and a Fender 62 Reissue Jazzmaster (MIJ), both good guitars but nothing comes close to this. The Slim-taper neck is so nice and comfortable to play. The P90s sonic range is brilliant, and it sounds great. I play a lot of Blues stuff, and Rock and Roll (BJM, The Beatles, Rolling Stones) and this guitar masters them all.

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