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Available in limited quantities, this Gibson Les Paul Special SL Humbucker Electric Guitar retains the original's vintage look, but has real humbucki...Click To Read More About This Product

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Real humbucking tone in a gloss-finished Les Paul!

Available in limited quantities, this Gibson Les Paul Special SL Humbucker Electric Guitar retains the original's vintage look, but has real humbucking tone. Instead of P-100s, it features a 490R neck pickup and a 498T bridge pickup. Like the standard Special, it has a contoured back for greater comfort, mahogany slim-tapered set neck, mahogany body, rosewood fingerboard with mini-trapezoid inlay, chrome hardware, ABR bridge, stopbar tailpiece, 2 volume and 2 tone controls with 3-way switch.

FEATURES
  • Mahogany body with contoured back
  • Mahogany slim-tapered set neck
  • Rosewood fingerboard
  • Chrome hardware
  • ABR bridge
  • Stopbar tailpiece
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4.9

(based on 111 reviews)

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The uber breakdownage

I'm not a big time guitarist by any stretch, but at college I lived with a hair band addict who owned a Fender Strat. Accross the hall however lived a metal head like myself...Read complete review

I'm not a big time guitarist by any stretch, but at college I lived with a hair band addict who owned a Fender Strat. Accross the hall however lived a metal head like myself with a LP Special with a natural finish. Everybody keeps harping on how its not that great looking of a guitar. I on the other hand think it is far more attractive than most other Gibsons. The simplicity of it is what makes it so beautiful. The single cut is more appealing to me than the double of an SG and the flat top "slab" look of the special/junior make them special as far as LP's go. And of course the 490/498 combination hooked up to a marshall gives it the nastiest screaming metalcore sound that you will never find in a Fender or many other guitars. Two thumbs way up.

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Great... for the price.

I have had this guitar for a few years. It's got a pretty fast neck, and it is lighter than any other less paul out there. I also have an sg, and I...Read complete review

I have had this guitar for a few years. It's got a pretty fast neck, and it is lighter than any other less paul out there. I also have an sg, and I can say it has a much smoother tone, as the original pickups are not very hot. The down side is with the thin body, you lose some sustain, also its tone can be a bit thin in places, and it feels a bit cheap.When compared to a big boy les paul (and I've played a few) It is a red-headed step child, but it IS a gibson and it IS a les paul. If you don't have a lot of money go for it. But I recommend saving your money and going with a studio, a vodoo, or MF's Vintage Mahogany, personally. In the long run you won't miss the few extra dollars you spent. Overall it's better than an epiphone!

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(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

The uber breakdownage

By Clevetron

from MD

I'm not a big time guitarist by any stretch, but at college I lived with a hair band addict who owned a Fender Strat. Accross the hall however lived a metal head like myself with a LP Special with a natural finish. Everybody keeps harping on how its not that great looking of a guitar. I on the other hand think it is far more attractive than most other Gibsons. The simplicity of it is what makes it so beautiful. The single cut is more appealing to me than the double of an SG and the flat top "slab" look of the special/junior make them special as far as LP's go. And of course the 490/498 combination hooked up to a marshall gives it the nastiest screaming metalcore sound that you will never find in a Fender or many other guitars. Two thumbs way up.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

The Winner Is...

By SoundMan22

from Boonton, NJ

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This is a great guitar. So its not beautiful...who cares. It screams. I own an LP Studio as well, and this is every bit as good.Not as pretty, but again, its the music.It sleek, simple and screams Gibson tone. The only reason I gave it a 9 for value is that I think Gibson generally overcharges, but whatever...if you are into wanting a genuine Les Paul, this is it and its not expensive either. No joke, this is an excellent guitar. Why buy an Epi knockoff when you can get the real deal...Gibson discontinued this model, so what, all the more reason to scoop one up.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

A Steal Of A Deal!

By Uncle_D

from SoCal

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Yup.I'm impressed. I've been looking for a real Les Paul that was affordable. When I saw this one I decided to take a chance. WINNER! Great looking finish and true Les Paul sound. Thanks Gibson. I'm really enjoying this axe. BTW, my other Gibson is a '76 ES-335TD and this little guy is as much a Gibson as it is.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

The Real Thing

By JACSTRAT55

from Southern California

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Pros

  • Great Tone Quality Built

Cons

  • Discontinued It

Best Uses

  • Good For Hobby Or Pro Use

I got my Gibson Les Paul Special SL in 1998. I have a cinammon colored one. (It is a bright red) It stays in tune pretty well, the tone is excellent. I feel mine has a little darker and warmer tone. It sounds great through Fender amps but, when I play it through my some of my low-watt Brit amps (Marshall and Vox) the killer crunch and sustain comes to town. I got a great deal on mine and, I take care of it like a baby. It looks brand spanking new to this day! Although in the future I plan on getting a LP Traditional, this will always be one of my favorite electrics. I love the slim taper 60s neck on mine as well. I got it set up just the way I like it as well. I learned how to set up guitars back in the mid 90s. This guitar is a quality piece of art in my book. I feel I did good when I got it and, I appreciate it even more every day.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

THE BEST GIBSON 4 THE $

By GibsonLPspeciallover90210

from Undisclosed

I first saw this guitar in a music store and picked it up and could not leave the store without it. The guitar is pretty much just a stripped down standard for a lot less cash and plays just the same or better. The sound is impeccable and the action is great. I have used it in many gigs with my band and it wails. I own many other guitars like fender and prs but this is my favorite. I strongly recommend you buy it.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

LP Special

By Bluesman-no01i

from Cincinnati, OH

What a great deal for the money! Real LP humbucking tone for a fraction of what a Satndard would cost. Yes, there is no maple cap, no body binding, etc. But it has LP tone to burn. Great slim neck and the finish is great, far better than the LP Standard I bought several years ago for four times the money ... it had gaps in the binding and other issues. If you crave Les Paul tone and bare knuckles style, buy this guitar before it is no longer available.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

great guitar for the money

By Dave in SF

from San Francisco, CA

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The Les Paul Special SL is a great guitar for the money... especially at the prices here on this site. It is lightweight and sounds great. The finish is much better than the really cheesy faded finishes on similarly priced guitars. When these are gone there won't be much selection in reasonably priced Les Pauls with a glossy finish. Only caveat was that it came out of the box with the worst setup I've ever seen. The action and stopbar had to be seriously lowered and the intonation was thus noticeably off. A tweak of the trussrod was needed, too. It was virtually unplayable until all those things were performed and I didn't know for at least the first day whether or not it was worth keeping. Once it was setup correctly, it certainly proved to be worth it.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

First Les Paul

By Dane-vEbLU

from Ellensburg, WA

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If you've never had a Les Paul, this is your guitar.Mainly because it's affordable, and it's Gibson quality, this guitar is bound to get plenty of affection and playing time out of you.Since its arrival, the only time I touched any of my other guitars was for a sound comparison. Whether you've never played one and are looking for a les paul just to see if you like it, or if you want a cheaper guitar that you can not worry so much about, this is the one. The insides are top notch, the outsides a little less than perfect, bringing the total price down around half, and really, it's what's inside that makes the Les Paul.Features: 9-no whammy, but pickup selectors and individual volume/tone knobs for each pickup.Quality: 9-nice, but less than perfect. especially by Gibson's standards.Value: 10-At that price, you won't find better. GuarenteedOverall: 10-All things considered, 10/10.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Another voice to the choir

By Strung Out

from Schenectady, NY

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I can only repeat the good that has been said about this guitar. It has great tone, absolutely amazing sustain and it even sounds terrific with my cheap amp. It's not a work of art but with a limited budget it satisfied my desire for a Les Paul. The neck isn't quite a 60's neck but to my mind its much more comfortable and playable than the 50's neck. The action and intonation were very good right out of the box. Even though it doesn't have an arched top, this this guitar is a much better value than the Studio- a guitar I played quite a bit before making this purchase. A few years ago I bougt a standard Mexican Strat. This guitar blows the Strat away.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

the best guitar you'll ever buy for the price

By stratpaul

from Ohio

I was a little skeptical when I saw a Gibson Les Paul for this price, but as soon as I got it all those doubts went away. It sounds every bit as good as any other LP I?ve played. Playing it through my Marshall MG250 I can rattle the entire house. My former #1 guitar was a Fender fat Strat (which I still love) but I can see myself giving my Gibson some hardcore playing time.

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