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Gibson Les Paul Special SL Humbucker Electric Guitar

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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.

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Mahogany body with contoured back
Mahogany slim-tapered set neck
Rosewood fingerboard
Chrome hardware
ABR bridge
Stopbar tailpiece
2 volume and 2 tone pots
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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 Juanito

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.

 
5.0

Greatest value ever.

By GregLengel

from Manteno, IL

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Got this thing in November, came to the door in tune. Sounds like a much more expensive Les Paul. Best deal out there!

 
5.0

It's my baby

By GregLengel

from Manteno, IL

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I've had this guitar for about 3 years now (wow.. its been 3 years!) it's been great. This guitar has always been solid. action, tuners, hardware, pickups, everything. Not a flaw on it. the tone is really warm and deep. It has this really great clean sound. Rich. very rich. It handles distortion really well. It covers alot of ground. Great blues guitar. Great hard rock guitar. I could go on for days on how great this guitar has been to me. The only problem is the finish. It does wear off, but it gives it character.

 
5.0

It needed a setup.....bad

By VW-AgbHK

from Brooklyn Park, MN

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The intonation on mine was pretty far out of whack. I'll give Gibson the benefit of the doubt on that. It feels and sounds very much like a Les Paul without the weight. It is a very good guitar for the money.

 
5.0

Nice Guitar

By Kyle-zYPmH

from Odenton, MD

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This guitar is amazing. The price worried me a little bit but then I calmed myself down with the fact that its a Gibson, and let me tell you, it sure lives up to its name!! Sounds great through my Line 6 Spider II. The ebony finish looks nothing like the picture. Its so shiney, you can see your own reflection! Also, the muchine heads (tuning knobs) aren't gold looking, their more of a greenish white color. I replaced mine with nickel (silver) ones and it matches the guitar beautifly. all in all great guitar and it's a steal for the price you pay!

 
4.0

Lowering standards

By Ibanez 4 Now

from Spring, TX

I ordered 2 of the same guitars in black and both had cosmetic defects that were easy to spot. The first one I ordered was fairly good, until I examined it throughly, that is when I noticed on the bottom of the neck the laquer was coming off, and would only grow worse. This was upseting because this is a GIBSON! I have to say that the sound is awesome and so was the look, I liked that it is lighter in weight and I like the flat top. So, since this was a new guitar, the Gibson dealer said to go ahead and exchange it because it would be mess to fix the cosmetic problem. Now comes the good part, I exchanged it, and this time, when I was getting it out of the case, there was a HUGE blemish on the top body side (where the binding would be on others). There was a huge gouge in the wood, and there the paint was even dull from being scraped, literally a blind man could find this, could not miss it - I don't think even a "blemish" one could have been worse! I have an Ibanez, and off the floor it was in better shape! I am dissapointed in Gibson, I will have to go with another name now. I have heard others say the same about Gibson lately as I try to find a decent guitar, mass produced = garbage. Maybe I will try the natural color later. But don't get me wrong, it does sound nice, feels good, plays nice, as long as you don't care what it looks like cosmetically.

 
4.0

Excellent! With Work.

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

I had allways wanted a L.P. this is my first. It came sounding very bad. I was very upset for months. I thought it was prety pathetic that my mexican strat sounded better than my american gibson. I took it to a Guitar luther(genius) Lynn Wheelwright. He did a complete fret job on it and put some Gotoh tuners on it and performed a miracle! Now this baby screams! I would recomend it but you must be willing to spend some dough on it. If you like randy rhoads sound or angus youngs sound this guitar is the one for you.

 
5.0

Unreal !

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

I just started to learn how to play the guitar. So I needed a guitar and I chose this one. I know what your thinking "more guitar than skill" and your right but I knew if I went cheap I wouldnt be happy in the long run. But I really didnt know what I had purchased until I took to the local guitar store, thats when I became the center of attention or should I say "it" became the center of attention. Everyone had to take their turn, and nobody could beleive I got this quality of guitar on line and delivered to my front door for the price that I had paid. I have to admit I was quite nervous, I dont buy alot of things online and I really didnt know what to expect. But I had a great experience from the moment I ordered it to tracking it, and finally recieving it. I`m currently taking lessons from a teacher who has owned a Les Paul "SG" and a "Studio" since the late 1960`s and he couldn`t beleive I got such a great deal on a guitar of this quality. All I can say is "its worth every penny".

 
5.0

Great US made guitar for a good price

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

All the features you'd expect in a LP, only with a flat top. Not as thick a sound as an arch top, but much better than Strat-type guitars with HB and far more comfortable than the arch top. Only downside is the finish; it's not the standard LP finish in order to save money. The black is especially difficult to keep clean and scratch free. Other than that, great guitar.

 
4.0

This Get-Fiddle Smokes

By PKD

from Kansas City, MO

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I have had this guitar for about a year now and I play out about once a week and everywhere I go, people know what a Les Paul is. If your into a carved maple top and 20 coats of laquer then get your checkbook out. If you want a smoking Gibson Les Paul with all the same hardware as the 2g models (490T and 498T pickups)but can't afford it then save your pennies for this guitar. The fret inlays are plastic I believe, but who cares. It looks cool and make no mistake about it people, it's a real Gibson. It really sounds great through my Marshall AVT150 stack and can also be tamed into softer sounds (although I don't think it really likes it). My more expensive 76' Reissue Explorer is my second guitar. This LP Special is my main event. Give it a try, you won't be disappointed.

 
5.0

This Guitar is Great.

By FattyPunker182

from Juneau, AK

This gk huitar is great. I've had it for about 2 years now and it's still sounding and looking good. It sounds really good both clean and distorted, and it wont sound bad if you use effects with it also. You can use this guitar for pretty much any kind of music that you want to. and the price is awesome. It's like 1/3 the price of the other gibsons and it has the same quality as them. Buy this guitar and record.

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