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Gibson Les Paul Special T Burstbucker Pro Electric Guitar

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Loaded with features and appointments to be one of the best values in American-made electric guitars today.

Since its introduction in 1955, The Gibson Les Paul Special has faithfully served the working musician as a reliable, professional-quality electric guitar at an affordable price. The new Les Paul Special Pro EX continues this tradition by offering ample bang-for-the-buck; packing more value than ever into this iconic workhorse.

Key features of the Les Paul Special T include a '60s Slim-Taper neck with a hand applied smooth satin nitrocellulose lacquer finish, Alnico V Burstbucker Pro pickups, push/pull coil split function for each pickup on the tone pots, gloss nitrocellulose lacquer finish, cream neck binding and pickup rings, vintage gold tophat knobs and Kluson traditional tuning machines. Includes gig bag.

FEATURES
Body
  • Body shape: Single cutaway
  • Body type: Solid body
  • Body material: Solid wood
  • Top wood: Not applicable
  • Body wood: Mahogany
  • Body finish: Gloss Nitrocellulose
  • Orientation: Right handed
Neck
  • Neck shape: '60s SlimTaper standard
  • Neck wood: Mahogany
  • Joint: Set-in
  • Scale length: 24.75"
  • Truss rod: Standard
  • Neck finish: Satin Nitrocellulose
Fretboard
  • Material: Rosewood
  • Radius: 12"
  • Fret size: Medium jumbo
  • Number of frets: 22
  • Inlays: Acrylic Dot
  • Nut width: 1.69" (43mm)
Pickups
  • Configuration: HH
  • Neck: BurstBucker Pro
  • Middle: Not applicable
  • Bridge: Zebra BurstBucker Pro
  • Brand: Gibson
  • Active or passive: Passive
  • Series or parallel: Series
  • Piezo: No
  • Active EQ: No
  • Special electronics: Push/pull volume controls
Controls
  • Control layout: Master volume, tone
  • Pickup switch: 3-way
  • Coil tap or split: Coil split
  • Kill switch: No
Hardware
  • Bridge type: Fixed
  • Bridge design: Tune-o-matic
  • Tailpiece: Stopbar
  • Tuning machines: Kluson traditional tuning machines
  • Color: Chrome
Other
  • Number of strings: 6-string
  • Special features: Plek setup, angled headstock, 0.055" fret height, Tektoid nut, cream binding and pickup bezels, vintage Gibson top hat control knobs
  • Case: Gig bag
  • Accessories: None
  • Country of origin: United States

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GibsonLes Paul Special T Burstbucker Pro Electric Guitar
 
4.8

(based on 29 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (23)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (5)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good feel (24)
  • Fun to play (23)
  • Good tone (22)
  • Good pick up (18)
  • Solid electronics (18)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Jamming (21)
  • Practicing (20)
  • Recording (18)
  • Small venues (14)
  • Rock concerts (13)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (15), Professional musician (8)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Gibson meets Epiphone

Because it was a Gibson, I picked this gem up on MF stupid deal of the day. Although it proclaims itself as a Les Paul, it is not quite the same as what...Read complete review

Because it was a Gibson, I picked this gem up on MF stupid deal of the day. Although it proclaims itself as a Les Paul, it is not quite the same as what you would expect. It is light, does not contain the robust character and sound that a $3k or $4k Les Paul would have. So do not expect that. But on the other hand, and for what I paid for it, this guitar is a ton of fun to play. Great action, response, clarity, and extremely easy to play. The wood grain is finish is beautiful, and the neck is exactly what you would expect.
I was under the impression that Gibson was to begin only focusing on the more expensive models from here on out, and to let Epiphone take over lower priced guitars. But in regards to this one, it seems as if they have met in the middle somewhere.
Also, I might add that my brother owns an SG and this guitar basically plays and mimics it's tone and weight. I own a firebird and an explorer, both of which are heavier and seem to contain more of a tone variance.
But if you are looking for the feel of a Gibson, this guitar is all of that. I own 15 guitars now, so I needed another like air need another hole in my head, but I'm glad I bought it.

VS

Most Liked Negative Review

 

Good value

Coil tap feature is great. One of the best I've heard.

Coil tap feature is great. One of the best I've heard.

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5.0

Great deal on an easy to handle LP

By Marshallmadman

from Illiinois

About Me Professional Musician

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Fun To Play
  • Good Pick Up
  • Good Tone

Cons

    Best Uses

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

    Comments about Gibson Les Paul Special T Burstbucker Pro Electric Guitar:

    This is the loudest unplugged electric guitar I own. It's extremely resonant. I have no idea where that comes from. It really is amazing though. Since there's no maple top, it tends to sound more like an SG as far as tone goes...which is a good thing. I love the thick tone that SG's have.

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    An Awesome Guitar For The Price!

    By Dymondan

    from Parker, Colorado

    About Me Experienced

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Excellent Pickups
    • Good Feel
    • Good Tone
    • Perfectly set up right out of the box
    • Solid Electronics

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • A great guitar to gig with.

      Comments about Gibson Les Paul Special T Burstbucker Pro Electric Guitar:

      I bought this Les Paul solely based on the description from the web site. It turned out to be a great gamble! It came set up out of the box, and sporting the same Burstbucker Pros as the $2800 LP Standards. I was further surprised by the Grover sealed tuning machines it had rather than the Kluson Traditionals that the site showed it had. With the neck binding and coil taps on the volume pots, this is basically a Les Paul Standard without the arch top, pickguard or body binding. This guitar plays great but more importantly sounds amazing! The Burstbuckers are clean, clear and bright, but really drive the tubes in my Blues Jr to a nice crunch when I dig in. In tapped mode they sound clean and sharp and mellow. I have waited more than 3 decades to buy a real USA Gibson LP. I was waiting to get a Standard, but this killer deal came along and I jumped on it. For my first ever REAL Les Paul, I am more than pleased, and proud to own it!

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Just Couldn't Pass It Up

      By dude

      from san diego

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

      • Fun To Play
      • Good Feel
      • Good Intonation
      • Good Tone

      Cons

      • Tuners weren't as advertised

      Best Uses

      • Jamming
      • Playing Out
      • Practicing
      • Recording

      Comments about Gibson Les Paul Special T Burstbucker Pro Electric Guitar:

      When I saw the price of this on the SDOTD I couldn't pass it up. I'm not a big Les Paul fan, but this gave me the opportunity to have at least a version of one at a great price.
      It sounded good out of the box. Chords held their tuning at the 12th fret and beyond. Nice sustain as well.
      The only thing that needed adjusting was the action. It was a bit high for my taste. Brought it down a bit and it's been a pleasure to play ever since. The pickups are a bit dark sounding, but that is also adjustable. The neck pickup is louder than the bridge so that will need to be adjusted as well.
      All in all, I couldn't be happier with this purchase. Great guitar for the price.

       
      5.0

      Was worth the cash out lay and shipping time

      By Jimmy

      from Texas

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      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Jamming
        • Practicing
        • Rock Concerts
        • Small Venues

        Comments about Gibson Les Paul Special T Burstbucker Pro Electric Guitar:

        Sold my old Studio several years ago as just too heavy for me anymore. This one is manageable and has a much better neck, tone and action. Haven't found the Blimish on it yet. Guess this one is a keeper.

         
        5.0

        Killer Guitar!!!

        By Brad

        from Decatur AL

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        Comments about Gibson Les Paul Special T Burstbucker Pro Electric Guitar:

        Killer guitar!!! Especially for the price . . .you wont be disappointed.

         
        5.0

        Best Value Gibson Ever

        By R8

        from Brisbane,Australia

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        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 T Burstbucker Pro Electric Guitar:

          Have 7 other Gibson Les Pauls in my lot currently and whilst in the States picked one of these up and it is every bit as good in tone and playability.

          Have never been a massive fan of the Burstbucker pro pickups that I have in my 2013 Standard..but these ones in this body make it a home run.

          The neck and frets are perfect and its the first Les Paul I have bought that has required a set up.

          I love this guitar.

          Buy one before they are gone!!

           
          4.0

          I would buy this at the sale price I paid again

          By D.T.F.M.

          from Great S.W. Desert

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          Comments about Gibson Les Paul Special T Burstbucker Pro Electric Guitar:

          Great "slab" type LP @ a good price .Fit and finish is great Playability is what you'd expect from an American Made Gibson. Tapped pickups offer a wide variety of tone
          This was the SDOTD so it can at a great price, even though it was not as exactly described in the ad.

           
          5.0

          Best Bang for the buck from Gibson

          By Faron

          from Austin, Tx

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          Comments about Gibson Les Paul Special T Burstbucker Pro Electric Guitar:

          High end Les Paul for the fraction of the price. If you're not into the bling, this guitar is as good as the Standard Les Paul. Bang for the buck you can't beat it.

           
          5.0

          Superb instrument

          By cn

          from Hawkeye country

          About Me Professional Musician

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          Verified Buyer

          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Performance (any type venue)
            • Recording

            Comments about Gibson Les Paul Special T Burstbucker Pro Electric Guitar:

            Saw this on SDOTD and couldn't resist. Don't know if they'll continue making this guitar, but I'm glad I got one. Nice to have a USA made LP among my collection, and this is a "Special" indeed. Wonderful neck, gorgeous finish, nice variety of tones. Surprisingly, set-up was excellent right out of the box. Perfect for all types of music from jazz to blues to good ol' R&R!

             
            5.0

            Excellent Player Guitar

            By DTF

            from Chattanooga

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            Pros

            • Fun To Play
            • Good Feel
            • Good Setup
            • Good Tone
            • Solid Electronics
            • Versatile Electronics

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Anything you need an electric guitar for!
              • Jamming
              • Practicing
              • Recording
              • Rock Concerts
              • School Bands
              • Small Venues

              Comments about Gibson Les Paul Special T Burstbucker Pro Electric Guitar:

              This is a great "Players" guitar. It sounds great and has versatile electronics. The split single coil tone is one of the best I have heard. No, its not a carved top but it doesn't weigh a ton either. Plek set up is great right out of the box. Wish it came with a hard case but that is no deal breaker.

               
              5.0

              I would buy this again!

              By RV "Chief" Powell. (US Army Retired)

              from Melbourne Florida

              About Me Professional Musician

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

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

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Jamming
                • Practicing

                Comments about Gibson Les Paul Special T Burstbucker Pro Electric Guitar:

                Bought two of these on "Stupid Deal of the Day". Not too heavy not too light. Has excellent sustain and tone. Came with Grover tuners and so it stays in tune really well. The electronics provide a lot of tonal variety. Adjusted the action and relieve and so it plays really nice with absolutely no buzz. I have over 25 guitars and these guitars are my favorite! Had these guitars for two weeks and the honeymoon is over. Excellent guitars!!!

                 
                5.0

                Absolutely!!!

                By Otis Hackett

                from Northern Indiana

                About Me Professional Musician

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Good Feel
                • Good Tone

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Recording

                  Comments about Gibson Les Paul Special T Burstbucker Pro Electric Guitar:

                  Although I started with a Les Paul, I've been a Strat / Tele guy for nearly 40 years. I've always wanted to add a Les Paul to my Guitar-senal, but couldn't find one that would do both the clarity and articulation that I've always counted on my Fenders for... AND give me that Les Paul mid-range growl. This guitar does exactly that. I now have a Les Paul versatile enough to use on stage instead of just for recording. Love it. It'll certainly become a permanent member of the team.
                  '

                   
                  5.0

                  great guitar

                  By bigfred

                  from nashville

                  About Me Experienced

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

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

                    Comments about Gibson Les Paul Special T Burstbucker Pro Electric Guitar:

                    it is a Gibson

                     
                    5.0

                    Great Guitar

                    By Hoss

                    from Titusville Fl.

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                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

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

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Jamming
                      • Practicing
                      • Small Venues

                      Comments about Gibson Les Paul Special T Burstbucker Pro Electric Guitar:

                      Great neck on this one. And for some reason it came with grover tuners which I prefer. I cannot find a seam on the body and the finish is spotless.

                       
                      4.0

                      Excellent Value for an USA made guitar.

                      By Rockin Ray

                      from Maine

                      About Me Professional Musician

                      See all my reviews

                      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 T Burstbucker Pro Electric Guitar:

                        Great deal during the SDOTD sale. Needed a little bridge adjustment (action a bit high for my taste) The guitar did come in with a wiring/ground problem. Scratching and popping sounds while moving around (and yes, the cable tested just fine). Tried to resolve the problem with customer service but that didn't go so well. (see Service/Delivery Comment section) Having said that, it is a nice guitar and well worth the money.

                         
                        5.0

                        Very nice instrument, especially for the money!

                        By Planet King

                        from Nor Cal

                        About Me Novice

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                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

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

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Home playing
                          • Jamming

                          Comments about Gibson Les Paul Special T Burstbucker Pro Electric Guitar:

                          Very nice player. Set-up was surprisingly good right out of the box. I like the flexibility of the split-coil burstbuckers. Finish and construction are excellent. I am really pleased, especially value to cost!

                           
                          5.0

                          Great guitar for the money!

                          By n97223

                          from Massachusettes

                          About Me Experienced

                          Verified Buyer

                          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 T Burstbucker Pro Electric Guitar:

                            Got this guitar during the Stupid Deal of the Day! What a great deal, has the Bustbucker pickups and the setup on the guitar was great!.

                            Very happy with guitar, would definitely buy it again, even at full price.

                             
                            5.0

                            Gibson meets Epiphone

                            By Texasiatolah

                            from Sam Antonio Texas

                            About Me Experienced

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                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Fun To Play
                            • Good Feel
                            • Good Pick Up

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Jamming
                              • Practicing
                              • Recording
                              • School Bands
                              • Small Venues

                              Comments about Gibson Les Paul Special T Burstbucker Pro Electric Guitar:

                              Because it was a Gibson, I picked this gem up on MF stupid deal of the day. Although it proclaims itself as a Les Paul, it is not quite the same as what you would expect. It is light, does not contain the robust character and sound that a $3k or $4k Les Paul would have. So do not expect that. But on the other hand, and for what I paid for it, this guitar is a ton of fun to play. Great action, response, clarity, and extremely easy to play. The wood grain is finish is beautiful, and the neck is exactly what you would expect.
                              I was under the impression that Gibson was to begin only focusing on the more expensive models from here on out, and to let Epiphone take over lower priced guitars. But in regards to this one, it seems as if they have met in the middle somewhere.
                              Also, I might add that my brother owns an SG and this guitar basically plays and mimics it's tone and weight. I own a firebird and an explorer, both of which are heavier and seem to contain more of a tone variance.
                              But if you are looking for the feel of a Gibson, this guitar is all of that. I own 15 guitars now, so I needed another like air need another hole in my head, but I'm glad I bought it.

                               
                              5.0

                              Very impressed

                              By the illmatic son

                              from Ohio

                              About Me Experienced

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

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

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Jamming
                                • Practicing
                                • Recording
                                • Rock Concerts

                                Comments about Gibson Les Paul Special T Burstbucker Pro Electric Guitar:

                                I've never owned a Les Paul before. It took me about an hour of playing before it really hit me how amazing this guitar is. It feels great and the tone is solid.

                                 
                                4.0

                                Great guitar and the price was too good to pass up.

                                By Rocker NY

                                from New York

                                About Me Professional Musician

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                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

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

                                Cons

                                • Poor Pick Up

                                Best Uses

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

                                Comments about Gibson Les Paul Special T Burstbucker Pro Electric Guitar:

                                Great basic guitar and it was the stupid deal of the day! I would have been stupid if I passed it up. I have the previous version with the auto tuners (yikes)! That was a deal too and thankfully this one does not have them. Its a great no nonsense rock and roll machine. The only weak point for me are the pickups. They are great and sound good but I need hotter pickups. I'm sure for some they are perfect. Its a keeper for sure. Happy to own it.

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