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Gibson Les Paul Studio 60's Tribute Electric Guitar with P-90 Pickups  

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    No-nonsense performance, classic tones, a textured satin finish, and snarling P-90 pups.

    The Les Paul Studio '60s Tribute is built on a solid tradition. Ever since its introduction in 1983, the Les Paul Studio model has been enormously popular with players seeking the power and versatility of the original Les Paul Standard in a ready-for-action package, with a price to match. The instruments' reduced ornamentation—lacking body or fingerboard binding, and using plainer tops—has helped to put them in the hands of many more players, while their adherence to the Les Paul's hardware, pickup, and construction traditions retained all the thick, meaty tone and unsurpassed playability for which the Standard has been known for nearly 60 years.

    The Les Paul Studio '60s Tribute is handcrafted by Gibson artisans in Nashville, Tennessee starting with a time-tested selection of tonewoods: a Les Paul mahogany body with a maple top that is graced with a grain textured satin finish. A mahogany neck with a '60s profile has a 22-fret baked maple fingerboard while a pair of P-90 provide the snappy biting tone. TonePros Kluson-style tuners and the Nashville Tune-O-Matic bridge keep your tuning and intonation right where it should be.

    Baked Maple:
    Aging maple through a “baking” process called torrefaction. The wood is kept at 200-300º F for a period of time until the wood knows it’s no longer a tree; Moisture is restored under pressure. This makes the wood very hard, sonically “live” and extremely stable. The snappy sound of ebony, with the look of medium-brown pau ferro. Many boutique manufacturers are now using this because it improves the wood with no chemical treatment, it’s environmentally friendly and is great for making better sounding and playing guitars!

    Features
    • Handcrafted in Nashville, TN USA
    • Mahogany chambered body
    • Maple top
    • Grain textured satin finish
    • Set mahogany neck
    • Baked maple fingerboard
    • '60s neck profile
    • Corian nut
    • P-90 single-coil neck pickup
    • P-90 single-coil bridge pickup
    • Volume, Volume, Tone, Tone controls
    • Gold top hat knobs with inserts
    • 3-way pickup selector
    • TonePros Kluson-style tuners
    • Nashville Tune-O-Matic bridge/stopbar tailpiece
    • Gibson gig bag

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    4.4

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    Outstanding value for the price...

    I have owned many Les Pauls, including several Custom Shop Historic Reissues. While the workmanship, fit, and finish on this model does not match the Custom Shop guitars, with a good setup...Read complete review

    I have owned many Les Pauls, including several Custom Shop Historic Reissues. While the workmanship, fit, and finish on this model does not match the Custom Shop guitars, with a good setup it nevertheless sounds and plays great. I consider this one to be one of the three best Les Pauls I've owned, and consider it a real keeper.

    As an aside: I read some reviews (another site) complaining that the P90s on this model were "too hot". Not true, and I think some players misunderstand P90s. When Gibson first designed the original PAF humbuckers in the 50s, they tried to make them match the older P90s in output. So P90s are roughly equivalent to early humbuckers in output. The original reason for humbuckers was to reduce noise, not to generate higher output. P90s are a little brighter and more articulate than humbuckers, not because they are lower in output, but because they sense a narrower area of the string. But they can still generate a very meaty tone and are great sounding, versatile pickups.
    Features are basic because this is essentially a reissue of a 50's style Les Paul (despite the 60's Tribute product name) with a 60's neck. Nothing fancy, but what's there is goodness. Mine is a Goldtop with PRS-style "faux" body binding; i.e. not real binding but a nicely done spacing in the finish between the top and to back, giving an attractive binding-like appearance. The P90s pickups are excellent and very versatile; beefy enough to get into the humbucker tone-zone, but can be quite clear and articulate when the volume is rolled back. The chambered body yields a woody, resonant, almost semi-hollowbody tone... rich in harmonics. And it's quite light for a Les Paul, making it a pleasure to play.
    Gibson does not lavish attention on it's lower priced guitars. But the quality was decent. One consistent problem that Gibson has for us here in the Mountain West is that their wood is not dried as well as it could be, resulting in fret sprout on guitars with unbound necks. This can be easily fixed with some judicious filing, but some brands (PRS) cure there wood better and do not develop this problem. But as I said, this not too difficult for the buyer to fix...
    When you find a nice one, these are a *superb* value. I once owned a similar (feature wise) Custom Shop '56 Historic Reissue. I ended up trading that guitar away when I couldn't bond with the neck and the tall skinny frets on that guitar. And it weighed a quite a bit more. Of course the workmanship on that guitar was outstanding, but strangely enough, I like this guitar better (esp. for the price!). It sounds great, plays great, and I love the lighter weight.

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    Entry level Les Paul

    I bought this guitar because it was a USA Gibson. The same reason I bought a Fender American Standard HSS strat last year. Neither guitar is really worth the money but at least...Read complete review

    I bought this guitar because it was a USA Gibson. The same reason I bought a Fender American Standard HSS strat last year. Neither guitar is really worth the money but at least I can say I own a real Les Paul and a real Strat.
    Can't go higher than 5 when Gibson didn't bother to put a reverse wound pickup in the neck. Unlike the 2 and 4 positions on a strat that operate in humbucker mode, the mid position on this guitar has very loud humming as its not in humbucker mode.
    The 10th fret was way high. Luckily I'm a decent guitar tech and own some StewMac tools and was able to fix the fret. Not really surprised this is an entry level Gibson I didn't really expect any QC.
    I give it an 8 as compared in value to other USA Gibsons. I have played a $450 P-90 Agile Les Paul that was a better guitar.

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    (14 of 17 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Satisfied

    Comments about Gibson Les Paul Studio 60's Tribute Electric Guitar with P-90 Pickups:

    I'm not a professional musician. I'm not even a practicing amateur musician. But, having recently been diagnosed with prostate cancer at the age of 59(surgically removed; I'm doing fine), I decided that waiting to allow myself some fun until after all my debt was paid off would be a waste of precious time. I'd always wanted a Les Paul but, not being a real musician, buying one was at the bottom of the real life priority list. Seeing the ad for this guitar at this price changed the dynamic of my situation. Needless to say, it is way more satisfying playing around with this guitar than the air guitar I'd been playing. LOL If ignorance is bliss, I'm exceedingly happy, not knowing about any minute detail that may not be just "perfect". For my NEEDS, it IS a perfect fit. My ONLY negative comment is that the color displayed in the ad(Honeyburst) isn't perfectly duplicated on the guitar I received. The ad color darkens towards the edges with a hint of red. The guitar I received has no hint of red; instead, it darkens to what I'll call a medium chocolate brown. At first, I was a bit disappointed by this aspect. But then I asked myself "If the correct color had been displayed in the ad, would I still have bought this guitar?" The answer is "Yes". The color has grown on me and the guitar is by no means "ugly"; it is a nice, truly attractive "Honeyburst" color. Now, I just need to practice some scales and get back what little chops I ever had and I'll be jamming with Duane Allman again! Thanks, Gibson!
    Good enough for a former air guitarist.
    Same as above.
    Let me see... a former air guitarist can get a new Gibson Les Paul for this price? Heck yeah!

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    (6 of 15 customers found this review helpful)

     
    3.0

    Entry level Les Paul

    By Cowboy

    from TX

    Comments about Gibson Les Paul Studio 60's Tribute Electric Guitar with P-90 Pickups:

    I bought this guitar because it was a USA Gibson. The same reason I bought a Fender American Standard HSS strat last year. Neither guitar is really worth the money but at least I can say I own a real Les Paul and a real Strat.
    Can't go higher than 5 when Gibson didn't bother to put a reverse wound pickup in the neck. Unlike the 2 and 4 positions on a strat that operate in humbucker mode, the mid position on this guitar has very loud humming as its not in humbucker mode.
    The 10th fret was way high. Luckily I'm a decent guitar tech and own some StewMac tools and was able to fix the fret. Not really surprised this is an entry level Gibson I didn't really expect any QC.
    I give it an 8 as compared in value to other USA Gibsons. I have played a $450 P-90 Agile Les Paul that was a better guitar.

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    (14 of 14 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Outstanding value for the price...

    By David Slauson

    from U.S. Mountain West

    Comments about Gibson Les Paul Studio 60's Tribute Electric Guitar with P-90 Pickups:

    I have owned many Les Pauls, including several Custom Shop Historic Reissues. While the workmanship, fit, and finish on this model does not match the Custom Shop guitars, with a good setup it nevertheless sounds and plays great. I consider this one to be one of the three best Les Pauls I've owned, and consider it a real keeper.

    As an aside: I read some reviews (another site) complaining that the P90s on this model were "too hot". Not true, and I think some players misunderstand P90s. When Gibson first designed the original PAF humbuckers in the 50s, they tried to make them match the older P90s in output. So P90s are roughly equivalent to early humbuckers in output. The original reason for humbuckers was to reduce noise, not to generate higher output. P90s are a little brighter and more articulate than humbuckers, not because they are lower in output, but because they sense a narrower area of the string. But they can still generate a very meaty tone and are great sounding, versatile pickups.
    Features are basic because this is essentially a reissue of a 50's style Les Paul (despite the 60's Tribute product name) with a 60's neck. Nothing fancy, but what's there is goodness. Mine is a Goldtop with PRS-style "faux" body binding; i.e. not real binding but a nicely done spacing in the finish between the top and to back, giving an attractive binding-like appearance. The P90s pickups are excellent and very versatile; beefy enough to get into the humbucker tone-zone, but can be quite clear and articulate when the volume is rolled back. The chambered body yields a woody, resonant, almost semi-hollowbody tone... rich in harmonics. And it's quite light for a Les Paul, making it a pleasure to play.
    Gibson does not lavish attention on it's lower priced guitars. But the quality was decent. One consistent problem that Gibson has for us here in the Mountain West is that their wood is not dried as well as it could be, resulting in fret sprout on guitars with unbound necks. This can be easily fixed with some judicious filing, but some brands (PRS) cure there wood better and do not develop this problem. But as I said, this not too difficult for the buyer to fix...
    When you find a nice one, these are a *superb* value. I once owned a similar (feature wise) Custom Shop '56 Historic Reissue. I ended up trading that guitar away when I couldn't bond with the neck and the tall skinny frets on that guitar. And it weighed a quite a bit more. Of course the workmanship on that guitar was outstanding, but strangely enough, I like this guitar better (esp. for the price!). It sounds great, plays great, and I love the lighter weight.

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    (2 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Great!!

    Comments about Gibson Les Paul Studio 60's Tribute Electric Guitar with P-90 Pickups:

    Really good!
    Comes very well equipped, just wished that it came with strap locks, the buttons are very small.
    Everything is perfect except the volume knob on the treble pickup, which is loose.

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    (5 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    outstanding value and still great looking

    By Anthony Calfo

    from NE USA

    Comments about Gibson Les Paul Studio 60's Tribute Electric Guitar with P-90 Pickups:

    Simply an excellent job by Gibson at making the best of playability appointments from a classic guitar affordable and still gorgeous.
    Fantastic guitar for players. It is the best of an LP without paying for the tinsel. Now, if you are a wannabe or using it for wall art, youll miss the lack of a binding or figured top. But really, thats all you are missing here. If you like a classic look and classic rock sound, you'll be in heaven and save hundreds of dollars over more expensive models that won't sound any better. I've owned dozens of Gibsons in my years and rank this one highly.
    Superb across the board with one exception: the black back reveals minor imperfections in joints and seams. Were this a woodgrain back, more sanding and finishing would have been done.
    I couldnt be happier. I's not stripped down by any measure. It has klusen tuners and MOP inlays + all other VOS type appointments. You are only giving up finishing work on this model really (again...the binding and figured top)

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    (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Ebony Les Paul Studio 60's Tribute

    By Colin Campbell

    from Geraldton, Western Australia

    Comments about Gibson Les Paul Studio 60's Tribute Electric Guitar with P-90 Pickups:

    A real case would have been nice, but for the money I can't argue. Service from Musicians Friend...fantastic. can't believe how quickly it arrived in OZ, thanks Guys.
    Can't put it down since I got it. My other Gibsons are getting Jealous. (humbuckers vs P90's)
    The Strat is going now i don't need it or like it.
    Light, lovely P90's I've always wanted, Nice knobs, luv the pointers, nice slim neck, antique Green Klusons and nice fretboard. Luv the flat finish. One piece back on the body. All in all a nice looking and feeling guitar.
    Don't like the finish on end of the frets, bit chunky. Small slither of wood missing at 5th fret on the edge of the board. Annoying spot. Otherwise Geat.
    Value for money for a Les Paul... brilliant.

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    (6 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    60's Les Paul Tribute

    By bobblues4ever

    from NE states

    Comments about Gibson Les Paul Studio 60's Tribute Electric Guitar with P-90 Pickups:

    rated 10 because it acomplishes what it was designed to do... get real Leas pauls into the hands of players who are not rich and only gig a couple times a month. I liked my first one so much i bought 4 total, put mini hums in 2 of them.... wow !
    love the sound, look and weight.
    only a 9 , due to what an expensive Les paul looks like quality wise.... ( , the paint on one of my gold tops was sloppy, , up onto neck....) still not a dealb reaker at all.
    fantastic value at price point. Ya binding would be nice , but not nessessary... a real player will like this.

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    (8 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    60's Tribute Les Paul 2 Thumbs UP!

    Comments about Gibson Les Paul Studio 60's Tribute Electric Guitar with P-90 Pickups:

    After a setup mine has a super fast, easy to play neck. It feels so comfortable it seems like I've always owned it. The P90's are clear voiced and smooth and responsive.
    It's a Les Paul. 4 knobs, 2 pickups, 1 switch. Same as every other Les Paul.
    It is pretty light though, so no back ache at the end of a long gig. You can wear it all night and still go out to party.
    Gibson quality, no doubt
    It's a lot of guitar for very little money.

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    (8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Gibson 60's Tribute is fantastic!

    By JosephFelice

    from Hollister, California

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    Comments about Gibson Les Paul Studio 60's Tribute Electric Guitar with P-90 Pickups:

    I would give it an 8 out of 10 or 4 out of 5 for finish, since I would have liked it to be a little more sparkle and shine! However, the only other review gave the same flying colors I did but gave it a 2 stars overall review. What!?!?!
    I gave it a perfect 10 for that reason only.
    Everything the $3500 plus standards have except for the finish, which mine was a goldtop but wasn't faded, rather just not a lot of coats and without a gloss finish. Being chambered didn't take away sustain but eased the pain of carrying the weight, since it is substantially lighter.
    I could only find two slight finish flaws but realize this was advertised as "faded" however there was no fade, just lacking in depth and sheen. I did use guitar polish (fender's) and got a really nice low lustre finish.
    For 850 you can't beat it! I would value it at double.

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    (7 of 41 customers found this review helpful)

     
    2.0

    Smoke Stack Lighting

    By terrell wallace

    from Georgia

    Comments about Gibson Les Paul Studio 60's Tribute Electric Guitar with P-90 Pickups:

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    The Gibson 60's Tribute Les Paul is like a Les Paul Junior on steroids only cooler and cheaper. I don't understand how Gibson can sell a double cut away LP Jr ( one P90 pick up) for more than the 60's Tribute LP (two P90s, arched top and cool worn finishes ect.). That's OK, but you'd better get one now before they are gone and start commanding a much higher price. Mine is a worn gold top. It just kills. Sings for days with sweet harmonic over tones. The BEST P90 pick ups I've ever heard. I will NEVER EVER get rid of the fine Gibson USA instrument .
    Top notch
    Unbeatable

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