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For rockers who want the sound and playability of a Les Paul with rough-and-ready visuals.
A decidedly nontraditional Les Paul for rockers who want a Les Paul with attitude and don't care about good looks. It has the sound and playability you'd expect from an Les Paul, The worn ebony finish is designed to emulate the aesthetic character found in aged instruments. The flattening agent used to reduce the sheen compliments the finish by yielding a faster neck. This rough and tough guitar has sonics to match: steamy hot tones from the novel pickup combination of a single coil P-90 in the neck and a BurstBucker 3 in the bridge - like having a Les Paul Special and a Standard in one guitar. The control have been re-arranged to accommodate modern playing styles. The 3-way toggle pickup switch is have been moved near the two volume and one master tone controls. And killswitch is located where rhythm/lead switch used to be. You can use the killswitch for a strobing volume on/off effect. The "distressed" stopbar, Schaller trem bridge, and locking Grovers complete the raw look of this very different looking Les Paul.
Over a half a century ago at the very advent of the solid body guitar, little did luthier's, engineers and designers of the day realize the impact that the merger of mahogany and maple would have on the future color of music and tone. Mahogany (Swietenia macrophylla), from the mountainous regions and jungles of Central and South America provides this species to grow extremely large and tall. This in turn allows the grain size to be easily influenced by the surrounding environments making for a slightly tighter grain in drier areas while the more wet areas increase the size of the tree and thus the grain and pore size. Maple (Acer pseudoplatanus) on the other hand, grown in North America, is relative more dense and much less porous. The contributions of these 2 different resonance species from 2 different hemispheres gave way to an even mix of warm resonance from the porous Mahogany so the lower frequencies could warmly respond, to the tight grained and dense Maple for the brightness needed to establish a firm higher frequency attack.
Mahogany, without a doubt has become the only choice for generations to equip an instrument with the various preferences that most players demand; strong, rigid, light. Milled and cut to the proper 'quarter sawn' wood grain orientation and kiln dried for true climate acclimation, this Central and South American species (Swietenia macrophylla) is highly machinable on one hand but extremely expressible in the hands of a detailed craftsman thereby producing a 'players feel' that feels natural to the human hand. The instruments' neck from many aspects will "make or break" the compatibility of the instrument to the player, but, not as much as how the neck feels and fits. Using time proven classical style angled head stocks and ' Tenon' wood joinery provides a stiff substructure to accommodate string tension and sound transference. Through the center is the same historically proven and recognized truss rod for the fine-adjustments needed to insure ultimate and personalized string action and sustain.
Rosewood. Harvested from a wide range of tropical forest worldwide species has been the finger boards of choice for a broad variety of models. This mostly brown with darker matrix veining the length of the board is rigid and heavy but holds its form well while processing without splintering or tear out. The esthetic character range makes for a great polished surface regardless of its color intensity and resonates with a well balanced mix of warmth and brightness.
P-90 single-coil pickup
The P-90 was the standard pickup on all Gibson guitars in the late 1940s and into the 1950s and because of its crisp, bright tone it has experienced resurgence in popularity with many of today's modern rockers. This classic Gibson guitar pickup delivers sizzling, slightly gritty midrange roar. You'll find that the P-90s' high output and biting treble has more nuanced harmonic coloring than the typical single-coil pickup.
Capturing everything these tonewoods and premium construction have to give is a Gibson U.S.A. BurstBucker pickup that replicates the sound of Gibson's original "Patent Applied For" pickups—the pickups that gave the '59 Les Paul Standard its legendary sound. Like the originals, with unpolished magnets and non-potted coils, variations in pickup output and tone also came from inconsistencies in winding the bobbins, a result of the lack of automatic shutoffs on Gibson's winding machines in the late 1950s. Seth Lover, who invented the humbucker, always said they wound the bobbins "until they were full." When two coils in a pickup have a different number of turns, that variation puts a little "edge" or "bite" on the classic humbucker sound. That's the sound BurstBuckers replicate. The Burstbucker 3 bridge pickup is slightly over-wound with a hotter output that works well in combination with the P-90 in the neck.
The baseplate of the hardened steel, and the solid spring block ensure outstanding sustain while roller bridge saddles fix the strings in the optimum position.
You've been holding out for a BFG with trem. So here it is—order it today.
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Well done, Gibson. Awesome piece of work.
A Les Paul with some significant tweaks. First of, it's got a trem! (Schaller 2-point fulcrum). And it works! The Grover locking tuners (they look great!) and a slippery TUSK nut help with tuning stability, but the whole system needs a bit of time to work itself in. The pickup selector switch is moved to where the rhythm tone know would have been and the switch at the top is now a cutoff control! As a longtime Paul user, that's taking some time to adjust to, but it does make for some very usable flashy tricks. Two volume knobs still, but only one tone knob - that works well. The pickups are awrsome! A regular P-90 in the neck and a BB3 in the bridge. The P-90 is fat and smooth and sounds pretty clean. The BB3 has about the same outbut of a '57 Classic Plus, but it's grittier sounding, less smooth, very cool. The combination of these two pickups work suprisingly well. The unfinished - finish is very freaky cool. And it's loud, acousticlly. Probably due to the chambered body and the trem. Pops right out of an amp.
Would have been a ten, but the setup from the factory was terrible. That's not a problem for me, really, I had it playing perfectly with a new set of strings in one hour. Might be a turnoff for someone who doesn't know how to set up a guitar.
Considering the very reasonable price - worth the TEN.
When it arrived i was stunned at the craftsmanship of this guitar it is absolutely beautiful. The guitar arrived with a great setup but of course my guitar tech restrung to my strings of choice and did a set up job. But the guitar plays great super fast neck and it sounds huge and beefy you can go from dirty nasty all out distortion to honkie tonk blues to pristine clean. the killswitch is a great add so i dont have to turn off my pickup to chop the sound. the whammy bar stays in perfect tune no matter how hard i dive it and believe me i use it alot. you can pull up on the bar just a bit but not like Dime. the grover tuner seal the deal on the precision tuning. the guitar lasts on the road. my band just got back from a 2 week US tour we went from California to Vegas, New Mexico, texas, Louisianna, new Orleans, atlanta, Florida and back to Charlotte NC. and the thing is still in tune. I got tons of compliments and how huge the guitar sounds and the look of this mean machine. this guitar has the whole package tone, looks playability, sustain. I am buying another one of these asap....
this might not be the best looking guitar in the world but it sounds really really great! its got pure clean heavy rich smooth rock n roll sound i heard some guy play it on youtube i asked him if it stays in tune and he says it stay in tune perfect and its got some good features i like the two powerful switches i think there vary smooth the guitar vary playable and the guy say it feels good and and the pick ups are fire hot and i know it is great for a huge concert man this quite a les paul i am driving my self crazy not having one and once you hear it you well two this may be my next guitar and it should yours to. this guitar not only has a tone like no other les paul but a tone like no other guitar period!
Hats off to Gibson on this one for building a guitar for those of us that aren't rock stars or collectors.
I waited two months for this BFG and was going to return it when I opened the gig bag and saw that the finish on mine wasn't as "reptilian" as the photos; it was basically all black. Luckily I gave it a shot and realized the quest for a great axe was finally over. It played great right out of the box (almost in tune too) and breathed new life into my Hellhound tube amplifier. The neck is big with frets you can dig into, the P90 and burstbucker get fantastic tone together and solo, the killswitch will be great once I stop hitting it to change pickups (I may swap their locations), and the Schaller trem exceeded my expectations as far as what it can do while staying in tune; I attribute that to the ingenious tuners. The best feature though is the cash in my pocket that wasn't spent on a glossy finish.
My guitar does have flaws, but fortunately they are in spots that don't affect the amazing tone or playability. Even though the gig bag has a super soft interior, it won't offer much protection on a crowded subway or against a drunk drummer. I'll be replacing it with an RB Continental case as soon as I can.
It is rare that I feel like I got my money's worth, but in this case I got a guitar that I know will be with me for a very long time.
I am totally happy with my purchase of my Les Paul BFG Tremolo - I ordered it March 3rd and it was received 3 months later, worth the wait! I think that the Gibson Guitar Company is second to none, and after a purchase like this I cannot imagine even looking at another make or brand, and that includes acoustics. Well, Gibson set the standard - everyone seems to want to be like Gibson, but that isn't happening.
I received the BFG Trem yesterday, and as the title says - I am on Could Nine over this instrument! It is certainly not "your Father's Les Paul", it is totally radical in it's design. I find that the natural feel of the neck makes it more comfortable to play, and the tremolo system is perfect for me. The locking Grovers assure that the tuning is intact, and the pickup combination - P90 on the neck, Burstbucker on the neck is awesome! I think the kill switch definitely comes in handy, (sometimes you want complete silence in between songs), and you can use it for a rat-a-tat-tat effect during playing.
It is not heavy at all - perfect actually, and I think that because of it's appearance - it is a stunner! No guitar looks like this, almost beast-like!
So, this is Les Paul # 6 for me - my favorite, and I highly recommend it to all you Les Paul lovers!
And - remember - THIS is a Les Paul for the ages!
Great quality for a BFG; the whole beauty of the Barely Finished Guitar series is just that - the main focus is on the mechanics of the instrument, and how it handles. It looks - different, because it is different - a 10 for sure !!
This price for a guitar like this is a bargain! I think you get what you pay for - the best money I ever spent!