Contrary to popular belief, electric guitars are an instrument that requires you to master two very different things. One is, of course, the playing technique, but the other is utilizing the hardware of that guitar and that of the amplifier in order to dial in a great tone.
Body Material Maple Colour Wine red Fretboard Material Baked maple Guitar Pickup Configuration pair of p 90 pickups with cream covers Number of Strings 6 Neck Mahogany slim '60s profile Neck profile inlays figured acrylic trapezoids Hardware Chrome Hardware plating Tuners Grover Kluson style Pickup selector 3-way Controls (Neck) volume, (Bridge)volume, (Neck) tone, (Bridge) tone Knobs cream top hats with silver inserts Bridge Tune-o-matic Tailpiece stopbar Gig bag Gibson deluxe Frets 22 Medium Jumbo Neck joint Set neck joint Nut Corian body chambered Finish worn lacquer nitrocellulose Truss Rod Gibson Adjustable
The Gibson Les Paul Studio 60s Tribute has features that the Les Paul's did in the beginning of their time. Most notably are the ‘2’ P-90 hot pickups in this guitar (the big selling point of this guitar). Gibson has done their version of aging this guitar which is essentially removing the gloss finish on this Les Paul. Specific Features of this guitar are blissfully simple, giving you the simple core of the Les Paul. It has maple Top wood, mahogany chambered body, worn Finish, nitrocellulose lacquer, Gibson Adjustable Truss Rod, mahogany Neck, slim '60s profile Neck profile which makes moving up and down the neck a lot smoother and easier compared to the heavier and thicker Les Pauls, set Neck joint, Corian Nut, It's got a smooth rosewood Fingerboard with 22 Medium Jumbo Frets, figured acrylic trapezoids Fingerboard inlays, Chrome Hardware plating, Grover Kluson style green key Tuners, Gibson P90 Pickups with cream covers, 3-way Pickup selector, Controls: (Neck) volume, (Bridge)volume, (Neck) tone, (Bridge) tone, Knobs: cream top hats with silver inserts, cream Pickguard, Tune-o-matic Bridge, stopbar Tailpiece, Gibson deluxe gig bag Case. For those of you who like a thinner and lighter guitar, this would be it. The finish on the guitar varies by which colour option you choose. This guitar has that punk look that people really love!
The pickups that Gibson equipped on this guitar are way too HOT! For a guitar that is trying to emulate the pickup sounds of the 1940's, 1950's, and 1960's; actually outperforms it. The reason this is called the 1960's tribute is because it has a 1960's type of a neck which most modern players love. The P90s sound crisp as crisp can be. Surprisingly, one of their strongest suits is jazz.
As you would expect with P-90s; has a lively hum(when overdriven). However, the neck (Pickup) clean is really nice. Both pickups may seem a bit hotter than you would expect for P-90s, which lends itself nicely to distortion. It can cover many different genres prove itself quite versatile. Acoustically, this thing really sounds nice.
This Pickup offers the sound a little bit different then the generic Strat or traditional Les Paul tones; Nice bright snappy sound though. Both pickups plays sound great, the neck pickup is very bassy however. Plus p-90s really sing through fuzz (pedal).
The P90s are astounding. You'll find yourself hearing tones from led Zeppelin to ZZ Top to a plethora of 70s and 80s rock. Extremely responsive to your touch, and almost plays itself! Not only that, but the P90s have a sweet sparkle that Humbuckers usually do not have; so, great for clean playing as well. Astounding for blues, jazz and classic rock. The sound is especially deep in clean channels and fat in neck position, but really thin on the bridge, it could emulate an acoustic sound. When you think of P90s you think anything but a hard rock tone. That is exactly what they produce. They can be toned down to get that single coil twang they are known for. The neck is thick and rich with a solid punch while the bridge has a bright twang that really opens up for a great lead sound. Mixed is a fair combo of both of their high points, but can seem a little murky when the bridge is overpowered by the neck pickup. Surprisingly they sound closer to a mini Humbucker. The guitar sounds flawless.
The P90s are much more modern than the outfit of the guitar; they are very HOT compared to what you would expect from the earlier P90s of the 50s. They still sound good and can be pretty versatile. You can get plenty of variety in tone with just minor adjustments to your volume and tone controls. These pickups are very responsive to both these controls and variations in your attack. Long story short, they sound great.
You won’t find a single flaw in the setup of this guitar. The fretboard is beautiful flat rose wood, which sounds consistently bright on every fret, with a reasonably low action for ease of playing. The neck is quite easy to play fast, bends and slides are easy to nail. The neck feels quite smooth and nice to hands.
The satin finish is a large part of what makes this guitar so special and you are going to love the feel and natural wear of the satin finish. The satin finish allows the wood to resonate and the tone is better than glossy Les Pauls - this was even stated by a Gibson representative, which is surprising they would admit it, considering the glossy models are their bread and butter. Great setup, beautiful wood grain. The hardware is all a product of Gibson USA; enough said! It’s solid, sturdy and impressive for the price tag. The tuners are solid and smooth holding a tune perfectly.
You will never encounter any problems when it comes to reliability and durability in Gibson guitars. This is a US made instrument which is carefully crafted and inspected by Gibson employees - most of which have been with the company for decades, and are old pros. One thing great about Gibson is the way the nitro cellulose ages. It brings out the character in the finish and wood as it thins with age.
It does feel like a sturdy piece of wood, and the finish seems like it would last quite a long time, under the right conditions, of course. The strap buttons are solid and you won’t have any problems with the hardware on the guitar.
Everything is solid and well built in this Gibson guitar, Neck is solidly inserted into the body, bridge is as stable as it would be if it was inserted in concrete.
The styles of music this guitar can play are extremely versatile. You really got to take advantage of the crisp clean tone especially for jazz or blues. This expands to bluesy rock like Guns N Roses or Aerosmith etc. Punk is also a strong suit, with the crunchy tones like '90s Green Day style. Metal tones can be accomplished through use of Heavy distortion. The pickups are brilliant which is a lot nicer to play, the tone sounds more crispy and lush. Just open 'em up and you'll see the differences, and the paint stays intact for ever.
The gigbag you get with this guitar is very nicely padded and has a very clunky zipper that looks like it will last forever. Kudos also to Gibson for going back to including a truss rod wrench with their guitars.