To guitarists everywhere, the Les Paul's appeal is magnetic with its seductive looks, sensuous playability, and timeless tone. Now you can get all these with some great modern features for not a lot of dough in the Gibson Les Paul Tribute. The Tribute's satin-finished mahogany/maple body offers up plenty of warmth and sustain, and its SlimTaper mahogany neck honors a style beloved throughout the ages. And Keystone tuners and modern Gold Top Hat knobs offer the charms of a vintage instrument without the cost. Pair these with a set of vintage-style humbuckers, and you've got a guitar that's fine enough to be your daily driver, yet affordable enough to be your weekend warrior: the Gibson Les Paul Tribute.
This Les Paul Tribute feels fast and precise, thanks in large part to Plek processing. Typically reserved for top-dollar custom guitars, this process levels the frets with pinpoint precision, providing you with the most playable fretboard you're likely to own. Each note rings loud and clear, and the fret edges feel smooth as silk.
Something magical happened when Gibson paired mahogany and maple for the Les Paul. The mahogany back offers warmth and sustain that is beautifully translated through the humbucking pickups. The maple top brings more than aesthetics to the table, bringing a brighter edge to complement the mahogany. Together these two tonewoods have given us the recipe for tone that helped define rock n' roll over the years.
The neck on this Tribute Les Paul is a breath of fresh air. Its SlimTaper neck profile conforms naturally to the hand, for smooth leads up top and fast licks down low. If you're looking for the comfort of a '60s Gibson, Guitar World recommends the Tribute.
The Les Paul Tribute features 490R (rhythm) and 498T (treble) pickups. These Modern Classic pickups feature tonal characteristics similar to the '57 Classic, but deliver a slight increase in the upper mids, for a more contemporary humbucking sound.