The Gibson Les Paul Tribute Model for 2019 is the perfect blend of features and performance. All the right tone woods are here; Mahogany, Maple, and Rosewood. As are a pair of classic sound Gibson Humbucker Pickups that nail quintessential, Authentic Gibson Tones.
A very affordable USA Made guitar at only $1199, the Tribute Les Paul offers less frills and maximum performance. Many of the touches on the Les Paul Standard are for looks only. Binding does not effect how a guitar plays or sounds and yeah, while it looks super cool, it certainly does has no influence on the tone in any quantifiable way. More binding = more problems, ultimately! This is a pure Les Paul with out the body or fingerboard binding, giving you more wood surface, less plastic and less glue.
A rounded neck profile feels perfectly full without being bloated or too skinny. The neck itself is made from Maple and topped with a Rosewood Fingerboard. A 12" fingerboard radius is fast and smooth, allowing for big bends that don't choke out, thanks in part to an Incredible In-House Set Up performed on this beauty by our own George MacPhail.
The 490 Pickup set is one of my personal all time favorites. Being born in the late 1970's, the Gibson sound of the 90's was THESE PICKUPS. Heat, mid range, and it doesn't squeal! A winning combo, indeed, especially through a gain driven amplifier.
Gibson is back in 2019 with new leadership and the quality if already heading in the right direction! The first handful of guitars we have seen have had many of the issues addressed. Better cut nuts, even smoother frets, improved finish work, the improvements are quite obvious! We are stocking USA, Custom Shop, and Montana Made Acoustic Guitars again so make sure to stop by the shop when you get the chance to see how the NEW Gibson's stack up!