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Gibson Limited Run Les Paul BFG Gator Electric Guitar
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      Gibson Limited Run Les Paul BFG Gator Electric Guitar (H71149)

Stunning new tricks and a look befitting of the sonic power of this meaty tone monster.

The Les Paul BFG Gator has a fun and effective "kill switch" in the usual position of the three-way selector puts plenty of new tricks up this BFG's sleeve, while the inclusion of a pair of pickups that represent the best of Gibson's innovative history provides a surprisingly wide range of sweet and snarling voices. Wrap it all in a stunning Gator Green nitrocellulose finish complemented by black-plated hardware, a green Gibson logo, and a markerless fingerboard, and you've got a stunning new addition to the Les Paul BFG family.

Like every great Les Paul Standard-styled Gibson, the Les Paul BFG Gator pairs the carved maple top and mahogany body (chambered for improved weight and resonance) that have helped to make the design legendary since 1952, while a glued-in mahogany neck with rounded "Studio" profile and a 22-fret rosewood fingerboard ensure optimum playability. While the BFG is traditionally a no-frills model with minimal adornments, a set of genuine wood control knobs adds an extra touch of class to this guitar and beautifully complements the three-dimensional "gator scales" look of the grain-textured satin finish. GroverĀ® tuners, a Tune-o-matic bridge, a wraparound tailpiece, and a PLEK-cut Corian nut keep it all solid and singing with sustain, and translucent control plates round back let you see what's going on under the hood.

The hot, beating heart of the Les Paul BFG Gator is found in its ingenious combination of two of Gibson's most popular pickups of all time. A P-90 in the neck position yields all the biting, edgy, fat single-coil tones that have made this pickup a favorite since the 1940s. In the bridge position, a BurstBucker 3 presents classic PAF-style clarity and depth, with a little extra oomph when you need it, courtesy of slightly overwound coils, which are also wax potted to avoid microphonic squeal at high volume levels. Both pickups are made with genuine Alnico magnets (Alnico V in the P-90, Alnico II in the BB3), and the pair is routed through a network of independent volume controls, master tone control, three-way toggle switch. As a fun bonus, there's also a "kill switch" mounted in the usual upper-bout selector switch position, handy for dramatic stutter and chopper effects.

Gibson Limited Run Les Paul BFG Gator Electric Guitar Features:

  • Chambered mahogany body
    Maple top
    Mahogany neck
    '50s rounded neck profile
    Rosewood fretboard
    22 frets
    Corian nut
    Gibson PLEK system
    P-90 Alnico V neck humbucker
    Uncovered zebra Bursbucker 3 (Alnico II) bridge humbucker
    2 Volume, 1 Tone control
    Woodend BFG-style knobs
    3-way Switchcraft in treble tone control location
    Kill switch in 3-way selector location
    Black Grover tuners
    18:1 tuning ratio
    Tune-O-Matic bridge/stopbar tailpiece
    Nitrocellulose finish
    Gibson gig bag

Gibson Limited Run Les Paul BFG Gator Electric Guitar Specifications:

  • 12" radius
    1.695" nut width

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  • Screaming Paul

    As reviewed by Joe Southard on 7/9/2011

    This guitar seriously rocks! From southern rock to full on metal this guitar takes no prisoners. I have read other reviews & vids on Youtube where people complain about the pickup being noisy; I have not had the problem at all, & I must say it has nearly the amount of gain that my X2N Dimarzio puts out.The P90 in the neck has the glassy kind of tone to it that is very Slash esq sounding with gain & acoustic sounding on clean. The guitar without being plugged in is super resonate & nearly as loud as some semi hollow body models. The finish is killer. It feels like raw wood yet it has a nitrocellulose finish. The neck is slightly chunky but extremely fast playable, the fretboard feels great & pretty flat to me. Nearly a fret-less wonder kind of feel. This is diffidently a players guitar & not quite for wall art. The organic feel and sound of this thing really shines. My hat goes off to Gibson on this one.

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  • Heavy Tone But Noisy!

    As reviewed by Frank Motsay on 3/4/2012

    I bought this guitar at a good price and thought that the scaley look would grow on me like the dog that's so ugly it starts to look cool. Well, the look did grow on me after a couple of days. It is darker than the pics show unless it's in bright light light & the texture is really...interesting. The only negative about the look of the guitar was that the control plate covers on the back are clear and scratched up like crazy. The Gibson box was unopened when it came, so did Gibson WANT it to leave the factory that way? The kill switch on mine worked great - no noise like an old dirty tone pot. Nice feature. Now on to the important stuff: the sounds this thing can generate. They are HEAVY tones that I had in mind when I bought it. Alas, the noise from it annoyed the tar out of me. I had to return it after about 2 weeks. I don't think I got a "lemon", I just think that the things that give it this awesome heavy Les Paul tone are also it's demise. It is the noisiest guitar that I ever played - even in the humbucker position. The pickups are mounted to the body and I couldn't lower either the neck P-90 or the bridge Burstbucker 3 very much at all. The P-90 is always going to be noisy, but on this model it was way over the top. Indeed, even the BB3 - my favorite Gibson pickup - was way noisier than I could handle when not playing and the non-musical feedback was more than I could take. For what it's worth, I loved the tone from this Shrek-like little beast. I tried to love it, but it just got too annoying. If you like hard rock and classic metal stylings you really should try this guitar out. Maybe I did just get a lemon.

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