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Gibson 1961 Les Paul Tribute Electric Guitar

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In 1961, Gibson took a quantum leap forward in style and design by updating the traditional single-cutaway Les Paul to a sleek new double-cutaway design, known simply as the SG Standard after 1962. Th... Click To Read More About This Product

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In 1961, Gibson took a quantum leap forward in style and design by updating the traditional single-cutaway Les Paul to a sleek new double-cutaway design, known simply as the SG Standard after 1962. The guitar has been a rock essential ever since.

This SG and its descendants have made legendary music in the hands of countless major artists”Eric Clapton, Robby Krieger, Angus Young, Derek Trucks, and more”because to this day the Les Paul/SG remains a forerunner for tone, feel and looks. Capturing the original vibe of the 1961 Les Paul/SG in all its glory, but with significant improvements that bring it into the 21st century, Gibson USA introduces the 1961 Les Paul Tribute”a guitar that can take you back to the dawn of rock, or thrust you forward into the future of music.

An undeniable classic, the original Les Paul/SG Standard of 1961-62 was released with one well-recognized flaw: its stylish Deluxe Vibrato unit (commonly known as the œSideways Vibrato for its side-to-side action) never functioned quite as smoothly or accurately as intended. Now Gibson USA has not only recreated this legendary guitar in all its period-correct glory, but totally re-engineered the Sideways Vibrato for smooth, efficient action with perfect pitch return.

While the 1961 Les Paul Tribute retains the magic of the original by capturing every nuance of this highly desirable vintage guitar, it also soars to new heights of tone and performance.

A body and neck crafted from lightweight Grade-A mahogany in the archetypal double-cutaway style with beveled edges results in superb playing comfort, as well as outstanding resonance and sustain. Gibson USA selects dark one-piece, Grade-A rosewood to give the fingerboard a traditional look and feel, then loads the guitar with vintage-correct hardware, two PAF-style ™57 Classic humbucking pickups, and historically accurate plastics.

Topped with a high-gloss Heritage Cherry finish in hand-sprayed nitrocellulose, the ™61 Les Paul/SG Standard resurrects a hallowed classic from more than five decades ago”and puts a smile on your face when you dig into that vibrato.

Body and Neck
Like the original 1961 Les Paul/SG, the 1961 Les Paul Tribute has a body crafted from solid mahogany in the asymmetrical œdouble-horned deep double-cutaway design. Coupled with the SG's characteristic beveled body edge”a big part of this model's distinctive styling”the mahogany' light weight also enhances playing comfort, and the fine grain of the Grade-A tonewood used beneath the semi-transparent Heritage Cherry finish looks superb. The guitar' quarter-sawn mahogany neck is carved in a slim but rounded profile that measures 0.800 at the 1st fret and 0.895 at the 12th. It' glued into the body with Gibson' acclaimed mortise-and-tenon neck joint, and topped with a rich brown Grade-A rosewood fingerboard sporting 22 jumbo frets and vintage cream binding. Acrylic trapezoid fingerboard inlays, accompanied by a mother-of-pearl headstock logo and holly inlay, round out the guitar' stunning visuals.

Pickups and Electronics
To capture the full-throated tone of the 1961 Les Paul Tribute, Gibson USA loads it with a pair of the most accurate PAF-styled humbuckers available today. The ™57 Classics in the neck and bridge positions are made with genuine Alnico II magnets, and wound with 42-AWG enamel-coated wire. To complement today' high-volume music, the coils are wax potted to combat microphonic squeal. Routed through the classic configuration of an independent volume and tone control for each pickup and a three-way toggle switch, this pair gives you warm yet articulate voices from the neck position, crunchy yet singing bridge tones, and sweet round sounds in between.

Alongside the traditional tune-o-matic bridge and vintage-style tuners with pearloid buttons, the Sideways Vibrato represents a major performance upgrade over original vintage units. Gibson USA has totally re-engineered the Sideways Vibrato for smoother action and accurate return-to-pitch capabilities, while retaining the historic look of the original. What' more, the vintage-cream binding, black top hat with silver volume and tone inserts, an early ™60s style five-ply black plastic pickguard, and traditional black-and-white œbell truss-rod cover hot-stamped with œLes Paul all contribute to the guitar' period-correct look.

The 1961 Les Paul Tribute comes protected in a black Gibson hardshell case and includes an owner' manual, adjustment literature, and truss rod wrench.


  • Solid mahogany body with iconic double-horned design
  • Mahogany neck with slim, rounded profile
  • Bound rosewood fingerboard with acrylic trapezoid inlays
  • Pair of '57 Classic humbucking pickups in the neck and bridge positions
  • Tune-o-matic bridge with sideways vibrato
  • Vintage-style tuners with pearloid buttons and 14:1 ratio
  • Includes case
  • Species: Mahogany
  • Adhesive: Franklin Titebond 50
  • Species: Mahogany
  • Profile: Slim, Rounded
  • Truss Rod: Traditional Adjustable
  • Joint Angle: 4 (+/- 15 seconds)
  • Adhesive: Franklin Titebond 50
Neck Fit
  • Joint: Mortise & Tenon
  • Adhesive: Franklin Titebond 50
  • Joint Angle: Tolerance +/- .005"
  • Species: Rosewood
  • Frets: 22
  • Radius: 12"
  • Nut/E.O.B: 1.695/2.260
  • Binding: Cream
  • Inlays: Figured Acrylic Trapezoid
  • Material: Corian
  • Width: 1.695
  • Slots: Gibson PLEK System
  • Type: SP2
  • Logo: Mother-of-pearl "Gibson" with holly
  • Truss Rod Cover: Black & White Hot Stamp White "Les Paul"
  • Angle: 17 Degrees"
  • Model: Vintage-Style with Pearloid Buttons
  • Plating: Nickel
  • Tuning: Ratio 14:1
  • Type: Tune-O-Matic
  • Material: Zamak
  • Plating: Chrome
  • Type Sideways: Vibrato
  • Plating: Chrome
  • Pickguard: 5ply B/W/B/W/B
  • Knobs: Black Top Hats with Silver Inserts and Dial Pointers
  • Toggle Switch: Washer Black Hot Stamp Gold
  • Trim Rings: Black
  • Control Plate: Cover Black
  • Strings: .009 - .046, Genuine Gibson strings
  • Strap Buttons: Aluminum
  • Neck Position: '57 Classic (Alnico II)
  • Bridge Position: '57 Classic (Alnico II)
  • Potentiometers: 2 Volume Controls, 2 Tone Controls
  • Type: 500K Non-Linear
  • Coil Wiring: Machine Wound
  • Toggle Switch: Three-way with Cream Tip
  • Output Jack: Traditional 1/4"
  • Sealer: Nitrocellulose
  • Process: 1-1.5 mils Cherry
  • Type: Hardshell
  • Case Exterior: Black with Silver Gibson Logo
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