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Gibson 2009 Les Paul Tribute Electric Guitar

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The passing of the incomparable Gibson Les Paul in August 2009 broke the hearts of guitar enthusiasts around the world. What can never be broken, though, is the legacy of innovation and creativity tha... Click To Read More About This Product

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The passing of the incomparable Gibson Les Paul in August 2009 broke the hearts of guitar enthusiasts around the world. What can never be broken, though, is the legacy of innovation and creativity that he built during 94 years of constant musicianship. Though the original guitar he designed in 1952 has informed every Gibson guitar since, our engineers were inspired anew to handcraft a guitar just the way Les demanded it nearly 60 years ago. Never before has a Gibson Les Paul guitar been so completely designed to Les' original specifications”until now. Anchored by a golden mahogany body, maple top and rosewood fingerboard, the Gibson Les Paul Tribute 1952 guitar is equipped with an all-new bridge that's an exact replica of Les' original 1952 patent. Gibson luthiers have also added historical interest with details like stamping "prototype" into the back of the peg head and staying true to Les' preference for P-90 pickups.

Each Gibson Les Paul Tribute 1952 guitar is topped with a two-piece maple top that fits snugly onto a two-piece mahogany body. The maple top is Grade C and its mahogany body is Grade A. This wood combination yields not only a gorgeous exterior but also a specific yet versatile tone that many guitarists have come to demand. The mahogany body of the Gibson Les Paul Tribute 1952 cranks out tone that is somewhat soft, but extremely well-balanced, with good grind and bite. It has the potential for good depth, with full (though not super-tight) lows, velvety highs and a slightly compressed response. Its maple cap adds snap, sizzle and sustain. The electric guitar's resonance also benefits from not having any bridge or stopbar holes. The gleaming gold finish of the Gibson Les Paul Tribute 1952 guitar is complemented with stunning antique binding, done painstakingly by hand in Gibson's Nashville, TN shop.

The top of the Gibson Les Paul Tribute 1952 guitar comes in a classically beautiful Gold finish, just as Les's first Les Paul guitars did. The rim, back and neck showcase the beautiful grain patterns of Grade A mahogany and are treated to many coats of high-gloss lacquer. This lacquer accentuates the beautiful wood grain patterns of the mahogany body and protects its maple top. The 90-sheen lacquer finish gives the guitar a sleek surface that's smooth to the touch. Unlike many other manufacturers who settle for a polyurethane finish, Gibson opts for a nitrocellulose finish that will encourage the natural vibration of the Les Paul guitar for a purer tone. In addition, a nitro finish is very porous and actually gets thinner over time. That way your electric guitar's wood can breathe and age beautifully.

Neck and Headstock
This Les Paul is fitted with Gibson's classic '50s neck profile, which is a thicker, rounder profile than the necks that followed in the '60s. The neck is constructed from a solid piece of Grade-A mahogany, the hands-down best choice for guitarists who demand a strong but lightweight neck. Before becoming "putty" in the hands of Gibson's skilled craftsmen, the mahogany is milled and cut to a highly desirable "quarter sawn" wood-grain orientation and then kiln-dried until it has reached optimum moisture levels. The traditional truss rod, found in most Gibson guitars, is highly responsive to the individual adjustments you'll want to make to personalize and optimize string action and sustain. The truss rod cover on the Gibson Les Paul Tribute guitar is chrome. The headstock is carefully angled at a tried-and-true 17 degrees, which increases pressure on the strings and helps them stay in the nut slots. An increase in string pressure also means there is no loss of string vibration between the nut and the tuners, which equals better sustain. The Gibson logo”one of the most globally recognized logos of all time”is inlaid in mother-of-pearl onto the headstock. The "Les Paul Model" signature is silkscreened in gold just below the logo. To offer historical interest, the word "prototype" is stamped into the back of the peg head.

Neck Fit
Gibson uses what is known as the Mortise & Tenon neck joint to bind neck to body so that the two pieces form one solid unit. This time-tested joint style has been used in all the great woodworking arts”from shipbuilding to cabinetry”and has been proven to yield a stronger neck and body than if the Les Paul guitar was made from a single piece of wood. The adhesive used to join neck and body is Franklin Titebond 50, one of the strongest glues on the market today. When fitting the neck and body together, Gibson uses precise measuring equipment so that all angles, pitches and alignments maintain a tolerance within .005 of an inch. Not only does this help to keep your Gibson Les Paul guitar in tune but it also maintains proper string alignment relative to the fingerboard.

The Gibson Les Paul Tribute 1952 is equipped with a Grade-A rosewood fingerboard, loved by guitarists the world over for its comfortable playability and mellow tone. The 12" radius of the Gibson Les Paul Tribute 1952 fingerboard provides smooth note bending capabilities and eliminates "dead" or "choked out" notes, common occurrences on fingerboards with lesser radiuses. The acrylic trapezoid inlays that decorate the fingerboard are made of white ABS plastic, giving these classic inlays the look you lust for. The Gibson guitar's neck is also accented by gorgeous antique binding.

The nut on the Gibson Les Paul Tribute 1952 is made from Corian, which is mainly composed of acrylic polymer. It's a very durable material, delivers enhanced sustain, and holds the tolerances of the precision cuts made by Gibson's PLEK machine. It is installed into the top surface of the neck, butting up to the end of the fingerboard to ensure proper tone and sustain transfer.

Both the neck and bridge position pickups are equipped with cream-colored screaming single-coil P-90 pickups. The P-90 was the standard pickup on all Gibson models in the late 1940s and into the 1950s and because of its crisp, bright tone it has experienced resurgence in popularity with many of today's modern rockers. These classic Gibson pickups deliver sizzling, slightly gritty midrange roar. You'll find that the P-90s' high output and biting treble has more nuanced harmonic coloring than the typical Fender single coil pickup.

This Gibson Les Paul features two Gold Speedvolume controls with potentiometers made by CTS. The pots (short for potentiometer) have an Ohm reading of 300k, which allows for a smooth variation from soft to loud. It also features two Gold Speedtone control knobs with a pot Ohm reading of 500k, the highest value for a panel pot, and provides a very smooth transition between highs and lows. The Gibson guitar features a three-way toggle switch made of stainless steel and adorned with a cr¨me cap and a cr¨me washer. This switch acts as the instrument's pickup selector. The 1/4" output jack made by Switchcraft is super heavy-duty construction, holding your guitar cable securely in place. The jack is offset by a plastic cr¨me jack plate.

The headstock is equipped with vintage-style tuning keys with press-in bushings. Plated in nickel and sealed with a special lubricant, these keys are designed to withstand a lifetime of tunings. The bridge is a tribute to Les. Gibson engineers designed it after the original Les Paul patent of 1952. The story goes that Les and Gibson had a difference of opinion on the string wrap direction. Gibson wanted it to wrap underneath and Les wanted to be able to palm mute the strings so he needed it to wrap over the top of the bar. When Gibson's didn't see it his way, Les designed and patented one himself in 1952. So here it is, Les, just for you...

The control knobs are Gibson's Gold Speed knobs, found on many vintage and modern Gibson guitars. The pickguard is made of cream-colored ABS plastic and is designed specially to fit around P-90 pickups.

Your Gibson Les Paul Tribute 1952 Plain Top comes protected in one of Gibson's durable hardshell cases. In addition, each Les Paul Tribute 1952 comes with a Certificate of Authenticity, which carries an Les Paul photo insert and the details of your guitar.


Mahogany body
Maple top
24-3/4" scale
Set neck joint
Mahogany neck
Rosewood fretboard
50s neck profile
22 frets
1-11/16" nut width
12" fretboard radius
Les Paul Trapeze bridge
Gibson P-90 bridge and neck pickups
Two volume, two tone controls
Kluson-style tuners
Chrome hardware
3-way pickup selector
Lacquer gold top finish
Includes Gibson hardshell case
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Gibson2009 Les Paul Tribute Electric Guitar

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(4 of 11 customers found this review helpful)



By Eric

from Plymouth, WI

Comments about Gibson 2009 Les Paul Tribute Electric Guitar:

The p-90's in this guitar are amazing! The clean sounds are amazing and the overdriven tones scream!

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)


WOW!!!! Im speechless...

By Bark Horton

from Benton, AR

Comments about Gibson 2009 Les Paul Tribute Electric Guitar:

I recently was in Los Angeles and i went to check out the local guitar center. As soon as i walked in this golden majestic guitar drew me right in to it. I played it and wow i still cant believe how great and "perfect" it sounded! This guitar is designed as close as ever to the original blueprint from Les Paul(Trust me i looked it up) the p 90's are by far the best pickups ive played. Everything is so crisp and there's no artificial noise at all!! And how could one go wrong with the gold finish this guitar is absolutely beautiful inside and out if i could i would trade my girlfriend for this guitar. If you have the money, unlike me, please i suggest you to buy this because you will instantly fall in love with it. No wonder why so many rockstars a la slash, jimmy page played these guitars! They Are HEAVEN IN A GUITAR

(2 of 4 customers found this review helpful)


Who needs a wallet anyways?

By Henry Mackaman

from St. Paul, MN

Comments about Gibson 2009 Les Paul Tribute Electric Guitar:

I recently saw this guitar at my local music store, which really surprised me. I knew instantly that I had to try it out. I was impressed right off the bat with the finish and the flare, but with a price tag like that, its not enough just to be eye candy! I've never been a fan of the weight distribution of pauls, but this one wasn't bad. I plugged into a blues deville, and let the notes fly. I was skeptical about the p90s, but the bite of the treble was smoother than I had anticipated. This is one cool guitar, but man oh man, at what a price... I would recommend getting a standard over this goldtop. The tribute gold top isn't one thousand dollars 'better' than a standard!

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By Cameron

from humble, teaxas

Comments about Gibson 2009 Les Paul Tribute Electric Guitar:

This guitar has the most amazing, looks beatiful, and has the best qualitie

(0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


Very bluesy and perfect mids

By Javier

from Fullerton Ca

Comments about Gibson 2009 Les Paul Tribute Electric Guitar:

the P-90's in this are absolutely amazing and sound good with all styles of music. bar chords are very clear on every note and the standard chords are very shimmery. i think this guitar can only be played through a tube amp to catch the full tone and potential of the pickups.


A Must Have Tribute to a Giant

By Dave

from Charleston, SC

Comments about Gibson 2009 Les Paul Tribute Electric Guitar:

The first thing you will notice when you open the case and pick it up is that the workmanship is absolutely flawless. The feel is solid and comfortable, and the moment you begin to play it you'll fall in love. The neck fits your hand perfectly, not too small and not too big, and it feels like something you have owned for years. Any guitar that feels this good is one that you will play. Plug it into an amp and the tone comes alive, with creamy highs with luscious overtones and smooth soft lows. The lows are not as tight as a humbucker but they are not mushy and will not disappoint when you crank up the gain. The tone is so delightful that I can't put mine down. I just want to hear it over and over again and I find myself choosing it over my Les Paul Standards. It sounds fantastic whether it's plugged into my Fender Twin, Mesa Dual Rectifier, or 1983 JCM800. Over and above the great tone is the finish quality. The flawless gold paint, mahogony back, sides, and neck, and chrome hardware work together to produce a guitar that you will want to look at as much as play. The only way to truly appreciate this beauty is to get one for yourself. Gibson has outdone itself with this one, it delivers. This limited run guitar is nearly sold out, and when they are gone you'll be paying a lot more to pick one up.


Great Guitar!

By Brandon

from Westminster

Comments about Gibson 2009 Les Paul Tribute Electric Guitar:

I've had this guitar for a little bit now and it is just amazing. The pickupus deliver a great sound and tone, and the vintage look is awsome. Gibson has a tradition of great guitars and this does not break that tradition.

(0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


Totally groovy!

By Jesica

from Chino Hills, CA

Comments about Gibson 2009 Les Paul Tribute Electric Guitar:

This is the best guitar I have ever bought. The sound is phenomenal! and it's so gorgeous on stage. And for those who are afraid to commit to something so expensive, it's totally worth it.

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