The 2013 Les Paul Signature “T” wraps all of Les Paul’s legendary innovation into a sweet looking and great sounding Les Paul that honors the memory of this legendary guitar’s inventor, while providin... Read More
The 2013 Les Paul Signature “T” wraps all of Les Paul’s legendary innovation into a sweet looking and great sounding Les Paul that honors the memory of this legendary guitar’s inventor, while providing an instrument primed for the power and versatility demanded by today’s gigging guitarist. Traditional tonewoods are married to enhance playing comfort and two of Gibson’s finest PAF-style humbucking pickups, with upgraded switching for bonus single-coil tones.
The Les Paul Signature “T” is built on a foundation of the same traditional tonewood combination that helped to make the Les Paul Standard legendary when it first arrived six decades ago. A carved solid Grade-AA figured maple top lends bite and articulation to the sound, while a select mahogany back—treated with Gibson’s traditional weight relief to increase playing comfort and enhance resonance—contributes superb warmth and depth. A solid, quarter-sawn mahogany neck is glued in and carved in the fast 60s SlimTaper™ profile, and topped with a rich brown Grade-A Granadillo fingerboard with 22 medium-jumbo frets and traditional trapezoid inlays.
Traditional touches include cream body and fingerboard binding, pickguard, and pickup rings, along with gold Speed Knobs and a black “bell” truss-rod cover with commemorative “T” engraving. Classic Gibson construction ensures optimum playability, too, along with traditional specs like a 24 ¾” scale length, a 1 11/16” width across the PLEK-cut Corian™ nut, and a 12-inch fingerboard radius for smooth, easy bending.
For a blend of vintage tone and modern versatility, the Les Paul Signature “T” is loaded with a pair of Gibson’s ’57 Classic™ pickups, mounted “open coil” for a subtle hotrod look. Both are made in the image of the hallowed PAF humbucker of the late 1950s with Alnico II magnets in the neck position for plenty of warmth and clarity, and in the bridge position, the ’57 Classic Plus™ which features slightly over-wound coils for juicy crunch and wailing lead tones. Both pickups are wax potted, too, to avoid microphonic squeal at high volume levels. Both pickups feature push-pull tone controls which provide coil splitting for authentic single-coil tones.
The innovative pairing of a Tune-o-Matic™ bridge and Stopbar tailpiece ensures solid sustain and precise intonation, while a set of high-quality Grover™ locking tuners ensures smooth, accurate tuning.
Each guitar includes a Gibson hardshell case covered in black snakeskin-textured vinyl, an owner's manual and truss-rod wrench.
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This Les Paul is the fourth one I've purchased in thirty five years. The Signature "T" is rapidly becoming my go to Gibson. With the coil tapping option the L.P. will deliver up a wide verity of tones. I was a bit leery of (1)- the weight relief, and (2)- the Granidillo finger board, however, my concerns were quickly put to rest. The L.P. "T" will sustain as long as my '77 Custom, and The Granidillo finger board is just as dense, and closed grain as any Rosewood finger board that I've ever played (after one coat of Lemon Oil, the finger board actually took on the look of Walnut). I'm extremely satisfied with the pickups chosen for this L.P., They deliver a hot crisp growl when maxed out, and calm down to various warm tones when the guitar volume is rolled back. I play through a Marshall 40 watt combo amp and it's easy to get those classic rock sounds with very little gain. She'll also deliver that "Trower", or "Clapton" sound with the bridge pickup split. One negative with my "T" is that the binding on the bottom of the neck is not flush where it butts with the neck by about 1/64th of an inch (however after three months of play the lacquer is starting to flush up with the binding). Everything else (IMHO) is as good as gold!
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