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The solid mahogany neck with Slim Taper profile and rosewood fretboard of the 2015 Les Paul Special offer a perfect blend of speed and comfort. Dual P-90 Soapbar Alnico Slug Pickups pack a wide variet... Click To Read More About This Product

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The solid mahogany neck with Slim Taper profile and rosewood fretboard of the 2015 Les Paul Special offer a perfect blend of speed and comfort. Dual P-90 Soapbar Alnico Slug Pickups pack a wide variety of tones via a 3-way switch and master volume and tone pots. 2015 upgrades include an adjustable nut, buffed fretboard, commemorative headstock hologram and PLEK factory setup. Includes hardshell case.

All 2015 Gibson models benefit from some important upgrades:
G Force on all guitars except LP Supreme, Firebird and Derek Trucks SG
Zero Fret Nut - Patent applied for nut with adjustable action
Wider neck and fingerboard (.050 per side) for increased playing comfort
Tune-o-matic bridge featuring hex wrench adjustment on thumbscrews for easy action adjustments
Professional setup - Accurate intonation, PLEK program, 27% lower fretwire
Smoother sanded/buffed fingerboard with oil treatment
One-piece thicker rosewood fingerboard
Pearl inlays return on all product
More robust cables change from 28 AWG to 26 AWG for improved signal
Improved jack design for uninterrupted signal
No satin or vintage gloss finishes: All SKUs will be gloss lacquer
Hardshell case

Features
  • Body
  • Body shape: Double cutaway
  • Body type: Solid body
  • Body material: Solid wood
  • Top wood: Not applicable
  • Body wood: Mahogany
  • Body finish: Gloss
  • Orientation: Right handed
  • Neck
  • Neck shape: SlimTaper
  • Neck wood: Mahogany
  • Joint: Set-in
  • Scale length: 24.75"
  • Truss rod: Les Paul
  • Neck finish: Gloss
  • Fretboard
  • Material: Rosewood
  • Radius: 12"
  • Fret size: Medium jumbo
  • Number of frets: 22
  • Inlays: Block
  • Nut width: 1.795" (45.99mm)
  • Pickups
  • Configuration: SS
  • Neck: P-90SR
  • Middle: Not applicable
  • Bridge: P-90ST
  • Brand: Gibson
  • Active or passive: Passive
  • Series or parallel: Series
  • Piezo: No
  • Active EQ: No
  • Special electronics: None
  • Controls
  • Control layout: Separate volume, tone
  • Pickup switch: 3-way
  • Coil tap or split: No
  • Kill switch: No
  • Hardware
  • Bridge type: Fixed
  • Bridge design: Wraparound
  • Tailpiece: Lightning bar
  • Tuning machines: G Force
  • Color: Nickel/chrome
  • Other
  • Number of strings: 6-string
  • Special features: Body and neck binding
  • Case: Hardshell case
  • Accessories: Warranty card, adjustment tools
  • Country of origin: United States
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Gibson2015 Les Paul Special Double Cut Electric Guitar
 
3.9

(based on 14 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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    (6)

  • 4 Stars

     

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  • 3 Stars

     

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  • 2 Stars

     

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67%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good tone (10)
  • Good feel (9)
  • Good pick up (8)
  • Solid electronics (7)
  • Fun to play (6)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Jamming (7)
  • Practicing (6)
  • Small venues (6)
  • Recording (5)
  • Rock concerts (5)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (7), Professional musician (5)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Took a chance...glad I did!

Like most people, I was a bit uncertain about the mandatory changes that Gibson made on their guitars this year. In my opinion, there is no option for old style controls because Gibson...Read complete review

Like most people, I was a bit uncertain about the mandatory changes that Gibson made on their guitars this year. In my opinion, there is no option for old style controls because Gibson knew that most players would opt out of the modifications, and then they would never even be given a chance to get off the ground. With that said, I'm kind of glad they forced the changes...they seemed iffy at first but they are kind of growing on me. So I'll try to address the changes individually below. New neck profile: At first, I didn't like it. It just felt too wide. I have medium sized hands so the extra little reach was a bit of a stretch for me. People with small hands may not be able to utilize the neck as well as they could a thinner neck. With that said, once you adjust to it, it's kind of nice having a bit of extra space. For example, I typically accidentally mute the high "e" string on most guitars with my fretting hand, because of the extra width that isn't a problem anymore. I can see how it would help with string bends as well...however...I always bend my three high strings up (away from the edge) and the three low strings down so I've never had the issue with fretting out. Zero Fret Nut: This was actually a positive for me from the beginning. I love the sound of P90's on slide guitar, so I imagined that being able to raise the nut would be far more convenient for playing slide than having to adjust the truss rod every time I wanted to play slide, and then having to set intonation again and so on...and then change it back for standard playing. Also, I've had other Gibson's that had the infamous "ping" issue on the G string...with the brass nut that never happens. I also like the sound of it over the Graph Tusq or whatever they used to use. G-Force tuner: Most people aren't going to like this part...I think it works GREAT. It was the worst part about the guitar in my opinion and (almost) kept me from buying the guitar...I still prefer the look of the normal tuners, but you can't see it from the front and it works so well. I have a TC Electronic PolyTune 2 and I checked the Gibson G-Force tuning against it and it's bang on every time. It's super fast too, and you can program in custom tunings...very handy...especially since I like to use this particular guitar for slide, which uses a lot of open tunings, so it helps me to switch between tunings quickly and accurately. The G-Force is also great for changing strings...no more string winder...just hold down a button and voila! The tuner will tighten/loosen the string for you in seconds! And the fact that it comes with a rechargeable battery is a huge plus as well. I go weeks between charges and I retune a lot. I run 10 gauge strings (it came with 9's) and so I did have to do the recalibration procedure...but it only took a few minutes and after I was finished BAM it was right back in perfect tune. The ONLY real lookout I can think of is at first the G-Force seems like it won't hold tune...that was very frustrating and I almost took back the guitar because of it...but I figured I'd stick it out since I know new strings need to stretch a bit before they hold tune, so I assumed that was the issue and I was right. After a few hours of playing the tunings were very stable, just as stable as on my LP Traditional with the Gibson Deluxe tuners. So if it seems like it won't hold tune, just give it a bit to break in. Sound: P90's sound GREAT! This guitar was a replacement for an Epiphone Casino (which I loved) but the Casino just kept screaming at me...the negative of a hollow body...the feedback. So I sold it and picked up this one and I was not disappointed. These P90's are super clear and clean when you want it...and sound great dirty if you like that (I do), nice fat over-driven sound. Gibson said they changed these P90's from previous ones to make them sound more "vintage" or something along those lines, and while I don't know about "vintage" they do sound incredible. Much more versatile than the P90's in the Casino. Playability: The PLEK'd neck is a breeze to play on. No dead frets, no buzzing, super low action. Once you adjust to the neck width it plays super smooth and fast.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Returned it w/o ever plugging it in.

Immediately started testing out the G-Force AutoTune system & found it quirky...wasn't reliable,wouldn't always tune accurately when switching from Standard to Open "E" tuning & back. ...Read complete review

Immediately started testing out the G-Force AutoTune system & found it quirky...wasn't reliable,wouldn't always tune accurately when switching from Standard to Open "E" tuning & back. Would be too slow for onstage changes between songs & often wouldn't tune accurately til several attempts. Some may like it but I was quickly irritated with it...better to have a 2nd axe ready in an alternate tuning. The HSC was a looker on the outside but the inside was cheap fur over lightweight cardboard. Exchanged the Special for the LP 50's Tribute Gold Top / Black Back cuz it's got the P-90s as well & Grover Kidney Bean Tuners, my Old School favs. Too bad the Tribute only comes w/gig bag...I saved a C-note+ on the exchange but the 2 LPs are virtually the same price...why no HSC for the Tribute LP? Oh well...gig bags are often easier to fit in the truck cab and can tote more accessories than the compartment in a HSC. Additionally, I thought the Holographic Sticker of Les Paul on the headstock was kinda creepy. Well Gibson, I tried but you lost me on this one. Still love all the carved top single cuts so thanks for sure!!!!

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4.0

Nice guitar

By B

from Los Osos Ca

About Me Experienced

Pros

  • Fun To Play
  • Good Feel
  • Good Pick Up
  • Good Tone
  • Solid Electronics

Cons

  • G Force tuner

Best Uses

  • Jamming
  • Practicing
  • Recording
  • Rock Concerts
  • School Bands
  • Small Venues

Comments about Gibson 2015 Les Paul Special Double Cut Electric Guitar:

I really love playing this guitar. I use it for recording and live shows and the p90s really cut through. I did not like the GfORCE tuner so I replaced that fairly quickly with Grover tulip tuners.
I took it to my local guitar tech to get the job done though as there is a some pilot holes to be drilled. Spent$100 on professional set up and now it is a dream to play. Love the wider neck although it did take a few days to get used to.
No bells and whistles on this this but it is a great workhorse guitar. I will never get rid of it and think it will always have a place in the rack. Thank you gibson for making a nice guitar affordable.

(1 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

p90s are terrible

By The Fin

from Chiacgo

About Me Experienced

Pros

    Cons

    • I Am Replacing Them
    • I Was Surprised How Noise
    • Lindy Fralin Noiseless
    • The P90s Are So Noisey

    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Practicing
    • Small Venues

    Comments about Gibson 2015 Les Paul Special Double Cut Electric Guitar:

    I use it during group lessons and playing with my band. The hum makes the pups unusable. I replaced them immediately with lindy fralin noiseless p90s

    (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Love it!!!

    By Kareemeltamami

    from Brooklyn, NYC

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

    • Fun To Play
    • Good Feel
    • Good Pick Up
    • Good Tone
    • Solid Electronics

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Jamming
      • Practicing
      • Recording
      • Rock Concerts
      • Small Venues

      Comments about Gibson 2015 Les Paul Special Double Cut Electric Guitar:

      Its a very nice guitar. I've been playing it for 5 months now, works very well for me. Intonation, zero-fret nut not a single problem, I really love the P90 pickups, they add a lot of tone to the guitar. I didn't like the G-Force automatic tuner in the beginning, but after i knew how to use it for different tunings, i really got used to it, its really fast and its full battery could tune it over 100 times. I would recommend it for all musicians who are looking for a good not so expensive gibson guitar.

      (0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      1.0

      If I could give this guitar 0 stars, I would.

      By Mark

      from Nj

      About Me Professional Musician

      Pros

      • Good Feel
      • Good Pick Up
      • Good Tone

      Cons

      • cheap hardware
      • Does Not Stay In Tune
      • Gibson G-Force
      • Melody Maker Bridge
      • Poor Quality Craftsmanship

      Best Uses

      • None until you replace the cheap stock hardware

      Comments about Gibson 2015 Les Paul Special Double Cut Electric Guitar:

      I don't know where to start with this guitar. This is the fist gibson I have ever owned and probably will be the last. The craftsmanship of this guitar is mediocre at best, the melody maker bridge is the worst possible bridge you could ever put in a guitar, impossible to intonate. Not to mention that it was mounted in the body wrong and needed to be replaced. After replacing that joke of a bridge, the quality of the guitar improved greatly. The G-Forcer tuner and the machine pegs through, they are just as horrible. The tuner is inaccurate and an ergonomic nightmare. The pegs supply no tuning stability whatsoever and need inevitable replacement. I would stay as far away from this guitar as possible unless you're willing to spend the money to change out all the cheap hardware. That's the only was to make this guitar playable.

      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Nice guitar!

      By Bill

      from SC

      About Me Professional Musician

      Pros

      • Good Feel
      • Good Tone
      • Solid Electronics

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Recording
        • Rock Blues
        • Rock Concerts
        • Small Venues

        Comments about Gibson 2015 Les Paul Special Double Cut Electric Guitar:

        Just received mine today. First impressions are as follows. The neck is definetly wider which doesn't bother me as I have big hands and did not take long to get use to. Might be an issue if you have small hands and short fingers. The look and finish are top notch. Plays pretty darn good out of the box but will do some minor adjustments after playing it for awhile. I'm detecting a bit of an overtone coming from the nut on the high E string when plucked in the open position. I like the idea of the adjustable nut but not sure I'm going to like the tone....time will tell. Love the P90s! Plugged straight into a Pro Junior and turned the amp up about halfway. I was pleasantly surprised at how well the P90s sang and had very nice sustain. I'm looking forward to plugging in to my pedal board and Koch amp. Ok, about the G Force tuning system. It seems a lot of people don't like it. So far I think it's a great idea and I am having no trouble staying in tune. I went from standard E tuning to open D tuning and back with no problems. I feel the system works better when plucking the strings one at a time. No different than most tuners right? To me, the real value is in being able to tune to the open turnings or a half or whole step down from standard which I will use a lot. Someone mentioned that the G Force was cheaply made while another person said that it added weight to the head of the guitar. Well, the G Force case is made of plastic...hey, here's an idea...probably to save weight at the headstock! And I do not feel it makes the guitar out of balance at all. I feel the hologram of ole Les is cheesy and somewhat cheapens the look of the guitar. Thankfully it is located on the back of the headstock. I suppose you could peal it off it if bothers you that much. As far as the case goes, it will do the job it should. It has a nice thick handle and the compartment cover does feel a bit wimpy but the rest of the inside of the case feels good and seems to support the guitar well. One last comment. The volume and tone knobs feel strange to me. They are smooth and tapered and I don't feel like I can grasp them very well. Although this is minor they will most likely get changed to regular Gibson speed knobs in the future. Overall I believe this is a very good guitar for the money.

         
        5.0

        Great Guitar

        By Doc

        from Texas

        About Me Experienced

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Fun To Play
        • Good Feel
        • Good Pick Up
        • Good Tone
        • Solid Electronics

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Jamming
          • Practicing
          • Small Venues

          Comments about Gibson 2015 Les Paul Special Double Cut Electric Guitar:

          It's a Great Guitar. G-Force works nicely.
          Recommend a Tone Pros AVT2G Bridge System
          Nice Colors!
          Great Tone! Good Feel!

          (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

           
          2.0

          Unfortunately disappointed.

          By Mark

          from Northern New Jersey

          About Me Experienced

          Pros

          • Aesthetically Pleasing
          • Good Pick Up
          • Good Tone

          Cons

          • Adjustable Nut
          • Falls out of tune
          • G-force Tuner
          • Needs A Different Bridge
          • Poor intonation

          Best Uses

            Comments about Gibson 2015 Les Paul Special Double Cut Electric Guitar:

            I did some research on this guitar when I first stumbled across it. Despite the negative comments about the G-Force tuner and the rumors of Gibson guitars falling out of tune easily, I wen't ahead and bought the guitar. Sadly, the negative reviews on the guitar were pretty accurate. This guitar has a very hard time staying in tune and the intonation has never been right since I bought it. I've tried making adjustments myself, I've brought it to some reputable guitar techs. I have tried heavy strings, light strings, yet nothing seems to work. Which is unfortunate because this guitar sounds great, plays well and looks really good. The G-Force is a bit of a nuisance in my opinion and that brass nut I feel is a contributing factor to the guitars tuning issues, as well as the bridge. Removal of the G-Force, a better bridge and a traditional nut would probably make this guitar 100x better but I'm not entirely sure if it worth putting that much money and effort into.

            (1 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            Wider neck, WHY?

            By SBRNRMF!

            from Samsterdam, Virginia

            About Me Experienced

            Pros

            • Better Neckbody Joint
            • Fun To Play
            • Good Feel
            • Good Tone
            • Great Sustain And Tone
            • Mahogany Slab
            • Tv Yellow Is Cool

            Cons

            • Did I Mention The Neck
            • Headstock Logo Is Cheesy
            • Neck Is Too Wide
            • Wide neck

            Best Uses

            • Jamming
            • Practicing
            • Recording
            • Rock Concerts
            • Rockin' Out

            Comments about Gibson 2015 Les Paul Special Double Cut Electric Guitar:

            First off, I don't know if this was actually made in 2015 or not. So it's really hard to tell with the serial number.

            I'd gotten my guitar stripped of parts, so I was able to use this as a canvas for a customized guitar of my own. Actually, one I'd wanted for years.

            The body is a solid mahogany slab with a mahogany neck so this thing is a tank! I'd only had a bridge mini-humbucker installed and cut a wood block to put into the empty neck cavity.

            My only gripe about this guitar is the size of the wide neck. Gibson didn't need to make this neck so wide. The 60's slim-tapered neck was already a flat wide enough neck. I think they should go back to the 50's and keep necks like that. They seem to have more comfort for my tastes. Other than that, this is a solid guitar. I'd gotten Grover tuners which are fine for my tastes.

            The mahogany wood gives this guitar mucho sustain and great tone.

            (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            I Am Not A Purist, But...

            By TheBender

            from Bremen, GA

            About Me Experienced

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Good Feel
            • Good Pick Up
            • Good Tone
            • Solid Electronics

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about Gibson 2015 Les Paul Special Double Cut Electric Guitar:

                Here's the deal. This is a nice guitar. It's a Gibson big hunk of mahogany with very good P90 pickups.
                The fit and finish is just fine. I got the dark vintage sunburst and find it very attractive. Very little needed to be done setup wise, which is unusual for any new guitar. If you like a double cut guitar, this is a nice one.

                The fret board binding is a nice touch. The P90's snarl or chime. I am becoming a fan of P90's. I like how they keep their clarity even when adding distortion. They are very versatile. I like the wrap around tail piece and the one volume and tone. I set the pickups heights in conjunction with the mix of bass to treble I want, and the tone knob gets me the rest of the way. Again, very versatile.

                I am not adverse to changes when they are improvements. The zero fret nut is good and bad. Good in that the adjustment allows you to get the strings at just the right height above the first fret without filing. This makes for excellent playability. I don't believe in the phrase "no bone, no tone". The nut only affects open strings and 90 percent of my playing is done with strings depressed. The bad part about the nut is that Gibson made the neck wider without changing the string spacing, so you have plenty of room on either side of the E's, but for a guy with catcher mitt hands like me, I would have preferred the strings be evenly spaced, but that is not a big deal. I am, however, afraid that the wider neck may be too wide for players that prefer a slim neck. All in all, for me, I like the zero fret nut. I trust Gibson will make them available as they are bound to wear.

                Now for the unacceptable, almost deal breaking part. I don't care what anyone else says, the tuners are terrible. Yea, they tune most of the time, but they are poorly constructed mechanically, unreliable, bound to fail over time and make the guitar so headstock heavy that even with a three inch suede backed strap, the neck still wants to dive. It would take too long to list all the bad points of these tuners. It has nothing to do with purist nonsense, and I downloaded the online manual and knew exactly how to change strings and operate. They are poorly designed, cheap (made in China, for what that's worth), and ugly. The good news is that they come off easily and the Kluson Tonepro tuners in the satin finish are an exact match for the wrap around tailpiece. You have to drill the 12 small holes for the tuner screws, but the large holes in the headstock match up perfectly with the tuners, so it's close to being "drop in". They look really nice, hold a tune well and lighten the headstock. After a week of screwing with the stock tuners I replaced them.

                So, for me, a pretty good guitar all in all. The front script on the headstock is ugly and over the top, but not so much as to be anything other than annoying, and the hologram on the back is about the stupidest thing I have ever seen on a guitar, but it is small and on the back. Poor old Les looks like a cartoon character. It's just dumb enough to be kinda cool! GIBSON...LOSE THOSE SORRY TUNERS!!!

                (13 of 13 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Fantastic Instrument

                By bernard

                from Phoenix AZ

                Comments about Gibson 2015 Les Paul Special Double Cut Electric Guitar:

                I have wanted to add a p90 based Gibby to my backline for some time. i have always liked the look of the yellow DC Les Paul special. The 2015 version offers new improvements in a guitar that i have wanted. The new fretboard dimensions and nut are phenomenal (for my playing anyway). The fretboard itself is dark, fast and great to play. The GForce tuning thing is really cool and works perfect. The key is to do one string at a time ? spot on tuning. The new p90s are wicked and if I had any other p90 or mini humbucker guitars, I would replace all pickups with the new Gibson p90s.

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