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Gibson 2016 Les Paul '50s Tribute T Electric Guitar Satin Gold Top with Dark Back

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For players that prefer a more vintage feel, this year's Les Paul Studio '50s Tribute T combines all the right features at an irresistible price. It packs the prefect combination of a traditional maho... Read More

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Overview

For players that prefer a more vintage feel, this year's Les Paul Studio '50s Tribute T combines all the right features at an irresistible price. It packs the prefect combination of a traditional mahogany body with modern weight relief and a grain textured satin finish maple top. These time-tested tonewoods with a set mahogany neck produce legendary Les Paul sound and resonance.

The neck sports a rounded '50s neck profile that traditionalists love. The fretbourd is made of a single piece of thick rosewood for seminal tone and enhanced sustain. A historically correct neck width and Graph Tech nut make for a familiar feel with enhanced sustain. A pair of 490R (neck) and hotter 498T (bridge) pickups showcases the full power of alnico magnets recreating faithfully the experience of the original Patent Applied For humbuckers of the day.


Traditional green-key tuners blend vintage appearance with modern performance while an ABR adjustable bridge with stopbar tailpiece makes action adjustments and intonation a snap. This year' Les Paul '50s Tribute T comes with a padded gig bag and is an exceptional value.

Key Features
Vintage-look "green key" tuners enhance the traditional '50s aesthetic
The familiar, time-proven playing feel that made the Les Paul famous
Density for solid sustain, self-lubrication for accurate return-to-pitch - even with heavy string bending
The look and feel from the great 1950-era originals
Carry your Les Paul in style, safety, and comfort
Traditional tonewoods nail the legendary Les Paul sound, with weight relief for enhanced comfort and resonance
Created in the image of the hallowed PAF, a 490R (neck) and hotter 498T (bridge) showcase the power of Alnico magnets
Traditional looks, seminal tone, serious sustain
Expert setup makes this handcrafted, American-made guitar ready for immediate action
Don't just hold the rounded '50s neck profile...cradle it

Features
  • Tuners: Traditional green-key tuners
  • Neck width: Historic 1-11/16" neck width
  • Nut: Graph Tech nut
  • Neck heel: Classic Les Paul neck heel
  • Carrying case: Padded gig bag
  • Body: Maple and mahogany with modern weight relief
  • Pickups: 490R and 498T humbuckers
  • Fingerboard: Thicker one-piece rosewood fingerboard
  • Setup: Comprehensive hand-finished setup
  • Neck profile: Rounded '50s neck profile
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Gibson2016 Les Paul '50s Tribute T Electric Guitar
 
4.6

(based on 23 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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    (17)

  • 4 Stars

     

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  • 3 Stars

     

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95%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fun to play (18)
  • Good feel (18)
  • Good tone (18)
  • Good pick up (16)
  • Solid electronics (15)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Jamming (17)
  • Practicing (17)
  • Recording (13)
  • Rock concerts (13)
  • Small venues (13)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (12), Novice (4), Professional musician (3)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

What a Deal!

I was curious about this model, drawn to the idea of a 50s-style Les Paul, impressed at the price. But I guess I was a little wary of the "rounded neck...Read complete review

I was curious about this model, drawn to the idea of a 50s-style Les Paul, impressed at the price. But I guess I was a little wary of the "rounded neck profile" (I have small hands). That's what kept me from ordering one. Fortunately my local GC had one on display. The gold top model--caught my eye imediately. The second I had it in my hands, I had my answer about that neck. This guitar feels perfect. I honestly can't tell a difference between this and any other LP's I've tried. For the money, this is a great guitar, and a true Gibson Les Paul. It came set up perfectly, including spot-on intonation. The only flaw is fret edges that are not silky smooth the way I like. They're not bad but could be better. But this is a Studio model, after all: you're saving a lot of money by not paying for binding and a high-gloss finish and all that. And the techie at my GC said he will dress the frets for me under warranty, so my sole complaint is solved. I love this guitar.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Great value, good guitar, but mine has 1 problem

The good: the 2016 Les Paul 50's Tribute T is an exceptional value for the money. The satin finish, lack of binding, acrylic fretboard inlays, and a silk-screened (instead of...Read complete review

The good: the 2016 Les Paul 50's Tribute T is an exceptional value for the money. The satin finish, lack of binding, acrylic fretboard inlays, and a silk-screened (instead of inlayed) Gibson logo make the Tribute T far less expensive than usual for a Gibson Les Paul. The chunky 50's style neck profile is perfect for my hands, and the whole thing feels and sounds really, really great! Maybe it's the modern weight-relief in the body or the satin finish, but my 50's Tribute T has much more acoustic resonance than my glossy mid-90's Les Paul Classic.

The bad: unfortunately, I can only give 3 out of 5 stars because mine came with an electrical short in the output jack that causes intermittent signal noise and dropout. I know that this is one of the least expensive guitars in Gibson's 2016 line, but I still expect all of the parts to work properly. I plan to eventually replace all of the electronics anyway, so I'm keeping it because it plays really great, but this is a problem that should not happen with a brand new Gibson guitar.

Even with the quality control problem, this is still a great Gibson guitar for under a grand, which is a pretty amazing price point. I've been playing for over 20 years, and I've always primarily played Gibsons and Epiphones. If you love Les Pauls and don't care about a glossy finish or pearly, sparkly inlays or binding, then you should definitely check out the 50's Tribute T. Just be sure to check it very thoroughly.

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5.0

try it youll buy it

By carl

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

Comments about Gibson 2016 Les Paul '50s Tribute T Electric Guitar:

Ive had strats my whole life but wow love my gibson easy on fingers sounfs amazing

 
5.0

Perfect Les Paul under 1,000

By Kevin D.

from Fairfield, CA

About Me Experienced

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

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

    Comments about Gibson 2016 Les Paul '50s Tribute T Electric Guitar:

    Instead of saying whats great about an LP, because this is a great LP and we know what that's like, I'll just give my opinion about some of the things that could have been better

    -The satin finish on the back of the neck could have been better in comparison to a Chapman or Schecter SLS. Not as sticky as a regular painted neck, but maybe an oiled neck would have been better here.
    -The included gig bag is a nice bag for anything else but a Gibson. The head stock and the tight fit in the padded bag is a bit worrisome, enough for me to get a hard case.

    This Les Paul should cost way more than it's price point. Huge steal for anyone who doesn't need a flamed or quilted top. It's not a studio, a junior or a special.

     
    4.0

    Really happy

    By Nico

    from Portland OR

    About Me Experienced

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

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

      Comments about Gibson 2016 Les Paul '50s Tribute T Electric Guitar:

      It's my first Gibson, I have a bunch of epiphone and Greco guitars, the Les Paul style is definitely my fav, so I know very well how play this kind of guitar. But I've got ( in the good sense) surprised by the sound quality and how it was easy to play it, even for the first time. I was a little afraid by the 50's style neck, but definitely not a problem, the neck is confortable even for my small hand.
      It's a really good guitar, really happy about it.

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      I love this thing

      By premidlife crisis purchaser

      from franklin, tn

      About Me Novice

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

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

        Comments about Gibson 2016 Les Paul '50s Tribute T Electric Guitar:

        I have tried to play all my life but 4 years ago I got serious and learned the foundations. I had an epiphone SG that was a great start. Kinda like surfing, you want the big and stable platform to learn on before you get more advanced. I have jammed and played in front of groups before but never considered myself a good player, just good enough to play. So I decided I was ready to take that next step in quality that I think I was missing. When I recorded myself playing, the sound I was getting from my SG just did not sound right. I was running a marshall tube amp so tone and quality should not be the issue.

        I have been shopping for a few months for an actual Gibson SG and every time I would go to the store, I kept seeing this gold top les paul. I picked it up a few times but I was just partial to the SG. Well after not being quite happy with any SG in terms of how it felt all strapped up, I decided to widen my search. Then one day I picked up the Gold top first before going through the SGs and frankly realized that this 50s tribute was in my opinion, the right guitar for me. Simple, all the bells I need without having to pay for the whistles that end up just being cosmetic. When i say cosmetic, I mean the binding and the clear coat stuff. One day if I get really good and end up playing in front of folks I may decide to buy and big time Les Paul but a this point, the 50s tribute fits me to a tee.

        I will say, I was not supposed to get this for another few months but I saw where the 2017s were about to come out and they did not come in the satin vintage burst that I was infatuated with. So I went ahead and placed the order so I did not have to hope I could find it somewhere. I am so glad I did. My friends who do play and play very well seemed to love it. It has sounded awesome through any amp I plug it into

        Mine came with a very nice gigbag, "birth certificate and baby picture".

        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        2.0

        Pretty bad to be honest

        By Dan

        from Syracuse, Ny

        About Me Experienced

        Pros

        • Fun To Play
        • Good Tone

        Cons

        • Poor Pick Up
        • Poor Quality Craftsmanship

        Best Uses

        • Jamming
        • Small Venues

        Comments about Gibson 2016 Les Paul '50s Tribute T Electric Guitar:

        Wanted a Les Paul at a lower price point. Bought the 50's Tribute Goldtop. Poor craftsmanship. There were nicks and dings all over it and it was new. The laquer on the neck began decaying almost immediately. The edges were horribly rolled, and it's hard to play, based on how slow the fretboard operates. Can't really go too quickly without my hands getting caught on the jabbing frets. The screw in the strap holder almost immediately fell out, and the hole was drilled poorly to begin with. I'm not sure if I got a bad one or not, but it was fresh out of the box. Really disappointed.

        (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Good guitar, after a little tweaking

        By Shane

        from Nashville, TN

        About Me Experienced

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Jamming
          • Practicing

          Comments about Gibson 2016 Les Paul '50s Tribute T Electric Guitar:

          For the price, it isn't a bad guitar, but in all reality it's really just a Studio with different pickups. When I first got it, I had thought I made a mistake. I didn't like the tone at all. It sounded weak and had a horrible pick attack sound, even playing clean (playing through a Marshall DSL40). I rolled the tone and volumes back to get rid of the pick attack, but then it made the E and A string sound too deep. Also, being a short scale length, then 10's that came on it felt way too slinky (I play 10's on my Strat and they feel right). Restrung it to 11's solely for feel, but it woke the guitar up, even more than a simple restring should've. Most of the pick attack is gone, though still noticeable if you play with the volume and tone knobs at 10 all the time (this is due to the pickups that come in this guitar being fairly high gain), and the weight of the strings is perfect for this scale length, but most importantly, it took an empty sounding guitar and made it sound like it is playing through a much larger amp than it is. I would recommend this guitar if you aren't the type that just puts all your guitar knobs on 10 and try to only shape your sound with the amp controls.

          (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          10 points

          By Carlos

          from undisclosed

          Verified Buyer

          Comments about Gibson 2016 Les Paul '50s Tribute T Electric Guitar:

          all ok

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Great Purchase

          By Wayne

          from South Bend, IN

          About Me Novice

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Jamming
            • Practicing

            Comments about Gibson 2016 Les Paul '50s Tribute T Electric Guitar:

            Love the feel, sound, and looks. Would recommend it highly to anyone. Even my wife was amazed at the sound of the guitar.

            (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Attention Discerning Buyers - Best Bang For The Buck LP

            By ABD26

            from Phoenix, Arizona

            About Me Experienced

            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Jamming
              • Practicing
              • Rock Concerts
              • Small Venues

              Comments about Gibson 2016 Les Paul '50s Tribute T Electric Guitar:

              If this LP had the extra glitter and exterior shimmering non-essentials, it would cost an additional $1000 from this price point. Here, though, you get all the bits, pieces, wood, and electronics that are absolutely necessary to rock. Pickups are hot baby, and so is its tone. Gold top is gorgeous. You won't want an upgrade after you get this. In a day of excess, do yourself a favor and get this minimalist model, that brings it like it was a custom.

              (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Gibson needs to get that circuit board Outta there!

              By Josh

              from Colorado

              About Me Experienced

              Pros

              • Fun To Play
              • Good Feel

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Jamming
                • Practicing
                • Recording
                • Rock Concerts

                Comments about Gibson 2016 Les Paul '50s Tribute T Electric Guitar:

                Having been a fender player for almost 20 years I was in guitar center one day and saw this 50's tribute in honey burst hanging on the wall and immediately was drawn to it for some reason. I've always wanted a les Paul but was always too cheap to buy one. Well on a whim I took the leap from telecasters to les Paul's and haven't looked back ever since. Out of the box it requires no setup whatsoever. The pickups were good I suppose. But when I opened up the back plate and saw this circuit board contraption I was not happy. I know that wasn't around in les Paul's in the 50's. So I did some research and found a new wiring harness for it. Wired it 50's style and put orange crush capacitors in the thing as well as all new potentiometers for volume and tone. Even copper shielded everything. Replaced the pickups with Seymour Duncan 59's vintage blues set and I couldn't be happier. I had guitar center tech do all the work. People talk about the rounded neck being a nuisance, I don't have a problem honestly. Even coming from the slim telecaster necks I've always played it took some getting used to mostly just the width of the string spacings. But I figured that out within the first 5 minutes of playing. Bottom line is I have a Gibson that I love and play for a couple hours everyday that it custom to my specs and I love it.

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