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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... Click To Read More About This Product

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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
 
4.4

(based on 28 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (19)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (5)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (2)

92%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fun to play (21)
  • Good feel (21)
  • Good tone (21)
  • Good pick up (18)
  • Solid electronics (17)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Jamming (20)
  • Practicing (19)
  • Recording (15)
  • Small venues (15)
  • Rock concerts (14)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (15), Novice (5), 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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(15 of 16 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

What a Deal!

By Dan

from Beaumont, CA

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

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.

  • Was this a gift?:
  • No

(9 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Looks and plays way better than you'd imagine

By Steve

from San Jose, CA

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Pros

  • great setup
  • Inexpensive
  • It's A Gibson Les Paul
  • Vintage Vibe

Cons

  • Cheap Strings

Best Uses

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

    I'm primarily a Fender guy - but once in a while I need something with a little more rock sound. I didn't want to spend $$$$ for something that wasn't going to be my main guitar. But this is so cool and fun to play, it just might become my main guitar! Sure, it done't have that famous fretboard binding or gloss finish or pearl inlay on the headstock -- but once you start playing you'll forget all that. I got the Honey Sunburst - it's much darker than the photo suggests -- and looks way better than I had imagined. Only negative -- I don't know if they shipped me a floor model from another store or not -- but the strings felt like they had wax build-up and sounded dead. But I always change the strings anyway -- so no big deal. Bottom line -- whether you wasn't a second (or third or fourth or...) guitar -- or even an entry-level Gibson will stay with you far longer than most entry-level guitars, check this thing out!

    • Was this a gift?:
    • No

    (8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

     
    3.0

    Great value, good guitar, but mine has 1 problem

    By Robzilla178

    from Michigan

    About Me Experienced

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Good Feel
    • Good Tone
    • Great Value

    Cons

    • Poor Quality Control

    Best Uses

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

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

    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.

    (7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Wow is all I can say

    By Eatincrow

    from Texas

    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:

      I've played Fender for years and variations of knock off strats etc. I wanted a Les Paul for the authentic sound. The 50's tribute sounded so sweet compared to the other Gibson Les Paul's and Epiphones at the store that I tried. When I first played it, it felt awkward and like rough cut lumber compared to the guitars I am used to but the sound and sustain got my attention. I opted for the gold top which, at the time, struck me as god awful ugly. I got it home and on my own equipment, and after 2 days and over 10 hours of playing I am blown away at how easy this guitar is to play and all the different tones I have been able to create. I am eating some serious crow right now, but the best part is that it isn't heavy like the old ones used to be! You cant go wrong with this guitar in my opinion, especially at this price point. I would have preferred a case upgrade at a discount rate in lieu of the gig bag but not a deal breaker by any means.

      (7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      I would buy this product again.

      By jay dee

      from bowling green, ky

      About Me Experienced

      See all my reviews

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Jamming

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

        I have been playing for 60 years. This guitar sounds as the good old Gibson guitars sounded. Great to play, brings back old memories.

        (6 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Great guitar, Gibson made up for recent years

        By Jeff

        from Charlotte NC

        About Me Professional Musician

        Pros

        • Fun To Play
        • Good Feel
        • Good Pick Up
        • Good Tone
        • Great looks
        • Solid Build
        • Solid Electronics

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Practicing
          • Recording
          • Rock Concerts
          • Small Venues

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

          I have been hesitant on Gibson's recent years as my 2009 Studio Faded outplayed and felt better than any model of recent years Les Paul models. I was told by a GC friend to check out the 16 models and they are solid. This guitar play great, well built, the finish is spot on and the pickups sound fantastic. Easily worth the money. Couldn't recommend it enough!

          (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

          See all my reviews

          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.

            (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Best guitar I ever played

            By Scuba Steve

            from Kissimmee, FL

            About Me Novice

            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:

              As a beginner I am still learning but this the best guitar to play and learn the neck and body is smooth. Great sound through my amp. I wouldn't want to change anything on this guitar. Even if god forbid something breaks I would make sure it is Gibson parts. Whether you are a pro or a beginner like me it is the best guitar I ever played on. As much as I love my old Ibanez and my LDT Kirk Hammett Guitar. I can't out this Les Paul down

              (4 of 4 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.

              (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Great buy its a beauty

              By Yojohn

              from Columbia SC

              About Me Novice

              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:

                Great guitar. This is my first Gibson. I have had a couple of epiphones. They are fine guitars, however this one is awesome. It sounds great and feels great too. I could not be happier.

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