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The LPJ offers all the ingredients that made the most desirable Les Paul Standards legendary”classic tonewoods, innovative hardware, two genuine humbucking pickups, and of course Gibson' acclaimed bui... Click To Read More About This Product

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The LPJ offers all the ingredients that made the most desirable Les Paul Standards legendary”classic tonewoods, innovative hardware, two genuine humbucking pickups, and of course Gibson' acclaimed build quality and playability”all wrapped up in a stripped-down, no-nonsense package that makes this guitar a flat-out performer. Simpler esthetics and a cool worn-look finish technique add up to big savings for the player, and the LPJ still looks great.

The most revered Les Paul Standards ever made had bodies constructed of a mahogany back with a two-piece carved maple top, and the LPJ begins with these same cornerstones of tone. When paired, these woods offer a tonal depth and complexity unmatched by any single-wood construction, with warmth and richness from the mahogany, and superb clarity and œsnap from the maple, all of which translates beautifully into the guitar' amplified sound. The mahogany back is strategically weight relieved to improve comfort and enhance resonance.

A neck made from hard-wearing maple is glued into the body, and carved to our popular rounded 50s profile that measures .818 at the 1st fret and .963 at the 12th. It is topped with a genuine rosewood fingerboard that carries 22 medium-jumbo frets and traditional trapezoid inlays. There' no pickguard or fingerboard binding to clutter the straight-on, stripped-down look of the LPJ, while quality touches continue with a PLEK-cut nut made from black Corian to subtly echo the black speed knobs and black pickup rings and covers. The traditional back-angled headstock is silkscreened with a gold Gibson logo that stands out clear and proud.

A pair of Gibson' popular Modern Classics humbucking pickups fire up the LPJ through your amp of choice. Made in the image of the legendary PAF humbucker and modified to suit the needs of the contemporary guitarist, the set includes a 490R in the neck position, made with an Alnico II magnet and standard-wound coils for plenty of warmth and clarity, and a 498T in the bridge position, with over-wound coils and an Alnico V magnet for more punch and sizzle in your lead playing.

An independent volume and tone control per pickup plus a three-way toggle selector switch allows a broad range of sonic variations, while Gibson USA' legendary Tune-o-Matic bridge and Stopbar tailpiece ensure solid sustain and outstanding intonation. A set of vintage-style tuners with black keys provides an impressive 16:1 gear ratio for precise and efficient tuning. Put it all together, and the new LPJ is the fastest road to a genuine Les Paul, sparing none of the tone, while putting the legend in your hands with far less load on your wallet.

Each guitar includes a black Gibson gig bag, owner' manual and truss-rod wrench.

Features
  • Mahogany body with œtraditional weight relief
  • Carved maple top
  • 24.75" Scale maple neck with '50s rounded profile
  • Rosewood fretboard with trapezoid Inlays
  • Chrome tune-o-matic bridge
  • Black button tuning machines with 16:1 gear ratio
  • Gibson 490R/498T humbucking pickups with black covers
  • No pickguard
  • Black speed knobs
  • œ2013 Model on back of headstock
  • œLPJ truss rod cover
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Review Snapshot

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GibsonLPJ Electric Guitar
 
4.7

(based on 32 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (23)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (7)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (0)

100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good feel (20)
  • Fun to play (19)
  • Good tone (18)
  • Good pick up (14)
  • Solid electronics (12)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Jamming (17)
  • Practicing (17)
  • Small venues (13)
  • Recording (12)
  • Rock concerts (12)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (16), Professional musician (3)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Simply A Great Guitar At Any Price

Setup was near perfect, unless you like your instruments with low action. Out of the box, even the tuning only needed to be adjusted about a half-step and it was ready to...Read complete review

Setup was near perfect, unless you like your instruments with low action. Out of the box, even the tuning only needed to be adjusted about a half-step and it was ready to roll.

I was a bit leery about what corners Gibson cut to put these guitars into this price range. Upon examination, everything looks and feels tight and it plays like a dream. The cut corners were primarily with the cosmetics: No binding; no slick high gloss finish; no flamed wood top; no mother-of-pearl logo inlay on the headstock. It's pretty much just a simple stain and a spit varnish. But the finish is velvety smooth with a fast neck. Considering the build quality of these guitars, I'm wondering if the "J" stands for "Journeyman," because it is truly an affordable workingman's guitar. You won't need to baby it or worry about banging it up while gigging like you would a four grand Custom.

I haven't had mine apart, but photos I've seen online of other's LPJs show that the plastic covers on the pickups are integrated into the mounts, so you won't be ripping off the covers without destroying the pickups. They also use a new component plug-in system, similar to stuff inside your computer. All this sort of stuff doesn't matter unless you're gonna hot-rod the thing.

And there's the thing: You can be completely satisfied with this guitar if you keep it stock , but these guitars practically beg to be modified. Whether it's just something simple like changing the pickup rings to a different color or going crazy and replacing the guts—I think there will be an entire cottage industry that pops up to help the modding community, similar to what happened with Epiphone's Valve Junior tube amps a few years back.

Simply put, it's a great guitar at a great price. Don't let it get away.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

LPJ vs. 60's Tribute and 70's Tribute

We all know Gibson makes quality instruments. The LPJ is yet another. While I enjoyed playing it, I compared it to the 60's Tribute and 70's Tribute. After 2 hours,...Read complete review

We all know Gibson makes quality instruments. The LPJ is yet another. While I enjoyed playing it, I compared it to the 60's Tribute and 70's Tribute. After 2 hours, the 60's Tribute was the sure choice for me. Compare the three and see which in feels and sounds best to you. The 490/498 pu's are way to bright through my amp and the Burstbuckers in the 60's tribute are far more versatile. The necks are very different as well.

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5.0

Excellent first electric!

By TKRoller

from North Dakota

About Me Novice

Verified Buyer

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Practicing
    • School Bands
    • Small Venues

    Comments about Gibson LPJ Electric Guitar:

    Just getting back into guitar after 30yrs. Great guitar to retrain my fingers

     
    4.0

    Good value

    By Presshead

    from Minneapolis

    About Me Professional Musician

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Good Pick Up
    • Good Tone

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about Gibson LPJ Electric Guitar:

        Very good guitar for the money. Good-sounding humbuckers. Pretty well set up out of the box.
        Mediocre finish. The neck is not to my taste, but there's nothing wrong with it--it's too thick for me. Excellent value for someone wanting a Les Paul sound at an affordable price.

        (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Great Guitar

        By paul

        from Nipples Florida

        Site Member

        Comments about Gibson LPJ Electric Guitar:

        I always wanted a Gibson Lespaul guitar. Saw this one online and thought no way. The price can't be right. An hour latter I was at the Ft. Myers GC playing it. Talked to a guy named Sam. Great guy, very knowledgeable and really helped me out. It is a no frills guitar but when I brought it home and plugged it in I was blown away by the sound and playability. It is one sweet axe. Set up from the get go. If your like me and always wanted a Gibson LP you have got to check this guitar out. Shes a honey.

         
        4.0

        Mind the Finish

        By Fabs58

        from New York

        About Me Experienced

        Pros

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

        Cons

        • Delicate finish

        Best Uses

        • Jamming
        • Practicing
        • Recording
        • Rock Concerts

        Comments about Gibson LPJ Electric Guitar:

        This guitar looks and sounds great. I have the fireburst finish and it just looks different enough to catch everyone's eye.

        The sounds you can get out of this are classic Les Paul. I cannot say enough about how great it sounds. The pickups are first rate, the electronics are solidly dependable and the rest of the hardware pulls everything together really well. You will not be disappointed when you plug this guitar in to your favorite amp and let it rip.

        BUT. Be careful of the satin finish. There is no coat of lacquer to protect the finish and it will scratch or rub off fairly easily. Certainly more easily than other Gibson finishes. You'll need to use a little TLC. I store my guitars on hanging stands, and I noticed two dots at the base of the headstock where the finish wore off - just from storing the guitar that way. Not an issue on any other guitars I own, so...

        If you can be careful with the finish, this is one great guitar. Especially for the price.

         
        5.0

        Worth every penny

        By RockingRick

        from Hillsville, VA

        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 LPJ Electric Guitar:

          Awesome sound and the guitar has close close action i would definitely recommend this guitar to any one

          (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          wow beautiful looks and sound

          By marcus

          from boca raton florda

          Comments about Gibson LPJ Electric Guitar:

          it is a lot lighter than most Gibson's so when my shoulder hurts from my other les Paul's I use it . has a beautiful sound you can use it from blues to metal with the right settings on your amp. most Gibson are crazy expensive but this Gibson is a lot cheaper. I love the sound it is just so beautiful. the feel it so natural when I play fast moving power cords I don't get my hand hurt. this guitar looks a lot nicer in Pearson. this is my best guitar ever !!!!!!!!!!!! you should get this guitar

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Great Buy!

          By Wishbone

          from Huntsville Tx

          About Me Professional Musician

          Pros

          • Fun To Play
          • Good Feel
          • Good Tone
          • Great Player
          • Solid Build

          Cons

          • Plastic Pickup Covers

          Best Uses

            Comments about Gibson LPJ Electric Guitar:

            I got this in the goldtop version on sale.Really nice playing and sounding guitar. I really like the minimal finish on it. The pickups are OK but I did not care for the bridge position or the fact that they had black plastic covers on them , Made them look like a pair of emg's. I replaced them with chrome covered rio grande custom pickups.It sings so well now.I like it better than the LP's that go for three or four times the cost.This one is a keeper!! Thanks Gibson!

            (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            A very playable guitar

            By Tech Ed

            from Van, TX

            About Me Experienced

            Pros

            • Fun To Play
            • Good Feel
            • Good Tone

            Cons

              Best Uses

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

              Comments about Gibson LPJ Electric Guitar:

              I recently acquired one of these little gems. The nice 490 series pickups are hidden behind the black plastic covers but they play very well and have great tone. I find the neck pickup to be more pleasing but that is subjective. Mine has the vintage finish and its nice - if a bit subdued. I set mine up with 11's and after a few tweaks it sounds fantastic. I have the 2013 model and for an American made Les Paul on a budget its a great instrument. There are a ton of other fine guitars in this price range but its a great guitar for the money.

              (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Unbeatable Value

              By Brian

              from Phoenix, AZ

              Comments about Gibson LPJ Electric Guitar:

              Just bought my new LPJ from the Guitar Center here in Phoenix. Wally is the man! This thing really sings across all pickup combos and amp settings! Super impressed with the quality, especially at the price. I needed a second guitar for my bands recording session and I think this guy will probably become my starter. Can't wait to see what else this guitar has in store for me! Also got the Gator flight case, which seems to be a great product on it's own.

              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Love my new goldie..

              By Steveo-5BC_u

              from Hayward 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 LPJ Electric Guitar:

                I got the goldtop for xmas.. what an excellent playing & sounding les paul guitar.. I love my new goldie.

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