Wow… we may all have our own tastes when it comes to guitars and finishes, but to my mind this latest model from Gibson America is easily one of the most gorgeous LPs currently selling, and it’s surprisingly affordable.
Announced just this morning, Gibson’s new Les Paul Studio 50s Tribute will apparently be selling for a paltry (in Gibson terms,) $1,399 MSRP… and will be available in five “worn” finishes, including Honey Burst (show here,) Gold Top, Heritage Cherry Sunburst, Ebony, and classic White.
Built on a chambered mahogany body with carved maple top (a classic tone combination if there ever was one,) the Les Paul Studio 50s Tribute will sport a solid quarter-sawn mahogany neck (rounded 50s profile,) a rosewood fretboard with 12″ radius and 22 Medium Jumbo frets, and vintage tuners with pearloid buttons.
Electronics will include a pair of Gibson soapbar P-90 pickups with Alnico V magnets, individual Volume controls with 300k pots, individual Tone controls with “Orange Drop” capacitors, a traditional three-way Switchcraft pickup switch, and a 1?4” Switchcraft output jack.
Hardware on the Les Paul Studio 50s Tribute will include a Nashville Tune-o-matic bridge, stopbar tailpiece, gold top hat knobs, a single-ply vintage cream pickguard, and traditional aluminum strap buttons.
The guitar is being built in a limited run, but so far no word on how many will be built. It ships with a plush lined gig bad and owner’s manual. I’ll post more info as it becomes available.