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Gibson Les Paul Signature T Electric Guitar (with Case)

Featuring a weight-relieved body and open-coil '57 Classic/'57 Classic Plus pickups, the Les Paul Signature T is a hot-rodded Les Paul loaded with tone. (28) Read 25 reviews for this product | Rate and review this product
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Features: What it does for you:
'57 Classic humbucking pickups Vintage PAF feel; warmth, depth and distinct edge
AA-grade figured maple body Beautiful, rich wood with a deep grain
Weight-relieved mahogany body Lightweight with singing tone
Granadillo fretboard Distinct "bell-like" tone, similar to rosewood

Les Paul Innovation Culminates in the Signature "T"

Classic design, modern appointments, timeless tone. The Les Paul Signature "T" honors the legacy of Les Paul by combining 70+ years of Les Paul innovation with modern Gibson refinements. A powerful and versatile tool for today's guitarist, the Signature "T" pairs a mahogany body with a gorgeous, carved AA-grade figured maple top for the ultimate in harmonically rich tone. Capturing the beauty of those tonewoods are a '57 Classic and '57 Classic Plus pickup with smooth, creamy top end and plenty of midrange bite. Traditional Les Paul specs, Gibson USA build quality, and master craftsmanship make this a highly capable guitar, while the SlimTaper neck and traditional weight relief make the "T" a very comfortable guitar to play.

'57 Classic Pickups with Coil-Tapping

The Gibson Signature "T" comes loaded with arguably the most popular Gibson pickups on the market: the '57 Classic and '57 Classic Plus humbuckers. Typically, '57s have chrome cover plates that lend these pickups a traditional look. However, on the Gibson Les Paul Signature "T," the '57 Classic and '57 Classic Plus pickups are mounted open-coil-style, for a hot-rodded and raw look. Designed and built like the famous original P.A.F. humbuckers, these '57s deliver a smooth, crisp high end, with all the juicy midrange you would expect from a modern-classic pickup.

In the bridge position, you'll find the '57 Classic Plus, with an over-wound magnet that increases its output and allows its rich lows and midrange to shine. Other refinements include a wax bath to eliminate microphonic feedback and keep your pickup pristine and clean throughout its years of service. The coolest feature by far: You can turn this humbucking pickup into a screaming single-coil with a push of a toggle switch. Coil-tapping makes the Les Paul Signature "T" capable of everything from bluesy saturation to a full-on distortion assault.

Finishes and Tonewoods

One of the highlights of this guitar is the impeccable wood selection. With a carved AA-grade solid maple top beautifully married to the select mahogany back, this Les Paul has no shortage of rich, meaty tone -- and a perfect balance of lows, mids, and highs. Traditional weight relief assures a comfortable playing experience, with just the right amount of wood reduction for the ultimate in playbility and tone. The Signature "T" is rounded off with a set of gold speed knobs, custom stamped "T" truss rod cover, and a traditional gloss lacquer. These high-quality finishes and appointments create a luxurious and comfortable playing experience that make any guitarist look and sound great.

Neck and Fingerboard

Fans of thin, fast necks rejoice! The Les Paul Signature "T" features Gibson's popular '60s-style SlimTaper neck profile, allowing players easy access to chords and scales that are more difficult on larger, baseball-bat-style necks. The mahogany neck is topped with a granadillo fretboard, providing warm, rich tone with an almost "bell-like" quality to the top end. The neck is rounded out with traditional trapezoid inlays and a flatter 12" fretboard radius. More than simply a collector's item, this Les Paul is a highly playable, highly capable tone machine that is rooted in the past, primed for the present, and ready for the future.

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- Body: Mahogany with Traditional weight relief
- Top: AA Figured Maple
- Neck: Mahogany, '60s Slim taper
- Fingerboard: Granadillo, Trapezoid Inlays
- Hardware: Gold Tune-o-Matic
- Tuners: Locking Grover Tuners
- Electronics: Dual open coil 57 classics Push/Pull Coil Taps
- Finish: Gloss Lacquer
- Plastics: Cream, Speed Knobs
- Special: T stamped truss rod cover
- Case: Includes Gibson Hardshell Case
Weight, Dimensions, and Manufacturer Part Numbers
Shipping Weight: 20 lbs
Shipping Dimensions: 45 x 17 x 7 in
Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): LPTCEBGH1
If you have additional warranty questions, please contact the manufacturer at 800-4GIBSON

Product Description

The Les Paul Signature T wraps all of Les Paul's legendary innovation into a sweet-looking and great-sounding Les Paul that honors the memory of this legendary guitar's inventor, while providing an instrument primed for the power and versatility demanded by today's gigging guitarist.

For a blend of vintage tone and modern versatility, the Les Paul Signature T is loaded with a pair of Gibson's '57 Classic pickups, mounted open coil for a subtle hot-rod look. Both are made in the image of the hallowed PAF humbucker of the late 1950s, with Alnico II magnets in the neck position for plenty of warmth and clarity, and in the bridge position, the '57 Classic Plus which features slightly over-wound coils for juicy crunch and wailing lead tones. Both pickups are wax potted, too, to avoid microphonic squeal at high volume levels. Both pickups feature push-pull tone controls which provide coil splitting for authentic single-coil tones.

A carved solid Grade-AA figured maple top lends bite and articulation to the sound, while a select mahogany back treated with Gibson's traditional weight relief to increase playing comfort and enhance resonance contributes superb warmth and depth. A solid, quarter-sawn mahogany neck is glued in and carved in the fast '60s SlimTaper profile, and topped with a rich brown Grade-A Granadillo fingerboard with 22 medium-jumbo frets and traditional trapezoid inlays. Traditional touches include cream body and fingerboard binding, pickguard, and pickup rings, along with gold Speed Knobs and a black bell truss-rod cover with commemorative T engraving. Classic Gibson construction ensures optimum playability, too, along with traditional specs like a 24" scale length, a 1 11/16" width across the PLEK-cut Corian nut, and a 12" fingerboard radius for smooth, easy bending. The innovative pairing of a Tune-o-Matic bridge and Stopbar tailpiece ensures solid sustain and precise intonation, while a set of high-quality Grover locking tuners ensures smooth, accurate tuning.

Features:

- Mahogany body with Traditional weight relief
- AA Figured maple top
- Mahogany, '60s Slim Taper neck
- Dual open coil 57 classic humbuckers with Push/Pull coil tap
- Includes Gibson hardshell case
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Sound: The 57 Classics provide the clear yet warm sound expected from a vintage instrument. The coil splits add an additional aspect of versatility with a very usable thinner/cleaner sound. I find myself doing rhythm with the splits on and switching to the double coils for fills and solos due to the almost perfect gain increase. Feature: The locking tuners are helpful for tuning stability and quicker string changes. The coil splits are a musical and well matched feature. My only complaint would be the nut ... I think it will need some work, but this has been very common on Gibson's over the last decade or so. Ease of Use: It sounds great plugged straight into a Peavey Classic 50 and responds well to my Digitech RP1000 as well ... so far the only other equipment I have used it with has been a Vox wah pedal and that sounded OK. Quality: I found zero flaws that I would consider being an issue at all with the exception of the nut (which is very common with Gibsons in general). I will have that resolved when I take it in for a good setup job (I prefer playing 11's so some adjustment is needed). There were no finish issues on mine and the case was also in perfect shape. I have no complaints. It is much better than the '88 Les Paul I got in high school in regards to quality ... Things have certainly improved. Value: All told my bill came out to $1700 and I believe that the price was good for the ebony with the gold hardware. Manufacturer Support: I have not had to contact Gibson for any support, so I don't have an opinion. The Wow Factor: I always liked Standards over Customs ... but the gold hardware still appealed to me .... Now I have both without having to buy all new hardware. From a visual standpoint the only thing I don't like is the big T on the truss rod cover, but I replaced it with a blank immediately. Your mileage may vary. Overall: Typical Les Paul with coil splits ..... It feels and sounds right.
Style of Music: 70's-80's rock and metal and lately I have been dabbling into country music and bluegrass.
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Sound: Not Muddy. I play mostly heavy alternative hard rock and noodle around with many styles. It delivers with modern dropped tuning no problem. I didn't think I would ever use the single coils but they sound good even cranked with distortion. Sounds like PAF single coils maybe it's closer to a mustang or duosonic not a strat really. Don't even worry about the Granadillo board. The sound & feel are superb on mine unpugged or plugged in. It'll work for most genre's. It can do mellow in standard tuning too. Feature: I thought the taps would be useless but are really interesting sometimes when you may least expect too. I thought the 57 pups sounded cheap at first and almost a deal breaker. I mean, why should I modify a new Gibson and void the warranty? . They grew on me though and now I dig em. I just had to stray away from my usual settings and that worked out great because the different look and sound inspires me to write and play music differently than I did before. That's a good thing. The pups are quite a bit hotter than any alnico 2s I ever played. I wonder if they really are. I don't like the locking tuners much. They are well built and all but if you don't put wraps around the spindles it will not hold its tune, period. I don't like locking anything except maybe a tune o matic. You only need a locking nut or maybe tuners if you divebomb all day long with a Floyd Rose or something and only in one tuning. Otherwise it's useless. I dislike the G-Force option btw. What good is auto tune if it constantly falls out of tune?! I immediately broke a string trying to tune it out of the box. I ended up cutting em all (had zero wraps on em) and restringing the whole guitar old school. The low E can be a bit fiddly. One reason is because the spindles are a tad shorter than normal ones but I made due and just tighten the locks enough not to rattle and forget about em. No worries. Ease of Use: I immediately noticed pinch picking harmonics is so easy. I like like a chunky neck more as I age but the slim 60's neck is exactly that and I would guess comfy for anyone. The high is easy to fall from the bottom during pull-offs but virtually all Les Pauls especially bound ones are notorious for it and that's just the nature of the beast. That is a small learning curve and not extreme enough turn me off or I'd definitely say so. Quality: The quality is made to last a lifetime or several as far as I can tell. My only gripes are minor. 1) The trap inlays are duller than any I've seen from Gibson. 2) The routes for the binding are dug too deep? The finish on some later model Gibsons like this included now have finish higher than the binding and or the fretboard and that leaves a small ridge or drop off. It must save them money because I don't understand why else they would do that consistantly. No biggie but very curious. I had to intonate mine but everything else was set okay. Mine is about 9.4 lbs and has a full thickness body. About 1/4 in.thicker than my 78 LP. and I like that it is. I think it helps the tone. I've heard these weighing in from 8.15 lbs to over 10 lbs darker colors seeming to be lighter weight. The only thing I might redesign is that I do prefer the low wide frets on my stock 78 LP Standard as opposed to these tall narrow medium jumbos. You don't press the string out of tune as easily with low frets. I tend to press heavily most of the time for some reason. Also all 4 pots and switch were loose and I resented having to tighten them and accidentally blemished my ax in the process. Boo!!! I never had trouble with the nut as bad as some others did. I did lube it with some pencil carbon though. Never got a card about the cleartone strings that I never got to try either. They don't say these are cryo treated frets anywhere either so ...are they? Probably are. They are a different color than some of the other guitars. I seem to prefer the softer nickel silver because the strings last longer and I never had to re-fret a guitar so far. I've had my 78 for over 3 decades and I compare every other guitar to it. It's my benchmark guitar. The neck joint angle on the Sig T is more extreme same w/the head-stock joint angle. I'm not sure how much it matters functionally yet but it was readily noticeable. I know they don't fit well in each other's cases if at all. The 78 has a wider head-stock too. I do know, more wood can equal more or better tone in some cases, even the head-stock counts. I know this for a fact by comparison tests. The carve on the Sig T top is more extreme and I do like that a lot looks and feel wise. I if it does sound wise yet . Value: Gibson's like this for example are at historically low prices. What you get is basically a Standard with an exotic fret wood and open coils with taps. They seemed to have phased out Granadillo boards and can make these collectible eventually. Being a one year run too. I'm glad they are left over from 2013 so I could get a great buy. Manufacturer Support: Never dealt directly.....yet. However, I think that Jim De Cola in Gibson's r&d division in all the Gibson videos might be the same Jr. De Cola that was a highly sought after tech I grew up near did great work on my guitars. I'd want to talk to him about some of the directions he's pulling the company and some of their latest innovations and why they seemed doable. The Wow Factor: I got the Arctic white burst which has never been done. I liked it best anyways. I already have owned the other colors before. Mine has a nice flame that is book matched pretty dang good. It looks great with the cream plastic and is the best match for the Granadillo. The ax also looks nice against any denim and leather. The wow factor is also the pickups, man they are hot and the guitar has that overall addictive quality that keeps reaching for it over my other guitars. It looks smells, sounds and feels great. Haven't tasted it yet but 4 out of 5 senses dig it. Overall: The honeymoon is over. I've had mine for several months. I noticed was a super sweet, almost vanilla type smell that came from the case & the guitar. I thought it was polish or something at first but no. I believe it is the fretboard and I love it. Rosewood got it's name from it's smell and not many people know this. Granadillo is true rosewood if you do your research. BTW mine looked even better in person. I have an old brazillian rw veneered fb acoustic that looks a bit like this board. No one knows what the *T* in the Signature T means but I say it is a capital T for **TONE**. This baby tone for days. I mean it has a quintessential Les Paul tone I am after. There are many types of tones that all sound like a Les Paul, it just depends on the vintage.
Style of Music: I love newer alternative hard heavy stuff mostly. I also dabble in every single other genre pretty much as long as the song has
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