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Very disappointing quality,
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This review is from: Gibson Les Paul Studio 60s Tribute Electric Guitar, Worn Ebony, Left Handed (Electronics)
I ordered this guitar as an upgrade for my Epi Les Paul Standard. I prefer P-90s and primarily use a Gordon-Smith Les Paul Jr. copy with a single P90. I wanted a more versatile guitar with a similar feel, and most of the reviews I'd seen of this Gibson were positive, so I gave it a shot.
Quality seems to be very hit and miss on these cheaper Gibsons, and this one is a total miss. The guitar is packed with a joke of a checklist that claims it is set up with playable action and dressed frets, but the thing is as cheaply built as it could be. My $400 Epiphone is superior in every way to this guitar that I paid over $1000 for, since I'm a lefty.
The pickguard doesn't fit tightly against the pickups, but just wobbles there on the left side where there's no screw. It feels cheap and poorly designed like that.
The frets are unplayable. They are high and sharp. It would cost me $100 to have a guitar tech file them down and reset the intonation. As is, the edges of the frets were cutting into my fretting hand after a few minutes of play.
The nut is some cheap plastic that, maybe since it's a lefty, they didn't bother to cut slots into. The low strings just sit on top of the plastic in very tiny grooves. This means that the intonation won't be right and that I would have to file or replace the nut to ever set the action at a playable level.
The action out of the box is ridiculously high. I don't mind doing a little setup, but once I realized the nut is cut in such a way that I would have to replace or fix it immediately to set the action where I want, I decided it wasn't worth the trouble, so I am returning the guitar.
I like the satin look of the guitar. I could do without the areas that they don't bother to paint at all to make it "worn," but that's the style of the guitar, so I knew what I was getting there. As far as the playability out of the box, the thing is worthless. I have a $100 SX guitar from Asia that was in the unusable condition of this American made Gibson, and both Epiphones that I have purchased were vastly superior for 1/10th and 2/5th the money.
I was quite happy with the sounds I got out of the P90s, however. I would strongly recommend that you go to a guitar shop and check the thing out in person before you buy. If you get a hold of one that is well built and set up, you found a gem. For me, though, as a lefty, it's virtually impossible to try before I buy, and given how poor this one was, I will taking a refund and not ordering a replacement.