Gibson USA LPTR17FHNH2 Solid-Body Electric Guitar,, Faded honey Burst
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- The traditional mahogany-maple tonewoods with satin finish and nickel Hardware, accompanied by vintage-style Keystone tuners, give this Les Paul tribute a true vintage Vibe.
- Its slim-taper neck profile, powerful modern humbucking pickups, and comfort-enhancing weight relief make it fit for today's most demanding players.
- All delivered in the new historic brown soft case.
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|Sold By||—||Amazon.com||Amazon.com||Amazon.com||JWIM LLC||JWIM LLC|
|Body Material Type||Mahogany||Mahogany||Mahogany||Mahogany||Mahogany||solid-wood|
|Color||Faded honey Burst||Ebony||Satin Ebony 20 Sheen||Rose Gold||Top||Alpine White Gold Hardware|
|Fretboard Material Type||—||Rosewood||—||—||—||—|
|Guitar Bridge System||Tune-O-Matic||Tune-O-Matic||Tune-O-Matic||Stop Tail||Tune-O-Matic||Tune-O-Matic|
|Guitar Pickup Configuration||humbucker||humbucker||humbucker||humbucker||humbucker||humbucker|
|Item Dimensions||16 x 5 x 44 in||17 x 45 x 7 in||35 x 14 x 7 in||5 x 42 x 15 in||5 x 44 x 17 in||20 x 8 x 18 in|
|Neck Material Type||—||Mahogany||—||—||—||Mahogany|
|Number of Strings||6||6||6||6||6||6|
The perfect guitar for the player who is looking for authentic Gibson tones with the best of what modern craftsmanship has to offer. The traditional mahogany-maple tonewoods with satin finish and nickel hardware, accompanied by vintage-style Keystone tuners, give this Les Paul tribute a true vintage vibe. Its slim-taper neck profile, powerful modern humbucking pickups, and comfort-enhancing weight relief make it fit for today's most demanding players. Delivered in the new historic brown soft case with a strap and polishing cloth.
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The Honey Burst finish is beautiful - no flaws in the clear coat
Came with the improved brown leather-esque softcase - a very nice case
The guitar needed a professional set up. It included a checklist from Gibson showing that everything was looked over at the factory; however, the action was much too high. I could almost fit my pinky under the strings at the 12th fret. Also, the intonation was WAY off. This is my first Gibson LP, I've had Epiphone LPs and never had this issue. I don't know if maybe it was a one-off issue due to the guitar sitting in a warehouse since June and being delivered to my house in -1°F weather or what.
I love the guitar and if you're the type of person who is going to set it up anyway go for it. The issues I had with mine are one of the risks you take buying something like this sight unseen. I have no doubt, it would have been a much better experience at a local guitar shop. This deal was just too good to pass up.
Despite the set up issues, I would do it all over again. I think the price and quality of the instrument overrides a bit of inconvenience.
I purchased mine through Guitar Center, but they had to send it from a factory in a box, so the experience was very similar to ordering on Amazon or any other online retailer (with the risks that entails). Fortunately, my model seems to be in very good shape, and other than some minor intonation corrections, I'm not even sure there's any major changes I want to make regarding neck relief or string action. There's remarkably little string buzz and while the 60's-era thin neck can be divisive with many Gibson fans, I'm coming from more of a Fender orientation anyway, so it's actually appreciated.
APPEARANCE & QUALITY CONTROL:
Cosmetically, the model I received doesn't leave me much to complain about, though there are some cosmetic nitpicky items, like where the gold paint extends just a bit up the edge of the fretboard more than it should. I should also note that the rosewood employed on this Tribute (and many Studios I've seen) is lighter colored and "dryer" looking than most of the rosewood fretboards I've encountered on Fender and PRS guitars. I will condition it with Dunlop 65 Lemon Oil, so that may help a bit in that regard. It can be easy to miss, but the Tribute does not have the famous RHYTHM/TREBLE selector ring that most Les Pauls have - this is a throwback to the original 50's-era Goldtops that didn't have one. I bought one for $5 to add just because I like look of it.
HARDWARE & PICKUPS:
The tuners on the Tribute, I believe, are the familiar "Gibson Deluxe" Kluson-style tuners. As I break in the guitar and strings a bit, it seems to have pretty good tuning stability, but I find that this gets better in time as you learn the quirks of a guitar and do simple things, like a proper lubricant on the nut slots. The tone circuitry is very effective at lowing off excessive high end. I did notice when using both pickups that rolling off the volume on one of them just a little (like, down to "9") seems to dramatically taper off the perception of that pickup in the mix, moreso than other LP-style guitars I've had. Not sure exactly why that is, and I don't have a strong enough opinion on it yet to decide if its positive/neutral/negative.
I purchased the 2017 Tribute - and actually preferred it over the more-expensive 2018 model - because they went with the 490R/490T pickup combination. These pickups use Alnico 2 magnets, have lower output than the 498T pickup that is in the bridge of new 2018 Tribute, and are clear and articulate. Some people describe Alnico 2-based pickups as being a little closer to single coils than a higher output humbucker, but they are still very much humbuckers in character. Finally, I understand the 2017 model has some weight relief, whereas this has been eliminated in the 2018 model. The 2017 Tributes I looked at still range from 8.5 to 9.25 pounds and are very solid-feeling and full-sounding guitars. It feels like a Les Paul should. I play seated, so while a heavy guitar isn't a significant problem, there really isn't much benefit (in my opinion) to a Les Paul being any heavier than this one.
The 2017 Les Paul Tribute made me fall in love with the Gibson Les Paul at a price point that actually felt justified. The satin gold finish is stunning and unique without trying too hard to look like a vintage Goldtop Standard. I'll never forget the feeling when they opened up the case and I saw mine for the first time. More importantly, it's a solidly-built guitar that should stay in tune, and features pickups that can cover a wide variety of musical styles and genres. This is the kind of guitar you buy to play and enjoy for many years to come.