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I have a 2017 Les Paul Tribute T Gold Top coming today. Now, I want everyone to pray for the safety and efficient time management of my delivery driver.

 

I guess I'll have to take pictures when one of the female personnel comes home. I myself do not like cell phones and refuse to possess one. After all, the dang thing could ring. It's always a possibility. Who wants to risk that?

 

Meanwhile, I'll be plugging it in and putting it through its paces, after giving it a thorough examination, of course. So watch this thread if you want to see and hear about one of the new 2017 models.

 

For now, I have a lot of pacing to do. I'll be back later. [woot]

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It it were me their safety might rely upon their time management skill! [lol]

 

Hope you receive a good one!

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Congrats....I would wait a few days before even messing with the setup or measurements as a lot of times and more often than not the neck relief and action don't really settle in at your new environment. Tune her up and play all you want, but let her settle in after keeping her tuned up for a few days.

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Congrats....I would wait a few days before even messing with the setup or measurements as a lot of times and more often than not the neck relief and action don't really settle in at your new environment. Tune her up and play all you want, but let her settle in after keeping her tuned up for a few days.

 

Yeah, that's good advice. I've had a couple of guitars that arrived and started out worrying me but when left alone for a few days, they settled down and turned out fine. [thumbup]

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It's picture time. Behold, the 2017 Gibson Les Paul Tribute T...

 

First of all, the money shot for Rabs...

 

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And now on to the rest of them...

 

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It came with a Gibson logo gig bag, truss rod wrench, bridge allen key, nice Gibson logo guitar strap, and of course an owner's manual and various other pieces of paper that I haven't looked at yet, although I did notice what appears to be a quality assurance check off sheet in with all the paperwork, with actual signatures instead of scribbles. I bought a new hard shell case for it as you can see.

 

I've been over this thing with a fine tooth comb and I can't find anything to complain about. The finish, when viewed in real life, appears to be perfect. I grew up in my Dad's auto body shop, and I can critique a paint job. Dad was merciless when it came to QA. And I hated sanding. The finish on this guitar seems flawless to me. No finish build up on joints, the parts appear to have been finished separately except for possibly the gold top, which I think was sprayed after the guitar was assembled. But that was done right, no overspray or anything.

 

The tuning machines seem to be aligned perfectly...everything is in order here They did a commendable job on this one.

 

This model does seem to be slightly weight relieved, but not a lot. It's not far behind my previously owned Vintage Sunburst LP that I had back in the 80s. That thing had enough mass to affect the tides. This is just enough lighter to make me like it better, but it is still a significant chunk of guitar.

 

Fret ends are all dressed just as nice as you could ask for. I can't find a single thing to highlight as a flaw. It looks like 2017 might be quite a good year for Gibson.

 

Do bear in mind, if you think that you see something in any of the photos (I thought I did in one, but when I looked at the guitar it was an illusion in the pic) these photos were taken with my wife's cell phone. They are not retouched, but they were reduced in size because the originals were big enough to wallpaper the barn. So they're not perfect. But the guitar seems to be.

 

One thing that I noticed was the color of the pickguard, rings, etcetera. When I decided to take a chance and order it, they looked stark white in the pictures that I saw. I expected that I'd be changing them to a more antique looking cream color. It's not necessary. In real life they're just the shade of cream that I wanted.

 

The neck feels great, and fast. The wood on the back is clearly sapele, but I like it, ribbon effect and all. Photos do not do this guitar justice. Nice work, Gibson! If this one is an example of the 2017 lineup, there are a couple other models that I'm going to be needing as well...

 

That's about all that I can think of for now. I'll be back to report in after I've played it a while. The setup appears to be spot on right out of the box. Time for the track test. Get the pit crew in position...

 

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Beautiful [thumbup]

 

Nice slim 60s neck... And yes that does indeed look like Sapele (even though you do get some Mahogany that does look like that, sometimes its hard to tell)... As far as im concerned its not really an issue either way, certainly from a players perspective.. It will do exactly the same thing as real mahogany....

 

BUT I do think its about time they were more upfront about it... As they still list Mahogany in the specs even when it is obviously not.... But hey I guess in terms of general looks and usability its sort of acceptable... its about as mahogany as you get without actually being genuine mahogany.

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OK, here comes the full report on the 2017 Gibson Les Paul Tribute T. If you can hang with this post, I'll tell you about mine as honestly as I can. And bear in mind, I'm not usually bubbling over with enthusiasm for anything.

 

I have now set down and played the guitar pictured above for a while. First, I noticed that in regular room lighting (i.e. when you're not turning on all the lights to take pictures), this thing looks amazing. There's sort of a hint of amber in the gold top, and I love it. When the light hits it, it sort of shimmers and shines. It's a beautifully done finish and they nailed the color to suit my tastes perfect. This is a beautiful guitar.

 

Now as for playing this guitar. I've been playing guitar for 48 years now. Yes, forty-eight. I'm an old geezer. In that time, I've played, and owned, a lot of guitars. What I'm going to say is not just new purchase enthusiasm. I'm beyond that after all the guitars that I've owned and played down through the decades. I'd give it to you straight whether I liked the guitar or not. So here goes.

 

This is the nicest electric guitar that I've ever played. I'm not kidding. I started playing on a pre-CBS Fender Telecaster back when it was just a cheap used guitar (Man, would I like to have it back now!). Down through the decades I've played some memorable guitars. And after reading reviews of previous years of this model, I expected it to be OK, but not earth-shaking. But man, they did this one right! I don't know if I just got lucky or if they'll all be like this, but if they're all like this, it's going to be a banner year.

 

The action, right out of the box, is perfect. I do all my own setups, maintenance, and lutherie work, and I can set up a guitar to just the way I like it, and even get into some pretty heavy fixes and mods. But I'm not touching this one. It's perfect. If, later on down the road, it needs a tweak or two, I'll do it. But straight out of the box, it's like I set it up myself.

 

The fingerboard is the best feeling fingerboard I've ever played, and the neck profile is terrific. My usual electric is a Road Worn 50s Telecaster with the super thin nitro finish and all that. I'm pretty agile up and down the neck when I'm playing lead on my Telecaster. But there's something about this neck and fingerboard that makes me immediately, noticeably, faster and more agile. Long reaches that almost hurt on the Telecaster seem comfortable and easy on this 2017 Les Paul Tribute T. The rosewood of the fretboard seems to be very dense, fine grained wood, much more so than other rosewood fretboards that I've played. They've rolled the edge and it's rolled to perfection. And I can run my hand up and down the neck, deliberately trying to snag my hand on a fret end or something - smooth as silk.

 

When you play it, hammer ons, pull offs, trills, bends, etcetera are so easy you can almost just will them to happen. This guitar makes me sound like a much better guitarist than I really am. It's just a pleasure to play.

 

I expected to replace the tuning machines soon after buying the guitar, based on reviews of previous years' models of the same guitar, but that's another happy surprise. I don't know if they changed something from previous years or if I just got lucky and got a great set of tuners, or what. But these machines are buttery smooth, with a confidence-inspiring feel to them. They don't creep after you tune them. They feel as solid and precise as you could ask for. I won't be changing them. I love them. After ripping up and down the fretboard, bending everything all out of shape and working it as hard as I can, I checked and the guitar was still in tune. I figured that being a new guitar, with presumably new strings, it would be off. But it wasn't. I tuned it once, tweaked it again shortly after, then cut loose on it with no mercy (well, what passes for no mercy from me), and it's been in tune ever since. My Telecaster stays close, but would have needed tweaking after all those antics. Not this new Les Paul.

 

Intonation on every string was perfect up the neck as far as I can tell. I didn't check it with a strobe tuner, but I am quite happy with the intonation.

 

Pickups? Well, I was already thinking about a set of new pickups before it arrived. I like to tinker. But I won't be changing those either. I have not traditionally been a big 490 fan. But this set, or maybe those pickups in this body, or something, sound great to me. I can clean it up and play jazz like Wes Montgomery's take on "Round Midnight", or bump the gain and get some nice, bluesy snarl out of it. I was expecting to not like the pickups. Well, they got me. I didn't notice any muddiness. They sustain for a very long time. Playing chords, the note separation is nice and audible and it just sounds amazing. Lead work up the neck, this guitar makes me sound way better than I consider myself to be. These pickups just just sound great. I'll be keeping them. And I was sort of looking forward to swapping out the pups...maybe some Lollar Imperials or something. But no, despite being 490s, which I have always thought of as just sort of average, I really like these pickups. I guess I won't get to tinker with it after all.

 

The action on this guitar is very low, just the way I like it. You can blast up the neck with very little effort. But there's no fret buzz anywhere. I checked every single fret. And then I pulled out the slides. I figured that would be a real challenge. Despite the very low action setup, I tried four slides on this thing and they all sounded good. I liked my heavy Pyrex best on this guitar, but brass, heavy ceramic, and of course, the Coricidin bottle all worked well and sounded good, even with the low action. Hey, it's a gold top! I had to try the Coricidin bottle! I tend to like certain slide with certain guitars. This one is a heavy Pyrex guitar, but any of the others would have been acceptable. And with that low action!

 

I can't think of anything to complain about. The knobs are precise, well aligned and responsive. I love everything about this guitar. I should put a codicil in my will, insisting that they bury me with it. It's just a great, GREAT guitar! Gibson hit a home run with this one. Different people like different things, but I can't imagine anyone not liking this guitar if they saw it and played it.

 

I pre-ordered this guitar a while back, so I got one of the first ones released. Did they make sure the first few out the door were perfect? I don't know. Will they all be this good? I don't know. But I can tell you that my beloved Telecaster is going to be feeling a little forlorn. I don't want to put this thing down. Fit, finish, action, playability, sound, everything about this guitar is just as I would want it to be.

 

And at the price for one of these, if you've been wanting something like this, it's a genuine bargain, worth every penny. You get a really great, USA-made Gibson Les Paul for some pretty cheap money. I am honestly shocked that even going into it looking for reasons to start changing and tinkering, and expecting to find irritating little flaws to complain about, this guitar won me over in a matter of minutes. It's really that good.

 

If the particular guitar that I now own is representative of all of the 2017 Gibson line, it's very obvious that Gibson is listening to previous years customer complaints and doing something about those issues. If I ordered a guitar from a luthier, or the Gibson Custom Shop (I have two acoustics from the custom shop in Bozeman) and they sent me this guitar, I'd be delighted with my purchase.

 

If this is representative of the 2017 model year, then this year is going to be a high water mark in Gibson history. And that's saying something. I can recommend the 2017 Gibson Les Paul Tribute T without reservation to any and all Les Paul lovers out there. And at this price, you'd better go get one before they're sold out. Gibson, you have genuinely impressed me, and that ain't easy!

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Awesome man.. And that's just how it should be... Lets hope they all turn out as nice (probably unlikely but you never know :))

 

There really is nothing quite like a good Les Paul...

 

And yeah, my 60s tribute is a Goldtop.. Before I bought it I never really liked the idea of a gold guitar, I mean how bling can you get.. But then when I went to try the guitars out, I tried like four different colours as they all looked nice so I needed to find the one that played the best.. After the first chord I knew that had to be the one...

 

As you say, its a nice gold colour.. not as garish as you might think in real life...

 

This is my one from 2011

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Awesome man.. And that's just how it should be... Lets hope they all turn out as nice (probably unlikely but you never know :))

 

There really is nothing quite like a good Les Paul...

 

And yeah, my 60s tribute is a Goldtop.. Before I bought it I never really liked the idea of a gold guitar, I mean how bling can you get.. But then when I went to try the guitars out, I tried like four different colours as they all looked nice so I needed to find the one that played the best.. After the first chord I knew that had to be the one...

 

As you say, its a nice gold colour.. not as garish as you might think in real life...

 

This is my one from 2011...

 

That's a beauty! I'm a Duane Allman fan, so I had to have a gold top. And hence the slides, especially the Coricidin bottle, though I probably use the heavy Pyrex one more than the others. Now I just have to add another Les Paul like the one that Duane traded the gold top to get, though I don't think I'd be swapping the pickups around during the trade,

 

I hope that this new guitar of mine is what the 2017 run of the Tribute T is going to be like across the board. Man, people would snap them up. And for the price, I'd be sorely tempted to add another one with a different finish. I like this thing that much.

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I just checked out Andertons uk to see if they had an HP version. They do! It costs £300 more, but you can subtract £160 for the hard case, so its only £140 more in real terms.

 

I'll try to check one out next time I visit.

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I've been over this thing with a fine tooth comb and I can't find anything to complain about.

 

 

It came with a Gibson logo gig bag

 

 

I think this is the only thing to complain about. I know i'm not the only one here that is bothered by seeing a les paul sold without a hard case.

 

I'm glad you did get a case at least and the review you gave is very detailed!

 

Enjoy it, it looks great!

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I think this is the only thing to complain about. I know i'm not the only one here that is bothered by seeing a les paul sold without a hard case.

 

I'm glad you did get a case at least and the review you gave is very detailed!

 

Enjoy it, it looks great!

 

He posted a picture of his guitar.. that's not gig bag

 

 

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