In a statement released by Gibson, an all new Economical Les Paul has been released bringing Gibson closer to the reach of the working class player guitar player. For many decades now, Gibson was outside the price reach of average guitar players, easily beating all other popular brands in terms of pricing, forcing Gibson fans to instead shift to Epiphone guitars for a relatively affordable price.
Gibson says “A handful of cosmetic simplifications help to bring this Les Paul in at a truly astounding price. A minimalist finishing process leaves the beautiful grain of the carved maple top in full luscious view through your choice of Worn Cherry or Worn Brown, while a lack of binding around the body top and fingerboard gives a tactile, organic look and feel to the instrument as a whole. Where tone and performance are concerned, however, the Studio Faded model stays right in the legendary Les Paul Standard’s wheelhouse, with the timeless hardware that has helped to make Les Pauls total sustain monsters for more than five decades, and—this time out—a set of upgraded humbucking pickups, the same high-performance PAF-style Burstbucker Pros that are included on several top-shelf guitars from the Gibson Custom Shop. Wrap it all up, and it’s an unparalleled package for anyone from the discerning studio musician to the hard-touring artist in search of a no-nonsense tone machine.”
The features on this iconic mean machine run like this:
BODY: Chambered mahogany body in Worn Cherry or Worn Brown
PICKUPS: Burstbucker Pro Lead in the bridge position and a Burstbucker Pro Rhythm in the neck.
NECK: glued-in neck made from solid quarter-sawn mahogany and topped with an unbound rosewood fingerboard
HARDWARE: Gibson’s hallowed Tune-o-matic bridge, stopbar tailpiece, and vintage-style tuners.
The Les Paul has been of rock n roll fame along with the Fender Stratocaster, and is often attributed (along with it’s fender competition) to have been important in shaping the sound of the genre.
PRICE: $1100-1200(US) | ~55,000(INR) | ~880(EUR)