Gib­son’s 2019 range

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For its first an­nual range since fil­ing for bank­ruptcy in May, Gib­son is stay­ing fo­cussed with­out a ro­bot tuner in sight. And that’s all well and good, but be­yond the £3k + High Per­for­mance Les Paul in its lat­est re­fresh, what is Gib­son of­fer­ing those of us de­mand­ing more real-world gui­tar prices?

Well, the good news is that there are some promis­ing mod­els in the ros­ter of­fer­ing rel­a­tive value for Us-made in­stru­ments. The most af­ford­able is the Les Paul Ju­nior Trib­ute DC (Dou­ble Cut) that is al­ready ap­pear­ing for around £699 to pre­order on re­tail sites at the time of go­ing to press. It’s the kind of stream­lined util­i­tar­ian Gib­son we’ve al­ways had a soft spot for; a sin­gle P-90, Slim Taper neck pro­file and satin ni­tro fin­ish in Blue Stain, Worn Brown, Worn Ebony and Worn Cherry op­tions. And un­like some mid-priced mod­els from big brands in the POST-CITES in­dus­try, the fret­boards on these gui­tars are stay­ing rose­wood.

The Les Paul Stu­dios weigh in at around £1,399 (with a rather un­for­tu­nately-ti­tled BBQ Burst amongst the fin­ish op­tions avail­able). Else­where, the Les Paul Stu­dio Trib­ute, Ex­plorer Trib­ute and Fire­bird Trib­ute come in at around, or un­der, £1,099 with the SG Trib­ute around £899. There’s also an in­trigu­ing de­but added to the new Gib­son line-up; the ES-235 (around £1,499) could be a tempt­ing semi for Les Paul fans.

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More info gib­son.com

From top (clock­wise): Les Paul Trib­ute, SG Trib­ute and Les Paul Ju­nior Trib­ute DC

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