Gibson Les Paul Artisan

Gibson Les Paul Artisan

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Les Paul Artisan, LP-Shaped Guitar from Gibson in the Les Paul series.

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Gibson Les Paul Artisan tech. sheet

  • Manufacturer: Gibson
  • Model: Les Paul Artisan
  • Series: Les Paul
  • Category: LP-Shaped Guitars
  • Added in our database on: 12/10/2005

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Gibson Les Paul Artisan user reviews

Average Score:4.9( 4.9/5 based on 8 reviews )
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Hatsubai's review"Ridiculous tone and weight"

Gibson Les Paul Artisan
These were part of the Norlin Gibson era, and they're extremely heavy due to the fact that they used the maple necks. The guitar features a mahogany body with a maple top, a maple neck with an ebony fretboard, 22 frets, special inlays, pickguard, binding, hard tail bridge, three humbuckers, two volumes, two tones and a three way switch.


These guitars seem to be built fairly nice, but I experienced some fretwork issues on a few that were in the store. Gibson still has some QC issues, so you really need to play all of these before ultimately buying them. The good thing is that they were all fairly resonant sounding. That means that any fretwork issues or nut issues can usually be corrected by a competent luthier without too much of a hassle.


The maple neck on this added quite a bit of snap that you don't normally hear in standard Les Pauls. It adds more clarity, I've found. The guitar sounds pretty good, but they're stock Gibson pickups. I'm not totally crazy about these. The sound average, in my opinion. The bridge is medium output, and it sounds fat. However, it doesn't overdrive the amp like I like my pickups to. The neck is a bit too bright for my tastes, but you can calm it down with the tone pot. The middle pickup was totally useless.


If you find one of these at a good price, grab it. They're some of my favorite Gibsons since they tend to have the maple neck and the ebony fretboard. These woods really work nice with the mahogany body, and it is great for heavy metal once you replace the pickups in them. Just check out John Sykes for an example of the tone.

bpa's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Gibson Les Paul Artisan
I've had one in the early 80 ...
I sold it for a mouth loaf Pigalle because I was hungry.
The little guy who has redeemed me the can when he wants straigh ...

Otherwise, too heavy guitar. The config 3 microphones do not add much my opinion.
But it is beautiful! though somewhat dependent dco issue.

I regret it because it's a beautiful guitar, but for collectors.
I find c'tait not too great era for Gibson those years there, but hey, now is the vintage ...


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peperezikoss's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" Exeptionnelle guitar = "ITS EXEPTIONNEL""

Gibson Les Paul Artisan
Made in USA
The handle has a very thin profile frets 22 C profile fine
which gives a quick game on the handle with dizzying slipped
a quick glance at the photos of the handle NC


The handle is a boulevard or rather an ice rink
access to acute is natural without gene
sounds do not couaquent do not curl it's very upscale
His presence is there and it's not the amps that alter its presence
she is generous it can do anything Jazz, funk, rock, anything goes and it is allowed to make
naughty and asks for more
If it is necessary to find a fault I would say "weight" (4,75kg)
but as it is this weight (mass) which gives the resonance of beautiful then ....
So if we look it up! the choice is simple


She does it all and meets all my needs style
I play it on a Fender Hot Road 40W
With my Hiwatt DR201 200W
Or a small Epiphone Valve Senior 18W
It's always happiness


I play with since 1977! and pleasure always the same
I have other guitars that give me a lot of emotion
But as this "Les Paul Custom Artisan 3" is not comparable

I think if I do not own and I found myself in front of this guitar shop
Today I flasherais again despite the crazy price.
In 1977 I bought a 8500 F then the normal Paul was worth about 2500 F a ratio of 3.4
And at that time one of the basic Paul, was costing about the equivalent of 1.5 months of wages of highly qualified professional
Little calculation with a salary that I consider to 3200 X 1.5 = € 4,800 rat LPN vs LPA 5250 X 3.4 = € 16,320
so today if I wanted to offer me I would have to win the lottery .. :) and Grandma would not Ok

-Livingroom-'s review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" A marvel."

Gibson Les Paul Artisan
Made in USA Kalamazoo, this is an exceptional guitar produced only 2,200 copies between 1976 and 1979. A handle gibson (pickaxe handle as I call them, I like, it is holding) 22 frets, three original humbucker (t top, or versions before I know more).

I changed, because I bought a handyman who had just anything above (including a black aquarethane who shot the electric blue, it was horrible). So I added him a Bigsby, the gotoh smécaniques locking and more of the tones I put a filter to "purify" the sound of humbuckers for cleans (or have narrow all distortion ), in short it is a bit like a split pickups.


The handle is visually stunning (and the head), and very nice to play with the thumb on the button. The sound is simple to have a huge sustain (although my other les paul is worse at this level), and a huge palette of sounds with three pickups over the filter. It's simple, by digging a little and having the right amp can play anything. After a gibson stamp on guard.


It is like any gibson perfect for blues rock, after agreements for fast power chords and it goes, but not saturated full chords it out of the mix, it is very rough and medium. But this is not what we mui request :) The handle is very comfortable and allows us some nice acrobatics. The cleans are creamy and crunch arrives quickly when you attack the strings. This is a queen, and a queen is demanding, it is not an easy guitar (mine shows 6.9kg), the game deserves. But she knows how to build a semblance of love story with its owner.


I use it for two years. I like the bright side, a rare and unique customization that I inflicted on him, while remaining within the spirit rock chic gibson. It is a unique instrument, and one is probably not for everyone. But in his area it is perfect.

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