Gibson Les Paul BFG
Gibson Les Paul BFG

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

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Average Score:4.3( 4.3/5 based on 27 reviews )
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Value For Money : Excellent
King Loudness08/13/2011

King Loudness's review"Great stripped down LP"

Gibson Les Paul BFG
The Gibson BFG was introduced by Gibson to bring a more affordable and bare bones guitar to the line of admittedly very flashy, classy and expensive Les Pauls. It has no binding, no inlays and an extremely rough cut maple top... no pristine flame maple here folks! It features a mahogany body and neck, the rough cut flamed maple top, a rosewood fretboard with 22 frets, Kluson tuners, tune-o-matic bridge and a unique pickup/electronics layout that combines a P90 in the neck position with a Gibson Burstbucker in the bridge. Each pickup has its own volume control, there is a master tone, and as well the guitar contains a kill switch. Pretty stripped down guitar, but the feel is still pure Les Paul all the way.


The BFG is a fairly medium weight guitar that sits on the body a little better than some of the heavier LPs, such as my Traditional Plus. The design of the Les Paul in general isn't what I'd call ergonomic at all, but this one seems MORE ergonomic then many of them. Not really a plus, but I mean if you're playing a Les Paul you should expect to feel that hog on your shoulder at all times. The upper fret access is not great but it's not horrible... you can get the high notes when it matters but it isn't going to be effortless.

Getting a good sound out of this guitar is not difficult. They have a pretty bare bones sort of sound... very raw and honest. The P90 does its thing, the humbucker does something else. It won't tell you what you want to hear... it'll tell you what you sound like. You can throw a bunch of effects on it to drown the guitar in wetness... but why would you want to?


I've tried this guitar through a few different rigs. It's a pretty simplistic guitar and sounds best through a similar amp. Single channel Fender, Dr. Z, even something like a Mesa Electra Dyne will work. The cleans are not pristine, but rather they have a really rough hewn quality to them that adds a little bit of natural breakup to the sound. The P90 gets some of those smokey jazz/blues tones and the humbucker will take you into the rock and funk arena.

Kicking in some overdrive yields a raw and vicious assault that echos the punk and grunge etho of loud, aggressive and ready to knock over anyone who gets in the way. The P90 howls with a sincere sustain that can only be achieved with the LP design and the humbucker just gives off a killer raunchy tone that drives any amp into oblivion with harmonic overtones and saturation. It's not a super high output sounding guitar but it has that certain something that works for the over the top vibe really well.


All in all I think the Gibson BFG is a cool guitar for anyone who wants a really stripped down and simple Les Paul that trades in class for a raw power that just embodies the very spirit of rock n' roll. They're now discontinued but you can still find them used for about $800 which isn't a bad deal. You aren't getting much in the features department, but the tone is more than enough to cover you. Try one out for sure.

Hatsubai's review"Stripped down but still cool"

Gibson Les Paul BFG
Gibson released the BFG model for those who want to have a humbucker and P90 guitar in one, along with those who don't need a bunch of the fancy options that some of the other Les Pauls offer. The guitar features a mahogany body with a maple top, mahogany neck with a rosewood fretboard, 22 frets, no inlays, pickguard, binding, hard tail bridge, two humbuckers, two volumes, one tone, one kill switch and a three way switch.


The guitar was pretty solid overall. The frets themselves were nicely crowned, although the could have been leveled a touch better. I'm not sure if there was a slight hump in the neck or if it was the frets themselves not being perfectly level, but I was having some issues in the middle of the fretboard that the truss rod couldn't dial out. The nut on this was cut nicely, so no issues there. Upper fret access is the same as every other Les Paul out there in that it's nothing to write home about.


This pickup combination is a really cool marriage of pickups. In the one corner, you have the humbucker. It delivers that fat sound with tons of overdriven bite to it. I actually find that these don't have enough output and clarity for me, but I've never been a real huge fan of stock Gibson pickups to begin with, so take that with a grain of salt. The P90 in the neck is awesome for those fat, bubbly lead tones that absolutely scream. It's like a really fat single coil, and it just rips.


These are real cool guitars, and they're probably better buys than the Gary Moore models simply because they tend to be cheaper. However, the Gary Moore models are more consistent and tend to sound better, so it's a trade off between the two. Either way, see if you can try some out and see if you like the P90.

MatrixClaw's review"Beats Paying Twice as Much for a Standard!"

Gibson Les Paul BFG
The BFG Features:

- Unsanded carved flame maple top
- Mahogany back
- 1950s rounded mahogany neck
- Rosewood fingerboard
- 24-3/4" scale
- 22 frets
- 1.695" nut width
- White side dot inlays
- Black chrome hardware
- Distressed stopbar
- Tune-O-Matic bridge
- Wooden volume and tone knobs
- Distressed Grover tuners
- Zebra BurstBucker 3 bridge, P-90 neck
- Kill switch toggle
- See-through wiring covers

Made in the USA


This is easily my favorite playing Les Paul of all time. The familiar feel of a standard, but with a satin finish on the neck, instead of a glossy lacquer, which allows for a much smoother neck and quicker speed along the fretboard. My only wish is that these came with 24 frets, instead of 22, because the cutaway on Les Pauls make it somewhat hard to get up to the top frets - Those extra 2 frets would mean I might actually be able to get to the 22nd fret!

The killswitch, while not all too practical for most people, is a cool feature that allows you to kill the sound of the guitar instantly. Useful for in between songs at gigs, or at home, if your amp is prone to feedback, or if you don't want to accidently hit a string and make noise (so you don't have to roll your volume back).

The neck is the 50's neck, which is fatter than the 60's slim neck, but not quite as fat as the R9's neck. However, don't let that fool you, while it's what some might consider a "baseball bat" or "boat" neck, it's really quite comfortable and the satin neck adds MUCH more speed to it than would normally be available in other Les Pauls.


This guitar is amazingly versatile, and is my first experience with a P90. Unfortunately, I bought mine used, and it didn't come stock, instead, it has an EMG 81 in the bridge, and a P85 in the neck. Normally, I'm not a huge fan of EMGs, but they sound great in a big chunk of mahogany!

The tone of this guitar is only what I can explain as... Chunky. It's got a huge, thick tone to it that will make any amp sound full and crisp. The P-90 neck pickup is awesome, and is the closest I've come to achieving the tone I've been wanting out of my neck pickup for years. They are more aggressive than a normal humbucker in the position, and really cut through a mix nicely. They still retain the neck position's fatness, without sounding muddy and overly bassy, very nice!


Overall, I really like this guitar. It's an excellent platform for upgrades, of which I've pretty much upgraded everything on, but I'm sure it sounds and plays great in stock configuration.

For the price these guitars pop up for on the used market, it's hard to pass them up. They utterly demolish the Studios, and are easily as good as a Standard if you don't need all the bells and whistles. I'd definitely recommend this to anyone looking to pick up a Gibson that's actually worth the price it costs!

Kilroy1976_en's review

Gibson Les Paul BFG
Gibson Les Paul BFG (Barely Finished Guitar)

Built by Gibson USA
Mahogany body, maple table in a wood milled "Tiger"
22 Medium Jumbo frets - Neck profile Rounded 50s glued to the 16th
Tune-O-Matic Bridge / Stop Bar
Pickups P-90 in neck position and Burstbucker Zebra 3 at bridge.
2 volumes - 1 tone - 1 switch selector micro instead of the second tone

An unusual feature of this model, the Kill Switch instead of the usual position selector microphones. Its purpose is "turn off the guitar"


The neck does not stick because it is satin finish, it is becoming increasingly fluid as with the other models of the series "Faded"

She is light for a Les Paul


For my, this guitar is made ideally for the Blues.



So the real significance of BFG is Barely Finished Guitar

In recent months, following various changes in my life, I went back to the guitar after a ruling 15 years ...

My first visits to shops instruments greatly disturbed me ...

The Fender Mex at a price of US (at the time) and other increases, modelling and many other things made me realize that I had a few time behind.

In fact, I wanted to return to her that I had at the time with the Gibson Les Paul, a Deluxe Pro of the year 1977 (two P-90) in a good Fender amp tube.

After extensive research and hesitations and especially given that the model in question is not found at that time, I resolved to take a PRS Singlecut Soapbar.

But it still was not what I was looking for, in the meantime, my game had changed and my tastes are more affirmed (Cotton Blues until more modern blues of different types, Texas, Chicago, the Louisiana brief rally starting Delta (Highway 61)

My main access to news, test and criticism being the net, I had already seen this BFG which could respond to my mind my expectations (I play with the neck pickup only on all my guitars) So the P-90 in handle perfect position on a Gibson Les Paul.

Unfortunately, after having read many opinions who criticized especially the poor finish, the 50's neck qualified as "not comfurtable" and also big problems of noise. That scared me because my electric facility is not equipped to take ground (I am a tenant, I can change the installation)

After some time, I did acquire a Faded SG Worn Brown at a price promo at an open-door day. I was really amazed by the satin finish, the absence of varnish thick wood allows better "breathed"

I was on my hunger for a Les Paul and resold after having several things in my old hobby, I made several purchases including an LP Standard Faded in Honey Burst series that I discovered while reading various post on the net.

I think that people who qualify for the Faded "sub-Gibson" or "gibson of the poor" are not objective, I had also been misled in response to their opinions and also on the weight.

Finally, I found a Les Paul with whom the feeling passed.
But I had still not found a real LP with P-90 (and Historic collection is too expensive)

In recover from a guitar that I tabled for review at my luthier, I saw the BFG, which I had heard so hard.

In Trans Black, the finish did not matter to me, I found it rather mild compared to the view that I had read. The neck satin well fluid, transparent plates are nice, well-polished and frets without being trendy, guitar sounded good, remained the problem of "buzz"

Plug in a Fender Blues Junior identical to mine, no noise except for the P-90 which responded well to my games, in such a drive, the combination of two excellent pickups, Burstbucker 3 easel later as well, but less used in my game

(This is the most powerful of this series to vintage structure, not dipped in wax, it includes a single magnet gross ALNICO II and enjoys a slight little more winding. Both coils of wire size 42 do not have the same number of laps, phénomêne current at the end of 50 years. micro That makes the less effective against interference but gives him a bite compared to a creamy its models equal to two coils)

The P-90 is not impregnated with wax too.

In terms of sound, after some time, I sensed that it was with this Les Paul that I found my sound, while taking into account the fact of my "maturity" more sophisticated level and blues music of my expectations.

My wife had already understood that the guitar was made for me, just by listening, in addition, I was virtually isolated from the outside world, immersed in the sound coming out of the amp. With the 50's neck, no problem despite my small hands ...

After discussions with my wife who had completely changed his mind about the finish of the guitar (as she said, the photos did not undermine the value) Game comfort, weight, etc ... We decided to make the acquisition.

Back at home, I set a black truss-rod cover that I had in reserve. The buttons add one side "wooded touch" guitar. For the switch to change a microphone, I ordered a black on the net.

Plugged in my Deluxe Reverb, not unpleasant buzz (thought to acquiring quality cables!) On the contrary, curves, deep, powerful and respected attacks, and sustain medium in front ...

It is amazing with Maxon 808 or OCD with or without the Fat Boost upstream, the DP-1 in the Junior Blues is great for a good Texas blues, Maxon OD-9 provides crunchs well bluesy ...

In the end, I am very pleased with my purchase, I found what I was looking like his guitar and does shock not in the middle of my material more "classical"

On this Gibson has been in the hunt for costs, combining artistic creativity, value analysis, marketing and boldness ...

Certainly, it does not please everyone, and from experience, I know that many people have easy criticism.

I think that when he formed opinions and made a critical, it is preferable to see a real and give it a try and after only give an opinion or criticism.

For me, with the truss-rod cover I added that, in my view, it is perfect.

My only regret is that it took into account the opinion that in the end are not appropriate in my case.

Like what tastes and colors ...


MGR/AdamTaylor's review"Gibson Les Paul BFG"

Gibson Les Paul BFG
I've been playing guitar for five years and decided i need a guitar to suit my ability. I play in two bands, which are both rock/metal as well as recording my own stuff.

I bought the Les Paul BFG for £700 (around $800?) in a coda music (Hertfordshire, England). I bought the guitar as it was the best guitar i've probably ever played. Also, it was also the only Les Paul i've played that i like and that suits me style of music.

Firstly, the unfinished finish is great. The gold unfinished feel of the wood is just to die for and it looks great just hanging from my wall. Also, the combination of the P90 and Burstbucker make a great teram when playing anything from clean blues, to full out metal. The action of the neck is also incredibly low and easy to play. There is no truss rod cover on this model, but it's deliberate to give it that unfinished, raw feel, which gives the axe it's own personality and character.

The strap buttons were quite small, but they were shortlived as I replaced them with straplocks. Otherwise, i have no peroblems with this guitar.

The construction, although unfinished, is well built with no signs of bad assembly or poor craftmenship. The guitar is made in the USA and goes to show the guitar is very well buiit.

This guitar is amazing and well worth the money I payed for it. It's probably one the best Under £1000 ($1100?) Les Pauls i've ever played. I'd recommend it anyone who wants an axe which is both flawless and affordable.

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Poppyrus's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" M has given a very bad image GIBSON USA Yeah!"

Gibson Les Paul BFG
Made in the USA, almost classical GIBSON:

Channel a little beam rosewood 22 frets (not easy sweeps of the second octave of the handle ...)

P90 neck pickup and bridge pickup Burstbucker 3 zebra (no cache ...), 2 volume 1 tone wooden buttons. Micro switch positions 3 and Killswitch.

Easel set Tunomatic and stopbar tailpiece, Grover all black hardware.

Body and mahogany neck, carved maple top table with room resonances (chambered body)

She is beautiful and well painted!

Everything (almost) been said if it is no more than a few different sets sow confusion (absence or presence of trussrod cache problem or not the killswitch etc.) ...

It may be that the killswitch is wired incorrectly original! See the trick Royuth about this but I 'go back.

By against good overall finish.


The whole is well-balanced, weight is much lighter than the Les Paul (I know) with the chambered body, moreover it gives the guitar a beautiful acoustic resonance!

To handle the bin that is typical Gibson again, rather thick, acute access not easy ... One needs to get used to a little grip n 'is not great but it s' is also there. It is pleasant.

No problem keeping the tuning for mine.

We quickly found a good sound!


It is a unique combination that P90 and BurstBucker choice. It is what 'm really interested and I must say that I have been served!

The P90 is great for clean sounds (and all kinds of effects)! For more severe or crunches distos it's worse, almost more joints and the sound is "mat".

The BurstBucker is really intended to overdrive and distos. A nice grain, enough "edge" with a big fishing.

J really like these pickups and their combination is also great! The buttons work well and offer a wide range of sounds.


For the record I have bought at the store where I worked at the time and it's I who have received out of the box (I confirm moreover critical to the factory settings ...) . It was just as GIBSON the sent ...

I'm long past for a madman to explain that there was a problem with this guitar, a strange electrical hum from that you do not touch the guitar ...

Since Royuth thank you for the tip!

Yes because the killswitch was wired wrong. But the guitar was apparently inspected (the checklist in the case was validated ...).

It is absolutely unacceptable for me! They are the fart GIBSON USA, haha! Like what quality the serious application work vaunted ...

I 'm still was able to accept this problem, first because I don' t seem to find the problem and then with a good noisegate I 'm going out as well as possible, while the entire planet slanderous do not able to make it sound completely!

Since then, I have reversed the red and white cables from the selector magic killswitch and more noise. I recommend to all those who have problems with noise that they s' not explain that despite the fact that they played with MonsterCable jacks (and know a little about the instrument cables and connectors) have acquired a new who spent hours testing with other amps in different places with other electric jacks etc. ...!

Yes, I have resented this story ... lol

I want to clarify that I do not take my case to a general and I do not want to denigrate a brand, model or anything else, but it seemed important to say that I have lived.

Apparently many other users of this model or brand that have been and are still very satisfied with their instruments.

It is today the only case I can leave the ring and get the max.

My conclusion:

It's been a while since I have and this is clearly the most versatile of my guitars. I made the handle, I have rewired the killswitch and I 'really love to play it, it sounds to hell, is convenient to carry, light!

Dantcii's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" Excellent guitar"

Gibson Les Paul BFG
Manufactured in the USA, 50s rounded neck, 22 frets, 1 and 1 P90 Burstbucker


Handle very pleasant, not too heavy, good access to acute,


In terms of sonorits: Excellent!
Roundness and warmth of P90 rivaling the edge of the Burstbucker and intermediary position of any beauty. Although the distortion is his playground, in the sonorits are very clean thanks to the bluesy P90 ... In short an excellent guitar


This guitar is flat normment me, fills me with his inimitable style, and the alliance of these two microphones that in only found in high-end Gibson!

snole's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" very very happy"

Gibson Les Paul BFG
Everything has already been said above, a 9 seems to me quite agree is all very well for the price (used) but few finish a review but it's nothing disturbing.


So to use even when I put some time to get used to handle profiling asser thick and very crude, it has not really please everyone but strangely when I used to swear by him.
So ergonomics is really perfect lightweight access to acute les paul, I do not blame the top I knew what I bought, and also to talk about the corp I have often read of someone saying that of thorn leaves the table or the handle ... no not really
In terms of getting a good sound so easy and the p90 Burstbucker 3 gives me exactly what I needed.


Good to dwell on the sound (it's still the most important I think.) This guitar is really perfect, far from being versatile I wanted a guitar that will give me a nice fat blues distortion to a big punchy for rock (Turbonegro, motorhead ...), although the ET Burstbucker p90 and its just amazing to cela.J 've played most often on a Line 6 Bogner valve112 lamp, but also a Randall MTS head lamp 50w, and fender blues deluxe, I never found him getting default what I wanted easily.
Only bemol a buzz in the p90 but nothing really good handicapping.


I use it for about a year I hesitated to take a Gretch also has in place but ultimately I do not regret my choice I certainly remake, I put a 10 because I find a bit exaggerate the opinion that this basis on a test store and located the defect of the world has a guitar so that's what it is I will not blame access to acute quite normal for a les paul or finish but their quality and interest on the brief guitar value for money in hand is really good.
This is a guitar that I recommend to punchy rock or blues-man on acid ^ ^.

Mechugga's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" Not enough known (Recognised)"

Gibson Les Paul BFG
Ultra Thin, lightweight body relative standard LP


Handle very crude but pleasant, we have to get used to not buy an LP sleeve having a flat and fast.

I did change the weld Kill switch as explained in tricks. it is unacceptable for Gibson to have a finish welding (10 euros once in my guitar seller)


The sound is huge in acute envis I had to change it so I tried various guitars on my amp with a well in the EMG81 Bursbuker3 atomizes the EMG (less cold but more power and as much precision)
Intermediate position for the P90 + BB3 clean open well, nice.
Position = P90's bluesy, it's good crunch amp lamps, ideal

Basically this is a very versatile guitar

Personally I like it send big sound position in acute


after a big desire to change the 7-string guitar for a Luxury or a 6 string EMG to the metal. I tested, I finally keep my BFG.

this is a very endearing guitar, it takes over 15 min test in store for an idea
roll mops12/05/2011

roll mops's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" a look!"

Gibson Les Paul BFG
manufacturing States. type handle 50 '. Mahogany body with maple room table finishing a "lizard skin". It's not everyone's taste but j'apprcie touch and original cot. Finish a complete yourself, I added the outline and the micro cache trussrod. no. Otherwise, the abscence of varnish "Louis XIV" brings him a cot that j'apprcie roots. But still, the cache trussrod ...
Stopbar, tune-o-matic, grover, the classic.
electronics is unusual in LP: the selector instead of a tone and a killswitch in place of the selector. Mine is rewired in standart.
Two microphones: one in BB3 bridge and a P-90 in the sleeve.


Channel lumberjack, I prfr a 60 'but you get it! Same for the abscence of the key landmarks. you get used quickly to points on the cot of the handle.
Access to acute Lespaulien is, if you know what I mean. The weight is present. lighter than my Cort M400 but much more than my PRS. Good strap must, but not death!
the sound is good right now, whatever the rglages, ca send!

Cot lctronique, mine is rewired in standart, the sudden I recupre a micro tone, and ca is important.


On the bridge, its a rather modern accommodates many disto. crunch has ac / dc, heavy distortion or light metal, ... is its domain. a little loud and we thank the tone a little to rein in the treble.
p-90 is round and chaud.divain the clear and very good in a blues record, but will stop at the gain, if not, it gets rough.
Between the two micro is the big gap but it allows to consider all the config settings and all kind of music
The combination of two microphones (+ the opportunity to play on the flight tone) offers a bit of roundness to the bridge or a bit of clarity to the neck pickup, ca dpend how we see!

In short, the fat, heavy, gibson, but changes of the Lord 490. I could compare it with a studio, p90 is doing rather well.

I play on a laney lamp and I love playing on volumes for a clear sound on the stick and send heavy on the bridge just by playing the selector: fadetoblackaddict:


I for 1 year. I dreamed of an LP and n'tant not a fan of the studio and not having the budget for a standart, I had to find a compromise. She should look at both of the sounds. Quality price ratio very good (mine has no default finish).
I recommend it to someone who only plays on a guitar as she can do anything.
If you play country music, there are the tls, + if you are very heavy metal, look LTD, but for everything else you can think of the BFG. (Must still apprcier gibson sound)
I'm sorry it just is not in standart cable home and a handle 60 '...