Gibson Les Paul Signature T Gold Series
Gibson Les Paul Signature T Gold Series
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vtm 05/21/2013

Gibson Les Paul Signature T Gold Series : vtm's user review

«  An excellent alternative to the Standard »

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Guitar made in the USA,
Lightweight body (traditionnal weight relief or swiss cheese: )
AA maple top,
Channel 60 Slim profile tapper, Touche granadillo,
Grover locking,
Micros 57 Classic and 57 Classic + and split (push / pull).
Truss rod cover silkscreened "T" (and it's pretty ugly, actually)


The neck profile is identical to the LP Standard 2013, ie a 60 Slimtapper. This is one of the finest rounds (but not the end) that offers its gibson Les Paul. Ergonomics is one of the best for LP, while maintaining access to this difficult caractérisque acute if the guitar. Feature of the "T" handle is wooden Granadillo. In practice I do not see any significant difference with rosewood (purists will note simply the clearest aspect of granadillo compared to rosewood).

The weight of the guitar is okay, not too light but not too heavy either. This guitar is heavier than the Les Paul Chambered (as the current studio range), but less than the Les Paul solid body. The guitar is perfectly balanced in any case and not itchy nose when playing with a strap.

Access to the pickup configuration in single mode and double the system potientiometres volume push-pull. Statement, the potiemetre volume splits the micro concerned; decreased the micro acts as a traditional humbucker. This operation for me, even though as intensive user of volume knobs, I would have preferred that this setting is offset at the tone potentiometers.

The sound is excellent. Its clear, it is quite warm and round (this is due to couple classic micro 57) humbucker configuration, very "slamming" and almost fenderien when using microphones in Splite mode micro simple. Note a very noticeable difference in level when switching pickups humbucker configuration to a simple to manage the volume potentiometer. With distortion, we find the roundness of the microphones 57, even if the attack is fairly defined, especially in dual mode. In split mode, single coil can attack other styles, even if they are less convincing than its saturated light.


I play heavy rock and metal with this guitar, plugged in the case in a Marshall stack or stack ENGL. For these styles, it fits perfectly (and even provides additional capabilities with the ability to split the pickups).

Gibson 57 classic pickups, despite their vintage market positioning, not prove, is surprisingly accurate even with extreme saturation. Its clear, and a type JTM45 amp, it really is in the territory of the blues. In the end, the various options for this guitar allows him to be both versatile, but also to have the TRUE character of a Les Paul. Success of the cot.


I use this model for one month, is already a regular Les Paul (Goldtop 57 Custom, BFG, some Studio).
Here we concentrate the Les Paul, on which one feels that Gibson wanted to bring innovations (locking tuners, microphones and split, traditional weight relief ...) and traditions (classic microphones 57, 60 slim profile tapper .. ..).
Ultimately a successful guitar, largely at the video, just a little less modern than the last.
The only fault I find it is just aesthetic: the truss rod cover really beautiful siglé a huge "T" font "Times New Roman". To be replaced soon by a truss rod cover gibson blank!