Gibson Les Paul 50’s Tribute
This is my 2013 Les Paul 50’s Tribute Gold Top/Dark Back with P-90’s. Mine has the Grover tuners instead of the Min-ETune system. Mine is a 2013 model year but according to the serial number was manufactured in November, 2012.
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The new 2014 model year lineup from Gibson is now available. There are a few changes that are sure to create controversy for the traditionalists out there.
Perhaps this is best illustrated by Gibson’s decision to forgo the “nibs” on the neck binding in favor of “undercut fret over binding”. This is one of the easiest ways to determine is a Les Paul was a fake. Most fakes do not have “Nibs” since there are so difficult to recreate. Chinese Les Paul counterfeiters everywhere rejoice.
Some are also questioning why Gibson is using a 120th Anniversary fret board inlay on every 2014 guitar. While some like it most don’t. Who celebrates a 120th anniversary anyway?
2014 Gibson 120th Anniversary Inlay
Read on for more changes …
I think most guitar players look for a particular “feel” about the neck when trying to choose a guitar. Gibson guitar necks are generally categorized into two types. The 50’s style and the 60’s style necks. I will focus on Gibson electric guitars in this article because I have limited experience with playing Gibson acoustic guitars.
Contrast of a 50’s & 60’s Gibson Neck Profile
Each have a strong following and some players won’t use one or the other. I personally like both.
Another term used to describe Gibson necks is “Baseball Bat”. This term is generically thrown around to describe a very fat neck and is often associated with the 50’s style neck. As you can see from the graphic above the thickness of the neck from the fretboard to the bottom of the neck is pretty marginal. In my opinion what makes the neck “feel” thick is shoulder of the neck (the area directly below the fretboard, on the neck itself, measured from the ends of the frets). In other words the area where the greatest difference in thickness between the 50’s and 60’s neck profile.
The Tennessean is reporting that the Gibson Guitar Corporation is changing it’s name to Gibson Brands. Personally I think they should have chosen a name that pays better respect to the rich tradition that this music instrument icon has enjoyed for over 120 years. I would have thought that they would have opted for a shorter more elegant name.
“Gibson®” should have been the obvious choice as the logo to the left illustrates. Simple, elegant, and already well established in the music industry.
The companies bought up by Gibson could simply add something like “A Gibson® Company” somewhere around their logos to establish the connection between the various non-guitar related entities and the parent. Maybe I’m just an old fashioned traditionalist. That being said when tradition is part of your identity one shouldn’t go screwing with it now.
Curiously when I ran across this news article I quickly navigated over to the Gibson website and found no mention of the change as of the time of this posting.
I for one hope this is erroneous journalism by the Tennessean. If this proves to be accurate I sure hope we don’t start seeing “Gibson Brands” for the logo inlay on any headstock.
What are your thoughts? Comment below!
TEAC to become part of the Gibson family.
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Gibson Les Paul Traditional
This is my 2012 Les Paul Traditional in Ice Tea Burst. This one is one of the more rare ones in that it has a 1 piece back. Most had two or more pieces. My LP is completely stock except for the addition of Schaller locking strap buttons. The Gibson model number is LPTD-ITCH1.
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