This is a guest post by Steve Williams
The newly announced Gibson Les Paul Studio 70s Tribute joins two other 70’s tribute guitars in the Gibson range. Although when we think of Les Paul’s we don’t necessarily think of the 70s, as the guitars most revolutionary era was mainly in the 1950s, however the 70’s saw some of the most beautiful and recognisable guitars ever produced.
This particular Les Paul is based on the style of guitars from when Gibson was owned by Norlin industries, so that means the classic pared-back design and
completely new pickups; the 70s tribute is a very exciting guitar.
The most exciting feature of the Les Paul 70’s Tribute is the two mini humbuckers of a completely new design, which is a rare occurrence with Les Pauls. In fact in greatly resembles the Les Paul Deluxe from… yep you guessed it, the 70s.
These new pickups are based on the Alnico V magnet, but with a new piece configuration including dual steel blades.
The results are incredibly effective and actually produce higher output than other mini humbuckers, but as they are cheaper to produce they can be applied to more affordable guitars, making this one of the most inexpensive Gibson Les Pauls available.
The bridge pickup is wound for slightly higher output than the neck pickup. But despite all this it maintains its rich, vintage
tone with ringing chime and lots of sustain.
The Les Paul Studio 70s Tribute incorporates one of the most noticeable construction features from that decade of Les Pauls. The traditional Mahogany neck is swapped for a Maple one. Another of the guitars unique features is the introduction of the Volute.
This is a bump on the reverse side of the neck where the neck meets the headstock which is designed to reinforce the neck and improve sustain, this in coherence with the 17° headstock emphasises the temporal authenticity. The neck is then shaped to a SlimTaper profile and finished with a baked maple fingerboard and trapezoid inlays.
I think basing a Gibson Les Paul on a 70’s model was a brilliant idea as it’s such an underrated generation of guitars. Gibson have delivered with historical accuracy and that vintage feel yet maintaining modern aspects and continuing to look forward. It’s a truly brilliant guitar and it’s a Les Paul, so you know you’re getting guaranteed out and out quality. Plus for a US made Gibson LP its great value for money.