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Gibson 2014 Les Paul Futura Plain Top Electric Guitar with Case

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Celebrating the 120th Anniversary of Gibson, the Gibson 2014 Les Paul Futura Plain Top gives guitarists something to get excited about on Gibson’s 120th birthday. This guitar sports a plain maple top with mahogany body, and modern weight relief for a comfortable playing experience both on stage and off it. This electric guitar’s ‘60s slim taper neck makes playing a dream, giving musicians easy access to the fingerboard. The trapezoid inlays add class to this instrument, and the 120th anniversary banner at the 12th fret makes this Gibson electric a unique instrument with historical significance. The max grip speed knobs make adjustments during performances a breeze, and the locking tune-o-matic bridge will make sure your always in tune. Celebrate Gibson’s birthday the best way possible, by treating yourself to a new Les Paul guitar. This instrument comes with a hardshell case, so musicians can protect their investment for many years to come.

Product Specifications
Gibson 2014 Les Paul Futura Plain Top Electric Guitar Specifications
  • Body: Mahogany /“Modern” weight relief
  • Top: Plain Maple / AA on Red and Blue
  • Neck: Maple ‘60s Slim taper
  • Fingerboard: Rosewood Trapezoid Inlays with 120th anniversary banner
  • Hardware: Min E-Tune system, chrome tune-o-matic bridge
  • Electronics: P-90H Sidewinder Humbucker, BurstBucker 3 , Push/Push coil tap and 15dB boost
  • Plastics: TekToid nut, max grip speed knobs
  • Case: Black Hardshell

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Matt from USA
More than worth the money
What is your overall opinion of this product?
Great quality, playability, and tone. I got this one from AMS and it was in excellent condition. With all of the features and the smooth as silk action this guitar is a true joy to play. Les Paul traditionalists may prefer a different model but with all the features, the weight relief, and the slim neck it is a great guitar for my needs. This is the first Gibson Les Paul I have ever owned and I am impressed.
What is your opinion of the quality of this product? How does it work for different genres of music?
True USA made quality. I have been, and still am skeptical of the supposed quality of USA made guitars over good quality Asian models, but I own several great Korean and Indonesian guitars and this one puts them all in the shade. The Futura is VERY versatile. It can play any style of music but truly shines in blues, classic rock, southern rock, rock, and hard rock. Pure metal players may prefer a guitar with active pups, and pure country players may prefer a strat or tele, but if you want a guitar that can play anything well this one is hard to beat. It lost one star because the Min-etune's battery was stuck in the guitar. I got it out and works well now but it is a bad sign that the tuner was not perfect to start. The tuner is a big improvement over other robo-tuners and if you play in several different tunings like I do you will like it. However it is not perfect, and the feel of the tuners when tuning manually may put some folks off.
Heavy, fast, chunky? How was the neck? Are the controls easy to get to while playing?
The modern weight relief is great (5 back surgeries here) but it is still a weighty guitar compared to most of the modern stuff out there. The 60's slim neck is great, some may like the 50s profile but I much prefer the slim neck. Much easier to play fast with my smaller hands but it is still a Gibson neck so there is enough room I'm not cramped. It's a Les Paul so the control layout is tried and true. I love the push/push pots.
How is the tone? Bright and snappy? Dark and smooth? Were the pickups hot, mellow, thick or thin?
Huge array of tones here. The new Sidewinder, which is awesome, is very close to achieving that perfect P-90 sparkle when tapped and in humbucker mode it is surprisingly chunky. The Burstbucker has the PAF feel but more heat. The db boost is great, I love how it shapes your tone but some folks may prefer a boost pedal. Also I have seen some folks say the pots start to crackle, if this happens replace the battery in the boost! Or take the battery out and it makes a handy kill switch.
How did the stain or paint job look?
It is a beautiful guitar. I got the Pacific Blue and it is striking. Neck is not sticky at all, coverage was great, almost flawless. Lost one star because of a small imperfection where the fretboard meets the body. Almost gave it five stars because it is so hard to see, but as proud as Gibson is about their Nitro finishes, it should be perfect. I would also call it Semi-Gloss and not gloss. A very attractive guitar all in all.
Did you get what you were expecting for the price? How does it compare to similar products in the same price range?
Great value. The range of sounds and the playability make this guitar a great buy. Gibson's have great resale value compared to most stuff and with the collector features of this one (120 anniversary inlay, Special serial numbering this year) I would hazard a guess that you have a safe investment.
How was the action out of the box?
This is the first guitar I have owned that I didn't have to set up out of the box. All players are different and all guitars are different so I lucked out on this. Intonation was spot on, did a full step bend on all the strings across the board and it never fretted out, virtually no buzz anywhere, and the action was super low. I hated the strings that came on it. I don't know if they were coated but I did not like them at all. That is a matter of opinion though, I put some power slinkys on it and it feels much better to me now.
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