New Left Handed Gibson Guitars for 2013 – Part One

Neal Beedie November 18, 2012 17

If you’ve been following the LeftyFretz Facebook Page or Twitter stream you’ll know that there’s a lot of new stuff coming from Gibson in 2013.  Our friends over at Southpaw Guitars broke the news a few days ago and we’ve been busy trying to find out more since.

Today Gibson have started putting the new products on their website, and it would seem that they are keen to keep their left-handed push going.  That’s right, there is an absolute boatload of new left-handed Gibsons to check out!  In fact every single new model added today is available left handed, apart from the new SG Future Tribute – but I wonder if that is just a website error.  Aside from the new models, Gibson is also offering their new Min-ETune robot tuners as an optional upgrade on many of the new products.

This article will look at what has appeared so far, but there is even more to come so make sure to check back for part two soon. To keep things simple I’ve laid out some pretty pictures along with a quick description and a link to the product page.

LPJ

Gibson LPJ Left Handed Guitar 2013

As part of the 2013 Year of Les Paul celebrations, Gibson USA brings you a new Les Paul model that’s available at an entry-level price to suit any budget. The LPJ offers all the ingredients that made the most desirable Les Paul Standards legendary—classic tonewoods, innovative hardware, two genuine humbucking pickups, and of course Gibson’s acclaimed build quality and playability—all wrapped up in a stripped-down, no-nonsense package that makes this guitar a flat-out performer. Simpler esthetics and a cool worn-look finish technique add up to big savings for the player, and the LPJ still looks great in your choice of Cherry, Chocolate, Hand-Rubbed Vintage Burst, Hand-Rubbed Transparent White, or, for an extra charge, Goldtop with Brown Satin Back, all in grain-textured nitrocellulose lacquer.

http://www2.gibson.com/Products/Electric-Guitars/Les-Paul/Gibson-USA/LPJ.aspx

Les Paul ’50s Tribute

Gibson Les Paul 50s Tribute Left Handed Guitar 2013

Gibson USA is celebrating 2013 as the Year of Les Paul, and is blowing it up big with a new series of decade-dedicated Tribute Les Pauls, each of which honors the artistry and innovation of inventor and guitarist Les Paul by capturing the essence of a great Les Paul guitar from one of four different eras. All embody the full magic of this legendary guitar design, but are stripped down for improved value and no-nonsense performance. The Les Paul ’50s Tribute nails the look, feel, and tone of the set-neck, single-cutaway solidbody that started it all—the original Les Paul Model of the early to mid 1950s. Like the first Les Paul guitars, the Les Paul ’50s Tribute carries a pair of screaming P-90 pickups, the fat Gibson single-coil that has been beloved for more than six decades, along with the comfortably rounded neck profile characteristic of that decade. A step up to Gibson’s most acclaimed hardware set improves playability and offers precise tuning and intonation. And, like all Les Paul and SG 2013 Tribute Series guitars, the Les Paul ’50s Tribute is available upgraded with Min-ETune™ automated “robot” tuners for a nominal upcharge. The Les Paul ’50s Tribute looks great in your choice of Vintage Sunburst, Wine Red, Ebony Black, or Goldtop finish, all in Vintage Gloss nitrocellulose lacquer.

http://www2.gibson.com/Products/Electric-Guitars/Les-Paul/Gibson-USA/Les-Paul-50s-Tribute.aspx

Les Paul ’60s Tribute

Gibson Les Paul 60s Tribute Left Handed Guitar

Gibson USA is celebrating 2013 as the Year of Les Paul, and is blowing it up big with a new series of decade-dedicated Tribute Les Pauls, each of which honors the artistry and innovation of inventor and guitarist Les Paul by capturing the essence of a great Les Paul guitar from one of four different eras. All embody the full magic of this legendary guitar design, but are stripped down for improved value and no-nonsense performance. The Les Paul ’60s Tribute captures the look, feel, and tone of a classic evolution of this legendary single-cutaway solidbody, the Les Paul of 1960. Like the final guitars in the original run of Les Paul Standards, the Les Paul ’60s Tribute carries a pair of PAF-style humbucking pickups, the most revered pickup ever created, along with the fast, comfortable slim neck profile characteristic of the start of that decade. Gibson’s most acclaimed hardware set ensures smooth playability and offers precise tuning and intonation. And, like all Les Paul and SG 2013 Tribute Series guitars, the Les Paul ’60s Tribute is available upgraded with Min-ETune™ automated “robot” tuners for a nominal upcharge. The Les Paul ’60s Tribute looks great in your choice of Vintage Sunburst, Wine Red, Ebony Black, or Goldtop finish, all in Vintage Gloss nitro-cellulose lacquer.

http://www2.gibson.com/Products/Electric-Guitars/Les-Paul/Gibson-USA/Les-Paul-60s-Tribute.aspx

Les Paul ’70s Tribute

Gibson Les Paul 70s Tribute Left Handed Guitar

Gibson USA is celebrating 2013 as the Year of Les Paul, and is blowing it up big with a new series of decade-dedicated Tribute Les Pauls, each of which honors the artistry and innovation of inventor and guitarist Les Paul by capturing the essence of a great Les Paul guitar from one of four different eras. All embody the full magic of this legendary guitar design, but are stripped down for improved value and no-nonsense performance. The Les Paul ’70s Tribute captures the look, feel, and tone of a heavy sounding evolution of this legendary single-cutaway solidbody, the Les Paul of the 1970s. Like many Les Pauls of the era of heavy rock, the Les Paul ’70s Tribute carries a pair of high-output humbucking pickups for unparalleled overdrive tones, along with the characteristic ‘70s neck profile with volute. Gibson’s most acclaimed hardware set ensures smooth playability and offers precise tuning and intonation. And, like all Les Paul and SG 2013 Tribute Series guitars, the Les Paul ’70s Tribute is available upgraded with Min-ETune™ automated “Robot” tuners for a nominal upcharge. The Les Paul ’70s Tribute looks great in your choice of Vintage Sunburst, Wine Red, Ebony Black, or Goldtop finish, all in Vintage Gloss nitro-cellulose lacquer.

http://www2.gibson.com/Products/Electric-Guitars/Les-Paul/Gibson-USA/Les-Paul-70s-Tribute.aspx

Les Paul Future Tribute

Gibson Les Paul 70s Tribute Left Handed Guitar

Gibson USA is celebrating 2013 as the Year of Les Paul, and is blowing it up big with a new series of decade-dedicated Tribute Les Pauls, each of which honors the artistry and innovation of inventor and guitarist Les Paul by capturing the essence of a great Les Paul guitar from one of four different eras. All embody the full magic of this legendary guitar design, but are stripped down for improved value and no-nonsense performance. The Les Paul Future Tribute captures the look, feel, and tone of the guitar world’s most legendary single-cutaway solidbody, and equips it for the player of the future—making it available today. Primed for optimum playability and versatility, the Les Paul Future Tribute carries a pair of “zebra-coil” ’57 Classic™ humbucking pickups for a blend of vintage warmth and contemporary articulation, along with a superbly comfortable custom asymmetrical neck profile. Gibson’s acclaimed bridge and tailpiece team up with futuristic Steinberger™ gearless tuners to ensure smooth playability and precise tuning and intonation. And, like all Les Paul and SG 2013 Tribute Series guitars, the Les Paul Future Tribute is available upgraded with Min-ETune™ automated “Robot” tuners for a nominal upcharge. The Les Paul Future Tribute looks great in your choice of Vintage Sunburst, Wine Red, Ebony Black, or Goldtop finish, all in Vintage Gloss nitro-cellulose lacquer.

http://www2.gibson.com/Products/Electric-Guitars/Les-Paul/Gibson-USA/Les-Paul-Future-Tribute.aspx

Les Paul Studio

Gibson Les Paul Studio Left Handed Guitar

The Les Paul Studio has been a popular choice of hard-working guitarists everywhere ever since its introduction in 1983. Now, Gibson USA brings increased sonic versatility and performance upgrades to a new Les Paul Studio as part of its big 2013 Year of Les Paul celebrations. The 2013 Les Paul Studio blends timeless tonewoods and components with improved comfort, powerful humbucking pickups with built-in coil-splitting switching for the added versatility of single-coil tones, and the classic looks that define it as a genuine Gibson Les Paul. To ram it all full speed into the 21st century, the 2013 Les Paul Studio is now also available with optional Min-ETune™ automated “robot” tuning, which can be added to your guitar with no internal modification for a nominal upcharge. All this, and the 2013 Les Paul Studio looks stunning in your choice of Ebony, Alpine White, Wine Red, or Vintage Sunburst finish, all in high-gloss nitrocellulose lacquer, or Goldtop with dark back and neck. A left-handed version is also available, and for an added touch of class, there’s a 2013 Les Paul Studio Gold Series, with gold-plated hardware and pickup covers, and a gloss top finish with satin back and neck.

http://www2.gibson.com/Products/Electric-Guitars/Les-Paul/Gibson-USA/Les-Paul-Studio.aspx

Les Paul Signature “T”

Gibson Les Paul Signature T Left Handed Guitar

Gibson USA is celebrating 2013 as the Year of Les Paul, and there’s no better tribute than a guitar dedicated to the man himself. The Les Paul Signature “T” wraps all of Les Paul’s legendary innovation into a sweet looking and great sounding Les Paul that honors the memory of this legendary guitar’s inventor, while providing an instrument primed for the power and versatility demanded by today’s gigging guitarist. Traditional tonewoods are married to enhanced playing comfort and two of Gibson’s finest PAF-style humbucking pickups, with upgraded switching for bonus single-coil tones. The Grade-AA figured maple top looks great beneath your choice of Translucent Ebony, Alpine White Burst, Wine Red, or Vintage Sunburst finish, all in high-gloss nitrocellulose lacquer. Or select a classic Goldtop finish. To kick it all into the 21st century—and remember, Les Paul was an innovator first and foremost—the Les Paul Signature “T” is also available with optional Min-ETune™ automated “robot” tuning, which can be added to your guitar with no internal modification for a nominal upcharge. The Les Paul Signature “T” is available in a left-handed model, and you can add extra class to this tribute to the man himself by opting for the Les Paul Signature “T” Gold Series, with the elegance of gold-plated hardware.

http://www2.gibson.com/Products/Electric-Guitars/Les-Paul/Gibson-USA/Les-Paul-Signature-T.aspx

Les Paul Traditional

Gibson Les Paul Traditional Left Handed Guitar

As part of the 2013 Year of Les Paul celebrations, Gibson USA has revamped the popular Les Paul Traditional, giving some fresh twists to its timeless blend of stellar tones, great looks, and unrivaled playability. The New Les Paul Traditional wraps several crucial features into a classic Les Paul that always just seemed right, echoing the specs of guitars that rocked the world through the 1980s and ’90s. The New Les Paul Traditional’s tonewood combination retains the great sound of the original Les Paul Standard, with an unchambered back for a thick, meaty tone and superb sustain. Its rounded late-’50s neck shape reflects one of the most popular profiles ever used on a Les Paul. Two PAF-style humbucking pickups with Orange Drop tone capacitors give no end of power and finesse. All this, and the new Les Paul Traditional looks outrageous with its Grade-AA figured maple top beneath a new Honey Burst, Heritage Cherry Sunburst, Caramel Burst, Light Burst, or Chicago Blue finish, all in high-gloss nitrocellulose lacquer.

http://www2.gibson.com/Products/Electric-Guitars/Les-Paul/Gibson-USA/Les-Paul-Traditional.aspx

Les Paul Standard

Gibson Les Paul Standard 2013 Left Handed Guitar

The Les Paul Standard has always been the cornerstone of the Gibson USA lineup, and the new Les Paul Standard holds that same esteemed position at the center of the 2013 Year of Les Paulcelebrations. This is the most versatile Les Paul Standard ever created, the ultimate embodiment of Les Paul’s vision of innovation and elegance, and truly represents a marriage of timeless tone with contemporary flexibility and playability. Key features include a superbly comfortable new asymmetrical rendition of the SlimTaper™ neck profile that fits the player’s hand like a glove, a compound-radius rosewood fingerboard, and stealth wiring for the great BurstBucker Pro™ 1 & 2 pickups that provides individual coil splitting, phase reversal, and Pure Bypass switching all without changing the look of the classic control layout. To top it off, the Les Paul Standard 2013 looks sublime in your choice of Grade-AA figured, Standard Plus with Grade-AAA figured top, Premium top, Premium Quilt maple top, or even a figured Koa top beneath your choice of high-gloss Heritage Cherry Sunburst, Honey Burst, Desert Burst, Translucent Amber, or Tea Burst finish, all in nitrocellulose lacquer, and there’s also a Goldtop option for that classic ’50s look. Left-handed versions are also available.

http://www2.gibson.com/Products/Electric-Guitars/Les-Paul/Gibson-USA/Les-Paul-Standard.aspx

Gibson USA Les Paul Supreme

Gibson Les Paul Supreme Left Handed Guitar 2013

Since the arrival of a sunburst finish on its carved maple top in 1958, the Gibson Les Paul Standard has been considered the most elegant solidbody electric guitar on the planet. Occasional examples of these rare guitars from 1958-60 showed off gorgeously figured wood beneath their translucent ‘burst finishes, setting a standard for the marriage of art and luthiery. Taking this look to its extreme, the Gibson USA Les Paul Supreme marries a carved Grade-AAAA figured top and back to the classic Les Paul design, for a guitar of unprecedented beauty.

Note : The Gibson website makes no mention of left handed models, but Southpaw claims that there will be some.

http://www2.gibson.com/Products/Electric-Guitars/Les-Paul/Gibson-USA/Les-Paul-Supreme.aspx

SGJ

GibsonSG J Left Handed Guitar 2013

As part of the 2013 Year of Les Paul celebrations, Gibson USA brings you a new SG model that’s available at an entry-level price to suit any budget. When it took over briefly from the Les Paul Standard in 1961, the SG was very much a part of Les Paul’s vision, and the SG remained an iconic Gibson electric even after the single-cutaway Les Paul Standard returned later in the decade. The SGJ offers all the ingredients that made the most desirable Les Paul Standards legendary—classic tonewoods, innovative hardware, two genuine humbucking pickups, and of course Gibson’s acclaimed build quality and playability—all wrapped up in a stripped-down, no-nonsense package that makes this guitar a flat-out performer. Simpler esthetics and a cool worn-look finish technique add up to big savings for the player, and the SGJ still looks great in your choice of Cherry, Chocolate, Hand-Rubbed Vintage Burst, or Hand-Rubbed Transparent White, all in grain-textured nitrocellulose lacquer.

http://www2.gibson.com/Products/Electric-Guitars/SG/Gibson-USA/SGJ.aspx

SG ’50s Tribute

Gibson SG 50s Tribute Left Handed Guitar

Gibson USA is celebrating 2013 as the Year of Les Paul, and is blowing it up big with a new series of decade-dedicated Tribute SGs, each of which honors the artistry and innovation of inventor and guitarist Les Paul by capturing the essence of a great SG equipped with components from one of four different eras. The SG body style was first released in 1961 as a replacement for the original Les Paul, and the new design remained iconic long after the single-cutaway Les Paul returned to the fold later in the decade. The SG ’50s Tribute represents the look, feel, and tone of the set-neck, double-cutaway solidbody as it would have appeared equipped with features of the 1950s. As such, the SG ’50s Tribute carries a pair of screaming P-90 pickups, the fat Gibson single-coil that has been beloved for more than six decades, along with the comfortably rounded neck profile characteristic of that decade. Gibson’s most acclaimed hardware set improves playability and offers precise tuning and intonation. And, like all Les Paul and SG 2013 Tribute Series guitars, the SG ’50s Tribute is available upgraded with Min-ETune™ automated “Robot” tuners for a nominal upcharge. The SG ’50s Tribute looks great in your choice of Heritage Cherry, Vintage Sunburst, or Ebony Black finish, all finished Vintage Gloss nitrocellulose lacquer.

http://www2.gibson.com/Products/Electric-Guitars/SG/Gibson-USA/SG-50s-Tribute.aspx

SG ’60s Tribute

Gibson SG 60s Tribute Left Handed Guitar 2013

Gibson USA is celebrating 2013 as the Year of Les Paul, and is blowing it up big with a new series of decade-dedicated Tribute SGs, each of which honors the artistry and innovation of inventor and guitarist Les Paul by capturing the essence of a great SG guitar from one of four different eras. The SG body style was first released in 1961 as a replacement for the original Les Paul, and the new design remained iconic long after the single-cutaway Les Paul returned to the fold later in the decade. The SG ’60s Tribute captures the look, feel, and tone of the legendary original SG Standards of 1960s. Like the first SG Standards, the SG ’60s Tribute carries a pair of PAF-style humbucking pickups, the most revered pickup ever created, along with the fast and comfortable slim neck profile characteristic of the start of that decade. Gibson’s most acclaimed hardware set ensures smooth playability and offers precise tuning and intonation. And, like all Les Paul and SG 2013 Tribute Series guitars, the Les Paul ’60s Tribute is available upgraded with Min-ETune™ automated “Robot” tuners for a nominal upcharge. The SG ’60s Tribute looks great in your choice of Heritage Cherry, Vintage Sunburst, or Ebony Black finish, all finished with Vintage Gloss nitrocellulose lacquer.

http://www2.gibson.com/Products/Electric-Guitars/SG/Gibson-USA/SG-60s-Tribute.aspx

SG ’70s Tribute

Gibson SG 70s Tribute Left Handed Guitar 2013

Gibson USA is celebrating 2013 as the Year of Les Paul, and is blowing it up big with a new series of decade-dedicated Tribute SGs, each of which honors the artistry and innovation of inventor and guitarist Les Paul by capturing the essence of a great SG guitar from one of four different eras. The SG body style was first released in 1961 as a replacement for the original Les Paul, and the new design remained iconic long after the single-cutaway Les Paul returned to the fold later in the decade. The SG ’70s Tribute captures the look, feel, and tone of a heavy sounding evolution of this legendary double-cutaway solidbody, the SG of the 1970s. Like many SGs of the era of heavy rock, the SG ’70s Tribute carries a pair of high-output humbucking pickups for unparalleled overdrive tones along with the characteristic ’70s neck profile with volute. Gibson’s most acclaimed hardware set ensures smooth playability and offers precise tuning and intonation. And, like all Les Paul and SG 2013 Tribute Series guitars, the Les Paul ’70s Tribute is available upgraded with Min-ETune™ automated “robot” tuners for a nominal upcharge. The SG ’70s Tribute looks great in your choice of Heritage Cherry, Vintage Sunburst, or Ebony Black finish, all in Vintage Gloss nitrocellulose lacquer.

http://www2.gibson.com/Products/Electric-Guitars/SG/Gibson-USA/SG-70s-Tribute.aspx

Enough new guitars for you?  Check back soon for the rest…

 

17 Comments »

  1. MLJ November 18, 2012 at 7:58 am - Reply

    I will have a Chocolate Flavoured SGJ Please.
    Thanks Mr Gibson.

  2. Brent November 19, 2012 at 5:10 pm - Reply

    Definitely buying one of the new models but can’t decide! I think its awesome that Gibson has finally opened it up for us Lefties a bit more!!!

  3. Ethan November 23, 2012 at 3:38 am - Reply

    I think Gibson’s getting a little egotistical. I mean, praising the PAF Humbucker as “the most revered pickup ever created,” come on. That is such a matter of opinion it’s not even funny, just comes across as stupid on Gibson’s marketing’s part.

    On the flipside, these guitar are gorgeous, and the flame tops made me drool.

  4. kevin November 25, 2012 at 5:12 pm - Reply

    So i’m guessing the Standard is the same for 2013, just less colours available. The LPJ just look rubbish imo. Last year’s choice was better imo.

    And the new robot tuning stuff? Pah, who wants a self-tuning Gibson anyway?

    Best choice for me is the LP Supreme in tobacco sunburst. Looks great imo.

  5. kevin November 26, 2012 at 3:21 pm - Reply

    The 2013 Traditional – on the Gibson web site it says only the heritage cherry sunburst is available left handed – not the other colours?

    • Neal November 26, 2012 at 7:14 pm - Reply

      That’s right.

  6. mcarp555 November 26, 2012 at 4:27 pm - Reply

    Ebony & Wine Red were available LH, but now out of production (LH and RH). My sneaking suspicion is Gibson would like to phase out the Trad altogether in place of the Standard.

    But I think the plethora of other available colours was just for one year anyway. I haven’t check prices, but I wonder if they’re bumping up the prices on the LH models. Give with one hand, take away with the other.

  7. Warren November 30, 2012 at 4:56 am - Reply

    Proud owned of a 2012 desert burst standard for the price of 1800.00 last month on special. Price was 2599.99. now i hear they are up to 3000.00.
    will never find a deal like that again. love it.

    guitars of choice fender Tele/Strat.

  8. kevin December 12, 2012 at 10:43 am - Reply

    so where’s part 2 Neal? It will be a month soon …

  9. Eking January 3, 2013 at 11:02 pm - Reply

    no explorer models? :(

    not a gibson fan but i’d still buy an explorer!

  10. kevin January 10, 2013 at 5:40 pm - Reply

    I doubt if Gibson will offer a lefty explorer, I would love oen too, but they released a lefty 70s tribute Firebird last year, but that was only a studio …

    • Neal January 10, 2013 at 7:45 pm - Reply

      Gibson are doing full blown Firebirds this year. I don’t know much about them yet, but Jimmy at Southpaw Guitars has already sold a few. Get in touch with him for more info.

  11. kevin January 21, 2013 at 10:02 am - Reply

    I just heard this, wow!!!!! Bring it on Gibson

  12. Erik Jamoel April 5, 2013 at 5:01 pm - Reply

    When to expect a left-handed Firebird X?

  13. Simon Rourke April 12, 2013 at 3:55 pm - Reply

    Gibson may have released loads of new lefty guitars but am buggered if I can find many of them in UK stores (in store or online). Traders just don’t stock them due to lack of demand, walked in all the shops on Denmark Street the other day and didn’t see a single Gibson Les Paul for a lefty.

    • Neal April 14, 2013 at 1:50 pm - Reply

      Try GuitarGuitar in Epsom Simon, we’ve got a few. The problem is that they sell fast – if we get a nice one in it’s usually snapped up within a few days. If you see a guitar on the website that isn’t in the London store we can send it down from another store for you to try out :)

  14. Herp September 5, 2013 at 9:40 pm - Reply

    Les Pauls and SGs , why am I not surprised ? man , f**k lefty discrimination ! I wanna play a Mustang bass and a Flying V and heck , I’m willing to pay extra , just to have the instruments that I want to play , and not to hunt down some beat 60′s-70′s vintage instruments that’ll cost me a year at college…

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