The Gibson Les Paul Vintage Mahogany brings together old and new Les Paul features to create a unique and special guitar. The round warmth of a carved mahogany top on a mahogany back first debuted in the famous 1957 Custom Black Beauty.
Les Paul Vintage Mahogany
purplestrat, on november 09, 2012 7 of 7 people found this review helpful
Features: Made in Nashville, Tenessee USA, this solid body worn mahogany finish is great for the estrewmely low price. It has the Gibson's Alcino V burstbucker pickups, 2 volume knobs, 2 tone knobs, and a 3-way Switch. The pickups use Alnico V magnets, made of aluminium, nickel and cobalt, which are more powerful than the Standard Alnico. They are wound with enamaled wire with an uneven number of turns on each bobbin. This gives them a more edgy and Vintage sound. It has chrome hardware, and a rosewood fingerboard with 22 frets and trapezoid position markers. It has a Tune-O-Matic bridge and a stopbar. It has a '59 mahogany neck which is known to be thick. It has black knobs, pickup selection Switch, and pickguard. The only noticable difference between this guitar and the Standard, is the pickups, and no binding. If this doesn't matter, save your money and go with this. It combines some the Gibson classic '50s and '60sfeatures with the new ones. It comes in Faded Cherry or worn brown colors, and isn't too flashy. I also couldn't believe how light this guitar is compared to similar It comes with a Gibson hardshell case white fur-like interior. // 10
Sound: This guitar rocks! It will fit the sound of the classic rock to the modern punk and Indie. I play sort of a pop/punk like Blink 182 and Relient K, and It is perfect for the style. The burstbucker pickups can also give it a very Vintage sound. I use it with a half stack of a Line-6 Spider 111 head and a Marshall cabinet. Nothing can beat Gibsons rich, buff sound, but this guitar can also get sort of a bright sound. It has a long enduring sustain on it, so you can hold notes longer. I went to Guitar Center and played a Similar Epiphone and the Gibson on the same amp and settings, and there was no comparison in the quality of the sound. The pickups were hotter, and it felt better. // 10
Action, Fit & Finish: I have not noticed any flaws with it, and once playing you can tell it's a USA made guitar. The pickups were adjusted perfectly, and has very low action and no buzzing. I recieved it in perfect shape, and it came with greaat strings. Some say that the frets come too sharp, and in a sense, they're right. After a while of play the high E string becomes very thin on the higher frets. However, it hasn't been much of a problem for me so far. // 10
Reliability & Durability: I have some mahogany furniture, and I kick it around all the time, so I'm sure the guitar would do the same. the strap buttons werent perfecr, but I got some locks for them and it's fine. The only thing about resistance is the soft wood is easy to ding. I had to get a new chair with padded arm rests in in fear of damaging it. I bring this guitar with me everywhere now, and It could definately sustain Live playing. Overall, it seems pretty solid. // 9
Overall Impression: It suits most styles of rock from many decades. It's been loyal to me in styles of classic to modern and punk. I have four guitars and it is definately the best sounding. I started off with a Squire Strat, and grew out of it fast, and wanted something that I would play for many years. I may upgrade over the years to a higher grade Gibson, but I really do enjoy the quality and features of this guitar. It is very easy to tune and keep tuned. it's a great guitar and I wouldn't mind paying a little bit more for it. It has the same quality as the other studios, but several hundred dollars cheaper. // 10
Les Paul Vintage Mahogany
Butters8754, on november 09, 2012 1 of 1 people found this review helpful
Features: It is a 2008 Gibson Les Paul Studio Vintage Mahogany. Built in Nashville, TN here in the USA. 22 frets typical fatter Gibbo neck(which I like) which is stained mahogany. Rosewood fretboard with trapezoid inlay. The body is chambered(meaning it has hollow pockets for weight relief) full mahogany I believe. 2 Burstbucker Pro humbuckers with 2 volumes and 2 tones. One for each pickup. A 3 way toggle Switch Rthythm/Both/Treble. A Tune-O-Matic bridge with Kluson style tuners. All metal hardware is chrome. // 10
Sound: Excellent sound for what I play. Rock and clean fingerpicking. A fatter, warm sound thanks to the Burstbuckers. Pretty clean too, and there has been no pickup noise/static! I usually play on the bridge and have always been able to enjoy the tone from this position.
Overall, great sound. // 9
Action, Fit & Finish: Some folks have said that Gibson's QC has been lacking but I have honestly had no problems. Maybe I got lucky. Regardless though, the intonation was almost perfect. Zero dead spots on fretboard and zero buzzing even with Ultra low action. No exposed wood and all screws are tight. Pickups are sturdy, hardware seems to be good quality. I might change the Kuson tuners though. The case is impeccable. Absolutely stunning! 5 hatches, white interior with a wonderful smell. Hope this stays. // 10
Reliability & Durability: So far so good. Stap buttons are good. I wish it had felt washers under the strap buttons though. The finish is beautiful and I am sure it is built to last. The only issue is when tuning the G the Kluson tuner makes this high pitched creaking sound. As said, might replace them. // 9
Overall Impression: You get an American made instrument that has great quality components and you can tell that the folks in TN really care about what they build. Gibson has been VERY helpful. The Studio VM IS ALMOST A Standard, it has the same hardware(minus tuners) and only is without a thick nitrocellulose finish and white binding. I really don't care though. I find it beautiful the way it is. I sent them an e-mail and had an in-depth repsonse within 2 days. First class Gibson. Good job, Keep it up. I will hopefully buy from you again. // 10
Les Paul Vintage Mahogany
unregistered, on november 09, 2012 1 of 1 people found this review helpful
Price paid: $ 600
Purchased from: Guitar Center
Features: 2008 Gibson Les Paul Vintage Mahogany. Made in the USA. Two Volume, two tone knobs, 3-way Switch, Gibson Burstbucker Pro pickups, 22 frets. 3-piece mahogany body, two piece mahogany top. Mahogany Neck. Single cutaway profile with medium strap buttons. This guitar has a Satin finish and came with a tuno-matic bridge. Tulip tuners were stock (I think they're Kluson) Included was a hardshell case with a plush interior and an intonation adjustment Tool. I have the worn brown finish, which looks amazing. Coil tap would've been nice for a bluesier sound but oh well, you can't have everything. // 8
Sound: I play lots of genres, from rock to blues to jazz to shred. This guitar definitely lived up to my expectations. My setup is a Gibson Les Paul VM through a MXR Smart Gate, Ibanez TS9 Tubescreamer through a Boss HM-2 Heavy Metal through a MXR Carbon Copy Delay (effects loop) all through a Peavey Classic 30 Amplifier. I first went out looking for a cheaper practice guitar, and was thinking about a PRS SE Custom and a Schecter C-1 Classic until I found this baby. The sound quality out of the BB pros was amazing, and I was shocked that this guitar was the same price as most of the higher-end Epiphones. Even though the pickups didn't have as much bite as initially expected, I was amazed at the sustain and clarity of the neck, and the lower end growl of the bridge. I am a big Satriani fan and this guitar, along with my Classic 30 and TS9, Created a perfect sweet Satriani tone like heard on Always with me, Always with You'. This guitar is very versatile and was able to to go from jazz to hardcore rock with the flick of a Switch. I use this guitar for any style of gig EXCEPT for blues, as I find my old Strat more soulful. The fact that this guitar has a no maple top makes the sound more raw and untamed. I love the sound and versatility of this guitar and knew I had made the right decision a few weeks after I had bought it. I'm giving it a 9 because the pickups lacked clarity and were muddy while playing lightly distorted chords. // 9
Action, Fit & Finish: Ok.. Heres where things get a bit dicey. There were 3 Vintage Mahogany's at the store and only one had filed down fret edges. The other two guitars had sharp fret edges which were literally a pain to play on. I'm sure you could sand them down, but I had expected a little bit better quality control from a Gibson USA guitar. Other than that, factory set-up was fine; proper intonation, good action, well adjusted pickups. The mahogany top was very well book-matched. At first I thought it was a one piece top (I wish). All was good until I got the guitar home. At first, I noticed that there was a drink stain around the 16th fret on the fingerboard.. Which I had not seen at the store. I was really disappointed, because I had bought the guitar brand-new. Also, the inside of the cutaway had not been sanded properly, so therefore left a rough feeling. Although these problems didn't affect the overall sound of the guitar, I was disappointed of the craftsmanship of the Gibson workshop. I opened up the case and looked at the owners certificate, and they had it registered to the wrong serial number (tsk tsk). I was able to call Guitar Center and get it sorted out. I started playing the guitar and did a bend on the high E string from the 22nd fret to get to a high F'. The Gibson Factory strings broke, so I replaced them with D'Arddio 10s and everything was fine from then on. Also, the tuners are terrible. They are molded wrong and don't work. If you do a bend, the string is immediately out of tune. When I restrung the guitar, I put some graphite on the nut and it seemed to fix the problem. Otherwise, everything else was fine with the guitar, but I had expected better quality control from Gibson. // 6
Reliability & Durability: I play a lot Live and this guitar can definitely handle it. Just in case, however, I will never play without a backup. Things happen, not the fault of the guitar. The strap buttons are medium sized, but to be safe, I replaced them with strap locks. You can never be too careful. In terms of the durability of the finish, it's easy to scratch, but that's the price you pay for letting the wood breathe better. The hardware is solid and will hold up. Overall this guitar is a tank. I'm surprised it hasn't dented yet. // 9
Overall Impression: Overall this guitar has replaced my mexican Strat (which now collects dust) as my #1 guitar. I play mainly rock, but this guitar is versatile enough to go from metal to jangle, with the right pedals and amps. My setup is aforementioned, and with it I can create pretty much any tone I want (maybe a Vox AC30 and a Crybaby in the future). If this guitar were lost or stolen, I would devote the rest of my life to finding the guy who took it and making him pay =). Otherwise I would buy another one (unless I had enough cash to buy a PRS) (PRS>Gibson>>PRS SE>>>Fender>>>McDonalds). I wish I had checked the guitar out a bit more before I had bought it. It was a spur-of-the-moment decision that ended up paying off. (I originally went out to buy a PRS SE model, which sucks compared to this) Overall, I love this guitar (even though it's not quite perfection) and hope to continue playing for a long, long time (Or at least until I save up enough to buy a PRS Custom 24). // 9
Les Paul Vintage Mahogany
V_mike, on november 09, 2012 0 of 0 people found this review helpful
Price paid: $ 700
Purchased from: eBay
Features: This an '06 Gibson from the Nashville factory. It has a 2-piece mahogany Les Paul body, 1-piece mahogany carved top, and a 1-piece mahogany neck. Worn brown satin finish. Neck has 22 fret unbound rosewood fretboard w/aged trapezoid inlay. Nickel hardware: Tune-O-Matic bridge, green key Gibson tuners, and small strap holders. Black plastic parts. Passive electronics: Gibson Burstbucker V Pro pickups, separate volume and tone controls w/3-way switch. Came with a hardshell Gibson case (made in Canada) and a Tool. // 10
Sound: Let me first say I had played a few of these in shops before buying one, and these things have a great sound even when unplugged. The all mahogany construction makes this guitar a bit darker than other Les Pauls. With the Burstbucker Pros it has a great classic rock tone, which I really love. The neck pickup is great for blues and jazz if you play with the volume and tone knobs. The bridge pickup is awesome. Clarity, balance, and not too hot. I use this guitar and an '06 MIM Fender Fat Strat through an Epiphone Valve Junior, Boss DS-1 Dist., and EHX Dr. Q Envelope Follower. Mostly use the envelope follower for funky sounds with the Strat. The Les Paul is the classic rock machine, but I need a fuzz, this guitar doesn't seem to like the distortion too much (lower output pickups I guess). Not a noisy guitar, unless you let a note sustain and feedback forever. Rich clean sound, chunky overdriven, and sings on the single note runs. The sound is not as bright, more mellow. There is a good variety of sounds this thing can make, but the humbuckers kind of limit your quacky funkiness off. That's why I have a Gibson and a Fender. Best of both worlds. // 10
Action, Fit & Finish: Set-up was great when I got it. Action was not too low, not too high. Just where I like it. I did buy it used, so there were a few scratches and dings. The finish is satin, which some people don't like. It can be sticky, but I find that it lets the wood 'breathe' better (better tone). Also, the lack of heavy finish takes a good portion of the weight off. // 9
Reliability & Durability: The satin finish means this guitar will not be as tolerant to collisions, and will ding and scrath easier. The hardware is solid, except for the strap buttons. They're kinda small so I'm going to replace them with some Dunlop straplocks. I think this guitar is certainly gigworthy, I mean come on, it's a Gibson. The studio title does accurately describe the appointments, however. This one is not a showpiece work of ART, just a tone machine. // 9
Overall Impression: I play a lot of blues/rock, but I also play reggae and funk. This guitar is a great match for blues or classic rock, however at higher gain, the sound is not so great. If you play metal, you might just Switch out the pickups for some EMG's or something. I've been playing about three years now, and I also play a Fender Fat Strat through an Epiphone Valve Junior (head & cab), a Boss DS-1, and an EHX Dr. Q. If this were lost or stolen, I would probably get another, it is the only Gibson Les Paul for less than a grand. My favorite feature is the finish, and the burstbucker pros sweeten the deal a whole lot. I did compare it to other Les Pauls, and the price difference to quality ratio was good enough for me. It has the same pickups as a Brand New Standard, so that's worth something. I wish it had better strap buttons, though. // 10
Les Paul Vintage Mahogany
unregistered, on november 09, 2012 0 of 0 people found this review helpful
Price paid: $ 870
Purchased from: guitar center
Features: 2008 All-american Gibson. 22-frets with rosewood neck, 50's profile. The body is all mahogany(including the color). The body style is basically the same as and les paul. Same bridge as most les pauls, tune-o-matic bridge, stopbar tailpiece. This guitar comes with awesome burstbucker pro humbuckers. Neck and Bridge volume and tone knobs. The tuners are Gibson one's that are made to appear Vintage. This came with a great Gibson USA case. // 10
Sound: This guitar is amazing. It made made me change my playing style in two days! I used to be a shredder but now I play proggressive metal and rock. I run it through a decent Marshall MG100DFX and a DigiTech turbo distortion. There is little or no noise at all. The sound that comes at of this guitar is called beutiful. At high gain it sounds great for Dream Theater, fates warning, and heavy shit. With little distortion it is perfect for almost any 70's rock. The only problem would be the cleans. If you're someone Who likes bright stratty clean tones, don' buy a les paul! Pretty much this guitar sounds great on cleans, nice and smooth and deep sounding. // 9
Action, Fit & Finish: Alright, the thing that made me buy this guitar was that it was way louder and soulful than any other guitar I played at guitar center. About 3 weeks I had to get it fixed though, it was worth it. The frets buzzed like mad and the bridge pickup was out of place, although it sounded great. Now it looks great and sounds great! Everything else on her was setup good. // 7
Reliability & Durability: This guitar will Definatley Withstand Live playing. I have already stupidly dropped it, scratched it, and banged it around but it is great and sounds great! The hardware seems like it will last. I would completely depend on this guitar Live, the only reason I wouldn't use it without a backup is that I perfer to use a Strat or my Jackson for a brighter tone. The finish is great having the fact that there is no finish to worry about! I hate when people complain about their finish being worn or whatever. With this guitar you can bust it up and it will still look pretty damn awesome. // 10
Overall Impression: This guitar is perfect for me. For about a year I have been looking at buying a new guitar and always hated every les paul I have played. The thing about it is that whenever I play it there seems to be this magic that just inspires you to write riffs! The thing I love about it is definitely it's tone. Although the finish isn't much to be desired you get that incredible les paul tone Who has fueled the rock of countless songs. There is nothing I would imptove on this guitar. In, short If you are thinking about a great guitar that will inspire you and make you feel warm and fuzzy inside, try out this baby! // 10
Les Paul Vintage Mahogany
Blompcube, on november 09, 2012 0 of 0 people found this review helpful
Price paid: £ 699
Purchased from: Trevor Davies Music
Features: My Les Paul VM is a 2007 model, made in USA as all genuine gibsons are. It features a very uniquely crafted neck, which has a slim '60s profile on the lower frets but gradually gets chunkier higher up the fretboard and more closely resembles a '50s style neck at the heel. Just as you'd expect from a les paul, it has a 24.75" scale, 22 fret neck, single cutaway body, dual humbuckers, each with its own volume and tone control, a 3-way switch, a tune-o-matic/stopbar bridge/tailpiece.. you probably already know unless you're very new to the guitar world. The differences between this and a traditional les paul are, firstly, that the guitar has a mahogany top instead of the usual maple, hence the title "Vintage mahogany" - the whole guitar is mahogany, except for the fretboard which is the usual rosewood, secondly, the transparent satin finish, thirdly, the "bare bones" appearance (no binding or flametop or anything like that), and finally the body is chambered to reduce weight. The humbuckers are Gibson burstbuckers, and it has the regular "Gibson deluxe" tuners.
The guitar came with a very nicely padded hardshell case which unleashes a very nice sweet smell when you open it! That's a nice touch. // 10
Sound: Well, it's a Les Paul. I play a wide range of styles, and as is to be expected, it's incredibly versatile and meets every requirement. I usually use it with a Laney VC30 amplifier and a wide array of effects.
It is incredibly noise-free, compared to most of my other guitars, even those with humbuckers. I guess now I'm experiencing the real advantage of proper humbucker pickups.
The way I can describe the sound is that it is very smooth and rich sounding, kind of dark, but not muddy at all. It maintains an incredible amount of clarity for a guitar with such a thick, woody tone - even complex chords don't lose their definition on distorted settings. Fantastic! // 10
Action, Fit & Finish: Well, the factory set up was not perfect. The string height was spot on for the lower strings but it was set incredibly low and somewhat buzzy on the treble side. A slight adjustment and all the buzzing is gone though. One thing I will compliment is that the pickups were adjusted perfectly for the string height, at the same tilt to match the slightly wonky factory bridge setup. And the intonation was spot-on, too.
The whole guitar unless you look closely looks like it was made of one solid piece of mahogany (minus the fretboard of course). I wouldn't say the top is "bookmatched" since the grain is different on each side but you can't see the central joint unless you look very very closely.
The finish is anything but perfect however - the cherry red stain seems to have made its way onto the fretboard edge where the fretboard meets the carved top, and there's even some red splodges on the fretwire and one of the side dots. Not a detail that affects the performance of the guitar so it doesn't bother me at all, but judging by all the Gibson-bashing on the internet based on things like this, I'm probably alone in thinking that Gibson caters only for people Who want a solid guitar to play.
The pickup selector was a little crackly and the jack-plate is a bit oxidised as well, but that was most likely due to the fact it was hanging on the wall of my local shop for over a year before I bought it. // 6
Reliability & Durability: I actually gigged with this guitar within about 2 weeks of owning it, and it withstood Live playing extremely well. The hardware is solid and dependable, and I should probably trust those suspiciously small strap buttons more than I currently do. The finish may not last, but then, it's a bare-bones guitar, the finish is one of the corners which was cut to make this guitar cost 700 and not 1700. So to complain that the finish will probably wear down wouldn't really be fair considering.
Just picking up this guitar I can tell it was built to be played - It feels incredibly solid and the only thing I'm worried about is the traditionally fragile headstock, the les paul's achilles heel. // 9
Overall Impression: I play a lot of different styles and I haven't found anything that this guitar doesn't match - through a clean setting the bridge pickup will give you a chet atkins style country twang, the middle position will give a funky tone which would also be ideal for ska, and the neck is pure jazz. Any level of gain in any of these positions can push the guitar into blues, rock, grunge, punk, metal or anything else - the guitar is simply limited to what you as a guitarist can do with it.
I've been playing for about 13 years and own a lot of guitars and pedals and a fair few effects, there's just too many to list.
If this guitar was stolen or lost, or destroyed, or had any other unfortunate fate that made it impossible for me to play it again, I'd be absolutely gutted - of all the gibsons I've tried I've never found one quite like this one, it's unique, it's not something that can be replaced by simply buying another one. What I would do is go on yet another hunt for another guitar that I like just as much - it wouldn't even have to be a Gibson, it'd just have to be any guitar that I like as much. Although I'd probably be quick to seek out a les paul special double-cut, I REALLY love the sound of them!
I love everything about this guitar except for the concern about the headstock (due to all the horror stories about how easily they break when the guitar falls over), somewhat aroused by the very small strap buttons. Luckily the guys at the shop gave me a good quality leather strap as part of the deal, which puts my mind at ease to some extent but I'm definitely considering straplocks.
I compared this guitar with a whole lot of other Gibson guitars - A Les Paul Standard in the same shop, which I just didn't get on with at all, and a lot of '70s gibsons at a nearby Vintage Gibson dealer, which were all quite nice but just not as comfortable in my hands.
But all in all, a fantastic guitar - my advice with regards to buying a Gibson would be, don't listen to all the comments you read on the internet about how "their CEO is killing the company" and "the quality control has gone downhill lately" - just go out and try a whole lot of Gibson guitars, and you may find one individual instrument which just makes you smile that you can't let go of. And even if you don't, there's plenty of other options if you look at other brands which may suit you better :) // 10
Les Paul Vintage Mahogany
hyperliteBo, on november 09, 2012 0 of 0 people found this review helpful
Price paid: € 600
Purchased from: Music Store
Features: First I want to say that I bought the Worn Brown model and not the worn cherry(like th picture here)
It is a Gibson Les Paul without the 300dollar paint job xD.
I mean you have all the features of a normal Les Paul Studio except the paint witch makes this guitar a bit lighter than a normal LP studio
Also it has other pick-ups I believe but my cousin has a normal LP studio and honestly I dont hear the difference.
Sound: The sound of the guitar is great but I do have to say this: LOSE THE FACTORY STRINGS !
Gibson makes very good guitars but they suck in making strings.
I'd say go buy some elexir strings // 9
Action, Fit & Finish: I wish I could say this also was very good but I simply can't...
The Finnish was good but the action... damm
The guitar was very poorly set up and I had to adjust a lot, maybe it is just mine but I have to mention it.
It had a lot of fretbuzz and it took a while before I fixed it all so I'm sorry but I have to give this low rating because of the action. // 7
Reliability & Durability: Would you use it on a gig without a backup? Hell yeah everything on this guitar is very solid, the only negative thing I could say is that the tuning system isn't 100% but more of a 95% xD I mean the G string gets out of tune after a song or 2 but as many guitar players know: the G string always is a pain in the ass xD. // 9
Overall Impression: I wanted a Gibson Les Paul but 1000$ is a little too much and this made my dream come true.
I had the benefit it also came in a very beautiful finish, I mean wood still is the basic of any guitar and never is ugly.
I really like it
It really is a very decent guitar ! // 9