Gibson LP Tribute series - convince me

Discussion in 'Guitars in General' started by tonydetiger, Feb 6, 2012.

Which LP Tribute should I get?

  1. 50's with P-90's

  2. 60's with P-90's

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  1. tonydetiger

    tonydetiger Supporting Member

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    My income tax refund is coming in soon, and I can use some of it towards getting a guitar. I''m interested in a Gibson LP Tribute guitar, either the 50's or 60's model with P-90's. I haven't had a chance to try one yet, though I have found out there's a couple in stock near me.

    What are the major differences between the two? I know there's a difference in neck profile, but are there any other major differences?

    My big concerns on a LP are weight and neck profile, and if I can find one that fits, I'll get it.

    I'm making this a poll, so let me know your opinions. vote, then explain with a post. I'm going to try before I buy, but I like going it knowing the differences first.
     
  2. crzyfngers

    crzyfngers Member

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    the 60's model is nice and light. the neck feels great to me. not too big, not too small. and what a sex-pot.
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  3. DGTCrazy

    DGTCrazy Moderator de Emporio Staff Member

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    Really...it comes down to the neck. Everything else is the same. I know the weight can vary slightly....but it's up to your hands, ears and eyes to decide.
     
  4. Lucky one

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    The newer 60'2 Tributes have black or very dark brown backs (maybe to hide the seams) and Maple fingerboards. Early ones have Light backs and Rosewood/
    All the 50's have light colored backs (some 2 pc a few 1 pc) most are 3 or 4 piece backs and rosewood fingerboards.
    Other than that, the difference is the neck profile. I have both and there is no a huge difference.
     
  5. dnauhei

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    50's neck = too chunky. 60's neck - just right. My 60's tribute is very light. I am pretty sure the neck is the only difference.
     
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    Also noticed the 50's and the newer 60's Tributes have orange drop caps. The older 60's Tributes had small ceramic disk caps.
     
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    If you have the luxury to actually try them then just play them all and pick your favourite. I have a '60s and it a great guitar for the money. But build variabilty seems high based on comments here but i felt lucky with my internet order which just has sharp fret ends. At 7.8lbs i couldnt ask for a lighter les paul and recent top wrapping has brought it to a new level. It's like LP junior's older brother rather than a full les paul, but i like that slight rawness.
     
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    50s + P90 if you can find one. They don't make this model anymore so you're going to have to find one used. They make a 50's model with buckers now. The chunkier the neck the better, so I'm biased.
     
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    I had a 60's for a few months last year, and I really liked the neck, (being hand sized challenged).
     
  11. tonydetiger

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    I'm hoping to hit GC this weekend to try one out. I don't know if I'll find a 50's with P90's but GC might have the 50's tribute with humbuckers that I can try for the neck profile.

    I'm really interested in trying one out.
     
  12. harpinon

    harpinon Silver Supporting Member

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    60's for the neck and the baked maple board. Smooth like ebony and a bit more snappy.
     

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