AudioRumble rating 89/100
What We like
Beautiful looks and vintage finish.
Packed with pro features.
Great Burstbucker Pro pickups.
Comes with a padded gig bag.
What We don't like
The satin paintwork can attract unwanted fingermarks.
A stunning brand-new 2016 model from Gibson that holds onto its vintage looks while offering a great score of modern pro features. You’re getting a lot of guitar for just under $800.
Gibson know how to make a guitar that turns heads, and this Faded 2016 T does just that – it’s a great looking instrument that marries modern and vintage perfectly.
This model comes in four color variations – Worn Brown Satin, Satin Fireburst, Satin Ebony and Worn Cherry – all with jet black pick-guards. All have a gritty, vintage look about them, while the hand-sprayed satin nitro finish is just excellent.
The actual design is a classic Les Paul single cutaway, and has a carved maple top with mahogany back and modern weight relief; so it still feels solid, but without all the weight of a classic Les Paul.
The ultra-dark mahogany neck features a rounded ’59 profile and historical nut width of 1 11/16″, with a rosewood fretboard, 22 frets and trapezoid inlays. At the top – just above the TekToid nut – sits a traditional headstock with high-quality traditional tuners, which finishes the look and feel of the guitar perfectly.
This model comes with plenty of high-spec features for the relatively low-end price. There are two great quality Burstbucker Pro pickups – both using Alnico V magnets – at the bridge and neck. These are described by Gibson as ‘time machines’ as they can recreate the classic tones of the now out-of-production iconic PAF pickups.
The body of the 2016 T features a Tune-o-matic bridge with a stopbar that offers precise string adjustments, and four plastic control knobs – volume and tone for each pickup – with a three-way rhythm/treble switch towards the top.
The guitar comes with a soft padded Gibson branded gig bag that does the job, although you may consider investing in a more robust case if you were traveling around with it.
The guitar comes out of its gig bag ready to play, which is the first thing you are going to want to do when you pick it up. Thanks to the combination of the quality tone wood and the two Burstbuckers, the guitar sounds fantastic and is great fun to play – anything from hard rock to blues.
The pickups produce a bright and biting sound, and – thanks to the wax potting – don’t squeal with high gain. The wood provides long sustain, clarity and good resonance, as you’d expect from any Gibson. The neck, with its jumbo frets, is quick to play along, while the TekToid nut allows for easy string bending and avoids dreaded ‘string stick’.
It’s comfortable to play for longer periods of time, mainly due to the weight relief on the body. Well recommended for both gigging or even recording, and suitable for any playing style.
This great-value Les Paul 2016 T holds onto its famous heritage with a stunning vintage body, classic neck design, and PAF mimicking pickups, while offering some modern comfort and electronics. This Gibson is well worth the money.
AudioRumble rating 89/100