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Gibson Les Paul Special Double Cut 2015 Electric Guitar

 
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An incredible value, the Gibson Les Paul Special Double Cut 2015 offers vintage double-cutaway styling, two P-90 pickups for legendary tone, and an improved neck joint for added stability.

The Les Paul Special has been a rock and roll favorite since its inception in the '50s. Nothing delivers that snarling rock & roll tone like a pair of P-90 pickups on a slab of solid mahogany. Simply plug in and turn it up! This future classic features a double-cutaway flat body carved from solid mahogany. The tried and true combination of the mahogany body and P-90 pickups deliver that classic tone you know and love.

A redesigned mahogany neck and rosewood fretboard offer a wider playing surface while retaining the same string spacing. The cream neck binding and classic vintage-style dot inlays cater to the vintage vibe of the Les Paul Special Double Cut 2015. The fast SlimTaper neck profile allows for an ultra-comfortable playing experience, and for improved sustain and enhanced playbility, the fingerboard is thicker and has been buffed and oiled.

The nickel hardware on this no-nonsense tone-machine features a lightning bar wrap around bridge/tailpiece combo for stable intonation and silky smooth action & bending. Additional premium 2015 features include Gibson's G FORCE tuning system, a zero-fret adjustable nut, improved electronics, an improved neck joint, "100" logo on the headstock to commemorate Les Paul's 100th birthday, and a Les Paul Hologram. A hardshell case is included in this fine package.

Get your Gibson Les Paul Special Double Cut 2015 Electric Guitar today at the guaranteed lowest price from Sam Ash Direct with our 45-day return and 60-day price protection policy.

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  • Electric Guitar
  • Hardshell Case
  • G FORCE Charging Adapter

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4.3

(based on 14 reviews)

86%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

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5.0

Great Guitar, great value! Great sound and playability!

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from Placerville

Verified Reviewer

Ok, just get on YouTube to learn how to really use the GForce tuner. Only then will you love it!
P90s have great sustain and a great sound. Finish is perfect!
The wider fretboard actually makes it easier to play. I've always hated how close to the edge my E string was to my other Les Pauls and I find my chords are easier to 'find' during a more complex song on this wider fretboard. Me thinks that Gibson was listening to players when they designed this sweet Guitar! Anyway, had to get it, wife was mad (too many guitars) and will have to sell something... but I'm jazzed about this Guitar! SamAsh was great, too!

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5.0

So much better than I had expected.

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from Southern Illinois

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I was very interested in getting a Les Paul Double cut and ran across this one. I checked several reviews online and was a little unsure. After speaking with Spense Howard, who is awesome, by the way, I pulled the trigger. I cannot believe how nice a guitar this is. None of the things that people spoke negative about, turned out to be valid. The case is incredible. The neck is superb, and I even like the G-Force tuning system so far. Si glad I went with my gut and bought it. Also, as a bonus, I could not be happier with the staff at Samash.com. Will definitely be back again.

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4.0

Great value

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from Sydney Australia

I just received mine at the sale price and rate it highly as a well built no nonsense instrument just as it is intended to be.
However I'm not sure I'm fully convinced that the GForce tuning system is stable enough to warrant staying on the guitar.
Secondly I read other reviewers saying the P90s fitted to this model are "bright". My opinion is they definitely have the P90 snarl which is awesome but I found them darker and more muddy than what I have on other guitars I own with P90s. Maybe the guitar just needs a set up.
All up though at the sale price you can't go wrong, even if you swap out the GForce and/or the pickups.

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(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

This guitar has got some serious tone..Im hooked on it.

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from Los Angeles Ca

The Gforce thing once i figured it out..Works great. The P90s are bright and have amazing tone. The neck plays like a dream...For the price..This is a must have...Plus the yellow is so old school..I love it..

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1.0

Guitar will not hold a tune

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from Cumming ga

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This is just a bad buy at any price. It will not hold a tune so it has to constantly be tuned. Bad part of that is the auto tuner can't do it. It will spin as if is tuning, the lights will turn green as if it's complete and it's obviously still out of tune. I use my regular tuner and after a few chords the guitar is noticeably out. This tuner mechanism is SO cheap you just don't want any part of this. Stay away . The price is way too high for such cheapie stuff.

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3.0

All That, And It Won't Play In Tune Anyway.

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from SoCal

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Sure, the G-Force works MOST of the time, when it isn't doing hilarious things like randomly unwinding a string until it's totally limp and refusing to re-tune it because it no longer recognizes a pitch, forcing you to spend minutes manually cranking the very rough, slow, cheap-feeling tuner to get it back in the ballpark - only to have G-Force dutifully unwind the !@#$ thing again. Not the way to impress a club owner. Even if it worked perfectly every time, the nut/zero fret is made of brass, which has absolutely no lubricating qualities against steel or nickel, as bone or graphite does. Strings don't slide across brass - they either gall it, or hang up on it. Which puts you out of tune very quickly, which means you stop playing in mid-song, turn down and strum for several seconds for the G-force to correct it. After 4+ hours playing time I have yet to make it through an entire song in tune. Not even close.

And this is otherwise a very good guitar. The pickups are great Gibson P90s and sound just as they should. The neck profile is a little odd but I got used to it quickly. Fretwork is nice, no dead spots anywhere on the neck. It sustains beautifully even at the higher frets. Finish is excellent and the guitar looks much better in person. It's reasonably light, resonant, and perfectly balanced. But I can't make it playable without spending at least another 75-80 bucks on mods and voiding the warranty, which defeats the purpose of buying new and makes this not so attractive a deal.

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5.0

Great Deal on Excellent Guitar

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from Wyoming

Verified Reviewer

I've had mine a few weeks now and am very pleased. I heard so much negative about the G Force tuners that I bought a set of Sperzel replacements before even receiving the guitar. I may leave the G Force tuners on after all. They work well in the "individual string tuning mode" and not so well in the "strum all the strings" mode. They are kinda fun for now. Trouble is staying in tune. Maybe it's just the new strings but I'll leave them on for now.
The wider neck is fine by me. I like it. I'll just keep watch on the brass zero fret nut as they wear quickly. Gibson has a Titanium replacement that I may ask them for in the future.
The Alnico Slug Magnet P90S pickups are a tad brighter than their regular P90's and sound very good, almost Strat like in the middle position. Note they do not have individual pole pieces like conventional P90s.
This is a very nice guitar overall. The finish was not perfect but close. The setup was very good. I haven't had to change anything since taking it out of the box. The case is nice too. There is a rub point where the back of the neck rests that can be abrasive. I just tuck a polishing cloth under the neck to avoid rubbing where it makes contact.
A Great Deal on a under appreciated guitar.

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4.0

Nice guitar for the money

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from Seattle

Pros

  • Great bargain.

Cons

  • Buzz when I take my hands off the strings.
  • THe neck shape isn't for everyone.

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    Just got this today. Really nice and well made. The neck will take a bit of getting used to but for me it's more the gloss finish than the width. I'm used to satin finished necks. The neck is wide though. It feels almost like a classical. I tend to keep my thumb behind the neck so it's not much of a problem. If you tend to wrap your thumb over the top of the neck it might be a tougher transition. The G-Force seems to work pretty well. Can't tell yet but it'll be easy enough to change them to regular tuners if they don't work out. There seems to be a bit of a grounding issue. Just a buzz when I take my hands off but I'm not used to that on a "good guitar." The P90s sound good. Really clean up well with the volume control too. Also for some reason it smells like tootsie rolls. I had to dig around in the case to see if there was candy in their like they do at Sweetwater. If they'd had them when I ordered I would've probably got the TV Yellow. I see they have them now which is a bit of a bummer. The cherry looks nice though. ;)

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    4.0

    A killer guitar - worth every penny.

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    from Mpls

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    Pros

    • Nicely made
    • Sounds great
    • Value

    Cons

    • Changing strings

    Best Uses

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    So I was skeptical after hearing everyone rag on the 2015 Gibsons but I decided to take a chance. This guitar was surprising, sounds great and the fit and finish is really nice - not significantly worse that a 2008 Gibson I owned. The tuner are a bit of a pain to restring and I wonder if the system will be working in 20 years but it sounds like the system is removable and there are no holes in the back of the peghead if you change out the tuners. Also, once I tried the system it is easy enough that it makes the regular tuning method on my other guitar seem more of a pain now. Yes it does have some quirks and I've only been using it to tune standard tuning but no real complaints yet. The neck is a little wider, which feels weird at first but didn't take long for it to feel comfortable and play nice and smooth. The brass zero-nut is different but I don't notice it when I'm playing and the guys who are so wound up over it, here's a tip - Tusq makes a $12 replacement that is more traditional.

    The sound is great - pairs nicely with Fender amps and the pickups are clear and round sounding. Haven't tried them with something like the Ramhead/Marshall combo yet but that's not really why I bought this guitar but they did cleanup nicely with a Fuzz Face clone when backing off the guitar volume. I like the hum-cancelling in the middle position and the two-knob layout despite being non-traditional (a big markdown from the trad-only Gibson fanclub) doesn't make me feel like I'm missing anything. I actually think the knob/switch placement is cleaner looking and reminds me of the late 70s Hamers.

    I can't think of many other guitars that offer this kind of value (with a case, too?!?). So if you are looking for a traditional Gibson this probably will disappoint. If you want to play and not just impress someone who thinks nothing in the guitar world should be changed from the late-50s - this one is worth taking a chance.

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    5.0

    Great value, G force works great, P90s snarl

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    from Cincinnati

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    I have been gigging regularly with this guitar. I have no complaints at all with the tuning system. For those who are having questions about the system, DOWNLOAD and READ the instruction manual! the tuning is stable. The case is a great bonus at this sub-$600 price. Get one before they are gone!

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    Number Of Frets 22
    Scale Length 24.75"
    Nut Width 1.795"
    Neck Shape Slim Taper™
    Fingerboard Radius 12"
    Body Style Les Paul Special Double Cutaway
    Neck Type Mortise & Tenon
    Neck Wood Mahogany
    Fingerboard Rosewood
    Body Wood Mahogany
    Pickup Configuration S-S
    Bridge Pickup P-90ST
    Neck Pickup P-90SR
    Bridge Type Lightning Bar Wrap Around
    Tuning Machines G-FORCE
    Orientation Right-Handed
    Case/Bag Included Yes
    Case Type Hardshell Case
    Series 2015
    Model Les Paul Special Double Cut 2015
    Warranty Info:

    The manufacturer's warranty covers defects in materials and workmanship for the lifetime of the product. The warranty excludes damage from misuse, abuse, and contains other exclusions.