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What do Gibson’s new 2018 models have to offer players looking for a sensibly priced Les Paul with vintage stylings? CHRIS VINNICOMBE finds out…



Guiter AWARD CHOICE 9/10

Gibson just can’t stay out of the headlines. And if the old adage that ‘there’s no such thing as bad publicity’ is true, then Gibson’s decision to skip the Winter NAMM Show and head to the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas instead – complete with an appearance from the fastest man in history, Usain Bolt – might just have been a smart bit of marketing. And while reports on the company’s finances continue to paint a less than rosy picture, despite the forays into lifestyle and pro-audio, Gibson’s core business is still the manufacture – and sale – of an awful lot of electric guitars.

For several years now, Gibson’s Nashvillemade USA line has been subject to annual updates – lest we forget the G Force tuners, Zero Fret Adjustable Nuts and wider necks and fingerboards of 2015 – and in order to sample the class of 2018, we grabbed a pair of new Les Pauls from the wall of the new Peach Guitars superstore in Colchester. Although the 2018 line does include some more radical-looking models such as the HP-II in Hot Pink Fade, we opted to cast an eye over the Les Paul Classic and Traditional as they’re likely to be more universal in their appeal.

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The April 2018 edition of The Guitar Magazine is out now featuring a FREE digital guitar DIY handbook containing 132 pages of essential tone tops, mods and upgrades that’ll make your guitar sound and play better today. Inside the main mag we go in-depth with Les Pauls and unlock the secrets of authentic 1950s tone. Spoiler alert: it’s not all about ‘old wood’ – we explain how your guitar can go toe-to-toe with a Burst or Goldtop without selling your house to fund a vintage purchase. We also put a pair of Gibson’s new 2018 Les Pauls to the test but if Lesters ain’t your thang, fear not – in addition we check out gorgeous new gear from Fender, Gretsch, B&G and more, including a brand new Lazy J that might just be Jesse Hoff’s finest amplifier to date. Elsewhere in this month’s mag we catch up with JD McPherson, who tells all about recording at RCA Studio B and jamming with Queens Of The Stone Age, pay tribute to legendary innovator Ray Butts and give you the chance to win an awesome Chase Bliss Audio Tonal Recall delay pedal worth £399. Pick up your copy of the feature-packed April 2018 issue of The Guitar Magazine now from WH Smith, Asda, Tesco, Morrisons, Waitrose, Easons and all good newsagents.