It's that time of the year again - when Gibson reveals their new line-up of guitars, and guitarists worldwide get excited. Well, taking a look at the Gibson 2017 guitars, it's easy to see why!
Gibson, more than any other brand, is a victim of their own success - it's hard to be innovative when your most popular guitar was made in 1959! And yet - every year, when Gibson announces a new line-up of guitars, it's hard not to get excited. You can never tell how much Gibson will innovate, or how much they'll keep traditional. Les Paul himself knew how hard it was to please other guitarists - or himself, for that matter, and that's why he kept adding new features to his most famous design.
But, looking at the newly announced range of Gibson 2017 models, it's easy to see it'll be a vintage year for the brand: every guitar looks stunning, with enough new features to please players who prefer to look forward, and enough traditional features to please those who think Gibson got it right already, all those years ago.
What's New in the Gibson 2017 Guitars?
There are quite a few innovations on the 2017 guitars - subtle enough not to affect your familiarity with the instrument, but which, together, are significant enough to make sure the 2017 range feels fresh and modern. Check some of them out:
- New Ultra-Modern weight relief allows for comfortable play and greater sonic depth, slightly heavier than 2016 (Les Paul Standard)
- Push-pull switching on all four knobs for coil-tapping on both pickups, a pure bypass, and phase reverse
- No more "Rhythm / Treble" plastic ring around the 3-way toggle switch
- Thicker rosewood fingerboards
- Unprecedented switching options: 2 volumes, 2 tones, 1 toggle with push-pull and DIP switch giving you more than 150 wiring combinations (LP Studio HP)
- Less finishes per model; some different finishes than 2016
- Free strap & polishing cloth on most models
- New S-Series is a lower-priced range perfect for first-time Gibson guitar buyers!
Will There Be Gibson 2017 Left-Handed Models?
Yes! Left-handed models will be available to order, from December 2016. However, numbers are usually limited, and models will only be available in 2017.
2017 Hottest Colour Finishes
For many of us, a Les Paul will always look its best in a 'burst finish, or gold top, or ebony. But many players will love those more modern, gorgeous finishes found on many 2017 models. Some of our favourite include the Bourbon Burst and Blueberry Burst of the Standard models; the Ocean Green Burst of the Les Paul Classic; the Black Cherry Burst of the Les Paul Studio; and the cool Worn Brown of the affordable Les Paul Faded. Check them out:
Gibson 2017 Guitar Models Overview
Here's a breakdown of all the new models announced, colours and main features. Which one is YOUR favourite? Make sure to post your comments below, to share your opinion with other PMT customers! Please note that, as in previous years, Gibson will also release 2017 Proprietary Run and Limited-Edition guitars, later next year.
Les Paul Standard 2017 T
A new classic. The Les Paul Standard is, as the name suggests, the model that sets the standards for the year - always with luxurious finishes and innovations. This year, if features new Ultra-Modern weight relief which allows for comfortable play and greater sonic depth. A luscious Grade-AAA flame maple top harks to the classic beauty of the Burst. An asymmetrical slim-taper neck profile with a compound-radius fingerboard and rolled binding team up for outstanding comfort, speed and bend-ability. And push-pull switching on all four knobs for coil-tapping on both pickups, a pure bypass, and phase reverse (great for Peter Green-style sounds!) all combine in a truly modern Les Paul that still looks legendary. Includes classic brown Gibson hardshell case with a Gibson multi-tool, a premium leather strap, and a polishing cloth. HP (High-Performance) version also available.
Les Paul Traditional 2017 T
A trip back in time to the Les Paul's golden era. If you want a guitar which is closer to the spirit and feel of the original '59 Les Paul, this is the one to go for, so it's no wonder it's available only in more traditional finishes. But this Les Paul inspired by the legendary late '50s Les Pauls has all the benefits of modern-era Gibsons. From a distance with its Traditional features and accurate Grade-AA maple top on a solid mahogany body, this Les Paul could be mistaken for a guitar kept under the bed since 1959.
Once in your hand, Les Paul Traditional 2017 T unveils subtle but incredibly significant advances: rolled binding, polished frets, and a rounded neck profile make this guitar extremely comfortable to play. Wired ABR and aluminum stopbar with steel posts deliver incredible resonance and sustain while Burstbuckers 1 and Burstbuckers 2 humbuckers with Orange Drop tone caps crank out dynamic, expressive PAF-inspired tones. Put it all together, and it's a superb take on the best of Les Pauls past, made for today's demanding player. It is delivered in a classic Gibson brown hardshell case with a Gibson multi-tool, a premium leather strap and a polishing cloth. HP version also available.
Les Paul Classic 2017 T
This model is more traditional than the Les Paul Standard, but less than the proper Traditional model. A modern take on a Les Paul from the '60s. The Les Paul Classic 2017 T riffs on the beloved guitars of the '60s and '70s while adding modern upgrades for tone and playability, yielding a true Classic with contemporary twists.
A Grade-A plain maple top on a mahogany back with 9-hole weight relief combine for subtle beauty with enhanced resonance and superb playing comfort. The solid-mahogany neck has a fast slim-taper profile, a thicker rosewood fingerboard with 22 super-smooth polished frets for easy bends, and a genuine nylon nut. Zebra '57 Classic humbuckers with orange drop tone caps ensure sultry PAF-like voicings, while a nickel wired ABR bridge and aluminum stopbar combine for solid sustain. Gibson USA gently rolls the fingerboard binding for a neck that never felt so good, and Grover locking kidney tuners provide an accurate and long-lasting performance. Gold speed knobs add an elegant touch. Delivered in a classic Gibson brown hardshell case with a Gibson multi-tool, a premium leather strap, and a polishing cloth. HP version available.
Les Paul Tribute 2017 T
The best-value new Les Paul models for those seeking an authentic, vintage vibe at a lower price. In many ways, the new Les Paul Tribute replaces the Les Paul Studio as the go-to, affordable Gibson Les Paul.
Available only in two different faded finishes, and without body or neck binding. It has weight relief so it's lighter than other models (except for the Studio), but still delivers the same classic Les Paul tones we all love! The traditional mahogany-maple tonewoods with satin finish and nickel hardware, accompanied by vintage-style keystone tuners, give this Les Paul Tribute a true vintage vibe. Its slim-taper neck profile, powerful modern humbucking pickups, and comfort-enhancing weight relief make it fit for today's most demanding players. Delivered in a padded gigbag with a strap and polishing cloth. HP version also available.
Les Paul Studio 2017 T
The Workhorse. Now with extra horsepower. The Les Paul Studio is no longer a basic, cut-price Les Paul for recording - for the past few years, it's been increasingly designed to be a high-end, versatile rock'n'roll beast, with enough different tones to make it a great studio tool, but also gorgeous-looking, perfect for gigging!
Beautiful yet simple, the Les Paul Studio offers everything you demand from a Les Paul and then some. Lighter than ever, the 2017 Les Paul Studio T is the lightest of the new Les Paul guitars, benefiting from Gibson's new Ultra-Modern weight relief, which offers endless sustain and hours of comfortable playing, while its slim-taper neck profile is ideal for fast yet comfortable playing.
A combination of 490R and 498T humbuckers provides genuine Gibson tones with a hint of modernity and aggression, wired to comprehensive controls and coil splitting for outstanding sonic versatility. This versatile performer is delivered in a classic Gibson brown hardshell case, along with a premium leather strap, a Gibson multi-tool, and a polishing cloth. HP version also available.
Les Paul Faded 2017 T
The played-in looks of the new Les Paul Faded will be perfect for the rockers who want a more affordable Les Paul and who, in any case, don't like the AA or AAA maple tops of the more expensive models.
This guitar represents the perfect marriage of tradition and modernity. It has modern 490R and 490T humbuckers, 22 polished frets for amazing bends and a great feel, a slim-taper neck profile for fast and comfortable soloing, Ultra-Modern weight relief for comfort and enhanced resonance, and nickel hardware, adding to its yesteryear vibe. It also features our brand new Faded Gloss finish process for a more authentic worn-in look. Delivered in a padded gigbag, accompanied by a strap and a polishing cloth. HP version available.
SG Standard 2017 T
Raising the Standard. Few Gibson guitars are as classic as the heritage cherry SG, and, lo and behold, in 2017 Gibson simply HAD to feature this finish again, of course! Though pretty much the same as always, it has slight differences when compared to the 2016 model, such as a return to the smaller pickupguard, and 57 Classic Humbuckers. The SG Standard 2017 T is delivered in a classic Gibson hardshell case with a Gibson multi-tool, a premium leather strap, and a polishing cloth. HP version available.
SG Special 2017 T
Vintage looks with tremendous tones. The SG Special 2017 T offers tremendous value-for-money, especially when you consider how similar it is to the Standard, with the main differences simply the satin finish, pickups (490R/490T humbuckers) and neck without binding. We wouldn't be surprised if many players prefer this one - for vintage vibes alone, it's amazing! Delivered in a padded gigbag with a strap and polishing cloth. HP version available.
SG Faded 2017 T
Another very affordable SG option, basically the same of the SG Special, with minor cosmetic differences, such as the pickup guard and uncovered humbuckers, besides the worn look. The SG Faded 2017 T has been carefully crafted by Gibson USA to look and feel like an old friend the first time you pick it up. The SG Faded is an artful blend of history and modernity, where SG traditions began more than five decades ago meet with 21st century innovations for sonic versatility and playability. A set of 490R and 490T humbuckers with Alnico magnets delivers historic SG tones, while a slim-taper neck with a thicker rosewood fingerboard and 22 polished frets combine for an amazing feel in the hand, yielding easy bends and lightning-fast soloing, an impressive value for a high quality made-in-USA Gibson guitar. Delivered in a padded gigbag, accompanied by a strap and a polishing cloth. HP version available.
Firebird 2017 T
The Original Bird. Created by legendary automotive designer and visionary Ray Dietrich, the original 1963 Firebirds literally reversed conventional concepts for guitar bodies and headstocks. Building on the famed Firebird Mini-Humbuckers, Steinberger gearless tuners, and neck-through-body construction, this year's Firebird also makes tremendous improvements in playability, thanks to polished frets and rolled binding. Delivered in a classic Gibson hardshell case with a Gibson multi-tool, a premium leather strap, and a polishing cloth. HP version available.
Firebird Studio 2017 T
Light, nimble and fast. This hard-working rendition of Gibson's original Firebird focuses on what matters most to the working guitarist: tone and playability. The 496R and 496T humbuckers are absolute powerhouses with grind and aggression that go beyond traditional Mini-Humbuckers. Exquisitely polished frets allow for smoother bends and a better feel, while vintage looks will be sure to make you stand out both in studio and on stage. The guitar comes delivered in a padded gigbag, with a strap and polishing cloth. HP version available.
Explorer 2017 T
The rock'n'roll powerhouse returns! Time to explore (again) one of the most rocking instruments Gibson ever made - the Explorer! The new 2017 Explorer T delivers raw power, scorching tones, and extreme sustain, all wrapped in an iconic design that's as rebellious as rock itself. Proof, if any needed, that Gibson can still be the #1 brand to choose, if you're into Heavy Metal - this guitar is stunning, and totally rocks!
Beneath the Explorer's aggression and brute sonic force lie the subtle qualities that make a Gibson such a special guitar: superb playing comfort, extreme speed, and the confidence of utmost quality. Crafted in the image of the original radical Explorer body style, using select solid mahogany, and loaded with two of Gibson's fierce high-gain humbuckers and top-quality hardware, the Explorer T is truly a piece of rock legend. The guitar is delivered in a classic Gibson hardshell case with a Gibson multi-tool, a premium leather strap and a polishing cloth. HP version available.
Flying V 2017 T
Another favourite makes a welcome return, with added improvements! Aggressive tones, legendary looks. The Flying V is a rock and blues icon played by legendary artists such as Jimi Hendrix, Albert King, Lonnie Mack, Dave Davies and others, with a radical design that was way ahead of its time when first released in 1958, and much copied ever since.
The Flying V 2017 T captures every nuance of the original styling, and delivers tones that match its iconic and aggressive looks thanks to a pair of roaring Dirty Fingers humbuckers, which are among the most powerful pickups Gibson has ever produced. It now features a grenadillo fretboard, for greater sonic depth and outstanding playing feel. The guitar comes protected in a Gibson hardshell case with a premium leather strap, a Gibson multi-tool, and a polishing cloth. HP version available.
EB 4 Bass 2017 & EB 5 Bass 2017
Gibson didn't forget about bassists! The new EB basses offer great playability, deep fat tones and stylish looks, available in 4- or 5-string versions. This year, Gibson offers the most extreme and improved redesign of our EB Bass yet. Loaded with high-quality components like EB Rhythm and Lead humbuckers, a Babicz Full Contact bridge, and Grover tuners, the superbly resonant Swamp-ash body has been fully redesigned to offer amazing ergonomics and great access to the upper frets. This is the low end done Gibson style, with optimum power and playability. It's delivered in a padded gigbag with a strap and polishing cloth.
Meet The New, Cheap Gibson 2017 Guitars!
Perhaps the biggest surprise for 2017 are the new, super-affordable guitars. Harking back to the same principle of the old Melody Makers from decades ago, Gibson is once again making some affordable guitars, meant for beginners and players on a budget who also want - and deserve! - a taste of a true Gibson guitar. And what's more: they come in some exclusive finishes, not found on other Gibson models.
FINISHES: Bright Cherry, Ebony, Phantom Grey, Citron Green, Teal, Strawberry Milk
Truly the dawn of a new era for Made-in-USA guitars, the Gibson M² was designed around Gibson's standards of quality and innovation for Gibson USA's new S Series. It is Made in the USA, using American craftsmanship that is second to none, giving superior quality, tone and playability. The M² features a nitrocellulose finish, with our new Nitro Light Gloss for the body and a Nitro satin finish for the neck. The neck is glued in, naturally, and made of one piece solid maple, with a slim-taper profile and topped with a genuine one-piece rosewood fingerboard. Solid wood for the body and classic sounding Gibson Pro-Bucker humbuckers complete the picture for a guitar that delivers the absolute best value out there and amazing quality, tone and playability.
Les Paul Custom Studio
FINISHES: Scarlet Red, Charcoal, Whiskey Gold, Burgundy Plum, Denim Blue, Reptile Green
The new S Series Les Paul Custom Studio showcases the iconic carved-top Les Paul design and features a nitrocellulose finish, with a new Nitro stain on both body and neck for a gorgeous vintage look. It has a set neck made of one piece of solid maple, with a slim-taper profile, topped with a genuine one-piece rosewood fingerboard. The body is crafted from swamp ash with 9-hole weight relief for superb playing comfort and enhanced resonance, and the guitar is loaded with completely new, modern, Made-in-USA, Double Slugs Alnico 5 Rhythm DS-A5 and Lead DS-A5+ humbuckers to deliver amazing quality, tone and playability.
Les Paul Custom Special
FINISHES: Rose Gold, Titanium Grey, Ebony, Radiant Red, Pelham Blue, Light Green, Wine Red Solid
The Les Paul Custom Special was designed around Gibson's standards of quality and innovation for Gibson USA's new S Series. It is Made in USA and features a modern design inspired by the Les Paul "The Paul" model, a nitrocellulose finish, with a new Nitro Light Gloss for the body and a Nitro satin finish for the neck. The neck is glued in and made of one piece solid maple, with a slim-taper profile, topped with a genuine one-piece rosewood fingerboard. The body is crafted from solid mahogany for classic Gibson tones, and the guitar is loaded with completely new, modern, Made-in-USA, Double Slugs Rhythm DS-C and Lead DS-C+ humbuckers with chrome covers delivering superior quality, tone and playability.
FINISHES: Ebony, Cherry, Bright Cherry, Orange Solid, Snow White, Light Green, Wine Red Solid
The SG Fusion is an affordable SG that's ideal for beginners o a tighter budget, but still delivering the goods, just like you'd expect from an authentic Gibson! It was designed around the Gibson standards of quality and innovation for Gibson USA's new S Series, bringing unprecedented value in an American-made guitar.
Unlike other SGs, these models have set neck made of one piece solid maple, with a slim-taper profile, topped with a genuine one-piece rosewood fingerboard. The body is crafted from solid mahogany for classic Gibson tones, and the guitar is loaded with completely new, modern, Made-in-USA, Double Slugs Rhythm DS-C and Lead DS-C+ humbuckers for the absolute best value out there and amazing quality, tone and playability.
FINISHES: Pelham Blue, Blackberry, Faded Pelham Blue, Gold Mist, Ebony, Black Cherry, Cardinal Red, Heather, Frost Blue, Gold Mist Pearl
A brand new Firebird, like no other that came before! This stunning guitar could be one of the great successes of the 2017 range - and maybe that's why this model is available in more colour variations that any other from the 2017 range.
Proudly Made in USA, but still eminently affordable. The Firebird Zero is new for 2017, designed around Gibson's S Series, with rigorous standards of quality and innovation. It is Made in USA featuring superior quality, tone, and playability, and a unique design that will make heads turn. The Firebird Zero features a nitrocellulose finish, with new Nitro Light Gloss for the body and a Nitro satin finish for the neck. It employs a glued-in neck which is made of one piece of solid maple with a slim taper profile, topped with a one-piece solid rosewood fingerboard. Solid wood for the body and completely new, modern, Made in USA, Double Slug DS-C humbuckers complete a guitar that delivers and amazing quality, tone and playability.
Now is a great time to invest in a Gibson Guitar - they've listened to what working guitarists want, and expect, from a brand with such a rich history of producing top quality instruments. Pop into your local PMT Store to give one a test drive today.