Gibson's 2015 Les Pauls are in stores now. Each individual product page on Gibson.com shows the full details of each model – just click on each model's name. But if you want a quick overview of the differences you need to know, from neck and body woods to pickups... here you go!
All these singlecut carved-top 2015 Gibson Les Paul models share a number of features and major improvements, including the Gibson G FORCE™ tuning system (except the Supreme). Plus...
A slightly wider neck and thicker one-piece rosewood fingerboards
A new smoother sanded/buffed fingerboard oil treatment for a slinkier playing feel
27% lower fret wire which gives Gibson Nashville 2015 models a more modern playing feel
Gibson's new, adjustable Zero Fret Nut made of cryogenically-treated brass
PLEK set-up system for great intonation
A new and improved Gibson hard-shell case... and more
Even so, certain 2015 Gibson Les Paul models may appeal to some players more than others?
Here's a quick guide to what model you may want to try first, with the basic spec to get you going. Click on the model names for full spec.
Mahogany, asymmetrical Slim taper / Compound radius Rosewood, Trapezoid Inlays, Undercut fret over binding for extra playing surface
Mahogany, Modern weight relief / figured maple top. Removable pickguard
Burst Bucker Pro 1+2 humbuckers, w/ Push/Pull Coil Taps, Phase changing and Pure Bypass. Classic humbucker tone with historically “unmatched” bobbin windings for vintage humbucker tone with enhanced highs
Finishes: Heritage Cherry Sunburst Candy, Tobacco Sunburst Candy, Trans Amber Cherry Back Candy, Honeyburst Perimeter Candy, Wine Red Candy Ideal for? Players who want a big-toned Les Paul Standard with updated versatility. The classic blues/jazz/rock Les Paul made better.
Mahogany, Asymmetrical Slim taper / Compound radius Rosewood, Abalone Trapezoid Inlays, Undercut fret over binding for extra playing surface
Mahogany, Modern weight relief / AAA figured quilted maple top. Removable pickguard
Burst Bucker Pro 1+2, Push/Pull Coil Taps, Phase changing and Pure Bypass. Classic humbucker tone with historically “unmatched” bobbin windings for vintage humbucker tone with enhanced highs
Finishes: Honeyburst Perimeter Candy, Ocean Water Perimeter Candy Ideal for? Anyone who loves a Gibson Les Paul Standard with premium woods in terms of tone and quilted looks. Deep “blues” players will like the Ocean Water finish!
Mahogany, ‘50s rounded, Bound headstock with Supreme in Pearl / Bound with Pearl crown inlays. Undercut fret over binding for extra playing surface
Mahogany with Custom Binding, Bound f-holes / AAAA Maple top, AAA Maple back. The only guitar in the 2015 Gibson Les Paul lineup with a figured maple back
Floating humbucker at neck, 492R at bridge. Both with gold covers
Finishes: Heritage Cherry Sunburst Perimeter, Seafoam Green Ideal for? Rounded neck profiles. For lovers of premium woods and also a semi-acoustic tone – great for jazz and blues as well as rock. Maximum sustain. Also for fans of an f-hole ES-335 “vibe” on a Les Paul.
Mahogany, late-'50s thickness / Bound Rosewood, Pearl trapezoid Inlays
Mahogany, No body rout / Figured maple top. Removable pickguard
New ‘59 Tribute Humbuckers with orange drop capacitors
Finishes: Ocean Blue, Tobacco Sunburst, Placid Purple, Honey Burst, Heritage Cherry Sunburst Ideal for? That late-'50s Burst “Mojo” with added modernity. For Les Paul players who like a beefy neck and classic LP tone.
Ideal for? Anyone who knows that the '70s rocked! This mini-Humbucker LP summons the spirit of '70s rock titans The Who and Thin Lizzy, but with new tones via versatile brand new pickups with input from another legend, Steely Dan's Jeff “Skunk” Baxter.
Unbound maple, Rounded / Light-colored Rosewood, pearl trapezoid inlays
Mahogany with Modern weight relief / Maple, unbound. No pickguard
Two '61 Zebra humbuckers
Finishes: Translucent Ebony, Heritage Cherry, Vintage Sunburst. Ideal for? Players wanting a modern-looking Gibson Les Paul at a superb price with no body binding. Bold finishes and a light weight make it a killer guitar.
Medium density mahogany with Traditional 9 hole weight relief / Maple. Removable pickguard
'57 Classic (rhythm) and '57 Plus (Lead) with 15dB boost
Finishes: Desert Burst, Fireburst, Heritage Cherry Sunburst. Ideal for? The Gibson Les Paul Less + is a slim build, so is perfect for those who don't like too much weight. But this super-silm contour-bodied Les Paul still serves up great tone. As Les often said, “less is more....”
That's merely a very quick overview, and every player will have their own opinion on what makes a Gibson Les Paul appealing. Be sure to check the individual models' pages to see more detailed spec. What's your favorite?