Gibson Brands, Inc. declared bankruptcy in May, but the company is soldiering on with a brand-new electric guitar line-up.
Don’t expect to find fancy add-ons or tech-related doodads in this simplified range. And that’s on purpose.
Just recently, Gibson asked a federal bankruptcy judge to absolve the company of a $60 million debt from Tronical GmBH, a German maker of automatic tuning pegs. That idea flopped for Gibson, and the company is dialing back toward its roots.
Earlier this year, we detailed Gibson’s harrowing crash into bankruptcy. But a Chapter 11 filing is designed to protect ongoing operations, and hopefully help the company get back on its feet again.
But those looking for cheaper price tags should look elsewhere. In this rollout, Gibson is hoping to re-establish its reputation for quality, while separating itself from a flood of cut-rate competitors.
Here’s the complete lineup, including price tags and a brief description by Gibson for each 2019 model.
The iconic Les Paul Standard is celebrated by the world’s greatest musicians as the standard for perfection in the world of electric guitars. The new 2019 Les Paul Standard features the popular asymmetrical Slim Taper neck profile with Ultra-Modern weight relief for increased comfort and playability.
Impeccable looks are highlighted by the powerful tonewood combination of mahogany back and carved maple AAA figured top. Calibrated BurstBucker Pro humbuckers provide modern and classic tones, while immense tonal variety comes from 4 push-pull knobs and an internal 5 position DIP switch for a multitude of tonal variations.
The new 2019 Gibson Les Paul Standard HP retains popular features, including AAA figured maple top, comfortable asymmetrical Slim Taper neck profile, fast-access heel, soloist neck width, Ultra-Modern weight relief, belly scarf, and exceptional sonic tonal variety provided by 4 push-pull pots and an internal 5 position DIP switch.
Chrome hardware, Locking Keystone Tuners, Clear Top Hat knobs and BurstBucker Rhythm Pro and BurstBucker Lead Pro pickups with chrome trim rings.