A Deeper Look Into The 2019 Gibson Range
The Haworth team and I have really been enjoying having Gibson and Epiphone guitars and basses back in our stores after some recent changes in distribution here in Australia created some difficulty for some time.
But now the iconic brand we all know and love is back and better than ever with the some amazing models having landed in our stores during 2018 across the entire range of Les Paul, SG, Memphis, Designer Series, Montana and Bass guitars.
In this article we will take a look at the highly anticipated 2019 Gibson range and what exciting new developments Gibson have made to their all-star line up.
2019 Gibson Les Paul
Seven models make up the 2019 Gibson Les Paul range including the Les Paul Standard, Les Paul Classic, Les Paul High Performance (HP), Les Paul Studio, Les Paul Studio Tribute, Les Paul Junior Tribute DC and the Les Paul Traditional.
Gibson 2019 Les Paul Standard
The 2019 Les Paul Standard takes the classic Les Paul we know and love and adds the ultra-modern weight relief to make it more user-friendly. It also looks stunning with a gorgeous AAA figured maple top and sounds amazing with the Burstbucker Pro pickups with push/pull controls on the volume and tone pots for an incredibly wide array of tones. The 2019 LP Standard also comes standard with an asymmetrical slim taper mahogany neck with rosewood fretboard and cream binding plus Grover Locking Rotomatic machine heads with keystone buttons.
Gibson 2019 Les Paul Traditional
For the traditional Les Paul fans out there, the Les Paul Traditional keeps it real with it’s non-weight relieved body, AA figured maple top, vintage deluxe machine heads and Burstbucker humbucker pickups. The 2019 LP Traditional also has a rounded mahogany neck with traditional rolled cream binding along a rosewood fretboard.
Gibson 2019 Les Paul High Performance
With ultra-modern weight relief, chrome hardware, clear top-hat volume and tone knobs, adjustable titanium nut, asymmetrical slim taper mahogany neck with access heal and an AAA+ figured maple top, the 2019 Les Paul HP is here to impress.
A big change for the 2019 LP High Performance is the absence of the robot tuners and the addition of Grover Locking Rotomatic tuners with keystone buttons. The LP HP produces that classic LP tone with a modern twist with its Burstbucker Pro humbucker pickups with push/pull controls.
Gibson 2019 Les Paul Classic
A vintage Les Paul with some tasty traditional features, the 2019 Gibson LP Classic comes standard with a maple top on mahogany body with 9-hole weight relief, gold top-hat control knobs, slim tapered mahogany neck, rosewood fretboard with traditional rolled cream binding, Grover Rotomatic tuners and the smooth-sounding Zebra Burstbucker 61R (neck) and Zebra Burstbucker 61T (bridge) humbucker pickups with push/pull controls allowing coil-tapping and pure bypass/phase switching.
Gibson 2019 Les Paul Studio
The 2019 Les Paul Studio is a no-nonsense Les Paul without some of the finer aesthetic detailing which the LP Standard and LP Traditional models have become known for. With a maple top on mahogany body, ultra-modern weight relief, black speed knobs, chrome plated hardware, slim-tapered mahogany neck, rosewood fretboard with white traditional rolled binding and the powerful 490R (neck) and 490T (bridge) humbucker pickups with coil-tap, the Gibson Les Paul Studio for 2019 is all about that classic tone and playability.
Gibson 2019 Les Paul Studio Tribute
Taking the 2019 Gibson Les Paul Studio and stripping down the model even more by giving it that more bare-bones look and feel, the 2019 Gibson Les Paul Studio Tribute is one of the most affordable Les Paul models Gibson has ever produced.
With key features we love such as the bold-sounding 490R and 490T exposed humbucker pickups, ultra-modern weight relief mahogany body with maple cap, satin finishing, rounded maple neck with rosewood fretboard and the vintage deluxe tuners, the 2019 Gibson Les Paul Studio Tribute is all value and no nonsense.
Gibson 2019 Les Paul Junior Tribute DC
With a double-cut body, incredibly fat-sounding single P90 pickup, wrap-around compensated bridge, non-weight relief mahogany body, slim taper maple neck and vintage deluxe tuners, the 2019 Gibson Les Paul Junior Tribute DC is all about that classic tone at a price you can afford.
2019 Gibson SG
The range of Gibson SG Guitars for 2019 cover 4 amazing models including the SG Standard, SG High Performance, SG Standard ’61 and SG Standard Tribute.
Gibson 2019 SG Standard
It doesn’t get much more rock’n’roll than this…. the Gibson SG Standard 2019. The 2019 SG Standard features a mahogany body, chrome-plated hardware, black top-hat volume and tone knobs, rounded mahogany neck, Grover Rotomatic tuners with kidney buttons and the incredibly powerful 490R and 490T humbucker pickups to cap off an industry icon.
Gibson 2019 SG Standard ‘61
For that classic vintage Gibson SG look, feel and tone, the 2019 Gibson SG Standard ’61 has got you covered. With a mahogany body, slim-taper mahogany neck, rosewood fretboard with trapezoid inlays and traditional rolled binding, vintage style machine heads and the classic-sounding 61R and 61T humbucker pickups, the Gibson GS Standard ’61 is an incredible SG model with all the features of the classic 1961 Gibson SG.
Gibson 2019 SG High Performance
For a modern twist on the iconic Gibson SG, the 2019 Gibson SG HP boasts a stunning AA figured maple top on mahogany body, slim taper mahogany neck, locking keystone machine heads and bold-sounding Burstbucker Pro humbucker pickups with push/pull volume and tone controls for an incredibly diverse array of tones.
Gibson 2019 SG Standard Tribute
For an amazingly well-priced Gibson SG, the 2019 Gibson SG Standard Tribute certainly delivers. With it’s mahogany body, satin finishes, rounded maple neck, rosewood fretboard with dot inlays, vintage deluxe tuners and powerful 490R and 490T humbucker pickups, the Gibson SG Standard Tribute for 2019 is a no-frills-attached Gibson SG with nothing but rock’n’roll tone by the truckload.
2019 Gibson Designer Series
Let’s take a look at the new 2019 models across the Gibson Firebird, Gibson Explorer and Gibson Flying V ranges shall we?!
Gibson 2019 Firebird
With a neck-through body construction adding strength and sustain plus a mahogany body, the 2019 Gibson Firebird is all class. Featuring a nine-ply mahogany/walnut neck, rosewood fingerboard with trapezoid inlays and traditional rolled white binding, mini Grover Rotomatic tuners and the classic-sounding Firebird mini-humbucker pickups, the Gibson Firebird 2019 is just plain awesome!
Gibson 2019 Firebird Tribute
For a stripped-down version of the 2019 Gibson Firebird, the 2019 Gibson Firebird Tribute Guitar comes in satin cherry and includes a mahogany set-neck with the same mini humbucker firebird pickups as the standard 2019 Gibson Firebird model, the Gibson Firebird Tribute for 2019 is seriously jam packed with value.
Gibson 2019 Flying V
With a mahogany body, an antique natural finish, chrome plated hardware, slim taper mahogany neck, rosewood fingerboard and Grover Rotomatic machine heads, the 2019 Gibson Flying V looks and feels just like a Flying V should. Add in the Burstbucker 2 and 3 humbucker pickups and you’ve got the complete package!
Gibson 2019 Flying V B-2
For a more budget-friendly Gibson Flying V, you can’t go past the 2019 Gibson Flying V B2. Packed with Dirty Fingers humbucker pickups for that pure rock tone as well as black hardware, mahogany slim taper neck, rosewood fretboard and Grover Rotomatic tuners, the Gibson Flying V B-2 2019 is packed with value.
Gibson 2019 Explorer
Who doesn’t love that classic Gibson Explorer shape? Built for rock with a classic edginess, the 2019 Gibson Explorer is an impressive beast. With a mahogany body, chrome plated hardware, slim taper mahogany neck, rosewood fretboard, Grover Mini Rotomatic tuners and the same pickups as the Gibson Flying V 2019 – Burstbucker 2 in the neck and a Burstbucker 3 in the bridge, the Gibson Explorer 2019 model is just plain awesome.
Gibson 2019 Explorer B-2
Sharing similar features as the Flying V B-2, the 2019 Gibson Explorer B-2 keeps it real with a mahogany body, black hardware, slim taper mahogany neck, rosewood fretboard and the powerful Dirty Fingers humbucker pickups making it an incredibly well-valued rock beast!
2019 Gibson Memphis Series
Lets take a look at these gorgeous 2019 Gibson archtop ES models.
Gibson 2019 ES-335 Dot
Kicking off the 2019 ES range of Gibson archtop guitars is the 2019 Gibson ES-335 Dot. Staying true to Gibson's timeless design, the 2019 ES-335 Dot still boasts some amazing features such as the stunning Antique Faded Cherry and Graphite Metallic finishes, spruce bracing, maple center block, nickel plated hardware, rounded-C quarter-sawn mahogany neck, rosewood fretboard with rolled cream binding, bone nut, Grover Rotomatic machine heads and the smooth-sounding MHS II Humbucker Rhythm and MHS II Humbucker Lead pickups!
Gibson 2019 ES-235
With a single-cutaway, ebony finish, spruce bracing, maple center block, nickel-plated hardware, rounded C maple neck, rosewood fretboard, bone nut and classic-sounding Burstbucker Pro humbucker pickups, the 2019 Gibson ES-235 is a gorgeous semi-hollowbody guitar in the 2019 Gibson range.
Gibson 2019 ES-335 Figured
Set your eyes to ‘stunned’ as we take a look at this gorgeous Gibson semi-hollowbody archtop guitar, the 2019 Gibson ES-335 Figured. With a beautiful AAA figured maple/poplar/maple top and back, quarter-sawn Adirondack spruce bracing (thermally engineered), chambered maple center block (thermally engineered), nickel plated hardware, rounded C quarter-sawn mahogany neck, dark rosewood fingerboard with rolled cream binding, bone nut, Grover Rotomatic tuners and the incredibly smooth-sounding MHS II humbucker pickups, the Gibson ES335 Figured 2019 feels and sounds as good as it looks!
Gibson 2019 ES-275 Thinline
With a stunningly gorgeous AAA figured maple/poplar/maple top and back, Cherry Cola finish, thermally engineered Adirondack spruce bracing, thermally engineered chambered maple center block, nickel-plated hardware, rounded C quarter-sawn mahogany neck, dark rosewood fretboard, bone nut, Kluson Supreme machine heads and the smooth and silky MHS II humbucker pickups, the 2019 Gibson ES-275 Thinline electric guitar is a stunning guitar in the 2019 Gibson range.
Gibson 2019 ES-355 Figured
The AAA figured maple/poplar/maple top and back are simply stunning on this 2019 Gibson ES-355 Figured guitar. Add in it’s thermally engineered quarter-sawn Adirondack spruce bracing, thermally engineered chambered maple center block, Vintage Natural finish, rounded C mahogany neck, dark rosewood fretboard with mother-of-pearl block inlays, bone nut, Grover Milk-Bottle Rotomatic tuners and the smooth MHS II humbucker pickups, the Gibson ES355 Figured 2019 Archtop Guitar is a beautiful semi-hollowbody guitar by Gibson.
2019 Gibson Bass Range
Four different models make up the range of Gibson 2019 Bass models including the Gibson Thunderbird Bass, SG Standard Bass, Gibson EB-4 and EB-5.
Gibson 2019 Thunderbird Bass
For that classic Gibson Thunderbird look, feel and tone, the Gibson 2019 Thunderbird really delivers. With it’s mahogany body, 9-piece mahogany/walnut neck, rosewood fretboard, adjustable bridge design, Grover Bass tuners and the thunderous high-output T-Bird pickups, the 2019 Gibson Thunderbird Bass Guitar is all set to shake the walls.
Gibson 2019 SG Standard Bass
With a shorter 30.5 inch scale-length, the 2019 Gibson SG Standard Bass Guitar is super easy to play. The Rhythm SG and Lead SG pickups bring with them a big and bold tone and the rounded mahogany neck with rosewood fretboard give it that classic Gibson feel. Topped off with Grover Shamrock tuners and dual volume controls with single tone control, the Gibson SG Standard 2019 Bass rocks harder than ever.
Gibson 2019 EB-4 Four-String Bass and EB-5 Five-String Bass Models
With stunning swamp ash bodies, smooth satin finishes, maple set-necks, Babicz full-contact bridges and punchy EB Rhythm and Lead pickups, the 2019 Gibson EB4 and EB5 Bass models pack some serious punch and suit both modern and classic bass players alike.
2019 Gibson Montana Acoustic Range
The main changes across the Gibson Montana Acoustic range for 2019 are the increased sustainable timber varieties, new bridge designs, rosewood and richlite fingerboards and more left-handed options.
With so many to mention in Gibson’s 2019 acoustic range, here is a highlight reel of some of their main players…
Gibson 2019 J-45 Standard
With a solid Sitka spruce top, solid mahogany back and sides, hand-scalloped X-bracing, slim tapered mahogany neck, rosewood fingerboard and the incredibly crisp-sounding LR Baggs VTC pickup system, the 2019 Gibson J45 Standard Acoustic guitar is an absolute stunner! I love the rolled shoulders on this bad boy too!
Gibson 2019 Hummingbird
Featuring a solid Sitka Spruce top, solid mahogany back and sides, dreadnought body shape, hand-scalloped X bracing, rounded mahogany neck, rosewood fretboard and the LR Baggs VTC pickup system, the 2019 Gibson Hummingbird Acoustic Guitar is a big player in the 2019 Gibson acoustic range.
Gibson 2019 L-00 Studio
With a tight and bridge 00 body shape, solid Sitka spruce top, solid walnut back and sides, hand-scalloped X-bracing, advanced response mahogany neck and the LR Baggs VTC pickup, the 2019 Gibson L-00 Studio model is a little beauty!
Gibson 2019 J-200 Standard
The 2019 Gibson J-200 Standard Acoustic guitar is a classic acoustic guitar in Gibson’s Montana range. This big-bodied jumbo acoustic boasts a solid Sitka spruce top, solid maple back and sides, traditional hand-scalloped X-bracing, rounded 2-piece maple neck, rosewood fretboard with stunning Mother-of-pearl Crown inlays and the dynamic LR Baggs Anthem pickup system.
Gibson 2019 J-45 Studio
A trimmed down version of the J-45 Standard model, the 2019 Gibson J-45 Studio Acoustic guitar still maintains a solid Sitka spruce top with solid walnut back and sides, traditional hand-scalloped X-bracing and the LR Baggs VTC pickup system just like the Standard model. This main differences in the J-45 Studio model are the advanced response mahogany neck, walnut fingerboard, tusq nut and finishing.
Gibson is one of those iconic brands who don’t need to reinvent the wheel. We’ve seen some previous innovations disappoint some tried and true Gibson fans and I think Gibson have learned from this and have taken this on board when designing their range of 2019 guitars and basses.
From what we’ve seen, Gibson have a killer line up of electric, semi-hollow, acoustic and bass guitars as part of their 2019 range, which have subtle but useful improvements. For more information of the range or to tell us your thoughts send us an email at email@example.com
Until we meet again….
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