Here's a quick guide to what 2016 Les Paul T model you may want to try first.

Les Paul Traditional 2016 T

Gibson 2016 lineup

In brief? The Gibson Les Paul that rocked the world

Neck / Fingerboard

Body / Top

Pickups

Mahogany neck. Thicker one-piece rosewood fingerboard. Dense, self-lubricating Tektoid nut made in the traditional style. Traditional neck width of 1 11/16" at nut.

Carved solid Grade-AA figured maple top. Solid mahogany back with traditional weight relief.

Gibson ’57 Classic™ pickups made in the image of the hallowed PAF humbucker of the late 1950s with Alnico II magnets and 42 AWG plain enamel-coated wire.

Traditional wind in the neck position for plenty of warmth and clarity.

Slightly over-wound ’57 Classic Plus™ in the bridge position for juicy lead tones.

Les Paul Studio 2016 T

Gibson 2016 lineup

In brief? Stripped-down Les Paul in Traditional style with hot tones

Neck / Fingerboard

Body / Top

Pickups

Mahogany neck. Thicker one-piece rosewood fingerboard. Dense, self-lubricating Tektoid nut made in the traditional style.

Traditional neck width .

Carved maple top. Solid mahogany back with modern weight relief.

Gibson's ever-popular 490R and 498T humbuckers with Alnico magnets.

490R in the neck position. Hotter 498T in the bridge for extra bite on lead tones.

Les Paul Studio Faded 2016 T

Gibson 2016 lineup

In brief? Trad features in a vintage-alike faded finish

Neck / Fingerboard

Body / Top

Pickups

Mahogany neck. Thicker one-piece rosewood fingerboard. The '59 neck profile is a great compromise between the original chunky neck and the "slim tapered" carve that followed in the '60s.

Carved maple top. Solid mahogany back with modern weight relief. Faded finish in hand-sprayed satin nitrocellulose lacquer.

Burstbucker Pro™ pickups made to accurate PAF specs.

Potted coils to combat squeal during modern high-gain performance.

Les Paul Standard 2016 T

Gibson 2016 lineup

In brief? The legendary Les Paul Standard just raised its game again

Neck / Fingerboard

Body / Top

Pickups

Thicker rosewood 'board on mahogany with an historic original 11/16" neck width and a compound radius and asymmetrical slim taper. Classic binding.

AAA figured maple top on a mahogany back or choice of carved plain tops (non-translucent colors). Modern weight relief.

Burstbucker Pro pickups replicating PAF tone with additional coil-splitting capabilities.

Les Paul CM 2016 T

Gibson 2016 lineup

In brief? Stripped-down no-nonsense rocker for the 21st century player

Neck / Fingerboard

Body / Top

Pickups

Hand-oiled thicker rosewood fingerboard with acrylic dot markers. Mahogany neck.

Mahogany/maple with satin nickel wrapover bridge renowned for its solidity and sustain.

A single Classic ’61 humbucker in the bridge position for raw PAF-like tone.

Les Paul '50s Tribute 2016 T

Gibson 2016 lineup

In brief? Recreating the glory days of the original Gibson Les Pauls

Neck / Fingerboard

Body / Top

Pickups

Rounded ’50s neck profile of thicker rosewood on top of mahogany.

Traditional '50s-style mahogany body with modern weight relief. Maple top with a grain textured satin finish.

A 490R (neck) and hotter 498T (bridge) made with Alnico magnets in the image of the hallowed PAF.

Les Paul '60s Tribute 2016 T

Gibson 2016 lineup

In brief? Refined repro of a Les Paul from a music-changing decade

Neck / Fingerboard

Body / Top

Pickups

Thicker rosewood/mahogany with a slim '60s neck profile. This is the slimmer neck akin to that eventually used on SGs.

Modern weight relief mahogany body for tone with a traditional maple top. The Les Paul '60s has an unbound body and fingerboard.

Two P-90s for raw single-coil tone.

 

That's merely a very quick overview of Traditional models 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?

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