Gibson Les Paul SG Explorer 2019

Gibson may be deep in reorganization, but that doesn’t mean it’s putting the brakes on new products. Far from it—because the brand has officially delivered the details of its 17 solid-body electrics for 2019.

Here are the highlights:

Les Pauls

A grand total of seven new Les Paul models have been unveiled. They range from the top-of-the-line Les Paul High Performance to the budget Les Paul Junior DC 2019, with a few new Standard variations thrown in.

Les Paul Junior Tribute DC 2019

Gibson Les Paul Junior DC Tribute 2019

Gibson’s 2019 Les Paul Junior rendition takes the form of this double-cutaway axe that stays true to the model’s no-nonsense, plug-and-play attitude. A satin-finished mahogany body, maple neck, rosewood fretboard and single P-90—with simple master “Volume” and “Tone” dials—keep things simple and unabashedly rock ’n’ roll.

Lists for $799. Available in Worn Cherry.

Les Paul High Performance 2019

Gibson Les Paul High Performance 2019

It’s billed as “the ultimate player’s guitar,” and for good reason. The most premium Les Paul for 2019 packs an array of upgrades, both cosmetic and functional.

In the latter regard, two BurstBucker Pro humbuckers power the Les Paul High Performance—but thanks to four push-pull pots and an internal DIP switch, you can unlock an entirely new suite of pickup configurations. And, significantly, the much-maligned G-Force tuners are no more; in their place you’ll find Grover locking tuners.

Other playability features include an asymmetrical neck profile, compound fretboard radius, weight-relieved body and a comfortable belly carve.

Lists for $3,799. Available in Seafoam Fade, Heritage Cherry Fade, Blueberry Fade.

Les Paul Traditional 2019

Gibson Les Paul Traditional 2019

This is for fans of old-school Les Pauls. The Traditional model comes as close as possible to vintage specs. It has the rounded neck profile, non-weight-relieved body, vintage Keystone tuners, nickel-plated hardware, ABR-1 Tune-o-matic bridge, and AA figured maple tops of legendary Les Pauls of yore. Pickups-wise, the Les Paul Traditional 2019 sports two BurstBuckers, which Gibson claims resembles “classic PAF tones.”

Lists for $2,799. Available in Tobacco Burst and Heritage Cherry Sunburst.

Les Paul Standard 2019

Gibson Les Paul Standard 2019

Besides two new finishes, this flagship model hasn’t undergone dramatic changes. The most significant update is the addition of a five-position DIP switch to tailor pickup configurations—the same component in the Les Paul HP.

Lists for $3,399. Available in Seafoam Green and Blueberry Burst.

SGs

Only four new SGs were announced, which represents a fairly streamlined roster as compared to the six that launched in 2018.

SG Standard ’61 2019

Gibson SG Standard 61 2019

Making its debut to the SG line-up is the Standard ’61. As its name suggests, it’s a throwback to the original SG that shook us all night long when it was introduced in 1961.

That comes through via a period-correct mahogany body with contours in all the right places, a ’60s-style neck joint, nickel-plated hardware, vintage Keystone tuners, and that iconic, glossy Vintage Cherry finish. Two BurstBuckers—a 61T and 61R—provide the requisite PAF tones.

Lists for $1,799. Available only in Vintage Cherry.

SG Standard Tribute 2019

Gibson SG Tribute 2019

There’s no SG Faded this year, so those on a budget have only the Standard Tribute 2019 to cast their eyes on. The most affordable SG has a satin finish, rounded neck profile, vintage Keystone tuners, and two open-coil 490R and 490T humbuckers that also appeared on the Faded model.

Lists for $1,099. Available in Vintage Cherry Satin and Natural Walnut.

SG High Performance 2019

Gibson SG High Performance 2019

Compared to the 2018 version, this SG HP is a whole different beast. It sports two BurstBucker Pro humbuckers rather than the ’57 Classics, a Richlite fretboard as opposed to rosewood, and Grover locking tuners instead of the G-Force system.

Lists for $2,499. Available in Trans Black Fade and Blueberry Fade.

Other electric guitars

Gibson Explorer 2019

Accompanying the Les Pauls and SGs are a few Firebirds, Explorers and Flying Vs. Each model has two versions: the standard-issue and a more affordable Tribute line. Generally, the former guitars have higher-spec’ed electronics and hardware, and feature more eye-catching cosmetics.

Lists from $1,199 to $1,999.

More information at gibson.com.