It’s official – the Les Paul Supreme returns to the Gibson line up
Gibson CEO Cesar Gueikian teased the relaunch of the model back in August.
The Gibson Les Paul Supreme has made a return to the Gibson lineup, two decades on from when it first launched in 2003.
The model was teased back in August, with CEO Cesar Gueikian sharing a very large hint by photographing the model in the works captioned, “A Supreme Friday to be at our Craftory!”
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Back at its original launch 20 years ago, the brand intended to create a ‘new Les Paul’. The model hosted a carved maple back, deeper chambered body, gold hardware, and a unique abalone globe inlay on the headstock.
Some features offered on the 2023 version remain the same, but now not only is there a standard Supreme available, but there’s also an Exclusive model on offer which comes fitted with three humbucking pickups as opposed to two – yet the price point remains the same for both versions.
The standard Les Paul Supreme hosts the classic AAA-figured maple top (finished in either Fireburst, Dark Wine Red and Translucent Ebony Burst), with the Exclusive offering a plain top (Ebony). Both models have a new headstock inlay inspired by a design from the ‘40s which was discovered from the Gibson archives, according to the brand’s website.
There’s also a Modern Contoured heel on both models for improved upper fret access, and they also have a classic mahogany body, with a mahogany neck and ebony fretboard, both with Super Split Block pearl inlays.
The Standard’s pickups are a Burstbucker Pro neck humbucker and Burstbucker Pro+ bridge humbucker, and both are wired to the two push/pull coil taps on the volume pots, and phase and bypass switches on the two tone controls. All hardware arrives finished in gold – just like its predecessor.
The Exclusive also comes with three gold-covered Burstbucker humbuckers, and has three pickup-specific volume knobs offering push/pull coil split options.
Pricing for the Gibson Les Paul Supreme Standard and Exclusive is $3,999. Find out more via Gibson.