While Les Paul remains deeply influential as a guitar player, perhaps his greatest legacy will be his contribution to the evolution of electric guitars. By 1951, Les Paul was a respected guitar player, and he was known as a bit of an innovator, too. He had experimented with the solid body electric guitar concept for years, so Gibson president Ted McCarty approached him that year to discuss a collaboration. The result was the Gibson Les Paul Model, which remains one of the most influential and forward-thinking electric designs ever conceived. Since the 1950s, it has been the flagship of Gibson's electric lineup.
Released in 2013—Gibson's "year of the Les Paul"—the Signature T celebrates some of the best Les Paul specs. In some ways, it's a stripped-down Les Paul Standard that can be had at a reasonable price, but it's also a weight-relieved body with a '60s Slim Taper neck and quality electronics. The Signature T features a AA-grade Flame Maple top and two '57 Classic humbuckers, which are faithful to the original PAF humbucker design. Both pickups have a push/pull coil-tap switch so you can access a wide range of single-coil sounds, too.
This 2013 Signature T is a fantastic Les Paul, and it shows some pretty Flame Maple figuring underneath the Wine Red finish. While some of the Signature T's had the regrettable robot tuners, this one tunes nicely with its original locking Grover Rotomatic tuning machines. Thanks to the weight relief, it's under 9 lbs—this one weighs in at 8 lbs 13.5 oz. It plays fast and smooth with the '60s Slim Taper neck, too, so it's a great player's guitar.
This 2013 Les Paul Signature T is in nice shape all around, and it appears to have been played sparingly. Most severe is a scuff on the bass side of the back, and the headstock shows some wear from some kind of hanger stand (see photos). It includes its original hardshell case.