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When I first heard that Gibson reissue my favorite vintage budget model guitar, I knew I had to try one out! They cost more than an original, but the curiosity was just killing me. I bought my 2019 Gibson The Paul 40th Anniversary Walnut Reissue from Sweetwater and I plan to compare it to an original one as well in a future upload.
Overall, there are a few downfalls to this model, but it still maintains the greatness of the originals. It is definitely worth picking one of these up to compliment your original one!
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I will be writing a follow up article that will go in depth to all the differences between an original and reissue, but for this write up, I simply wanted to review the 40th Anniversary The Paul for what it is - a great guitar!
These are 2 piece walnut bodies with 3 piece walnut necks. Differing from the originals, they sport a rosewood fretboard and Gibson's 490R / 498T Humbucker pickups.
I've always said that the best thing about the originals were the ttop pickups. This essentially made them sound just like a Les Paul custom but for 1/3 of the price. I was pleasantly surprised at how nice this pickup combination sounded with the walnut guitar.
The 490 Neck pickups is dark and smooth sounding which makes it great for soulful blues. The 498T is twice as hot as the original's TTOP so it lends itself well to screaming leads! Blending the two together creates a really nice chime-like tone that I really loved (I'm not usually a big middle position fan either!)
The neck was a great 60s rounded neck profile which makes it just a tad larger than the originals. The frets were of a very similar size, but just a little bit taller as well to allow for easier bends.
The wood grain on my example is spectacular! You'll have to do some hunting to find one that looks quite as nice, but that is the beautiful thing about Walnut wood - there are many different looking examples!
In the end, I found that I really enjoyed this reissue and it follows the footsteps of the original The Paul series. It is a much better reissue than the 'The Paul II / SL" series from 1996-1998. This instrument is different enough from the original though that it would definitely be worth while to own both!