SMG REVIEW: Gibson Les Paul BFG with Tremolo

What a wicked AXE! Check out the Gibson Les Paul BFG with Tremolo!

The Gibson Guitar Corporation is an American manufacturer of guitars. Gibson also builds: Epiphone, Kramer, Valley Arts, Tobias, Steinberger, and Kalamazoo guitars.

Company founder Orville Gibson made mandolins in Kalamazoo, Michigan, in the late 1890s. He invented arch top guitars by using the same type of carved, arched tops found on violins. By the 1930s, the company was also making flattop acoustic guitars, as well as one of the first commercially available hollow-body electric guitars.  In the early 1950s, Gibson introduced its first solid-body electric guitar and its most popular guitar to date—the Les Paul. After being purchased by the Norlin corporation in the late 1960s Gibson’s quality and fortunes took a steep decline until early 1986, when the company was rescued by its present owners.


A Les Paul for those who want a Les Paul with a bit of attitude. It has the sound and playability that you’d expect from a Les Paul. The worn ebony finish is designed to emulate the aesthetic character found in aged instruments. This Les Paul comes with a combination of a single coil P-90 in the neck and a BurstBucker 3 in the bridge. The controls have been re-arranged to accommodate modern playing styles. The 3-way toggle pickup switch has been moved near the two volume and one master tone controls. A kill switch is located where the rhythm/lead switch used to be. The “distressed” Stoptail, Schaller Tremolo Bridge, and locking Grovers complete the aggressive look of this unique looking Les Paul.  The body is made of mahogany and produces great tone and sustain that compliments the warm crisp pickups. This Les Paul has an unusually fast mahogany neck that is sure to make your soloing needs easier. Along with the fast neck, the rosewood fretboard is on the flatter side, which makes it easier to grip the strings and run solos up and down the neck with ease.


The P-90 was the standard pickup on all Gibson guitars in the late 1940s. Because of its crisp, bright tone, it has experienced resurgence in popularity with many of today’s modern guitarists. This classic Gibson guitar pickup delivers aggressive, slightly gritty mid-range tone. You’ll find that the P-90s’ high output and biting treble has more harmonic bite then most single coil pickups.

The BurstBucker pickup replicates the sound of Gibson’s original pickups. This pick up is bitty and crisp with just enough punch to blast out just about any rock and roll tone out there today. The Burstbucker 3 bridge pickup is slightly over-wound with a hotter output that works well in combination with the P-90 in the neck.


  • Mahogany body (chambered)
  • Maple top
  • Worn ebony grain textured satin nitrocellulose finish
  • Mahogany neck
  • ’50s-style neck profile
  • Rosewood fingerboard
  • 22 frets
  • Graphtech nut
  • Open coil P-90 neck pickup with Alnico V magnet
  • BurstBucker 3 bridge pickup with Alnico 2 magnet
  • 2 volume, 1 tone controls with wooden BFG-style knobs
  • 3-way pickup switch (in former treble tone control location)
  • Kill switch (in former pickups switch location on upper bout)
  • Locking 18:1 Grover keystone tuners
  • Schaller tremolo Bridge


Overall this is a great Les Paul with a fantastic neck. It’s much thinner than most Les Paul necks with a flatter fret surface. Definitely a huge plus in my book. The pickups are aggressive and crisp, specifically the Burstbuster. The P-90 is warm with great response and amazing harmonics. You still have the weight you expect from a Les Paul, but the tone seems to be much smoother overall. The Kill Switch is a nice addition and is useful for a variety stylistic effects. The aged look might not be for everyone, but I think it’s a nice creative look that sets it apart from the Les Paul pack. It’s a bit pricey, but that is to be expected for this caliber Gibson Les Paul. Try one out and see if this fits your style.

Pros: Schaller Tremolo, Kill switch, Awesome Pickups, Aged look, Thin neck, Locking tuners.

Cons: Pricey.

Price Range – $1500 – $1999

Till next week, thanks for reading and keep on shredding!


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