What’s New for the Gibson USA 2018 Model Year

Well everyone, it’s that time of year again! Gibson USA releases a new lineup each year to meet the changing needs and demands of today’s discerning players, and this September, Gibson USA has debuted their highly-anticipated 2018 lineup. Not only does the Gibson USA 2018 range bring back some of your favorite USA models, but it also offers up a fresh perspective on some of Gibson’s most legendary models with updates such as stunning new finishes, design enhancements, and more! Let’s take a look and see what’s new for the Gibson USA 2018 Model Year.

Gibson Les Paul Standard HP 2018

The top-of-the-line Les Paul in the 2018 lineup, the Les Paul Standard HP 2018 comes available in a striking array of new-for-2018 Fade finishes including Cobalt Fade, Hot Pink Fade, Mojave Fade, Blood Orange Fade, and Heritage Cherry Fade. All of these eye-catching new finishes highlight the breathtaking figure of the premium, grade-AAA+ figured maple tops used for the Les Paul Standard HP 2018.

  • Grade-AAA+ Figured Maple Top
  • Mahogany Back with Ergonomic Belly Scarf and Ultra-Modern Weight Relief
  • Asymmetrical Slim Taper Mahogany Neck with Fast-Access Heel and Soloist Width
  • Compound-Radius Rosewood Fretboard with Rolled Binding, 22 Low Cryogenically-Treated Frets, and Titanium Adjustable Zero-Fret Nut
  • Rhythm Pro and Lead Pro+ Pickups with 4 Versatile Push/Pull Controls, Onboard DIP Switch, and Aviation-Grade Toggle Switch
  • G FORCE Tuning System
  • All-Chrome Hardware Includes Aluminum Tune-O-Matic Bridge with High-Quality Titanium Saddles, Aluminum Stopbar Tailpiece, Truss Rod Cover, and Control Knobs
  • Includes Travel Aluminum Flight Case and Gibson Accessory Kit

Gibson Les Paul Standard 2018

Just like the Les Paul Standard HP 2018 models, the Gibson’s flagship Les Paul Standard model is back for the 2018 Model Year in a selection of flattering new finishes including Cobalt Burst, Mojave Burst, and Blood Orange Burst. Looking for something more traditional? No problem! The Les Paul Standard 2018 is still available in a more traditional Heritage Cherry Sunburst finish.

  • Grade-AAA Figured Maple Top
  • Mahogany Back with Ultra-Modern Weight Relief
  • Asymmetrical Slim Taper Mahogany Neck
  • Compound-Radius Rosewood Fretboard with Rolled Binding, 22 Medium Cryogenically-Treated Frets, and Tektoid Nut
  • BurstBucker Pro Rhythm and Lead Pickups with 4 Versatile Push/Pull Controls
  • Chrome Hardware Includes Aluminum Tune-O-Matic Bridge with Aluminum Stopbar Tailpiece and Locking Kidney Tuners
  • Plastic Truss Rod Cover and Amber Top Hat Control Knobs
  • Includes Hardshell Case and Gibson Accessory Kit

Gibson Les Paul Traditional 2018

Paying homage to one of the most highly sought-after incarnations of the legendary Gibson Les Paul, the Les Paul Traditional 2018 is a modern-day Les Paul that comes loaded with classic features. Available in three vintage-inspired ‘Burst finishes.

  • Grade-AA Figured Maple Top with Non-Weight-Relieved Mahogany Back
  • Rounded Mahogany Neck
  • Rosewood Fretboard with Rolled Binding, 22 Medium Cryogenically-Treated Frets, and Tektoid Nut
  • BurstBucker 1 and 2 Pickups with Traditional 4-Knob Control Layout (Hand-Wired with Orange Drop Capacitors)
  • Nickel-Plated Hardware Includes Classic ABR Bridge with Aluminum Stopbar Tailpiece and Vintage-Style Keystone Tuners
  • Plastic Truss Rod Cover and Gold Top Hat Control Knobs with Pointers
  • Includes Hardshell Case and Gibson Accessory Kit

Gibson Les Paul Classic 2018

Similarly to the Les Paul Traditional 2018, the Les Paul Classic 2018 also honors its beloved Les Paul predecessors while still satisfying the contemporary guitarist. It comes available in Pelham Blue, Ebony, or a more traditional Gold Top finish that pays tribute to the earliest Les Paul models.

  • Plain Maple Top with Non-Weight-Relieved Mahogany Back
  • Slim Taper Mahogany Neck
  • Rosewood Fretboard with Rolled Binding, 22 Medium Cryogenically-Treated Frets, and Tektoid Nut
  • Dual P-90 Single-Coil Pickups with Traditional 4-Knob Control Layout (Hand-Wired with Orange Drop Capacitors)
  • Nickel-Plated Hardware Includes Classic ABR Bridge with Aluminum Stopbar Tailpiece and Modern Grover Kidney Tuners
  • Plastic Truss Rod Cover and Modern Gold Speed Knobs
  • Includes Hardshell Case and Gibson Accessory Kit

If you’re looking for an incredible value in a genuine American-made Les Paul, be sure to check out models like the Gibson USA Les Paul Studio 2018, the Les Paul Tribute 2018, and the Les Paul Faded 2018.

Click here to view all of the Les Paul models in the Gibson USA 2018 lineup.

Gibson SG Standard HP 2018

A sophisticated take on the legendary double-horned Gibson, this handsome updated SG Standard HP 2018 has surely come a long way since the introduction of the original SG back in 1961. New for 2018, the SG Standard HP 2018 now wears a beautiful grade-AA maple top that comes dressed in your choice of all-new 2018 Fade finishes including Cobalt Fade, Hot Pink Fade, Mojave Fade, and Blood Orange Fade. What’s more? The overall balance of this SG has also been improved upon thanks to its slightly thicker body!

  • Grade-AA Figured Maple Top with Slightly Thicker Mahogany Back
  • Slim Taper Mahogany Neck with Fast-Access Heel and Soloist Width
  • Rosewood Fretboard with Rolled Binding, 24 Low Cryogenically-Treated Frets, and Titanium Adjustable Zero-Fret Nut
  • ’57 Classic and Super ’57 Pickups with 2 Versatile Push/Pull Volume Controls, 2 Tone Controls, Onboard DIP Switch, and Aviation-Grade Toggle Switch
  • G FORCE Tuning System
  • All-Chrome Hardware Includes Aluminum Tune-O-Matic Bridge with High-Quality Titanium Saddles, Aluminum Stopbar Tailpiece, Truss Rod Cover, and Control Knobs
  • Includes Travel Aluminum Flight Case and Gibson Accessory Kit

Gibson SG Standard 2018

Available in your choice of Heritage Cherry, Ebony, or a beautiful, all-new Autumn Shade finish, the SG Standard 2018 is ultimate blend of classic tone and style with modern performance.

  • Solid Mahogany Body with Slim Taper Mahogany Neck
  • Rosewood Fretboard with Rolled Binding, 22 Medium Cryogenically-Treated Frets, and Tektoid Nut
  • 61R and 61T Pickups with Traditional 4-Knob Control Layout
  • Chrome Hardware Includes Aluminum Tune-O-Matic Bridge with Aluminum Stopbar Tailpiece and Modern Locking Kidney Tuners
  • Includes Hardshell Case and Gibson Accessory Kit

Gibson USA completes the SG lineup with two more models, including the hard-rockin’, simple, yet elegant Mini Humbucker-equipped SG Special 2018 and the SG Faded 2018 that offers stripped-down style without sacrificing that world-famous SG tone, playability, and quality.

Click here to view all of the SG models in the Gibson USA 2018 lineup.

Let’s not forget about some of Gibson’s other iconic models like Firebird, Explorer, or Flying V! For the Gibson USA 2018 Model Year, Gibson has introduced two Firebird models: the rare, ebony-finished Firebird 2018 with mini humbucking pickups and the P-90-equipped Firebird Studio 2018. The Antique Natural-finished Explorer 2018 and Aged Cherry-finished Flying V 2018 both dish out a healthy serving of warm, rich classic humbucker tones thanks to Gibson’s PAF-inspired BurstBucker pickups.

 

Click here to check out the entire Gibson USA 2018 lineup.