“A punky-edged rock ’n’ roll machine that’s light on your shoulder but far from lacking in heft”: Gibson Les Paul Modern Lite review

This is the lightest solidbody LP we’ve ever encountered, and comes in snappy colors with classic rock tones

Gibson Les Paul Modern Lite
(Image: © Future / Phil Barker)

Guitar World Verdict

It’s a very unpretentious guitar, and although it might lack a little sophistication – and ‘modernism’ – the recipe remains timeless. Find a nice one of these and you’ll have a friend and gigging partner for as long as you want.


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    It's the lightest solidbody LP we've played.

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    Stripped-down format is very appealing.

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    Quality pickups deliver raw rock tones.


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    Frets could do with a little polish.

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    More old-school wiring than others in the Modern range.

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The latest in a long line of cut-price Gibson Les Pauls, the Modern Lite, which for 2024 replaces the Les Paul Tribute and Les Paul Special Tribute models in the Gibson USA line-up, certainly lives up to at least 50 per cent of its name: at just 6.67lb it’s the lightest solidbody LP we’ve ever encountered! 

But Modern? Offered in five far-from-vintage solid colours it’s hardly vintage-style, but unlike the other guitars in the Modern range it keeps things old-school when it comes to wiring and sounds, and indeed its build.

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Dave Burrluck
Gear Reviews Editor, Guitarist

Dave Burrluck is one of the world’s most experienced guitar journalists, who started writing back in the '80s for International Musician and Recording World, co-founded The Guitar Magazine and has been the Gear Reviews Editor of Guitarist magazine for the past two decades. Along the way, Dave has been the sole author of The PRS Guitar Book and The Player's Guide to Guitar Maintenance as well as contributing to numerous other books on the electric guitar. Dave is an active gigging and recording musician and still finds time to make, repair and mod guitars, not least for Guitarist’s The Mod Squad.