Looks like the Gibson BFG is back for 2018 and now available in two configurations, this stripped back ‘ugly duckling’ was a cult success when originally released by the company nearly 10 years ago and now it is back.
Originally the Gibson BFG was a stripped back, barely finished Les Paul that was left intentionally a little ‘rough around the edges’. It came configured with a P90 neck pickup and a humbucker in the bridge, an odd three knob control layout and an extra toggle switch, on paper it sounded like a calamity, however, in reality, it was a stonking bare bones rock machine that outperformed its meagre price and is now a cult classic, much sought after Les Paul.
This year Gibson has decided to once more manufacture the BFG albeit in two configurations and only in a single colour option. So how will it stack up against its predecessor?
Well now you can have it either with two P90s or twin humbuckers, it comes with a Worn Ebony (Black to you and me) finish only and the fretboard is now made from Torrified Granadillo whereas the originals where rosewood (CITES Regulations no doubt).
The original BFG punched well above its weight and so much that the late great Gary Moore even had a signature version released, yes, they were that good. Part of the appeal though was the P90 in the neck married to that bridge humbucker, which made it a unique voice, especially in the middle position.
Okay, we now get to choose either twin P90 or Humbucker versions for 2018, but I have to admit that these guitars still look pretty good value for money. Forget fancy finishes and intricate binding these guitars are all about the feel, sound and letting rip.
These for me are possibly the best thing Gibson has announced for a while and kudos to them for taking the plunge with such a stripped back ‘Rat Rod’ of an electric guitar. The tough decision will really be which one to buy? Maybe both?
RRP – USD 999 inc Gibson gig bag.