Trusted musician and artist reviews for Gibson Les Paul Studio Electric Guitar
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edited almost 3 years ago
So I ordered mine for £569 instead of £899 from DV247.com. Mines finished in a nice trans wine red nitro. Mines a 2015 model
The neck is very fast, slightly fatter than I was expecting but I think it is the nicest feeling neck I've played and fits my hand perfectly though the fret board is very wide but after 10 miniutes it feels great especially for bends. The nitro can get kinda sticky on the neck when playing for a long time like 2-3hours. The maple cap has a very nice grain to it and has a slight flame on some parts and others has the nice grain of maple. A very nice top.
The zero fret brass nut is a very nice feature, I reallly like it though haven't adjusted it because the action out the box was perfect and nice and low. The only thing that wasn't set up nicely was the pick ups. Far too close to the strings and just made everything sound abit muddy and crunchy and not very good really. I have lowered both pick ups and damn they sound excellent. really great sounding pick ups.
The guitar has a fair weight to it, not sure if it is heavier than my Epiphone Les Paul Custom or not but its pretty heavy none the less. the guitar has excellent sustain and is nice and loud when playing unplugged and has a very nice unplugged tone too which is always something to look out for as its a good pointer to how good a guitar will sound plugged in.
The case is extremely nice and the handle is set over the body so when carrying it the case sits flat and doesnt try to learn towards the ground which I personally love. the G force robot tuner thing is actually really good. not my type of thing but it is very accurate so I'm unsure if I'll put some klusons on or just leave it as is.
The strings are 10-46s which are far too light for me (I play 11-52s on les pauls) I'll change them when I can be bothered. This is the first every gibson I have owned and I was worried I'd get a bad one as I was unable to try it in person but this is perfect for and is probably the nicest feeling guitar I've ever played. I highly recommend it. I don't think theres anything I don't like other than the PCB electronics which I'm going to get done by a Gibson dealer because I would rather get it done professionally for a change
2013 Les Paul Stuiowith switchable pots, it is a great addition to any collection.
I have a 2013 model with switched pots to go from humbucker to single coil. I was skeptical when I bought it but soon was pleasantly surprised to find that I could get some great tones out of it with a little trial and error. I own a 1984 custom and a 1982 standard which each have their unique sounds that I love as well, but I have to switch back and forth with Telecasters, and Stratocasters if I use them. This Studio model can do the work of several guitars and has become a go-to utility guitar in the studio and on stage. Considering it was less than $1300.00 it is going to be a keeper that I hope a grandchild will enjoy someday in the future.
A great playing workhorse
I own a 1991 ebony Studio and played it on countless gigs and in the studio. 1 piece mahogany back, 3 piece maple top, comfortable medium-sized mahogany neck, ebony fretboard, no binding, 490R/498T pickups. The neck pickup sounds warm and jazzy when played clean, and throaty and singing when distorted. The middle pickup position delivers a great rhythm sound, while the bridge pickup can sound (positively) gnarly in a clean setting and aggressive and rich when distorted. Due to the ebony fretboard, this guitar has a sharp attack and sounds more like a LP Custom than a LP Standard. This guitar has a great 70s/80s hard rock Les Paul Sound and is a real workhorse.
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Best musical investment
Moving from an Epiphone LP to a Gibson LP (via a few years of Strat exclusive playing) is probably the best investment I've made as a guitarist. The intangible 'feel' of an American made Gibson is what it is advertised to be. At the end of the day, better guitar = more playing = better guitarist.
The Gibson Les Paul is an iconic electric guitar, that is for some people a bit pricey. The studio is nice because you get the classic feature of the traditional Les Paul but for a lower price at only $1200. The humbuckers are capable of achieving a wide variety of tones that can range from R&B to funk or to even blues. In conclusion, this is a go to guitar for me.
Not their best work...
I'm a huge Gibson fan, but I've never seen a Les Paul Studio that I've liked. ...Mostly because require so much work. Your typical Gibson guitar is in great playing condition! The dealers make sure that the intonation is correct, the playability is good and everything is in place... During my time trying out different Les Pauls I've come to always check the frets first when it comes to Les Paul Studios. The final touches have nearly always been neglected and the frets grind annoyingly against my fingers. Also the playability is somewhat weird and the guitar feels more like a toy than an actual Les Paul.
...Which is really sad, because I generally like Les Pauls. This particular model is often a good idea with a lazy excecution and it's something that really doesn't look good on a brand as prestiguous as Gibson.
2nd favorite ;)
Love this and always wanted a les paul. First USA made guitar. No pickguard, flameburst finish. The only thing I don't like about it is the 50's style profile neck. Thought about trading it in, but figured the sentimental value I've already put into it wasn't worth it.
Work horse guitar
This is an inexpensive USA made Gibson. They make it cheaper by putting less sculpting on the body, it definitely doesn't feel or play like a LP custom, But I would put it above any Mexican fender. I have had the 1987 Studio since 2004 and its a great guitar for gigging and recording
Hard to find a good one, but grab it if you do
Found a traded in, well abused, black studio Les Paul. The body and neck were true, but it needed work. First I burned the paint off the body and refinished the bare wood with Tung Oil - beautiful. Next I re-levelled and re-dressed the frets. Then, I rewired it, put in CTS pots and a new switch, TonePros locking bridge, Tusq Nut, high ratio tuners, and Suhr Doug Aldridge Pickups. It's a rescue guitar that plays like butter and screams like a banshee.
Bought new in the service
Big thick baseball bat neck, but super solid for downtuning if need be. '57 classic neck, 500T Super Ceramic bridge. Dunlop strap locks, Schaller tuners, .009 Ernie Ball RPS Titanium wound strings. Emerald green transparent finish (1998), rosewood fretboard, dot markers.