Gibson Les Paul Studio Faded 2011
Gibson Les Paul Studio Faded 2011

Les Paul Studio Faded 2011, LP-Shaped Guitar from Gibson in the Les Paul series.

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King Loudness08/10/2011

King Loudness's review"Lotsa tone, not a lot of $$$"

Gibson Les Paul Studio Faded 2011
The Gibson Les Paul Studio Faded was designed as a slightly lower market version of their famed Les Paul Studio model. What it offers differently is that the finish is not shiny and glossy using many buffed out coats of nitro lacquer, but rather it just uses pore filler and a couple of thin coats applied over top of it to provide a thinner "faded" finish. It is more satin in the feel so it is a bit slicker and faster to play and hold in my experience. Often Gibsons feel glossy and sticky after hours of play, but that's not the case with this guitar. It's made in the USA and features a mahogany body and neck with a rosewood fretboard, Kluson tuners, tune-o-matic bridge and stopbar tailpiece, and a pair of Gibson Burstbucker Pro humbuckers. Just stripped down and great.


The design of the Les Paul was never one that I'd have considered ergonomic at all, because of it's rather clunky/limited upper fret access, the heavier weight, the single cutaway, and the fact it only has 22 frets. However, this guitar bucks a little bit of that because of the chambered body that it features (something Gibson has started doing as of 2006 to it's LP guitars) as well as the thin finish that makes the feel a bit faster.

Getting a good tone out of this guitar is dead simple. It's an all mahogany plank of wood... turn every control to ten, plug into a good tube Marshall and hit an open A chord and it will sound amazing... the LP into a Marshall is the pinnacle of rock guitar tone.


I've tried this guitar through many different amps and to me, the solid mahogany construction sings best when plugged into a high gain British voiced amp such as a Marshall or Orange. The Burstbucker Pros take very well to that classic seventies/eighties school of arena rock esque tones and when you give 'em the juice, it is a glorious wonder! I wouldn't say that the sound of this guitar is overly versatile... IE: Cleans were fairly one dimensional to my ears, and I don't really care for the tone of the guitar for anything but raunchy rock flavours.


All in all I think Gibson's onto a winner with the LP Studio Faded. It's a great guitar for the $850 that it costs and hey, it's a USA made Gibson with good woods, good pickups and that unmistakeable Gibson sound. Though it's not the most versatile rig ever, it certainly sounds rockin' to my ears.

Definitely give one a whirl!

tjon901's review"Faded finish Les Paul Studio"

Gibson Les Paul Studio Faded 2011
The Faded series Gibsons are some of the cheapest real Gibsons you can get. When I say real I mean a model that isnt a melody maker or some piece of garbage like that. These guitars are real workhorses and the cost cutting is done in a way that doesnt really effect anything important on the guitar. The Faded name reflects the fact that the finish on this guitar technically is not complete. With these guitars Gibson skips the last few stages in the finishing process and sells them with a satin finish. This finish is non glossy and is just a step above bare wood. Some companies will charge more for a finish that looks old like this. With the finish exposed like this it is very easy to get wear marks on the guitar where you play it. Lots of people like this in a guitar finish because it makes it look like they are really into their guitar. This guitar is a basic Les Paul otherwise. It has a chambered mahogany body with a maple top. It has the fat 50s mahogany neck with a 22 fret rosewood fretboard. Stock it has two burstbucker pickups but the example I had was upgraded with Gibson 57 Classic pickups. The controls are standard fare with a tone and volume for each pickup. The bridge is also standard with the tune-o-matic bridge. A full Gibson Les Paul for less than 800 USD.


The faded finish is not only cheaper but it helps improve playablity. The semi-finished finish on the guitar is super smooth due to the lack of a glossy coat. This means the back of the neck is smooth and fast and you will need all the help you can get with the fat 50s baseball bat profile. Upper fret access is standard Les Paul: mediocre. You cant really hate on it as it is part of the design and they tried to change it in 61 but people cried too much.


This guitar has all the same Les Paul sounds that a 3000 dollar Les Paul Custom gets. As I mention this model was slightly upgraded with a set of Classic 57 which are some of the best Gibson pickups out there. They are much better than the Burstbuckers or 498's that you would get in a normal Les Paul Studio. 57 Classics give you the classic PAF tone everyone wants from their Les Paul. There are many PAF imitations but with the 57 Classic you are getting a pickup from the people who know the PAF best. These pickpus in this guitar can do clean and dirty but not too dirty. Being vintage style pickups they are not the best for the heaviest metal and whatnot. If you have a Les Paul Studio you can do yourself a favor by throwing in some nice pickups.


This is probably the cheapest way to get a real made in America Gibson Les Paul new. Ignore all the melody makers and Les Paul Junior garbage. This is the bare minimum when getting a Gibson Les Paul. Even being the bare minimum you can get great tones from this guitar because it is essentially the same thing as the thousand dollar Les Pauls. It has the wood and the shape and is made in the same factory here in America. Its not that these guitars are great values, it more shows how overpriced most other Les Pauls are. They can build these and sell them for this of course they are making a profit. How much of a profit are they making on the models that cost 3x as much? If you are looking for great Gibson Les Paul tone and dont care that your guitar is not shiny a Faded Studio is really all you need.

iamqman's review"Deep look"

Gibson Les Paul Studio Faded 2011
This is one of the finest looking Gibson Les Paul's that you can buy. The deep rich looking mahogany wood is just elegant and gorgeous. This is a studio guitar so it will be on the lower end of the Les Paul spectrum, but it is still a workable and very usable good quality guitar. I have known several people that actually play these guitars on a regular basis and not just in the studio. I am not exactly sure why they call it the studio perhaps it is because they are built for studio work. Anyway, this is great sounding and very resonate guitar due to the act that it doesn't have paint on it so the natural wood give s a more earthy and resonate sound.


Gibson Les Paul Studio Faded Brown Mahogany Features:

* Carved maple top
* Mahogany body with chambered weight-relief
* Mahogany neck, '50s Rounded Les Paul
* Rosewood fingerboard (Ebony on Alpine white)
* 22 frets
* Corian nut
* Nashville Tune-O-Matic bridge with stopbar
* Chrome or gold hardware
* 490R and 498T Alnico 2 magnet humbucker pickups (BurstBucker Pro on faded finish models)
* 2 volume and 2 tone knobs with black speed knobs, 3-way switch
* Vintage-style 14:1 tuners with perloid buttons
* 24-3/4 scale
* 12" fretboard radius
* 1.695" nut width


This is a classy guitar! The look alone is just pristine and gorgeous. I am not much of a mahogany wood ind of guy but this is cool looking and great sounding guitar. The pickups I am not a fan of since I have never been a Gibson pickup fan I do not like the standard Gibson and Fender pickups. They just sound terrible to my ears. I always replace my pickups in every guitar I get unless it is a custom piece and it comes with what I want to begin with.

I like this guitar with a Marshall amp of some kind. I like playing any Gibson guitar with a Marshall sty;e voiced amp. There is something that just connects with these two that makes playing that much more fun. The Marshall voicing and the tone of the Gibson Les Paul is just spectacular ad genuinely enjoyable to play.


At new you can pick these guitars up for right at around $799, which is a steal of price. This is a good sounding guitar and works well with just about any style of music. Not the price of a custom Gibson Les Paul but will get you close to the sound of that custom guitar. I would recommend this guitar to anyone who wants to get into the Gibson Les Paul sound and tone. This is the intro version to get that tone.

iamqman's review"Just all fade away"

Gibson Les Paul Studio Faded 2011
Gibson guitars is one of those companies that is just as iconic as many of the famous artists who have played them. They have successfully built guitars that reach to the highest of platform and have been played by the most famous musicians of all time. Gibson guitars have a girth and mystic that is distinctly Gibson. Most of their guitars feature mahogany wood throughout the body and they just have tone that Fender cannot match, not better or worse but just a different feel and tone all together.


Gibson Les Paul Studio Faded Cherry Features:

Carved maple top
Mahogany body with chambered weight-relief
Mahogany neck, '50s Rounded Les Paul
Rosewood fingerboard (Ebony on Alpine white)
22 frets
Corian nut
Nashville Tune-O-Matic bridge with stopbar
Chrome or gold hardware
490R and 498T Alnico 2 magnet humbucker pickups (BurstBucker Pro on faded finish models)
2 volume and 2 tone knobs with black speed knobs, 3-way switch
Vintage-style 14:1 tuners with perloid buttons

24-3/4 scale
12" fretboard radius
1.695" nut width


Gibson did a great job recreating the look of this guitar to match the taste for the classic look of the 60's 70's era Les Paul guitars. This guitar has a great finish on it that the faded look resembles and old worm in guitar.This is great sounding guitar and the modern humbuckers like the alnico magnets and the tuner matic tunings help out with the modern edge to a vintage look.

This guitar will sound absolutely suburb with a Marshall plexi reissue or a Marshall Jcm 800 with a booster pedal out in front of the amp. A Marshall amp and Gibson Les Paul were made for each other. An amp that has a sound like British sound will go quite well with this guitar. There is a chemical bond that unites when those two instruments are pair together. This is one pair not to miss out on.


At new these guitars come in right at around $799, which is a good intro to the Gibson Les Paul world. This is not a cheap guitar but not the price of a custom Gibson Les Paul and certainly not the price of a VOS Les Paul or a 1959 reissue. Those guitar prices range around $3000-$8000 dependent on the work that is done with it. If you want to upgrade your current guitar or just get a new Gibson Les Paul and don't want to shell out a lot of money then this is the way to go.

Bakaï's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Gibson Les Paul Studio Faded 2011
Made in Nashville USA
The key is Ogbeche because at the time, Gibson was in the sights of the authorities. They had bought the rosewood smuggling ...
For the rest it is a Les Paul Classic mahogany and maple. The body is hollow (chambered) making it a little lighter guitar.
Gibson also made money on the paint faded but it gives pretty good I think ...
Channel 50 'rounded
The pickups are Burstbuckers pro.
The finishes are really limits. After one week, I have to change a jumper that was torn off. Factory settings are dismal.


The guitar is playable despite a very high share price at the factory. A turn in the luthier is essential.
The guitar has a problem as quickly narrowly I think the mechanics first prize. I have changed for blocking.
The handle is quite nice, the button Ogbeche does not demerit. You must love the sleeves too for what I do.
The knobs react badly.


The bursbuckers are really very good. We're in good fat rock. It's hi gain and it grows!
I think the guitar has good sustain and a good sound.
It suits my style of music but also for blues a little crunchy.
I played on several tube amps and it works with the drive as clean.


I use it for two years. That's my only guitar. I bought it on the net without trying it.
The sound is good but quality / price, we feel that the Gibson logo pays full price.
Except for the pickups, I'm sure we find Epiphone superior.
It's still a good guitar sound good but not great. The finish is very very basic and for the price, no box!
Dca lp08/27/2012

Dca lp's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" My first Gibson .."

Gibson Les Paul Studio Faded 2011
-Chambered mahogany solid body guitar (has hollow chambers in the body significantly reducing it and increasing its resonance) made in the USA.
-Equipped with two Burstbuckers Pro humbuckers, one volume knob and tone for each pickup.
Mahogany-profile 60'rounded (round and wide enough then, but comfortable, you just adapt), jumbo frets (22), key obeche Madagascar (the new key is faded maple roasted).
Vintage Kluson-Mechanical.
Easel-style tune o matic.


Inning: As mentioned above, it is comfortable and not tiring, however for high speed travel will need to adapt. Negative in my opinion, the frets are generally poorly finished, and not set to handle better ..
Ergonomics is good access to acute is as it is on the Les Paul, that is harder than on an Ibanez Rg, but it is not a guitar shredder anyway!
Weight level, good surprise, the beautiful is lightweight (chambered body).
It is relatively easy to make it sound properly, sustain being rigorous and versatile mics, blues, jazz, metal, anything goes!


I have a strong preference for metal, but I also play blues and rock, hard rock.
This guitar suits me perfectly, with some effects and it is easy to approach all desired styles, except for a twang of those who ask where a telecaster or a guitar single coil pickups will rise more comfortable. The sound of the Les Paul is naturally fat, we have already an idea by playing the shooting not connected to it will be when the industry!
The sounds are beautiful, like Les Paul crunch and comfortable too.
The burstbuckers Pro are quite controversial, lack personality for some purists, but I find them amazingly versatile and accurate enough hot short, I like it. I said they are alnicoV.
I play a Fender amp xd superfield on the clean channel only (all lamps) in which I add effects such as: mxr 78 badass, M109 mxr eq, boss fb-2, metal muff, Vox V847.
The sound obtained with these pedals + amp + guitar is quite nice, sometimes it sounds big metal gojira the task by combining the metal muff + eq + fb-2, or metallica with just the metal muff and eq, guns n 'Roses or AC / DC with the mxr 78 ..


I have other guitars (gretsch, ibanez, bc rich and lâg) and so I have a point of comparison.
This is a great Gibson guitar but suffers from a lack of finishing scouring apparently.
Purchased in February 2012 for my thirty years, you can imagine the disappointment when I found that the set was rough around the edges .. Passage required a luthier to finish the edge of the frets sticking + planning + setting action / truss rod. But at the same time a real Gibson USA made one at this price there involves some concessions! But with the proper settings and finishes, it does not play in the same court and the entry-level studio does not have to be ashamed in front of a standard now. I tried and did tested a seller of a competitor store where I bought it and was amazed. This applies to the luthier, who was rough around the edges and clearly told me that she had potential, then set the onions you can imagine ..
In summary, the purchase will be more or less settled but still playable, and for a hundred dollars more you get a real Gibson, set as it should be. So I remake this choice without hesitation, knowing that the price difference between a studio and a standard is around € 500 so you will win, even through the box maker!

theluke's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" Such a shame, we say in English."

Gibson Les Paul Studio Faded 2011
Right, well, I will not repeat the article United States manufacturing ...
Ah, if I may redo the article though ... I read, I do not know exactly where on the net, only eight steps of "manufacturing" in the territory were sufficient for an instrument is given the privilege to be stamped "Made in America". So the debate was the fact that some Gibson ARE made in China, then returned to the States where they would undergo the famous eight steps. I will not dwell, not more audited data than that, but I wonder still seeing the price at which they are able to offer the low end.
So ... Made in America, and the usual two burstbuckers fittings, mechanical vintage Gibson, mahogany neck and body, and, contrary to previous opinion, maple table.


So it is mainly here's the rub. It is really shameful to let out a guitar with frets in this state there, while signing a card saying she has been checked and everything is fine. Two things: either the final tester at Gibson wears mittens side mesh or he signs the papers to the coffee machine. Basically, from the 12th fret, impossible to make a slip without leaving 1/2 pound of flesh on the handle. Amazing! And if you've escaped to the handle, you will miss the slice does not, where the same frets beyond blithely. I found one on the net about a guy who complained that his LP has frets square section and who sought to buy limes. When is my turn, I started to look for files that I sent the seller presto.
Otherwise, Gibson is clear on this, which is not true of all the shops: the handle is rosewood, but baked maple (maple roasted). We like it or not, for cons, it tends to make the sound more flashy, and as the guitar is hollow, it is quite far from the rather low standard of the original medium.
The lightweight surprise to anyone who has ever owned a standard, which I. This is very surprising, but not unpleasant for the lumbar.
The handle is a disaster, access to acute complicated when one has lost a phalanx.


High midrange sound, due to the maple top, the recesses and maple fingerboard. Not very fat, so, but punchy, it's undeniable. Personally I have not liked too, but now it's totally a matter of taste.


Finally, a guitar kept about five days, the story really try telling me that I was going to do there, it was a Gibson, anyway, but distributed to where it came.
For me, Gibson, it's over, except bingo, and models to 3000 euros, I think that attention is not the same.
Morality, a low-end shovel is a shovel low end. Did it was the name, this guitar would have never been sold at that price, and I'm sure that can be found widely in both the Korean and 400 euros.
So I know I'll hear the world crying with wolves, but:
1 - it is only my opinion, not an attempt to convince anyone,
2 - I may have fallen on THE shitty shovel the whole series,
3 - I have behind me 25 years of practice and some guitars to my credit,
4 - I've never been an "anti Gibson".

That's it. The moral is this: test the gear before you buy it or return it without hesitation if it does not suit you.

PS: Has it it surely which will still scoff, arguing "we do not buy a guitar mail". To them, I reply that the VPC a full refund (legal obligation) within 7 days following delivery, while nothing requires a merchant to do if you bought in stores and you are disappointed or you change your mind in the way home. And it is rare that they do, often limited, for more understanding, to have. But if they do not have the model of your dreams or that it is more expensive than elsewhere ... Too bad.
Vince Brooks11/05/2011

Vince Brooks's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" very nice"

Gibson Les Paul Studio Faded 2011
Common features of the Les Paul Standard, except that like all Studio, there is no table in maple reported.
The finish is matte, so we like it or not but I love: already more pleasant to the touch is a varnish that sticks and then it gives a really good vintage charm ...
No frills but then finiton is exemplary, it is a quality instrument.


The guitar is quite light, which is due to the lack of table in maple and cavities formed in the body.
The handle is nice, as satin, it slides on its own. It is relatively thick, but as I have big feet, it suits me perfectly.
The frets are well finished, and it's probably just an impression but I had the feeling that they are thinner than the usual medium jumbo.


Tested in the store (it is not for me) on a Fender G-Dec (I unfortunately could not try it on a good Marshall tube).
I played just after trying a beautiful Les Paul Reissue 58 to sound and look to fall (as the price of close to 3000 euros).
I was expecting to be disappointed ...
Well, I was very pleasantly surprised! In addition to being fun to play, it has a well roots, rougher than a Standard Studio or more expensive.
The bridge pickup only ask one thing: that he enters the bacon!
A really big hearts to play bluesy riffs or plans for hard-rock AC / DC.


Few Les Paul that I already had in hand, it is certainly one that gave me most pleasure.
It is 700 euros ... at that price, it becomes downright irresistible!
I think I'm going to blow up the ...