Gibson Les Paul Studio Faded P-90
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Gibson Les Paul Studio Faded P-90

Les Paul Studio Faded P-90, LP-Shaped Guitar from Gibson in the Les Paul series.

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King Loudness08/13/2011

King Loudness's review"Faded Studio with P90s"

Gibson Les Paul Studio Faded P-90
This is basically a Les Paul Studio Faded model that features everything about the regular Studio Faded model, but it features a pair of rippin' P90s instead of the humbuckers for a different tonal flavour.

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 P90s replacing the standard Burstbucker Pro pickups... pretty cool.


UTILIZATION

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.


SOUNDS

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 P90s offer a raunchy tone that's somewhere in between a Les Paul Junior or Special and a regular Faded Studio... not quite as refined as the humbucker Faded and not quite as raunchy as the slab bodied Junior or Special. Still though, the tones are good. The cleans are pretty vintage in nature and have a natural quality that makes the sound of the guitar come through while playing at all time. Great for all styles of music from blues to shred... it's simple so you just gotta let your hands do the rest.

OVERALL OPINION

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. The P90 model is not one I've seen many of, but it's certainly cool and I imagine Gibson took inspiration from this guitar for their recent '50s and '60s Tribute Studios.

Definitely give one a whirl if you see one around... they're scarce but worth hunting down.
Froideval02/18/2012

Froideval's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" Excellent!"

Gibson Les Paul Studio Faded P-90
USA
Faded finish
Thick handle (50 'or 59' ... I do not know)
Gibson P-90 Pickups
Chambered but still heavy enough

UTILIZATION

The handle is ideal for me. I love the sleeves and round without too much polish!
Ergonomics of a LP ... so no surprises.
Guitar heavy enough anyway ... and I like.

SOUNDS

You can do anything with this guitar! All styles (outside the big big heavy death NUE).
The guitar already sounds great vacuum ... the rooms to be qqchose. The guitar vibrates the neck to the body ... it's amazing!

OVERALL OPINION

The color and finish is not the best. all faded as this guitar is gross! This is also the secret to me (with P-90) of this sound so good. It is warm and clear.
Soon I will receive a normal Studio (ebony). I'll see if that is the question of varnish which affects both the sound and the sustain ... which is absolutely incredible on this guitar ...

You will understand I love this guitar! I highly recommend it. Mine will go through the luthier for the E string that borders (probably because of the nut). You must love this finish arch and gross in comparison with the Epiphones half price one is entitled to ask questions ... on the other hand in sound (I had a lot of Epiphones ... all sold) ... there is no picture ... the Gibson is truly superior.