Gibson Les Paul Studio 2012
Gibson Les Paul Studio 2012

Les Paul Studio 2012, LP-Shaped Guitar from Gibson in the Les Paul series.

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Average Score:4.5( 4.5/5 based on 25 reviews )
 14 reviews56 %
 9 reviews36 %
 2 reviews8 %
Value For Money : Excellent

James...'s review"needs upgrades"

Gibson Les Paul Studio 2012
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 (BursBucker Pro on faded models)
2 volume and 2 tone knobs with black speed knobs, 3-way switch
Vintage-style 14:1 tuners with perloid buttons


First of all, I have the black and gold one which I happen to think is one of the classier looking les paul studios. But at this price point I don't think it's fair to get hung up on looks really. There is a lot of debate on how much of a maple cap exactly is on here. Some people say the quality of wood on these is not up to snuff with the higher end les pauls. Personally I don't think there's a lot to that. These feel about the same as my other higher end les paul guitars. That said, there are some issues with mine. The finish is not that great. After two years of touring it has seriously worn down. Also, the neck and fret work is not too hot for this price range. There is a lot of buzzing due to mis filed frets. Nothing a really good setup couldn't fix, but to be honest I have seen korean guitars which better fret work than this. Other than that it's solid. Pots work good. Stays in tune pretty well.


I really really really don't care too much for the stock pickups that come in these. They are okay for hard rock but not much else. Couldn't Gibson have put in some burstbuckers or something decent? The fact is that a lot of players agree with me, this guitar needs a pickup change to sound good. Some guys like the stock pickups but even they usually admit they are just so so. I recommend 57 classics myself or something even better. With that, it becomes a pretty nice sounding instrument.


Gibson seems to miss a few details on these. I have owned a few and every one has some minor flaw or two. But the price is pretty good. I wish the fret work was better and they would put in some better pickups. But that's how these things work. I think these are better deals on the used market but they aren't terrible for what you pay new. Gibson quality is what it is. I have owned 4 or 5 so what does that tell you.
King Loudness08/12/2011

King Loudness's review"A value priced Les Paul"

Gibson Les Paul Studio 2012
The Gibson Les Paul Studio is made in Gibson's USA plant in Nashville TN, and it's priced much more aggressively than a Traditional or Standard model. It features a mahogany body, a maple cap, mahogany neck with a rosewood fretboard, Kluson tuners, tune-o-matic stop bar tailpiece and a pair of Gibson 490R-498T humbuckers. It's a pretty classy looking guitar with the ebony finish paired with the gold... reminds me a lot of the Gibson Les Paul Custom. It has a nice natural and elegant look that is timeless and harkens back to the original Les Pauls of the '50s.


It's got a chambered body (done since 2006) which relieves the weight of the guitar considerably, and makes it much lighter and easier to hold and bear for longer periods of time. This is combined with a very fat '50s style neck profile and the typical neck joint and upper fret access. In short, this guitar feels very much like a Les Paul even though it lacks some of the features of its older and more expensive siblings.

Getting a good sound out of this guitar is not difficult really... it sounds like a Les Paul, and a good one at that. It's the classic wood combination for a Les Paul Standard so you're getting a nearly identical tone, which is great for those seeking a real Les Paul on a budget.


The Les Paul is really known for a whole variety of different tones and this guitar is no exception... it features that great set of tones that only a 'hog guitar will deliver. The clean tones have a very thick and woody character to them that works extremely well for jazz or blues, and the overdrive sounds range from the classic to the modern. The chambered body gives kind of an interesting tone that makes the guitar sound like part Les Paul, part ES335. I particularly like the tone of this guitar when plugged into a higher gain Marshall rig to fully get that wonderful British voiced roar that inspired many a player to get into playing rock guitar in the first place. Awesome.


All in all I feel the Gibson Les Paul Studio is a great way to get into owning a Les Paul for a reasonable price. They're about $1,300 new which is a great deal considering that you're getting an American made and world tested Gibson Les Paul... can you really go wrong?

iamqman's review

Gibson Les Paul Studio 2012
If you like the look of the wine red then you will dig this guitar. This guitars is very sleek and sexy looking instrument. The wine red color just pops when you see this guitar in person. Any picture you see of it just doesn't do the guitar any justice at all. It is one of those must see to believe slogans that people say, only this time it actually is true. This guitar is just stunning to look at and the zebra humbucker pickups just top the cake for this instrument. The fine red color is simple exquisite to look at in the light. My favorite color is red so I am a little biased towards red guitars.


Gibson Les Paul Studio Wine Red Gold 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


The sound from the chambered Gibson Les Paul's is not as good as the the full bodied Les Paul's. I don't like the tone of the chambered in comparison. It is different tone not better or worse but just something that I particularly don't care for. This guitar sounds great as a Gibson Les Paul should aside from being a chambered. I like to play Les Paul's with a Marshall amp of some kind. The two are beautifully matched to each other like they were born to be together. The tone of the instrument is a great organic tone. The pickups are ok as I have never been a huge fan of the burstbucker pickups. In this guitar I would go with a Suhr Aldrich pickups set to get a more driven PAF style tone.


You can pick these guitars up new for right at around 41320, which isn't bad for a new Gibson Les Paul. This is the intro guitar in the the Gibson Les Paul's. There are some that are cheaper but don't have the glazed lacquer on the body as this one does. Plus you don't have to shell out a fortune to buy a custom LP or a VOS LP. This is a good price for this guitar and will serve the purpose it was intended quite well.

iamqman's review

Gibson Les Paul Studio 2012
This is a tone monster of a guitar. The Gibson Les Paul has to be one of the most recognized guitars in the world. Probably second behind the Fender Stratocatser but certainly one of the the instruments where many other builders have sought for inspiration to build their own custom creations. This guitar is a players guitar and is meant to be beaten. The ebony body is a nice touch to this guitar but the gold hardware really set it the look off. The chrome doesn't appeal as much with this black as the gold can. It really gets your eyes popping with the sharp contrast in the color combination.

Les Paul Studio Features:

* Color: Ebony
* Top: Carved maple
* Back: Mahogany
* Neck: Mahogany with 1959 rounded profile
* Fingerboard: Rosewood with pearloid trapezoid inlays
* Number of frets: 22
* Neck Pickups: 490R Alnico magnet humbucker
* Bridge Pickups: 498T Alnico magnet humbucker
* Controls: Two each tone and volume with three-way pickup selector switch
* Machine heads: Green Keys
* Hardware: Gold plated


Body Material Mahogany
Top Material Maple
Body Finish Nitrocellulose
Color Ebony
Neck Material Mahogany, Set
Neck Shape '59 Rounded
Scale Length 24-3/4"
Fingerboard Material Rosewood, 12" Radius
Fingerboard Inlay Pearloid Trapezoids
Number of Frets 22
Nut Width 1-11/16"
Bridge/Tailpiece Tune-O-Matic/Stop Bar
Tuners Grover Green Keys
Number of Pickups 2
Neck Pickup 490R Alnico Humbucker
Middle Pickup No middle pickup
Bridge Pickup 498T Alnico Humbucker
Controls 2 x Volume, 2 x Tone, 3-way Pickup Toggle
Case Included Hardshell


I am normally not a fan of the bony look, but this one with the gold hardware is something else. This in the intro guitar for someone wanting to get a the Gibson Les Paul dream. This is still a dream guitar and not a chap one. However, compared to the Custom Gibson Les Paul's and the vintage VOS '59 and "58 this is a steal of price. It is about double the price of the faded studio Les Paul's but still a competitive price.

This guitar plays like a dream. The neck is a little bigger and close to the original '59 neck. So this means that is it going to be chucking and thick. If you have smaller hands you might not enjoy the feel of it as much. The tone is remarkable and solid. I don't like the chambered guitars as much as I find they don't have that natural deep girth that I am used in many Les Paul's that I have played but it still is a great guitar.


You can pick these guitars up for right around $1320 at the new prices. That is a great deal for this guitar. If you don't care about the ebony look and just want a cheap Gibson Les Paul then I would suggest getting the faded studio guitars as they come in right at around $799. I would recommend this to anyone trying to get the infamous Les Paul tone and don't want to pay custom and standard prices.

piscium's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" A real Gibson Les Paul"

Gibson Les Paul Studio 2012
Table: Maple
Back: Mahogany

NECK Mahogany
Profile: Round, Les Paul type 59
Width at Nut: 42.8 mm
Junction sleeve / case: the 16th box

KEY Rosewood
Scale: 629 mm
Frets: 22
Key benchmarks: "Trapeze" pearly

Gold hardware
Cordier Stopbar
Knobs: Black

Neck pickup: 490R Alnico magnet humbucker
Bridge pickup: 498T Alnico magnet humbucker
Controls: 2 volume, 2 tone, 3 position selector microphones

Supplied in case


The neck is thick and round, very pleasant to play, the highs are a little less accessible but still playable (matter of habit). The mechanical Gibson Deluxe fit perfectly the agreement.


Nothing to say this is a Gibson Les Paul, a warm and round with pronounced bass.


My guitar is 2 years old and gilding at the bridge and the bridge pickup is cleared (or I ask the right hand, because of sweating). This is a "Studio" done for studio use, aesthetics is reduced compared to "Standard" and "Custom", the varnish is more fragile and the slightest gust mark quickly, the sound itself is the same . I do not regret this purchase, this is a real Gibson Les Paul made in the USA, delivered with Flight Case "Gibson USA" inside "toupee" and certificate of authenticity "Made in USA". The only drawback is that the mechanical buttons and yellow plastic that spoils the overall appearance a bit.

warlus1's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" A Gibson, but ...."

Gibson Les Paul Studio 2012
Familiar ground, we go.

The only difference is the color of the micro plating, mechanical .... gold.

By the finish against: blah blah: finger marks in the varnish, lacquer bavage between the junction sleeve body.

6 because of the finish.


Tip: the G string: many problem with this string:
play the string vacuum
put your finger between the nut and mcanique (so put your finger on the string at the head)
do a pressure and vacuum and then replay the rope ...
the rope is made dsaccorde .... a bend and it's new agreement ...

2nd problem, the E string (low): the hoop is not prcis: the middle octave and the notes are good but the soil and are not prcis! ! !

4 for the price because we know easily find better! ! !


I find the sound rsolument modern, especially the bridge pickup is trs aggressive. I like it.

For solo and distortion, I found my guitar!

Now, if only to play chords / arpges plain, I do not think the Les Paul is the first choice, good for tl cons ...

9, I love


I know, I'm STRID but the fact of prs type guitar 1200 currently is not perfect finishing point of view, I find this unacceptable.

Now take an epiphone lp custom and a Gibson LP studio and you say ... "The gibson is when even something else!" Therefore, it has default but it outperforms even when other guitars.

I only play trs rarely so clear sound, its default does not often felt.

So I'd say it's a good guitar for 700 trs but not 1300, there are better views finish!

to get an ide of sound reproduction:

all guitars are made with lp studio ..

warlus1's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" A modern Les Paul"

Gibson Les Paul Studio 2012
We know


A good handle large U, a treat
Guitar heavy but well balanced

Mine sounds very "modern rock" and not "70's rock" which is surprising because in all the LP that I tried was the one facing the modern.

BUT the guitar is not accurate and you can hear when you play note for note.
BUT the finishes are top value for money (borrowed finger in the paint)
BUT it is not well finished: Cross Road has blocked a certain level.

Short stuff unacceptable for that price.


The sound is typical Gibson.

There is no need to look for a guitar with a higher price (and not least in Gibson)


Gibson good considering the price, it is accessible to many of us.

This is my first guitar, I have over 15 years and spans the centuries;)

It loses 2 points for finishing ...

attention, choose the version "or" not "money"
Los Teignos05/09/2011

Los Teignos's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" Most of the Les Paul"

Gibson Les Paul Studio 2012
Made in the USA, the Les Paul Studio contains all the standard feature of the outside finish. The Gold acastillage indicates that as the microphones are golden.

What to say about this guitar? It's a Les Paul with two humbuckers, a three position switch, setting a tone and volume for each microphone.


The neck is relatively pleasant even if it does not satisfy the shreders.

Note that the guitar is very heavy and the straps locks are almost mandatory to avoid unpleasant surprises when the strap.

As for comfort, I do not know what it takes but a standard for trying the same time, I found the studio much less comfortable ...


The Les Paul sounds are there, very fat. In crunch or saturated, it's happiness. I confess never to have been fascinated by the clear Les Paul vis-à-vis his Telecaster, but I think this is not the vocation of this guitar.


I've had 10 years and it was my first guitar: a choice that I would do it marked not with hindsight because I would have preferred a guitar lighter and easier to play to begin. Maybe with less character too.

Impossible to judge the quality / price ratio: it is a Les Paul Studio and it cost this price point. It is far from an Epiphone anyway, especially in performance microphones.

In short, I do not regret my purchase even though older, I aperçyu Telecaster that I was more in the mind.

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

Gibson Les Paul Studio 2012
Unlike what I've seen it labeled a handle 22 to 24 frets.
Trs good manufacturing, good matrial.


The neck is fast and the guitar is heavy trs.


Trs good sound warm and round, typical Les Paul.


Trs good guitar.
I have over 10 years I have bought and sold many other guitars but this is one I use most. I am glad trs.

I put that 8 DSIR as comfort allows. Thank you to the wrong shoulders and back After a few weeks of concerts ...