Gibson Les Paul Studio 2012
Gibson Les Paul Studio 2012

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

iamqman 08/02/2011

Gibson Les Paul Studio 2012 : iamqman's user review


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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.