Gibson Les Paul Studio 2012
Gibson Les Paul Studio 2012

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

King Loudness 08/12/2011

Gibson Les Paul Studio 2012 : King Loudness's user review

« A value priced Les Paul »

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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?