Gibson Les Paul Studio Gothic
Gibson Les Paul Studio Gothic

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

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Average Score:4.6( 4.6/5 based on 14 reviews )
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Hatsubai's review"Ebony fretboarded model"

Gibson Les Paul Studio Gothic
For a small period of time, Gibson released Gothic version of their guitars. This one has a mahogany body (and I think a maple top?), a mahogany neck with an ebony fretboard, a unique 12th fret inlay, black hardware with a tune-o-matic bridge, two humbuckers, 22 frets, two volumes, two tones and a three way switch.


Just by looking at these, they're aimed at those who are more into the metal crowd. I noticed that these guitars tend to have some fretwork and nut issues. The frets can sometimes have level issues which will cause issues with you start to lower the action. If you notice some fretting out on certain frets, this is probably a good indicator that you need to get your frets leveled. The edges can sometimes be sharp, too. The nuts can also be problematic at times. If you ever tune your guitar and notice some odd sort of ping, then the guitar goes sharp, your nut is binding. You'll need to get your nut recut if that's the case.


This guitar actually had EMGs installed in it, so I'll be going by those instead of the standard pickups. The guitar had an EMG 81 in the bridge and an EMG 85 in the neck. The 81 in the bridge sounded thick, but it had enough bite to cut through without a problem. It worked awesome for metal tones; in fact, it was crushing. I was really surprised how nice it sounded. The 85 in the neck was super thick and worked awesome for those legato and shred leads. The clean tones were pretty awful on these, but that's fairly typical with EMGs. However, since it's geared towards metal, the clean tone doesn't really matter that much.


The guitars are pretty hard to come by at times, but they can be really cool at times. The fretwork and nut issues are still here on these guitars, but they sound really good. A pickup swap is what I recommend, and the EMGs in this sounded great. Definitely worth picking up for a good price.

crankyrayhanky's review"Thick Tone Power"

Gibson Les Paul Studio Gothic
It’s a Gibson, so it‘s made in the USA.
2 volume pots, 2 tone pots, 3 way selector (bridge, neck, or both)
22 frets, Tune-o-matic bridge
Pickups: 490 & 498


Access to the top frets is not a strong suit of this guitar. I’ve played many Ibanez axes that have easy access; Les Paul upper fret access is somewhat limited. The tone of the guitar is thick and clear. It has more weight than Ibanez guitars, but not as much as 1970s LPs.


I purchased this amp new in the box in 2001. I’ve used a lot of amps with this guitar: Mesa Triaxis, Marshall DSL 1x12, Ampeg VL502 1x12 combo, Ampeg VL502, Marshall TSL100, Mesa Single Rectifier, Orange Tiny Terror….but the current amps are my Randall mts heads: rm100KH, rm50, and rm20. Modules utilized include dozens of professionally modified modules emulating Cobra, Marshall, Rectifier, MesaMark, Orange, JTM, Blackface, Deluxe, XTC, Diezel, 5150, Engl, and many more….

My favorite sounds are the classic Marshall (Aerosmith, G&R) and hi Gain Marshall Zakk Wylde. Other hiGain tones from my Cobra module for rhythms, 5150 for leads, and JTM for cleans.

Least favorite tones may be clean acoustic style chord strumming. This axe can do it, but I prefer a Fender Strat for this type of playing.

Overall, this Les Paul fits my style perfectly: modern Hard Rock and Metal.


This guitar screams Hard Rock authenticity. I used to be an avid Ibanez fan….until one night at CBGBs, 9-25-01. The other guitar player in my band was an excellent songwriter and a decent player, but had nowhere near the shred skills I enjoyed. We received a recording from that night, and the difference in tone was HUGE- hew wrecked me! He had a Gothic Les Paul; I played my Ibanez Jem. I vowed to improve my tone…..

A few weeks later, I scored my own Gibson Gothic LP. I tried out around 10 of the same model before finding one that “spoke” to me. Just like any guitar company, identical models will sound different. I found my axe.

During the next year, I sold off all of my Ibanez guitars and went exclusively with the LP. The original black paint looked decent, but knowing this would be my main guitar for a long time, I had a friend put a custom paint job on it.

Intonation. A proper setup can help this, but LPs are notorious for having this issue.
Also disappointing are the volume pots; my Ibanez guitars were excellent in this department. This LP may need replacing as it gets scratchy and inconsistent during volume swells from time to time.
Ditto the pickup selector.
Upper fret access is not so easy. I thought this would be a problem, but as years go on, I could care less about “only” having 22 frets. I can access the top notes when need be, but it’s not like other shredder guitars.

There is one gigantic advantage: TONE. The Gothic LP exudes power and fullness to each and every note. Chords are full and beefy. Once you spend some time playing a decent LP then revert to a different axe, other decent guitars suddenly sound thin and toy-like. The Gibson Les Paul sounds like MONEY; it conjures up tones from my favorite players.

If you’re into friendlier rock like Led Zeppelin, Aerosmith, or G&R, there may be better LP choices. But this is the choice if you like tuning down- I go from standard and hit many tunings all the way down to dropA. This guitar is more ferocious, more angry than other Pauls I’ve played. As a point of reference, I have owned a Les Paul Custom and had a 1970s LP in my possession.

Bottom Line: the Gibson Gothic Les Paul is a Hard Rock Metal Beast.

moosers's review

Gibson Les Paul Studio Gothic
The Gibson Les Paul Studio Gothic was made in the USA and I think it has 24 frets and two humbucker pick ups. It has four knobs for volume and tone control for each pick up. It also has a switch to choose between the pick ups, or to blend them. I believe the make up of this guitar is similar to a regular Les Paul Studio guitar.


The neck of this guitar has a great feel to it. It is smooth and easy to play. It is easy to play up on the high notes and all around the neck of the guitar. It is the average weight and size of an electric guitar and isn't too heavy. It is really easy to get a good sound out of it, as it is a genuine Les Paul!


I really love the sound I get out of my Les Paul Gothic. I use it with a '76 Fender Twin Reverb and a slew of stomp boxes. This guitar is great for getting a quick fat tone - great for loud rock music. The overall tone of this guitar is full and covers the whole range of the guitar nicely. Since both the pick ups are humbuckers, it has an inherent fat tone that can manipulated to sound more bassey or trebeley depending on what you are going for.!!


I have this guitar for about eight years and I got it in 2001. I got a great deal at Sam Ash where they were having a one weekend sale where if you bought this guitar you got the SG Gothic free! One of the best deals of my life, as I still use both guitars regularly. If you can get one used at a good price, you're getting a genuine Gibson Les Paul with a unique look that will probably get more valuable as these get harder to find!
MGR/danny c (peak of progress)07/03/2004

MGR/danny c (peak of progress)'s review"Epiphone Les Paul Studio Gothic"

Gibson Les Paul Studio Gothic
£199 matchett's music, belfast NI

like the other reviewer, the range of distorion is excellent especially when using the treble pickup on its own. never feedsback even when gigging and playin loud. machineheads are great as is the dotless fretboard (love the XII on 12th fret). fretboard is fast and guitar plays amazingly well right up to the 23 fret.

if i was to be super picky... the body IS hard to keep dusat free but that doesnt really bother me that much

excellent for the price, probly the best iv seen. A slightly sharp fret bridge has broken the odd A string but thats just a minor constructio erroe and was easily fixed with sandpaper and dental floss! the dotless frets can take a while to get used to but usoon get nto the habit of using the dots on the top of the neck.

WONDERFUL...if you want a versatile guitar for around £200 that'll last get this one

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MGR/Stephen Coulter06/09/2004

MGR/Stephen Coulter's review"Epiphone Les Paul Studio Gothic"

Gibson Les Paul Studio Gothic
I paid £250 for this guitar.I bught it from Merchant city music in glasgow.

The actions great,And Its really light the tuners (grover 18.1) are great and really finish the guitar off.

The finish (satin Black) is really cool but is very annoying to keep clean cause of finger prints.

The neck is set in and sustains great.the frets are finished off perfectly.

The guitar is great but its a pain in the arse to keep clean the pickups sound great distorted or clean and are perfect for heavy metal

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MGR/Gibson4LIFE's review"Gibson Les Paul Studio Gothic"

Gibson Les Paul Studio Gothic
This guitar is great. I bought this guitar for $1100 at Mr. C's Music Store.

It was a sweet looking guitar. I put a brand new Gibson pick guard with a white trim because i thought it would looknicer. And the bigest thing for me was a put the chrome pick up platesover the humbuckers to give it a little classic look to it. I turned out really really nice. Also what I really like about it is it has extremely good sound clean and distorted.This guitar rules.

There isnt anything i dont like about it. The only thing I would add is the les paul sig. at the head. other than that great guitar. wouldent change anything, but get chrome hardware looks really sweet.

great work with the entire guitar. I like the color of the black.I also have a Ibanez K-7, and Metallicas kirt kammits signiture,along with ESP F-450(Kicks Ass)

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MGR/Antonio Franco12/03/2003

MGR/Antonio Franco's review"Epiphone Les Paul Studio Gothic"

Gibson Les Paul Studio Gothic
I acquired this guitar at Academy of Sound store in Nottingham, UK. I was looking for a fixed bridge/set neck guitar and since I cannot afford a Gibson (yet), I tried some epiphones and then chose this one. I paid 329 £. I was hooked by its dark look and great feel.

It sounds powerful and its finish is great. You can play any style on it but you'll get the most out of it with really heavy tunes.
It has great sustain and the neck is really fast.
The satin finish and the 12th fret inlay are really cool.

It's not very well balanced which is something I'll live with since I like so much everything else about this guitar.
The toggle switch won't take too much Tom Morelo tunes, but I'm gonna change it anyway.

Well it's mahogany all around plus ebony fretboard, which is great combination.
All hardware is black and it has grover tuners also black.
General quality is above my expectations. I only had to adjust intonation a little bit and then it sounded flawless.

If you like BLACK SABBATH, you should buy this guitar.

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MGR/Anonymous's review"Epiphone Les Paul Studio Gothic"

Gibson Les Paul Studio Gothic
I bought this guitar from Shreve Audio in Louisiana for $379.00.

I really like almost everything about this guitar. The finish is great. If you get a scratch in it, all you have to do is get some water and put a little bit of windex in it and wipe it down, and it's good as new. It also comes with great Alnico humbucker pickups which sound a lot better for metal than the usual closed humbuckers.

The only thing that I don't care that much for on it is the neck is a little thicker than I'd like, but that's getting rather picky. Also, the pickup selector switch seems kindof fragile and loose, which makes it hard to do any Tom Morello style riffs selecting the pickups on and off.

The construction of this guitar is great. It's much, much better constructed than the Epiphone Specials that I've seen.

This is a great guitar for just about any type of music. It's the cheapest decent Epiphone, and I think the best.

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MGR/DemonsrUs's review"Gibson Les Paul Studio Gothic"

Gibson Les Paul Studio Gothic
Our local pawn shop/hamby's music. It had
$925 on it but he generously let me have it
for $850. Even with the low amount of $$$
I make I was going to go into debt to own it.But $850 still isnt bad considering this
axe is dead mint.You get what you pay for and
this guitar shows that it is worth every penny!

Whats not to love? Satin Black finish,
black hardware,killer sustain,great feel,
excellent playability, a ripping 490R at
the neck and a powerful 498T at the bridge.
If you think the gothic les paul can raise
the hair on youre neck by looking at it,
wait till you play it!! It did not take
5 minutes worth of playing to realize that I
had to have it. Think of it as a sexy chick
in black leather that you must hold on to
and cherish forever. Came with a sweet lavendery plush case too, very stylish!!
I play heavy doom metal which this axe
took on well but it can handle a # of tones.

Not even a big enough dislike to mention:
Like most all pauls it is on the heavy
side. It sure wouldnt stop me from buying
this guitar! Some players might need
a while to get used to the larger gibson
neck too, but you'll like it trust me.
The pricing can be high also, but you will
definetly appreciate what you get with a

A Gibson Les paul's build is legendary and the gothic studio is no different. When you
say "les paul" People know what kind of quality you are talking about, it speaks
for it's self. Besides even though it is very gig worthy I wont be slinging it around
into things. 5-star construction baby!!

Why are you still reading this? Go buy
one!! It is that awesome! I just regret
not getting it sooner,it's a stripped
down tone machine that begs to be played!
And yes you could look at it as long as you could play it!!

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MGR/Fredrick Dempsey James III09/28/2002

MGR/Fredrick Dempsey James III's review"Gibson Les Paul Gothic Studio"

Gibson Les Paul Studio Gothic
Guitar Center Southfield, MI
I paid $813.00 brand new. Sorry dudes...I got the last one they had.
I bought it because the guitar had an awsome, deep, crunchy, eat your children sound. It rules!!

It growls like a mountain lion. And you cant beat the look cause it suits the kind of tune it puts out.

its a little heavier than most Les Pauls, and the neck is pretty thick.

The guitar has an awsome build. The neck is smooth, easy sliding, and the star inlays are just so tight!

My one regret is that I didnt get this guitar sooner. It is the best guitar I have ever purchased and worth every penny.

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