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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MGR/Jim's review"Gibson Gothic Les Paul"

Gibson Les Paul Studio Gothic
I had a lot of money (a lot for myself) and I wanted, and needed a new guitar. I wanted to go w/ Gibson because you can't go wrong. I went out to Guitar Center and picked this up used for $960.00.

I love the overall look of it. The fretboard is very fast and I love the neck. It has very good sustain. I didn't know if it would still have the "new" sustain since it was new, and it still did.

I don't like that my neck humbucker went out. I had to buy a new Seymour Duncan. I was pissed that I had to be out of a big show I played, and I didn't have my "Gibby!"
The knobs were also causing a lot of excessive noise and I had to tighten the screws.

The construction was beautiful. The body was perfect and I love the way the gothic series it put together. I most of all love the neck on it, it is perfect.

The bottom line is that it is better to buy one of these new rather than used. It is also rather cheap price wise for a great quality Gibson. You can get one new for around $1,200.00.

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MGR/M.C. Miranda04/21/2002

MGR/M.C. Miranda's review"Epiphone Les Paul Studio Gothic"

Gibson Les Paul Studio Gothic
I ordered my Epiphone Gothic Les Paul Studio from Musician's Friend for $399.99 having never played one before. The pictures I saw of it just looked so wicked it piqued my curiousity. I knew I couldn't afford the Gibson model, and seeing as I'm not primarily a guitar player I thought this Epiphone model would suit me just fine.

Fresh out of the box, I was amazed at how light it was. Its satin black finish was like a black hole - it sucked up any light that hit it. It's the guitar equivalent of the Night Goddess, Nox : dark, sexy, mysterious and utterly female. You'd know what I mean if you were holding one up against you right now. Carved top gives it gorgeous contours, and the ebony fretboard is a nice touch of class.

Though the fretboard has only a single XII inlay at the 12th fret, dot markers along the topside edge of the neck ensure that you won't lose your place.
The Alnico V stock pickups were brutal. I like the bite that comes in on its treble setting and the bluesy crunch that you get when you set the toggle on rhythm. They're much better than the stock pickups that Epiphone usually puts in its lower-priced models like the Specials, the Studios and its "E" series.

The one I have was made in Korea and comes with Grover tuners. Its Epiphone logo is on the headstock and on the truss rod cover with a spooky cross symbol above it.

My guitar came with the usual fresh-out-of-the-box symptoms. A little intonation adjustment took the buzz off the high E string, and the frets further up on the fretboard will need wearing in before I can get good bends.
More seasoned players will probably want to replace the pickups if they find the output not quite up to what they're accustomed to.
Having played mostly on Strat-style guitars, the body took some getting used to, especially with where I found myself placing my forearm while picking and strumming. I've got a tender spot where I've been resting my forearm along the top edge of the guitar.
The balance took some getting used to as well; a heavier neck tends to dip the headstock towards the ground if you let it hang.

For the price, this guitar is very well put together. Strap buttons may need to be replaced, and the toggle switch could forseeably give you trouble down the line, but the finish is flawless, and the mahogany body and neck make this guitar sing beautifully. Seperate volume and tone knobs for each of the humbuckers make this a step-up and intermediate player's guitar.
The satin finished neck give it smooth playability and it's surprisingly fast.

It's hard not to go straight into playing dark and heavy once you've got this guitar in your hands, but you don't have to be a Goth to enjoy this guitar. You don't have to be Azrael - the pale, clove-smoking wolfskin booted dude with the black nail polish to have fun with it.
This guitar was designed as an industrial sonic slicer or to be used to get the slam dancers going at the punk gigs but alternative and blues rockers alike will find something to love about this guitar. Any modifications you'd make will only add to the pleasure you'll get from the Gothic Les Paul, I know mine's definitely a keeper.

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dr oblik07/17/2008

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

Gibson Les Paul Studio Gothic
Made in Nashville, United States in 2000
22 frets, 490R alnico humbuckers and 498T
2 volumes, 2 tones, and micro switch 3 positions
Mahogany body, mahogany neck and ebony fingerboard.
Same configuration as the studio
Handle fairly large type sg standart
Black matte varnish very fragile.


Channel pleasant but we used to sy, c is a real beam, we must take charge.
Access to relatively acute, (because of the handle), easy c is a les paul ...
Ergonomics good except for the forearm should or angle of the body is fairly sharp, but good all the les paul are like that, it is a little lighter than the studio but it's still a pretty heavy guitar.
For sound c is simple, if set, play: it sounds.


Good for her is enormous.
I play rock, punk, hardcore, heavy enough, it is perfect for that, the sound is fat and the desire to sustain is super stable.
I play with a marshall jcm 800 ineffective. It sends with no matter what settings c is a matter of taste.


I have the past few months, but I had a studio red wine before, nothing wrong, you just know that the sound is super heavy.
A small negative point, the coating is very fragile and it becomes shiny and scratch quickly, at the same time it gives him a face, I do not mind the opposite.
Jai tried many other guitars and I always come back on the les paul.
Mr Kay12/28/2005

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

Gibson Les Paul Studio Gothic
Typical of a Les Paul on which all t adj said, some yanamoins Difference:
- Matt black varnish the most beautiful effect but quite fragile and tend to be brighter on the parts most stressed (rear of the neck, upper body)
- A black hardware itself as well.
- The protrait Orville Gibson on the rear of the head.
- A key to bne.
- A finer body of a good centimtre.
- No covers on the pickups (490R and 498T as usual).
- One small Douzima inlay on the box instead of trapzes.
- Of which take mcaniques grover trs good agreement.

6 only for the fragility of the varnish (must carefully handle the bte), for allegedly frtes MRIT more care (other studio LP I've tried calling the same comment, even when some of foutage g. .. for a guitar of this price), and for the soft poo tui color collection outdoor / indoor fuchsia in the full dcalage with the spirit of the guitar.


It's a feel of Les Paul with all that was involved, he must love.

The thinness of the body makes it more enjoyable to play a traditional LP (PSE it even when its weight), also hold the handle typical 50's wide rev it worth a 10 (unable to Lilliputians playing on the sleeves of Ibanez, I prfre sleeves that are well in hand, my opinion is subjective trs).

For many times accidentally lowered the volume while playing a Start, j'apprcie also the position of the knobs on the LP


Aaaahhhh, sound ...

When achte an LP, it's still even for a surprise and not too much of the same ct if the diffrence of violin gives it its own personality.

In clear channel, it's distilled fatty lespaulien typically, all as a bit more crystalline (I noticed the same thing on a LP Custom, also equipped with a button in bne) and a little crunch dj little we attack a little dry.

This is the crunch channel that is best bte out his (dirty) characters, gives a hollow sound, cass and rust that you wash your ears in proper shape. Perfect for punk / post punk.


I use it for 5 years, mostly in the studio, if I found a little CHRE the era, a c'tait Gibson, SERIES limit surcrot and perfect for my style music so I function. And even before the price c'tait no flames.

If c'tait again today, I would make a choice as the ratio of qualitprix Gibson has become laughable. At current prices, I prfrerais me to do the same by a luthier and a more robust coating.