Gibson Les Paul Studio
Gibson Les Paul Studio

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

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iamqman 08/03/2011

Gibson Les Paul Studio : iamqman's user review

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I have always been a fan of the Gibson Les Paul guitars. Some of them can be hit or miss thought at times, but overall when you get a good one you fall in love with it and never get rid of it. These are great guitars when you get a solid one. Buying off the internet won't necessarily get you a good one. I would suggest playing one before buying.

Les Paul Studio Features:

Color: Wine Red
Top: Carved maple
Back: Mahogany
Neck: Mahogany with 1959 rounded profile
Fingerboard: Rosewood with pearloid trapezoid inlays
Number of frets: 22
Pickups: 490R (neck); 498T (bridge)
Controls: Two each tone and volume with three-way pickup selector switch
Machine heads: Green Keys
Hardware: Chrome plated


Body Material Mahogany, Chambered
Top Material Maple
Body Finish Nitrocellulose
Color Wine Red
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 Nashville/Stop Bar
Tuners Grover Green Keys
Number of Pickups 2
Neck Pickup Burstbucker Pro Alnico Humbucker
Middle Pickup No Middle Pickup
Bridge Pickup Burstbucker Pro Alnico Humbucker
Controls 2 x Volume, 2 x Tone, 3-way Pickup Toggle
Case Included Gig Bag


This is a player's guitar. This guitar is not a showroom quality of custom piece, but rather a good gigging guitar and a cheaper intro guitar into the Gibson Les Paul world. You can get a decent tone out of this thing. It is chambered so there is going to be something missing in the tone if you have played non-chambered Les Paul for any given amount of time.

These guitars sound great when coupled with a good Marshall style voiced amp or even a solid sounding older UK made Vox. I love the tone you can get with a good beefy Les Paul and a nice Vox Ac30. Use a nice booster pedal or a tube screamer and you will get some solid classic rock tones. Slap a good sounding analog delay in there and you will get a solid sustaining tone that will be fitting for most musical styles.


At new you can pick these guitars up for right at around $1320. Not a bad price for the intro to Gibson Les Paul guitars. This is a third of the price for a custom one and half the price of a standard one. It is double the price for a faded series studio so there are some even cheaper than this. I would recommend getting an older one as I don't particularly care for the chambered sound.