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Gibson 2013 Les Paul Studio Electric Guitar   (Open Box)
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Product# H80019
OVERVIEW

A mahogany body with carved maple top, 490R/498T pickups and pure rock tone.

Since 1983, Gibson USA has been proving not only that less is sometimes more, but also that less can sometimes knock your socks off – when it comes in the form of the popular no-nonsense Les Paul Studio model, at least. Originally designed as a model for studio artists but adopted wholeheartedly by countless players of all stripes, the 2013 Les Paul Studio combines stripped-down appointments with the full tonal splendor and unrivaled playability of a Les Paul Standard.

All the elements of the legendary Les Paul Standard are still there, including that fat and sweet maple-and-mahogany tone through two genuine Gibson humbucking pickups. By eliminating a little of the window dressing – namely, building the guitar without binding around the body top or fingerboard, and applying an elegant gold silkscreened logo in place of an inlay – the Les Paul Studio weighs in at a price that players have found irresistible for three decades. It also physically weighs less. The mahogany body comes with “modern” weight relieving that is carefully applied inside the mahogany back to provide outstanding balance while optimizing the sonic capabilities of the guitar.

Crucial elements of the Les Paul Studio’s design include the carved maple top and mahogany body, glued-in mahogany neck with back-angled headstock, granadillo fingerboard, Tune-o-matic bridge and stopbar tailpiece – all design points that have been making Les Pauls the most desirable tone monsters available since the late 1950s. For electronics, a set of Gibson’s 498T and 490R Alnico humbucking pickups squeeze every drop of tone from the instrument, and now feature coil-taps for an even broader range of tonal possibilities.

With these classic ingredients, the Les Paul Studio gives you all the sonic versatility you could ask for, from sultry, warm bluesy tones to powerful crunch to sizzling lead tones. Finally, the Les Paul Studio is supremely playable too, thanks to its slim-taper 60's neck profile and a chambered mahogany body that reduces the weight while enhancing resonance, making it outstandingly comfortable strapped on or seated. Includes case.

FEATURES
  • Mahogany body with “modern” weight-relieving and carved maple top
  • 24.75" Scale Mahogany neck shaped to a ‘60s Slim Taper profile
  • Granadillo fingerboard dressed with trapezoid inlays
  • Tune-o-matic bridge and stop-tail
  • Electronics: 490R/498T wired to push/pull coil taps
  • Individual volume and tone controls, 3-way pickup selector
  • Grover vintage-style tuning machines
  • Hardshell Case

Don't settle for less. Order your Les today.

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Gibson2013 Les Paul Studio Electric Guitar
 
4.6

(based on 28 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (23)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

85%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good feel (22)
  • Good tone (22)
  • Fun to play (21)
  • Good pick up (21)
  • Solid electronics (17)

Cons

  • Craftsmanship (5)

Best Uses

  • Jamming (20)
  • Practicing (20)
  • Recording (14)
  • Rock concerts (7)
  • Small venues (7)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (15), Novice (7), Professional musician (4)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

flawless

I thought it would look too silly to put "smells good" as one of the pros of buying this guitar, but it really does! Even though I have had it...Read complete review

I thought it would look too silly to put "smells good" as one of the pros of buying this guitar, but it really does! Even though I have had it for about a year, it has always had that nice "wood" smell, which I guess comes from the granadillo fingerboard. At first, I was a bit hesitant about the granadillo, because it is a lighter, redder wood than rosewood but I have gotten accustomed to the look and I really like it now. I think it complements the ebony finish with chrome. I am fussy about the finishes on my guitars and I have to say this one is really perfect. It arrived from MF virtually in tune and the finish on the body of the guitar, the neck, fingerboard, frets, inlay, knobs, pickguard, were all absolutely perfect. It feels quite substantial to hold but is well balanced and feels like quality. The pickups sound great too. This guitar has lots of sustain and it can sound warm and jazzy or hard rock depending upon the player and the amp and effects. There are a lot of tones to be found with these pick ups, so this is a guitar that would suit so many players. I think if you were always considering a les paul and you will be happy without all the binding on the higher models, you should go for it. Especially if you can get one with this pickup configuration and it's on sale. If you get one that's perfect like mine, I don't think you could be disappointed.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Fret Buuuuzzzzzzzzzzzz

Nothing like an american made guitar. They just feel right, well built and solid. But this particular model has poor terminations, it has paint over the granadillo, came with loose screws and...Read complete review

Nothing like an american made guitar. They just feel right, well built and solid. But this particular model has poor terminations, it has paint over the granadillo, came with loose screws and a HORRENDOUS fret buzz on the first three frets. I adjusted the truss rod but there's nothing I can do to fix it.

I'm taking it to a guitar professional too see if they can fix it, otherwise is going back to musician friend.

Aside that, the coil tap sounds cool, is a versatile guitar and the neck is very very comfy. The guitar looks awesome from the distance, if you get close you'll see those annoying paint dots en the granadillo (all over the side) they mass produce these things to a point in which they where simply wreckless on the details.

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2.0

MUSICIANS FRIEND NEW GUITAR SENT FAULTY

By Anton

from Tokyo Japan

About Me Professional Musician

Pros

  • Sounds Great

Cons

  • Jagged Cuts On Back Panel
  • Loose Screws
  • Mf Ignored 2emails So Far
  • Missing Paint
  • Poor Quality Craftsmanship

Best Uses

    Comments about Gibson 2013 Les Paul Studio Electric Guitar:

    Musicians Friend are a great company, but they have tried to cover themselves up and they are at fault.

    I bought a "NEW" Gibson, not "open box" as the guitar now states on the site. I complained in 2 emails that were both ignored, that my guitar was dreadfully finished, loose and bent screws that are drilled at angles into the bent rear panels, jagged cut wood, missing paint etc etc.

    I did not heed the warnings of the highest rated negative reviews before purchasing this "NEW" guitar, and now the people at MF have decided to call the guitar "out of box"? and drop the price? Is that exactly the same as what I bought as NEW? and now they ignore my emails and cover themselves?

    Bitterly dissapointed that I spent so much on nice sounding garbage and will never buy from MF again.

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    5.0

    one of the best

    By old guy

    from michigan

    About Me Experienced

    Ask me a question

    Pros

    • Fun To Play
    • Good Feel
    • Good Pick Up
    • Good Tone
    • Solid Electronics

    Cons

    • None

    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Practicing
    • Recording
    • Rock Concerts
    • School Bands
    • Small Venues

    Comments about Gibson 2013 Les Paul Studio Electric Guitar:

    i have several Gibsons and a few other brands from the 70's to present and this is one of my favorites to play i can go from black sabbath to my sweet lord and they all sound great i really like this guitar. Give it a try i don't think you will be disappointed

    Comment on this review

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Great guitar!

    By Ray

    from Jesse, WV

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

    • Fun To Play
    • Good Feel
    • Good Tone

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Jamming
      • Practicing
      • Recording

      Comments about Gibson 2013 Les Paul Studio Electric Guitar:

      My second one. The first one had fret buzz due to inadequate relief. The truss rod would not allow adjustment to correct this. The people at Musician's Friend were extremely helpful as they have always been. They had another one on the way the following day. This LP Studio is a great guitar. Some truss rod adjustment was required but that was it. Plays great, looks great, has a really great feel, and sounds great....very happy with this purchase! By the way, the case is also very nice...solid construction.

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      5.0

      This guitar ROCKS!

      By Tommylee888

      from Stockton CA

      About Me Novice

      Pros

      • Fun To Play
      • Good Feel
      • Good Tone

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Jamming
        • Practicing

        Comments about Gibson 2013 Les Paul Studio Electric Guitar:

        Great guitar,easy to play,and looks beautiful! Even without the bindings

        Comment on this review

         
        5.0

        Gibson Les Paul Studio

        By Flash 44

        from Greenville, SC

        About Me Novice

        Pros

        • Fun To Play
        • Good Feel
        • Good Pick Up
        • Good Tone
        • Solid Electronics

        Cons

        • None so far

        Best Uses

        • I Play At Home On

        Comments about Gibson 2013 Les Paul Studio Electric Guitar:

        I am happy with the guitar, the look, quality, price and the short length of time from order to delivery

        Comment on this review

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Great start into the Gibson world!

        By The Pick Room

        from San Antonio, Tx

        About Me Professional Musician

        Pros

        • Fun To Play
        • Good Feel
        • Good Pick Up
        • Good Tone
        • Solid Electronics

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Jamming
          • Practicing
          • Recording
          • Rock Concerts

          Comments about Gibson 2013 Les Paul Studio Electric Guitar:

          I recently purchased the 2013 Gibson Les Paul Studio in Alpine White. The guitar is beautiful and the case is sturdy. I find myself not wanting to scratch the case just as much as the guitar. This is my first Gibson. I am usually a Fender player, but I wanted a change in sound. I definitely got it! This is a good start into the Gibson world. I already had the money for a 2500.00 Gibson LP, but decided to try something a little cheaper. It was a good pick! I can get all kinds of sounds out of this guitar with the push pull pots. I am having to do a little set up on it, but thats a gimme! Great buy, you'll enjoy it!

          Comment on this review

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Excellent!

          By Dogpatch52

          from HamiltonMo.

          About Me Experienced

          Ask me a question

          Pros

          • Fun To Play
          • Good Feel
          • Good Pick Up
          • Good Tone
          • Solid Electronics

          Cons

          • None

          Best Uses

          • Jamming
          • Practicing
          • Recording

          Comments about Gibson 2013 Les Paul Studio Electric Guitar:

          Its a great guitar at a price I couldn't refuse. the fit and finish is flawless. It holds its tune. Its just beautiful to look at and gentle to play. The action could be improved a little but not much. Just a great guitar!

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          5.0

          An Outstanding Transaction

          By njf

          from Chicago

          About Me Experienced

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Fun To Play
          • Good Feel
          • Good Pick Up
          • Good Tone
          • Solid Electronics

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Jamming
            • Practicing
            • Recording

            Comments about Gibson 2013 Les Paul Studio Electric Guitar:

            Outstanding transaction. Great service. They heard me clearly and went out of their way to provide what I was looking for, and to be WAY MORE than fair.

            Comment on this review

            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Great Choice

            By Rick4502

            from Houston, TX

            About Me Experienced

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Beautiful Guitar
            • Fun To Play
            • Good Feel
            • Good Pick Up
            • Good Tone

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Jamming
              • Practicing
              • Small Venues

              Comments about Gibson 2013 Les Paul Studio Electric Guitar:

              A fantastic guitar. I got the Pelham Blue and it looks great. The service from Musician's Friend was flawless. The guitar arrived in well-packaged and flawless condition. The included case is wonderful. I'd highly recommend this guitar and Musician's Friend.

              Comment on this review

              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              The trash on Gibson and Musicians Friend

              By Jack D

              from Syracuse, NY

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Fun To Play
              • Good Feel
              • Good Pick Up
              • Good Tone

              Cons

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Gibson 2013 Les Paul Studio Electric Guitar:

                  It's not necessary to rewrite the Gibson manual. Gibson is the best and so is this guitar. The main thing I want to address is Musician's Friend, always friendly, always helpful and never makes you feel like they don't have the time to help you out.

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