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Gibson 2016 Les Paul Studio Faded Series T Electric Guitar  Worn Cherry

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Well-worn looks meets modern performance.

The 2016 Les Paul Studio Faded Series T is going to tempt a lot of players to add a Les Paul to their collection. Packed with Pro-level features and priced below anything comparable, it's destined to sell out quickly. Sporting a carved maple top over a weight-relieved mahogany back, it's available in a choice of hand-sprayed nitro finishes that are beautifully faded to appear slightly aged.

The mahogany neck sports a rounded '59 neck profile that's considered to be one of the most desirable in Gibson's history and comes with a historically correct nut width that's slightly narrower than last year's. A Graph Tech nut adds sustain and helps avoid œstring stick when tuning or bending notes. Onboard are two Burstbucker Pro humbuckers, made to exacting PAF specs with potted coils to avoid squealing at high-gain.

Traditional tuners offer that time-honored look with smooth, more efficient performance. Chrome hardware includes a tune-o-matic bridge with stopbar for rapid string changes and simplified adjustments. The 2016 Les Paul Studio Faded Series T comes ready to rock right out of its padded gig bag.

Key features
The time-honored tuner look, with smooth, efficient performance
Traditional playing feel of the very first Les Pauls
Density for solid sustain, self-lubrication for no "string stick" - even with heavy string bending
Vintage look and feel
The best of both worlds - slimmer than the traditional neck, thicker than the "slim-tapered" '60s carve
Combines legendary resonance and sustain with maximum playing comfort
Made to exacting PAF specs, with potted coils that squelch squeal at high gain
Sustain and sonic clarity are the hallmarks of this hard-wearing wood
This handcrafted, American-made guitar is ready for action
The beautifully faded, hand-sprayed satin nitrocellulose lacquer finish captures the lovingly aged look of a vintage guitar

FEATURES
  • Tuners: Traditional tuners
  • Neck width: Historic original neck width
  • Nut: Graph Tech nut
  • Neck heel: Classic Les Paul neck heel
  • Neck profile: Rounded '59 neck profile
  • Body: Carved maple top over mahogany with modern weight relief
  • Pickups: Burstbucker Pro humbuckers
  • Fingerboard: Rosewood fingerboard
  • Setup: Comprehensive hand-finished setup
  • Finish: Worn satin finish

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Gibson2016 Les Paul Studio Faded Series T Electric Guitar
 
4.4

(based on 41 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (26)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (10)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (2)

86%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good tone (33)
  • Good feel (30)
  • Fun to play (29)
  • Good pick up (29)
  • Solid electronics (27)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Jamming (30)
  • Practicing (30)
  • Small venues (24)
  • Recording (23)
  • Rock concerts (19)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (28), Professional musician (4)

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Solid Gibson

My first real Gibson. I have an Epiphone Les Paul Custom that I have owned for about 15 years and the frets are about worn out so I decided to get the real deal;...Read complete review

My first real Gibson. I have an Epiphone Les Paul Custom that I have owned for about 15 years and the frets are about worn out so I decided to get the real deal; and I am glad I did. This guitar plays incredibly easy with the jumbo frets and the resonance and mid frequency clarity of the Burstbucker Pro's are infinitely better than any of my other guitars. Guitar was setup very well with a low action from the factory with almost no buzzing (I checked every fret immediately). I have the Fireburst finish and although it shows fingerprints and looks greasy after handling, I love the raw neck feel and can tell the finish will wear nicely. Altogether a great guitar, USA quality at a price mere mortals can afford.

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Tough to get a good one

I really want to like this model. Unfortunately, you always get what you pay for. The first one I got had a fretboard that wasn't aligned flush with the side of the neck,...Read complete review

I really want to like this model. Unfortunately, you always get what you pay for. The first one I got had a fretboard that wasn't aligned flush with the side of the neck, a common Gibson problem. The tone was great, but the ridge on the neck was annoying. So I sent it back. The second one arrived with a G-string tuner that would spin a full quarter turn without moving the shaft of the tuning head; and in general, the tuning was totally unstable. So I sent it back.

The third one had a perfectly aligned fretboard, though the edge of the fretboard was almost sharp. The guitar, though, while "modern weight-relieved," was still very heavy--much heavier than he first two. The wood was therefore much denser, and you could hear it in the shrill tone. The high frequencies were noticeably harsh. It didn't have the nice airy, woodsy tone of the the first two. Argh. And this one--made in 2016--had a fretboard that had been painted dark, and the dye came off on my fingers. That's usually an Epiphone trick! I am going to try one more, and if that's not acceptable, I'm giving up on this model. Bummer, too, because it could be a nice Les Paul at a great price. But Gibson doesn't put much effort into it, and they're apparently using whatever wood is rejected from other models. I would only recommend buying this model in a store where you can check it out in person first.

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4.0

les paul studio

By Rob

from New York

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Verified Buyer

Pros

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

Cons

  • Poor Quality Craftsmanship

Best Uses

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

Comments about Gibson 2016 Les Paul Studio Faded Series T Electric Guitar:

This is my third guitar. the first was so nice played great sounded great. the switch was bad so I sent it back.
the second was junk. it sounded great but the frets were trying to cut my hand off. this one got sent back also. the third is just like the first. I love it. Gibson should better care making there cheaper guitars. then they would not get reviews like this. I mean how long does it take them to work up the frets and then inspect them.
Musicians Friend was a great help. Everyone I talked to was more the helpful. they worked with me to get the guitars back here as fast as possible. Great Job Musicians Friend You Rock!

 
5.0

First Gibson, third Les Paul.

By Phillip

from Tampa, Fl

About Me Experienced

Verified Reviewer

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

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

    Comments about Gibson 2016 Les Paul Studio Faded Series T Electric Guitar:

    I feel like when Gibson made this guitar, they read my mind in some weird way. Aesthetically, its beautiful. From the tuners to the finish, everything on here has intent. You're not getting bells and whistles with this guitar, but you're getting amazing tone and playability. Just running it through my practice amp, I fell in love. I'm honestly scared to run it through my tube amp. I definitely say get this while they last.

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    1.0

    If you love constantly tuning a guitar this one is for you!

    By Phil

    from Canada

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

    • Good Pick Up
    • Good Tone
    • Solid Electronics

    Cons

    • Impossible to Keep In Tune

    Best Uses

    • Sitting in Case

    Comments about Gibson 2016 Les Paul Studio Faded Series T Electric Guitar:

    I love the guitar except for one problem - it is not really playable. The guitar is constantly out of tune - have to tune it about every 3 to 5 minutes. I have been playing for about 25 years and I have never seen a guitar go out of tune this much. I re-strung, locked strings in machines, stretched the strings, lubed the nut all of which helped slightly.I bought my MIM strat 13 years ago and have never had any issues with tuning. I have a used guitar that I bought for 30,00 that stays in tune better than my new Gibson. I contacted Gibson and they did not even respond. I would never buy one again and I may sell this one since it really isn't much good for anything but looking at.

     
    5.0

    Real Deal

    By six stringer slinger

    from Taos new mexico

    About Me Professional Musician

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

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

      Comments about Gibson 2016 Les Paul Studio Faded Series T Electric Guitar:

      I bought this guitar two weeks ago. Played my first gig with it two days ago. First impression when i pulled it out of the box - Beautiful. When i plugged it in, it was humbucker heaven. Beautiful cleans and fckng killer distortions (a good tonal balance between all the strings). I changed to a lighter gauge of strings and lowered the action a little, and it plays like butter (played great out of the box as well)! At the gig the guitar stayed in tune to my expectations( i bend strings a lot). It is light enough to not hurt my shoulder. All in all, I have nothing but good things to say about this guitar, the best bang for your money. If someone says otherwise then they just received a "bad" one, which can happen with any brand. Im very picky, i own an american deluxe strat, an ibanez prestige, and a few other pro guitars. This guitar is as enjoyable and dependable as any.

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Great guitar better price

      By Rob

      from New York

      About Me Experienced

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

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

        Comments about Gibson 2016 Les Paul Studio Faded Series T Electric Guitar:

        I am using this guitar at home. I don't play out much any more. I have played a lot of guitars in my day. This one feels as good as the best Gibsons I have played. The sound is sweet. It will growl and scream also. It has great sustain. And its built well. The nut could have been rounded off a bit better. The fret ends could have been filed a bit rounder . but neither are a big deal. Most guitars in this price range are a lot worse. In my opinion. You can touch them up with just a little work. Over all I like this guitar a lot. And it looks awesome.

        (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Great Guitar at a Great Price

        By dwgwaco

        from DFW

        About Me Experienced

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Jamming
          • Practicing

          Comments about Gibson 2016 Les Paul Studio Faded Series T Electric Guitar:

          I looked at Epi's, Chibsons, and Kibsons figuring that I couldn't afford the real thing.......I was wrong.

          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Couldn't be happier with my purchase of this guitar!

          By Jayson Vein

          from Eau Claire WI

          About Me Experienced

          Verified Reviewer

          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Jamming
            • Practicing
            • Small Venues

            Comments about Gibson 2016 Les Paul Studio Faded Series T Electric Guitar:

            I added this Les Paul to my arsenal, and it is an amazing guitar. It sounds really nice, beautiful tones. I love my Fender Strat, but........ This has deff. got it beat.

            It's a beautiful guitar, and wow is it heavy. I can get some wonderful clean tones out of it, and crank on the distortion and get anything from Testament to Exodus to Children of Bodom.

            I got a sweet deal on it with the 4th Sale. Love the guitar. MF service was great as well.

             
            5.0

            Great first Les Paul! Highly Recommended!

            By ClaptonFanDan

            from Shingle Springs, CA

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            Pros

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

            Cons

            • cheap speed knobs
            • G string tuning stability issues

            Best Uses

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

            Comments about Gibson 2016 Les Paul Studio Faded Series T Electric Guitar:

            I bought this in April as a birthday present to me (w/some money from my parents). A GREAT investment on my part! I have wanted a Les Paul for years and I finally have a job where I could buy one (w/installments). I bought the one with the Faded Cherry finish. I also bought some gold tophat knobs with silver inserts (as I am not a fan of the stock black speed knobs). I have been taking it to my guitar lessons and my guitar teacher has said it is my best sounding guitar (I have, among others, a Fender Clapton strat, FSR telecaster w/25dB midboost, a modified Gibson SG platinum, etc), and he's a Fender guy! The neck is comfortable, the tone is fantastic (I love the Burstbucker pickups) and gives me that vintage "woman tone"/classic rock sound. My only complaints are the cheap, black speedknobs and the typical Gibson problem of the G string not staying in tune. Both are easily remedied (the former by replacing the knobs with replacements, the latter by stretching out the G string/using graphite nut lubricant). The complaints I have are easily overlooked by the positives of the guitar (the tone, playability). This is just an amazing guitar and well worth the money! I look forward to decades of guitar playing enjoyment out of this guitar!

            (0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            Love this guitar

            By Doug

            from Owatonna

            About Me Professional Musician

            Verified Reviewer

            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Jamming

              Comments about Gibson 2016 Les Paul Studio Faded Series T Electric Guitar:

              Love this guitar. People who have issues with the tone need to realize if you adjust the pickup height or more importantly set the amp up right it sounds outstanding. Really sounds good through a clean tube amp, and I love the finish,I got the fireburst, really beautiful guitar. Only gave four stars because I don't think these are Plek'd in the traditional sense and only a soft shell case.

              (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              4.0

              1st Gibson Les Paul

              By Nate

              from Florida

              About Me Experienced

              Verified Reviewer

              Pros

              • Good Tone

              Cons

              • High Frets

              Best Uses

                Comments about Gibson 2016 Les Paul Studio Faded Series T Electric Guitar:

                This is my 1st Gibson Les Paul. Arrived yesterday. Great looking guitar; at a seemingly good price for a Gibson LP. I'm only concerned because the frets are quite high. Not one or two of them. All of them. Maybe this is a Gibson LP trait? But I now have to decide to get use to the "feel" of them as I slide up/down the neck, or to have them filed/sanded down with a local luthier? Since I may have to spend more money on it, I rated it as 4 stars. FYI-- I'm comparing the fret height to my ESP, Epiphone, Rogue, Yamaha, Fender, and Lag guitars right out of the boxes. So unless you prefer higher frets, this is probably not the right guitar for you. I won't be making a purchase recommendation due to personal preferences about fret height.

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