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Gibson Les Paul Studio '70s Tribute Electric Guitar  

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        An iconic guitar from the past with upgraded electronics.

        The Gibson Les Paul Studio '70s Tribute Electric Guitar celebrates a great guitar from the past. It features pickups that have a new magnet and pole piece configuration with dual steel blades and a single Alnico V magnet. This more efficient design makes for improved output at less expense. The calibrated pickup winding offers balanced output in both rhythm and lead positions with increased output on the bridge pickup. Covered with solid chrome, these pickups produce higher output than previous mini humbucking pickups, yet still retain a vintage voice with plenty of chime.

        Features
        • Mahogany body
        • Maple top
        • Maple neck with unique '70s, Thin-To-Thick with Volute profile
        • Baked maple fingerboard, trapezoid inlays
        • Chrome tune-o-matic bridge
        • Vintage style tuners
        • Dual “Hot” mini humbuckers

        Experience this advance in pickup engineering for yourself. Order today.

         
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        GibsonLes Paul Studio '70s Tribute Electric Guitar
         
        4.3

        (based on 13 reviews)

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        77%

        of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

        Pros

        • Good tone (12)
        • Fun to play (11)
        • Good feel (10)
        • Good pick up (10)
        • Solid electronics (10)

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Jamming (12)
          • Practicing (10)
          • Rock concerts (9)
          • Recording (8)
          • Small venues (8)
            • Reviewer Profile:
            • Experienced (10), Professional musician (3)

          Most Liked Positive Review

           

          NON-CHAMBERED BUY IT YOU WON

          Arrived a couple weeks ago - great setup right out of the box. A+ packing as well. MF also beat the price of a competitor!

          Bought the worn cherry - the...Read complete review

          Arrived a couple weeks ago - great setup right out of the box. A+ packing as well. MF also beat the price of a competitor!

          Bought the worn cherry - the online photos don't do it justice - the guitar looks beautiful. I don't miss my vintage tobacco burst at all!

          I had a 50's tribute with Humbuckers - I wasn't happy with it. Sold it to buy this 70's Tribute.

          I absolutely love this 70's tribute! Here are the differences and why I love it!

          The 50s Tribute w/Humbuckers is chambered it felt too light and frigile; I also couldn't turn up the volume on my amp without getting ALOT of feed back. Whereas - the 70s Tribute is NON-CHAMBERED! It's traditionally relieved (swiss cheese) so it's heavier and has a fatter tone!(Google "chambered vs nonchambered les paul" and you'll find a gibson link to more info on this)

          The tuners are better on the 70s. My 50s wouldn't stay in tune.

          The 70s is traditionally wired - the pots and wiring are soldered, whereas the 50s uses a solderless circut board - mine had noise/hum issues - and my guitar tech has seen others with the same issue.

          The 70s has a larger headstock - helps with sustain.

          The minihumbuckers are warm, creamy and FAT but still have definition! I have a lot of versitility with this guitar! I can go from buttery cleans to total saturation and not lack in anyway. If I really need to cut through - my pedals take care of it.

          (I'm running through a Jet City JCA2112RC pre-amp at 3 - Bad Monkey OD - Distortion Factory DF-7 Proco Rat setting; amp only for cleans, OD for classic rock - DF for hard rock - both pedals together for saturation)

          I've played American and MIM Strats and Teles, two other Gibson LPs and various other guitars looking for the tone "I wanted."

          I couldn't be happier!

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          Not The Best Gibson

          When I played this yesterday, I thought it would be so so comfortable. Turns out I was wrong. I think the body was really comfortable. The neck is what is the worst part...Read complete review

          When I played this yesterday, I thought it would be so so comfortable. Turns out I was wrong. I think the body was really comfortable. The neck is what is the worst part of the guitar. It was really sticky, and I didn't have so much control. I wish that the neck would have a gloss finish. The finish on it was really poor. The sound was pretty generic. It didn't come out as clear as the higher-grade Gibsons. I wouldn't recommend it.

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          5.0

          A MUST buy!

          By Bill

          from Jonesboro, Georgia

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          Verified Buyer

          Pros

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

          Cons

          • Flat Finish

          Best Uses

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

          Comments about Gibson Les Paul Studio '70s Tribute Electric Guitar:

          I was blown away at the savings for this guitar! The only con is that it does not have a glossy "clear coat" finish. That would not have influenced my decision, though. This guitar has superb action on the neck. Pickups are better than my other Gibson Les Paul. Very very happy with my purchase! I will recommend this to anyone, with or without a budget!

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          (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          2.0

          Disappointed w/ guitar, but MF impressed

          By LGPeak

          from Idaho

          About Me Professional Musician

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Lighter Than I Expected

          Cons

          • Cheap Machine Heads
          • Horrible Finish
          • Not Impressed With Pickup
          • Overall Feel
          • Poor Quality Craftsmanship

          Best Uses

          • Jamming

          Comments about Gibson Les Paul Studio '70s Tribute Electric Guitar:

          Very disappointed with this guitar. I expected more from Gibson! Seems very cheap, the finish is weak, machine heads are cheap, no hard shell case...etc. I will keep my epiphone until i can get a higher end Gibson. However, Musician's Friend took good care of me on the return. Very impressed with customer service!

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          4.0

          GOOD AX BUT I EXPECTED MORE IN QUALITY

          By Lunk

          from Colorado Springs, CO

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          Pros

          • Fun To Play
          • Good Feel
          • Good Pick Up
          • Good Satin Finish
          • Good Tone
          • Nice Humbuckers
          • Properly Done Setup
          • Quality Gibson Gig Bag
          • Solid Electronics

          Cons

          • Minor Natural Blemishes
          • No hard case
          • Rough Spot Under Neck

          Best Uses

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

          Comments about Gibson Les Paul Studio '70s Tribute Electric Guitar:

          I DO NOT GENERALLY RETURN ITEMS FOR MINOR FAULTS, BECAUSE THE "STUPID" DEALS ARE USUALLY SO WORTHY. THE ONLY THING WRONG WITH THIS GUITAR IS THAT MINE HAD A ROUGHER FEEL ON THE BACKSIDE OF THE NECK WHAT WOULD BE BEHIND THE NUT; NOT WHERE YOU REALLY SLIDE YOUR HAND SO.....THE MINI-HUMBUCKERS LOOK AND SOUND GREAT - NO LETDOWN THERE! CARVED NICELY TOO. I BOUGHT A GREAT HARDSHELL CASE FOR IT. I'M SORRY BUT I CAN'T BRING MYSELF TO PUT ANY LES PAUL IN A GIG BAG.

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          5.0

          Have not stopped playing this!

          By Bozmod

          from Barcelona Spain Europe

          About Me Experienced

          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 Les Paul Studio '70s Tribute Electric Guitar:

            This arrived yesterday and I'm not usually keen buying instruments online but...... This was the purchase of the year for me! The neck is amazing, the pickups sound pretty vintage. The quality/craftmanship of the guitar in general was top finish. When I get home in 45 minutes I'll once again ignore my girlfriend. Thank you Gibson!

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            (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

             
            2.0

            Not The Best Gibson

            By SGT. FUZZY PANTS

            from Anonymous

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            Pros

            • Good Tone

            Cons

            • Bad Neck
            • Poor Quality Craftsmanship

            Best Uses

            • Jamming
            • School Bands

            Comments about Gibson Les Paul Studio '70s Tribute Electric Guitar:

            When I played this yesterday, I thought it would be so so comfortable. Turns out I was wrong. I think the body was really comfortable. The neck is what is the worst part of the guitar. It was really sticky, and I didn't have so much control. I wish that the neck would have a gloss finish. The finish on it was really poor. The sound was pretty generic. It didn't come out as clear as the higher-grade Gibsons. I wouldn't recommend it.

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            (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            3.0

            What Part of This is the 70's?

            By Big Jim 57

            from USA

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            Pros

            • Fun To Play
            • Good Feel
            • Good Tone

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Jamming
              • Practicing
              • Recording
              • Rock Concerts

              Comments about Gibson Les Paul Studio '70s Tribute Electric Guitar:

              Good guitar, but it is erroneous to think that this guitar is a "tribute" to any 70's Gibson. Fender tried something similar with a 50's Thinline Tele, which never existed.

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              5.0

              Best Deal I've Made in years!

              By Andre Wade

              from Las Vegas, NV

              About Me Experienced

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

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

              Cons

              • None

              Best Uses

              • Jamming
              • Practicing
              • Recording
              • Small Venues

              Comments about Gibson Les Paul Studio '70s Tribute Electric Guitar:

              I am pleased to report that this guitar is of the quality that you'd want and expect from an instrument bearing the Gibson name. I have never owned a guitar equipped with mini humbuckers and was pleasantly surprised by the power and punch that they pack (they look cool too). The neck feels great in my hand and plays great. I'm pleased with the quality of the goldtop as I was unsure of what I could expect in a studio model. The one thing that I'd like to emphasize in this review is this; don't be afraid to purchase these so-called "used" guitars. Mine was rated as being in "good condition". It's a 2012 and I had to search for the scratches that were reported in the product description. I would not hesitate to purchase another "used" guitar from Musicians Friend as I saved $100s.

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              (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              I love this guitar!

              By The Pale Orchid

              from Kingsport, Tn.

              About Me Experienced

              Pros

              • Excellent For The Money
              • Fun To Play
              • Gold Top Beauty
              • Good Pick Up
              • Good Tone
              • It~'~~s A Gibson
              • Solid Electronics

              Cons

              • Get A Set-up
              • Gig Bag

              Best Uses

              • Jamming
              • Looking Super Cool
              • Practicing
              • Recording
              • Rock Concerts
              • School Bands
              • Small Venues
              • Whatever you like

              Comments about Gibson Les Paul Studio '70s Tribute Electric Guitar:

              I've been playing for 20 years now. I used to have a studio and hated the weight. But if you're talking Les Paul, I found out the extra weight = tone. Not a big studio fan. I've owned other Les Pauls since that first one (classic, standard). I've been watching these tribute models pop up. Now, a 70's with large headstock, hotter output mini-buckers and available in goldtop...what?!!! I like to customize my guitars, but this thing looked perfect as is. I took a chance and ordered one. I've always had two constant loves in my life: Fender and Gibson. The pickups, although not a Fender, get brighter than normal models in the bridge. I mean brighter than my SG Standard (and hotter too). All the while it keeps that Les Paul girth to it. Wanting a more standard tone you'd expect from a Paul? No problem, just roll the tone knob back a little. I keep mine rolled back. I've never been a middle position player. It's always been neck or bridge pickup alone. I must say that this guitar is exceptional in middle position. I love the tone. The neck pickup is warm and fat and beatiful. The body is weight relieved, not chambered. That's a good thing. It's still got the weight, but not overdosed. Dialing in the intonation and changing the strings helped a lot. That made me want to write this review. The finish is a gold top model, although up close I'd consider it a copper-top. Keep in mind it's a satin finish. It's awesome looking all the same! It sports a dark brown back. I was hoping for black, but unless in bright light that's actually what it looks like. Another thing is the new baked maple fingerboard. That's interesting to me. I'm used to rosewood Gibson's, but I've owned maple Fenders. It's not bad! Overall, this is the best "studio" guitar in looks I've ever seen. Also, It's very unique in tone selection. Of course, I'd love to have the Deluxe reissue, but for the price you cannot go wrong with the guitar. It's a keeper for me!

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              5.0

              I love my Goldtop Studio 70s Tribute!

              By Nikiddawg

              from New York City

              About Me Experienced

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

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

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Jamming
                • Practicing
                • Rock Concerts
                • Small Venues

                Comments about Gibson Les Paul Studio '70s Tribute Electric Guitar:

                I absolutely love this thing! Plays so nicely. The neck feels great, the mini-humbuckers have a wide range of fantastic tones, sustain is unreal. The hardest choice was which color to choose. I went with the classic goldtop and I'm happy with my choice. It's just truly one of the most comfortable guitars I've played. I own a PRS, Strat, MusicMan as well and this Gibson Studio 70s Tribute is absolutely my favorite. Had to return the 1st one that I received beause there was a blemish on the face but the second one that I received is nearly perfect. The best is Musicians Friend's customer service. A pleasure to deal with on the exchange. They rock!

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                5.0

                Just what I needed

                By Paul B-2wNmD

                from Down South

                About Me Experienced

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

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

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about Gibson Les Paul Studio '70s Tribute Electric Guitar:

                    Very nice guitar. Came setup just fine. I am impressed at the higher output mini humbuckers. Was worried they would be weak sounding but they aren't. The sustain is the same as my other lp's with regular humbuckers. Stays in tune very well, no complaints.
                    I bought the silverburst and I'm very pleased with it's overall look and appearance.
                    The only complaint if you want to call it that is that no American made Gibson should come in a gig bag.

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