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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 Ĺ“Hot mini humbuckers

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GibsonLes Paul Studio '70s Tribute Electric Guitar
 
4.3

(based on 13 reviews)

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    (9)

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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

No 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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(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

NON-CHAMBERED BUY IT YOU WON

By Mihmer71

from Nebraska

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Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Practicing
    • Rock Concerts

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

    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!

    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    I love this guitar!

    By The Pale Orchid

    from Kingsport, Tn.

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    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!

    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Gibson has hit a grand slam

    By ROCKING RON

    from West Dundee/ near Chicago Il.

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    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • A Perfect Les Paul
    • Fun To Play
    • Good Feel
    • Good Pick Up
    • Good Tone
    • Mini Humbuckers Are Hot
    • Neck Is 2nd To None
    • Solid Electronics

    Cons

    • No Case

    Best Uses

    • Any Time Any Where
    • Jamming
    • Practicing
    • Recording
    • Rock Concerts
    • School Bands
    • Small Venues

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

    I bought a level 2 used Gold Top from Musicians Friend. 1st off I cant find why it was a level 2 she is perfect. This Neck Gibson came up with is the most comfortable neck out there. WE were setting up my son's SG Standard and he was playing this 70's LP with the Mini Humbuckers through a VHT Ultra Special and he could not beleive these pick ups were hotter then his standard SG. Thanks Gibson and Thanks Musician Friend as usual neither of you let me down, God Bless

    (2 of 5 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.

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Just what I needed

    By Paul B

    from Down South

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    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.

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        A MUST buy!

        By Bill

        from Jonesboro, Georgia

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        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!

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        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!

          (1 of 3 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.

            (1 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Three Thumbs Up

            By MrSlider5 on Youtube

            from So. San Francisco

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            Pros

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

            Cons

            • Black Paint Easily Marred

            Best Uses

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

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

            I didn't know what to expect when I ordered this guitar from MF. I had owned a 70's gold top les paul about 15 years ago and sadly sold it for money and didn't want to pay for a fret job. I was prepared to return it if it didn't absolutely rock. Anyway, right out of the box, what a dream! perfect frets and set-up beautifully. The next is so comfortable, and action is low but you can play it like an acoustic at the low end. I have a 70's Gibson Dove and it is very complimentary to that guitar and is very close the the stratocaster that I own. I didn't want to have to go from thick neck to thin to thick etc. So now, I have a great sounding les paul. The mini humbuckers rock, real nice tone. It has a different, tighter sound than other pauls I've played. It's more defined in the center if that makes sense. Other les pauls with regular humbuckers didn't appeal to me because it seemed there was too much room in the sound.
            I don't need any more guitars because I have a real nice sounding strat and now this les paul, the two icons of R and B. If I can't play a song with one of these...well.
            Okay, about tone...I have a Marshall AVT 50 Valvestate 2000. This amp compliments both guitars nicely. I like the amp set so that when I increase my attack you start to get nice crunch. This works well with this les paul. I've recently replaced the one tube in the pre-amp so it was sounding good when I got the guitar and I was rocking out in no time and getting a very nice early Allman Brothers tone.
            Gawd! All for a very fine price.
            About the finish. It's a beautiful gold top. The back and neck is painted black and well done but not very durable. I already have a couple of scratches that show underneath mahogany. I'm thinking about what to do about that. (wax , buffing)
            Another thing I wish for is that the pick-up covers are shiny silver metal. I would have liked cream colored plastic to match the pickguard. Besides, isn't metal going to get in the way of the magnet-string field. Maybe not. I wonder.
            The headstock is a little larger than the pre-Norville era guitars. I would have liked a smaller headstock, The neck plays like a dream. The width is perfect for my average sized hand and deep enough so it's comfortable (and less tiring), because the palm of my hand fingers pushing against the fingerboard are the correct distance apart.
            The neck is tapered perfectly to suit the players need to change size as he/she goes up the neck.
            All in all, great guitar, sounds great and looks great. I love that deco-ish vibe. It goes great with my cream strat (with rosewood fingerboard). I like not seeing wood grain in my electrics. It seems more mod/deco ish.
            I wish it had come with a case and is very deserving of a real gibson case. I would have popped the extra $50 it costs Gibson to make it.

            (0 of 2 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!

             
            4.0

            GOOD AX BUT I EXPECTED MORE IN QUALITY

            By Lunk

            from Coloradado 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.

             
            5.0

            Best Deal I've Made in years!

            By Andre Wade

            from Las Vegas, NV

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            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.

             
            5.0

            I love my Goldtop Studio 70s Tribute!

            By Nikiddawg

            from New York City

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            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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