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Gibson Les Paul Studio Deluxe II '60s Neck Flame Top Electric Guitar   (Open Box)
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OVERVIEW

Advanced wiring gives this one an expanded palette of powerful sounds.

The arrival of the Gibson Les Paul Studio Electric Guitar in 1983 offered guitarists all the essential elements of a Les Paul Standard, including a carved top and humbucking pickups. Its simple yet elegant design quickly helped it become the most popular model in the Les Paul Series.

The Les Paul Studio Deluxe II '60s Electric Guitar raises the bar with the cutting-yet-rich tone of a 490R humbucking pickup in the neck position and a BurstBucker Pro humbucking pickup in the bridge position, which are mounted on a carved maple top with a mahogany back. Both pickups offer coil splitting for single-coil sounds and a boost circuit via push/push switching in the volume controls. “Straight Split” coil-splitting offers pure single coil tone and differs from LP Standards and Studios that have a “Super Tap” coil-tap, which still has a small amount of humbucking. The boost circuit has a user-adjustable 10-dB boost for added power and frequency range for solos, single-note picking and dirty chording (depending on amp settings) and features true bypass that disengages the boost completely, ensuring pure passive Les Paul tone.

The hardware is finished in chrome including Grover tuners and Gibson's pioneering tune-o-matic bridge and stopbar tailpiece. The Les Paul Studio Deluxe is dependable and affordable — and is built without any compromises. The Gibson Les Paul comes with a hardshell case.

FEATURES
  • A user-adjustable 10-dB boost for added power and frequency range for solos, single-note picking and dirty chording (depending on amp settings)
  • '60s-style neck shape
  • True bypass: disengaging boost completely removes active circuit, ensuring pure passive Les Paul tone
  • 490R humbucking pickup in the neck position and a BurstBucker Pro humbucking pickup in the bridge position
  • Easy-to-use push/push pots engage coil-splits and boost circuit
  • “Straight Split” coil-splitting offers pure single coil tone
  • Grover tuners, satin-finished back and sides
  • Includes hardshell case

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

SPECIFICATIONS

Les Paul Studio Deluxe II '60s Neck Flame Top Electric Guitar

  • Body
  • Body style: Les Paul carved top
  • Top species: Maple top
  • Back species: Mahogany
  • Scale length: 24-3/4"
  • Neck
  • Neck wood: Mahogany
  • Neck joint: Set
  • Neck profile: '60s
  • Nut: Corian
  • Nut width: Standard Gibson: 1.695" ±.050"
  • Headstock inlay: Gibson logo
  • Silkscreen: Gibson logo + Les Paul model
  • Truss rod: Gibson adjustable truss rod
  • Truss rod cover: Bell-shaped cover, stamped "Deluxe"
  • Fingerboard
  • Fingerboard species: Rosewood
  • Fingerboard radius: 12"
  • Inlays: Figured acrylic trapezoid
  • Frets: 22
  • Hardware
  • Plating finish: Chrome
  • Tailpiece: Gibson stopbar
  • Bridge: Gibson Tune-O-Matic
  • Tuners: Grover
  • Electronics
  • Neck pickup: 490R
  • Bridge pickup: Burstbucker Pro
  • Controls: 2 volume with boost circuit via push/push switching, 2 tone with coil-splitting, 3-way toggle
  • Control knobs: Black speed
  • Control pocket cover: Black molded
  • Special features: Quick-connect control pocket assembly
  • Case
  • Type: Gibson hardshell
  • Case interior: White
  • Case exterior: Black
  • Silkscreen: Gibson USA logo
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GibsonLes Paul Studio Deluxe II '60s Neck Flame Top Electric Guitar
 
4.5

(based on 18 reviews)

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Pros

  • Fun to play (15)
  • Good feel (14)
  • Good pick up (14)
  • Good tone (14)
  • Solid electronics (13)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Jamming (13)
    • Practicing (11)
    • Recording (9)
    • Rock concerts (7)
    • Small venues (6)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Experienced (13), Professional musician (4)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Incredibly versatile...love it

    This is a unique animal, as of the time of writing this you still won't find any info about it on Gibson's own site. This is a real mystery because unlike most of the...Read complete review

    This is a unique animal, as of the time of writing this you still won't find any info about it on Gibson's own site. This is a real mystery because unlike most of the various Les Paul models Gibson makes, this one fills a niche that almost no other guitar they make can fill. They are really missing an opportunity to market something special.

    To start with you have to understand how this guitar differs from other Studios and Standards, as there are a number of upgrades. I have cobbled this info together by pulling together various specs from all over, plus what is obvious on the guitar...crazy that Gibson aren't making this stuff more visible!

    --It has upgraded Grover tuners, instead of the vintage greenleaf Kluson-style tuners. These feel much smoother than the Kluson style.

    --It has a AA maple cap whereas normal Studios do not. I've had several Studios to compare against in the past few weeks, including Wine Red ones just like mine, and this grain is a higher grade.

    --Obviously, the zebra coil pickups, and without the humbucking covers.

    --It has a 490R in the neck like almost every Studio but it has a BurstBucker Pro in the Bridge position, instead of a 498T. Some see this as an upgrade, others might not, but the point is the BurstBucker Pro doesn't come on normal Standards.

    --It has a rosewood fretboard like this year's Standards, not baked maple or grenadillo.

    --It has coil taps like recent other Studios but they are not the same kind. The coil taps on current Studios and Standards do not toggle to a true single coil, there is still some humbucking going on. The coil taps in these (called "straight split" taps by Gibson, as compared to the "super tap" taps in normal Studios/Standards) toggle to a true single coil, and having recorded with both kinds toggled on and off I can tell you they sound completely different, it's not just marketing hype. In particular when the bridge pickup is tapped it really is a very strat/tele type of sound, it's great.

    --Also unlike the other tap mechanisms in other Studios/Standards, this straight split tap uses true bypass switching so that when it is disengaged it truly is invisible to the signal path.

    --Unlike almost any Studio/Standard, the neck tone knob is also a toggle...it toggles a boost circuit of up to 10 dB. This boost circuit is powered by a 9V battery in a slot on the back of the guitar. If you pop out the battery you will see a small slot head screw which allows you to adjust the amount of boost. By default they come set at about 7 dB. It could be used to boost your signal for soloing/choruses but I set mine so that when I toggle to single coil mode and then pop the boost, the output level is the same as when I'm in normal humbucking mode, boost off (because the single coil output is lower than the humbucker).

    --The engineering of the coil tap knob is improved...the coil taps before now had to be physically popped up and then popped back down. Once they were popped up it was easy to pop them back down by hitting them with your hand, but to engage them you had to physically pop them up with your fingers. The coil tap knobs are spring loaded meaning you hit them once to engage and hit them again to disengage, no need to pop them up with your fingers to engage them.

    --The truss rod cover is a two piece black/white truss rod cover and it is blank...doesn't say Studio on it.

    --Gloss nitro sides and back, not a satin finish on the sides and back like some Studios.

    --This one has a 60's neck profile. There is also a Deluxe II with a 50's neck profile so make sure you get the one you want.

    As you can see this guitar has a significant set of upgrades. Oddly enough, the MSRP is lower than for a normal Studio, which I really don't get, because this guitar is better in every respect and even has some features you can't get in a Standard, much less a Studio. This is why it's such a mystery why Gibson is being so coy with it...for example there is no documentation whatsoever about the technical specifics of how the coil tapping system is different, or how to adjust the gain on the boost circuit. I only figured it out by opening up the battery compartment and locating the adjustment screw myself.

    Sound wise, it is incredible...if you're after a Les Paul sound, of course. But that's the great thing about this guitar...with the improved coil splitting functionality, you really can dial in an incredibly diverse set of sounds, and the boost circuit just makes it that much better. You can do so many different types of things with this guitar that I just can't imagine using anything else, now that I've gotten the hang of it and dialed in some sounds specific to the pickup and coil tapping combinations I like. Fit and finish on mine is superb, setup was perfect out of the box, and the flamed maple cap is gorgeous, noticeably better than the Studio I had before (which was also in Wine Red).

    Anyway it annoys me so much that the info about this guitar is spread all over the web, and Gibson doesn't seem interested to clarify it themselves, so I thought I'd do it for them. It's an incredible guitar.

    VS

    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    buying used

    bought condition #2 bad buzz, like bad ground.
    more money, bought con #1 same buzz. like flipin ground on old fender amp. more money bought new.
    sent two back...Read complete review

    bought condition #2 bad buzz, like bad ground.
    more money, bought con #1 same buzz. like flipin ground on old fender amp. more money bought new.
    sent two back inside of week. fast turn over got newbe coming its only been a couple of days should have gone this way first time....
    Paducah in Humboldt Co.

    Reviewed by 18 customers

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    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Super versitle

    By JB

    from Fla

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

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

    Cons

    • None

    Best Uses

      Comments about Gibson Les Paul Studio Deluxe II '60s Neck Flame Top Electric Guitar:

      I couldn't be happier with this guitar. The finish is beautiful and the tone is amazing. With all the options available due to the electronics, I can't imaging anyone not being able to get the sound you are looking for. The neck plays like butter! Setup out of the box was spot on. Sustain for days. Tap/tap knobs instead of push pull lets you change up instantly, great for some lead. Especially with the extra boost. Don't know why Gibson isn't producing these any more, it is one of the most versatile Les Paul's you can buy. Grab one before they are gone.

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      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      I would jump on this...don't hesitate!

      By JDog

      from Draper, Utah

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

      • Fun To Play
      • Good Feel
      • Good Pick Up
      • Good Tone
      • Incredible Value
      • Solid Electronics
      • This Was An Easy Decision
      • Very pretty

      Cons

      • One Dark Spot Blemish

      Best Uses

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

      Comments about Gibson Les Paul Studio Deluxe II '60s Neck Flame Top Electric Guitar:

      A previous comment from a happy customer will detail all that you could possibly say about this fine instrument. It was a very detailed account that will enlightened anyone to all the pluses that come with the guitar. And it does seem like a well kept secret. You are basically getting a Les Paul without the binding around the edge. You can spend more on some of the new studios and get much less of a guitar in quality,or spend more for a traditional or standard that may not be as nice as as this rig. There is a sale right now making them available for a grand. An incredible offer that has me thinking about getting a second one with a 50's neck that seems to only be offered in a beautiful kind of dark burst, like a Tobacco Burst. This particular Les Paul is worth more than every penny you can scape up. Get on it before they vanish.

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      5.0

      First LP and I'm loving it

      By Rich

      from North Carolina

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • All the above

        Comments about Gibson Les Paul Studio Deluxe II '60s Neck Flame Top Electric Guitar:

        I've played Fenders and Fender copies for a long time and wanted to venture away from my norm. I've had Gibson acoustic for a long while and thought it was time to grab a Les Paul. This thing was even in near perfect tuning right out of the box. The pickups sound great. The boost switch helps comp for the gain lost when you split the coils and is adjustable. The PUSH/PUSH buttons on the knobs work great. I can't exactly figure out how the Studio Pro is more expensive and doesn't have the features this one does. It can't just be the difference between a 490R and a 57 classic in the neck. It's extremely versatile and I thing my Strats may be lonely for a little while. lol

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        (0 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

         
        1.0

        buying used

        By paducah

        from humboldt county california

        About Me Experienced

        Pros

        • Good Feel

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Jamming
          • Small Venues

          Comments about Gibson Les Paul Studio Deluxe II '60s Neck Flame Top Electric Guitar:

          bought condition #2 bad buzz, like bad ground.
          more money, bought con #1 same buzz. like flipin ground on old fender amp. more money bought new.
          sent two back inside of week. fast turn over got newbe coming its only been a couple of days should have gone this way first time....
          Paducah in Humboldt Co.

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          (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Feature packed and very playable

          By Dan

          from Walnut Creek, CA

          About Me Experienced

          Pros

          • Comfortable neck
          • Flame Top
          • Fun To Play
          • Good Feel
          • Good Pick Up
          • Good Tone
          • Solid Electronics

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Jamming
            • Practicing
            • Recording
            • Rock Concerts

            Comments about Gibson Les Paul Studio Deluxe II '60s Neck Flame Top Electric Guitar:

            This guitar has all the stuff I love about Les Paul guitars and nothing that I have always disliked about them! I love Fender necks and this is just as easy to play for me. Despite the fact that I have big hands, the late 50's neck is way too chunky and uncomfortable for me to play for any length of time. The tapered 60's neck profile is super comfortable.

            The pickup combo is really nice. The 490R/Burstbucker sound great together.

            I grew up in the 80's and 90's so Slash was a huge inspiration for me; I have been searching years for something like his tone. Years ago I set out on a quest to find a les paul that I wouldn't just turn around and sell after realizing I didn't like it. There has always been something about LPs I didn't like, usually the neck, playability and balance just felt off to me.

            I spent a day in GC in Concord CA about a month ago. I played several Epiphones, a couple Gibsons and at the last minute I decided to get this one down off the top shelf. I instantly loved it and that's when you know it's time to consider! I don't buy guitars sight unseen, twice I've not liked the result.

            First of all - the weight: the modern weight relief makes this guitar about the same weight as my American Strat HSS.

            Second - the neck feels a lot like a Strat neck but it just feels really good to grab a hold of; you can shred on it or dig in and get chunky with it and it's all comfortable.

            Third - on this guitar you have two push-push coil taps and boost which you can adjust through the back plate. The coil tapped tone, clean, is really unique and chimey, classic single coil tone. As humbuckers, the Burstbucker has that edgy rhythm tone that "whips" on high gain when you palm mute or rake the strings, and the 490R gets you soaring lead sound that actually cuts through on rhythm parts too, it's not muddy at all.

            This is a really flexible guitar. It was between this one and an Epiphone that was cheaper that I didn't like as much. I went with this guitar because I know it will hold its value (after selling previous Gibbys) and it's got great features.

            Finally, the flame - pretty nice on a guitar in this price range. I don't know whether it is A, AA, AAA, etc... but for the price I wasn't really expecting any kind of flame at all so it's more of a (beautiful) bonus than anything else, and the grain on the back of the guitar is also gorgeous. The whole instrument is very well finished and set up with the exception of one tiny finishing blemish on the neck, but I can get past that.

            Highly recommended if you are looking for a flexible guitar that gives you great LP tone.

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            (3 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            gibson studio deluxe II

            By Stormking

            from Melbourne FL

            About Me Experienced

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

              Cons

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                  Comments about Gibson Les Paul Studio Deluxe II '60s Neck Flame Top Electric Guitar:

                  Unfortunately the guitar arrived with one of the push/pull pots frozen in place so it was returned two days later. I tried it out briefly and it sounded fine. I am looking forward to the replacement and will update then.

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                  (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Superior workmanship!

                  By Dave4664

                  from Pa

                  About Me Novice

                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Jamming
                    • Practicing
                    • Small Venues

                    Comments about Gibson Les Paul Studio Deluxe II '60s Neck Flame Top Electric Guitar:

                    You will not regret the purchase of this Les Paul. The guitar is so well crafted that your playing ability will soar to new levels very quickly....simply because of how well designed and built it is. Trust me...learning on a poorly built import is more difficult than learning on a well built instrument like this one. I wasted time and hundreds of greenbacks with "lesser" electric guitars. Those things only made learning and playing more difficult! Don't waste your time with junk.... This beauty plays like silk....and sounds like heaven!

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                    (8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    4.0

                    Very, very good guitar and value

                    By TJxSJ

                    from Undisclosed

                    About Me Experienced

                    Pros

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

                    Cons

                    • Minor Imperfections

                    Best Uses

                    • Jamming
                    • Practicing
                    • Recording

                    Comments about Gibson Les Paul Studio Deluxe II '60s Neck Flame Top Electric Guitar:

                    Have owned my Wine Red version for four months now--my first Gibson since my Explorer in the mid-80's. This is a very versatile guitar that can make a decent player sound great. Liked the slender 60's neck MUCH better than the chunky 50's version, and the balance is excellent.

                    Coil splitting provides a wide variety of tones. The split-mode offers a unique take on the single coil sound--think Telecaster over Stratocaster. My AmSt Strat can't sound like a LP, but the Studio Deluxe can play on the "twangy" end of the spectrum. The boost feature is a perfect mix with the split-coils because in single coil mode you lose a little volume. In humbucker mode the boost will not only increase volume, but also adds dirt--which can be amazing or annoying, depending on what you're looking for. The humbuckers are what you'd expect from a Les Paul--biting at the bridge, fat and mellow at the neck, and right in between with both mixed in. The real fun is when you start mixing either one in single-coil mode. Lots of tones.

                    Speed knobs and electronics work perfectly with no crackling or noise. Tuners are solid and worry free (though locking tuners would be ideal).

                    My ONLY complaint with this guitar would be very minor finish imperfections. The finish is slightly rough where there neck meets the body--I've seen this with various Gibson LPs. There was also a minor "chip" on the edge of the fretboard, around the fifth fret. I would have chalked this up to shop wear, but it looks like it came that way because it's finished like the rest of the neck. Neither of these things affected playability or sound, so they weren't a big deal to me, but if perfection is important to you, you'll want to be picky.

                    Overall, a fantastic way to own a "professional-grade" Les Paul with coil-splitting capabilities at a decent price. This one's a keeper.

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                    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    Very Nice

                    By john mcintyre

                    from Florida

                    About Me Experienced

                    Pros

                    • Fun To Play

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Jamming
                      • Practicing

                      Comments about Gibson Les Paul Studio Deluxe II '60s Neck Flame Top Electric Guitar:

                      Great Guitar, I would recommend this beast to anyone. Plays like butter and the pick up configuration is very useful. The finish is top notch and very well put together.

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                      (2 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      4.0

                      Great Guitar - Poor Set Up

                      By rick d

                      from texas

                      About Me Experienced

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

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

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Jamming
                        • Practicing

                        Comments about Gibson Les Paul Studio Deluxe II '60s Neck Flame Top Electric Guitar:

                        Love the guitar, but the set up from the factory was terrible. After taking it to be set up and spending $$ to have it done by a professional, it's fantastic.

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