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Gibson Les Paul Studio Faded Maple Top Electric Guitar

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Delivers all the performance and power of the standard Studio, but with a thin, faded finish for an aged, vintage look and more resonance. Crafted wi...Click To Read More About This Product

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Faded finish enhances simple, elegant design.

Delivers all the performance and power of the standard Studio, but with a thin, faded finish for an aged, vintage look and more resonance. Crafted with a mahogany body with maple top, mahogany neck, and rosewood fingerboard. The 490R neck and 498T bridge pickups with Alnico II magnets provide traditional humbucker tone with enhanced highs.

The arrival of the 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. The simple elegant design quickly made it the most popular model in the Gibson Les Paul Guitar Series.

FEATURES
Carved maple top with faded finish, mahogany back
Mahogany neck
Rosewood fingerboard
Tune-O-Matic/stopbar
Chrome hardware
490R Alnico magnet humbucker
498T Alnico magnet humbucker
2 volume, 2 tone, 3-way switch controls
Black speed knobs
Tulip tuners
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4.6

(based on 38 reviews)

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2007 Gibson Les Paul Studio - Where's the WEIGHT?

I had just sold my 2004 Gibson Les Paul Special Faded Ebony, that guitar was a HEAVYWEIGHT, it was like a brick, so as soon as I took the new one out it...Read complete review

I had just sold my 2004 Gibson Les Paul Special Faded Ebony, that guitar was a HEAVYWEIGHT, it was like a brick, so as soon as I took the new one out it felt like a toy and I was not happy at all.Also, the Faded sounded better although both have the same 490/498 pick-ups, the faded was cleaner and less fuzzy sounding, hard to explain, now I really was not happy.I was seriously going to return this guitar, but then I realized, it plays much nicer than the Faded. The frets do not slice my fingers, they are very comfortable. I find myself playing for hours.Also, the lack of weight makes playing enjoyable.Then I also realized, this guitar has its own sound, also GREAT, you just have to adjust your amp settings, back off a touch of gain and there it is, that GREAT Les Paul sound.The guitar really sounds nice, not as clear as the Faded was, but definitely a Les Paul.I do think the weight of the earlier Les Pauls has a positive effect on their great sound, but the new new ones are much easier to play thanks to their lighter weight.As for the finish, the Maple does not compare to that of my Fender Showmaster FMT HH in Cherry Sunburst or my Fender Telecaster FMT HH in Black Cherryburst, they both have beautiful lacquered finishes, in fact I have not seen many guitars that compare well to them, but the Les Paul is still nice, just not as expensive looking.For the price, it is a nice guitar, and for the extra $180 over a Faded you get a Hardshell case, better looks, and much better dressed frets.I don't think I would not spend that much for a Les Paul Studio in the more popular colors when you can get this one for a great price.

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Gibson Studio Faded Maple Top

Gibson are now more affordable thanks to some lower end offerings such as this. The best thing about this Les Paul are the pickups. Awesome Les Paul Tone. The fatter neck gives this...Read complete review

Gibson are now more affordable thanks to some lower end offerings such as this. The best thing about this Les Paul are the pickups. Awesome Les Paul Tone. The fatter neck gives this guitar alot of sustain. The neck is not a true 59 neck but fatter than the slim taper neck. The lack of a heavy finish makes this guitar lighter than most other Les Pauls. The faded honeyburst finish has a nice classic look to it. I replaced the black speed knobs for some gold top hats. They look good with the honey burst finish The down side to the affordable price is lack luster over all quality. The fret work is awful, innotation was off, and the action felt like a $199 guitar. I had to spend considerable time setting it up. There is only so much I could do with the frets. If you want Gibson sound with out the playability go for it. I wish I would of kept saving my money and spent it on a higher end model.

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5.0

Very Nice!!!!!!

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

Well, after playing the studio at my local shop for over an hour I totally fell in love with this guitar. I used my Marshall JTM 30 watt combo. I absoulutely love the bridge pickup as it sounds very nice clean and with the gain is clear, smooth and has endless sustain. The neck pickup was good too but the bridge is what really did it for me. I was constantly bending notes over the course of an hour and it stayed in tune very well which is always nice. I just ordered the faded maple top and cannot wait for it to get here to enjoy it. I was not impressed with the other colors of the different studios and this one looks great, ecspecially with the chrome hardware. I am not a big fan of the gold hardware. Also for a moment I wondered if this model had the same pickups as the other studios, so I called Gibson customer service and they assured me that these are the exact same pickups.

 
3.0

Gibson Studio Faded Maple Top

By Dodgenbullets

from Phoenix Az

Gibson are now more affordable thanks to some lower end offerings such as this. The best thing about this Les Paul are the pickups. Awesome Les Paul Tone. The fatter neck gives this guitar alot of sustain. The neck is not a true 59 neck but fatter than the slim taper neck. The lack of a heavy finish makes this guitar lighter than most other Les Pauls. The faded honeyburst finish has a nice classic look to it. I replaced the black speed knobs for some gold top hats. They look good with the honey burst finish The down side to the affordable price is lack luster over all quality. The fret work is awful, innotation was off, and the action felt like a $199 guitar. I had to spend considerable time setting it up. There is only so much I could do with the frets. If you want Gibson sound with out the playability go for it. I wish I would of kept saving my money and spent it on a higher end model.

 
5.0

Much more impressed than I thought I would be

By Livinthedream

from rockandroll,usa

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I have two nice Strats and a Tele, all of which I am very happy with. I also have some nice acoustics. Just for a change a pace and a few bucks I though I would put a "Paul" in my inventory and WOW. This one can't touch my 62 hot rod for blues, but man, can it rock out. Give a little gain and this thing just loves both my Crate tube amp and my line 6. I was not that impressed with the Line 6 spider jam amp until I played some rock and metal with "my Paul". It is not nearly as comfortable to play as my Fenders, but the sound is awesome. The frets need to be dressed up a bit. I am 100% happy with this guitar. I think it is the best value by far for an American made electric guitar for under a grand. My ears are still cooking from just playing. Yes, it plays everything well except blues. Yes, you can play blues, but it pales in comparison to my Strats and Tele. If you want to add a "Paul" jump all over this guitar. Yes, this guitar makes me want to take a test drive on some of the "Paul's" that have bigger price tags. And yes, I do like the satin finish. I graded down a bit for features and quality due to the frets. Pretty simple guitar. Love the guitar!

 
5.0

This Gibson Rocks

By 49cents_guitarist

from Omaha

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I play this guitar thru a Fender Hot Rod Deluxe. It screams. Very mean guitar! If you want versatility with Rock and Roll, get this guitar. I bought a fender deluxe tele a few weeks before getting this monster, and it almost puts the Fender Deluxe to shame. This Gibson has very high output; let the humbuckers do the work for you. I was weary because this is a lower end gibson, but it still surprised me and rocks very hard. Try it out, it will impress you. Dont forget, the pickups in this guitar are the same pickups that are in the Studio Premiums (a $700 more expensive guitar). Bang for your buck, this is 100% worth it!

 
5.0

Great Guitar

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

I played this guitar at my neighbors house. From when I first saw it I knew I liked it. It has great sustain and overall amazing pickups, and it doesnt come out of tune easily, the only bad thing about this guitar is that it is heavy.

 
5.0

Absolutely Impressed!

By Gibson Lover-.Dheb

from West Virginia

I received this guitar last week and was a little concerned about what type of quality I would be getting, since the price was as low as I had seen for a Les Paul. I am completely happy with everything. The looks is simply beautiful, the playability is great, and the sound is awesome!

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3.0

Not Worth It

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

This is a pretty solid axe. It has the trademark Les Paul tone everyone loves. But the only reason it costs what it does is because of the name on the peghead. As far as visuals, I don't like that it has no binding although the finish was nice. In short, pass up the name on the headstock, Go get an Epiphone LP Custom and drop some Burstbuckers in it, and pat yourself on the back for getting a better overall guitar and saving a few hundred C-notes.

 
5.0

What do you expect?

By Kaleb Trail

from Martinsburg, WV

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I purchased this guitar and was very nervous whether I would like it or not. Needless to say, when I plugged it in, I was sold.Great sustain, incredible action. The intonation was almost perfect right out of the case. Though it probably didn't need it,I did some minor bridge adjustment, changed the strings, and adjusted the intonation. The guitar sounds awesome, plays awesome, and looks even better. Would I buy it again? Sure would.

 
4.0

2007 Gibson Les Paul Studio - Where's the WEIGHT?

By yell03

from PA

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I had just sold my 2004 Gibson Les Paul Special Faded Ebony, that guitar was a HEAVYWEIGHT, it was like a brick, so as soon as I took the new one out it felt like a toy and I was not happy at all.Also, the Faded sounded better although both have the same 490/498 pick-ups, the faded was cleaner and less fuzzy sounding, hard to explain, now I really was not happy.I was seriously going to return this guitar, but then I realized, it plays much nicer than the Faded. The frets do not slice my fingers, they are very comfortable. I find myself playing for hours.Also, the lack of weight makes playing enjoyable.Then I also realized, this guitar has its own sound, also GREAT, you just have to adjust your amp settings, back off a touch of gain and there it is, that GREAT Les Paul sound.The guitar really sounds nice, not as clear as the Faded was, but definitely a Les Paul.I do think the weight of the earlier Les Pauls has a positive effect on their great sound, but the new new ones are much easier to play thanks to their lighter weight.As for the finish, the Maple does not compare to that of my Fender Showmaster FMT HH in Cherry Sunburst or my Fender Telecaster FMT HH in Black Cherryburst, they both have beautiful lacquered finishes, in fact I have not seen many guitars that compare well to them, but the Les Paul is still nice, just not as expensive looking.For the price, it is a nice guitar, and for the extra $180 over a Faded you get a Hardshell case, better looks, and much better dressed frets.I don't think I would not spend that much for a Les Paul Studio in the more popular colors when you can get this one for a great price.

 
5.0

beautiful guitar

By aaron-Wu4dK

from Undisclosed

I have a lot of inetresting guitars, but this one is by far my favorite. This guitar is good for any kind of music that you want to play. The neck is smooth and has some great action for shredding, but flip in on clean and you have a nice clean tone for those deeper songs. Deffinetly buy it.

 
2.0

les paul studio faded

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

Returned guitar after a few days since it would not stay in tune and the frets felt like barbed wire. Very disappointed in the item, maybe I just got a bad one, but I will not be ordering a replacement studio after experiencing the lack of quality in this one.

 
5.0

Good Buy

By Brandon-bQvsM

from New Hampshire

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Great guitar and sound. The sustain is incredible and it stays in tune VERY well. The inotation is almost perfect when it was shipped to me. No damage AT ALL was done to the guitar during shipping. Anyone who wants a $3,000 dollar guitar sound, buy this, its easy on your wallet with all the bells and whistles.

 
5.0

Now this is an LP !!

By The Initiator

from NYC

Whats not to like here?Great sounding.Great looking.Very good build quality.Just an awesome deal on a very nice LP.Glad to see the folks at Gibson put out an LP that is both affordable and respectable instead of that BFG disaster. This one is definitely on my wish list for this year. I must have one.

 
5.0

Gibson Les Paul Studio Faded

By David-43DA5

from Huntsville, AL

I got this guitar three months ago for my birthday, and I've been majorly impressed by the quality of it. I've played standars and customs before, and this guitar flat out beats them down. At first, I was worried that the faded finish would look ugly and take away from the sound. However, the finish makes the guitar even more distinctive while playing unplugged and it sounds great plugged in too. Not to mention it looks gorgeous. The pickups are the same exact ones used on the Les Paul Supremes and Les Paul Customs. These pickups delver incredible versatility. I can play anything from heavey metal, to classic rock, to country, to power ballads on this guitar. I play it with my Spider III combo and it sounds amazing clean or distorted. The faded finish on the neck makes it easy to move up and down the neck with great speed. A guitar that plays like this and has all of this top-notch equipment is an absolute STEAL at this price. If you're contemplating purchasing this guitar, DO IT!

 
5.0

Great Gibson Value

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

This is a great Les Paul, if you are thinking about Epiphone, buy this instead! You get much better quality, pickups, electronics, and a solid case. The pickups in this are killer. I bought it as a backup for my LP Supreme, which has the same pickups. Obviously the tone and feel can't compare to the Supreme, but for the price it really does come close. This guitar has much more of a raw-rock sound to it, and has very great lead tones. Bridge has amazing biting rock leads, neck has great smooth sounds. Pickups are high output yet don't feed back. They hit the clean channel hard, but the volume and tone knobs are very effective to get settings to your liking (useable tones all around). Jazz sounds can't get as smooth/mellow as on my Supreme, but this guitar is still quite versatile. Highly recommend it, especially for the price. Only complaint is fret edges are a tiny bit sharp, but not bad at all still (doesn't cause pain/discomfort, but it's just not perfect). Oh, and the honeyburst is beautiful in real life, especially with good lighting. This guitar is very light for a LP and easy to play. The finish should hide dings/scratches well. Woody feeling neck/guitar, but it breaks in nice.

 
5.0

Really cool guitar

By all about the Paul

from Tennessee

I got mine before christmas 08 and I have to say.... It freaking rocks. I can find no flaws in tone or craftmanship. As far as the finish not being shiny... so what. This guitar rocks.

 
5.0

sweet guitar after set up

By Heathen in the night

from Rochester MN

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I've had this guitar for six months now and I'm very pleased. When it arrived it sounded good but the action was high, finally I realized that maybe the sound quality could be improved if I lowered the action, so I lowered it and now it sounds amazing. On clean it sounds very bright and on lead I was able to turn the gain down a bit and get great punchy tones with lots of sustain. I play this with a marshall jtm and couldnt be happier. Ive learned some valuable lessons in the last few years, mainly to play a good tube amplifier and to use a good quality guitar with it. I tried using a mexi strat with my jtm and it sounded like garbage, but once I plugged in my lp studio everything was golden. This guitar rocks, pair it with a good marshall and life is good. Ive always tried to be cheap and get by with solid state krap or cheap guitars, but now Im willing to pay more to get the best sound so I can enjoy playing music.

 
1.0

Very Over Rated

By budt1022

from Bowling Green Ky

I've been buying EPI'S for a long time know, so I decided to save up my money and buy a real les paul, boy what a mistake that was. I opened up this guitar and it looked like something you would buy from wal-mart. As soon as I picked it up there was a rattling noise comming from inside the control panel, I opened it and found a washer rolling around. The action was set very high after tacking it to a tone shop I found out why all the fret's were not level, all the pot nuts were loose. A high end EPI made in china would put this guitar to shame! I am embarrassed to have USA stamped on the back of this thing!!!

 
5.0

Best Les Paul going

By Ed from Pueblo

from Pueblo, Colorado

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I really expected very little having looked at the Gibson Les Paul Studio faded series, but this guitar surprised me. The finish is much nicer than illustrated and when polished up is more like the Fender Highway 1 series finish then the mahogany top studios. The maple in mine has some nice figure to it and the fit/finish is very good. The frets are pretty good and overall intonation is excellent. I don't like the bridge pickup, but replaced it with a Gibson 57 Classic Plus for a sweeter tone. I don't see a lot of difference with the standards except the deeper finish, but for less than 1/2 of price it's a steal. I don't think you can go wrong with this guitar. The color is more of a heritage washed cherry than the ugly brown shown in the pictures. -Ed

 
5.0

I felt in love again!

By diloyer

from Florida

I had one of the first?s LP studios made. Belong to a friend. Whit this guitar I felt in love of the Gibson Les Paul guitar. I took it back to my friend after a few months using it. Recently, I bought a Faded Cherry but I sold it because I did not like the sound, it?s a good sound but it?s not for me. I was looking the original sound that I heard on my friend?s guitar. I bought this Faded Maple Top around one year ago? and yes! This one has the tone that I was searching, very nice vintage look, sustain, fat deep sound in the neck pickup and bright gain in the bridge pickup, the action is very good. I use it with a Fender Blues Junior and sometimes an ME-50 and its sound it?s fantastic. Buy it!

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