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Gibson Les Paul Studio Mahogany Electric Guitar  

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    No-nonsense performance and classic tones!

    Ever since its introduction in 1983, the Les Paul Studio model has been enormously popular with players seeking the power and versatility of the original Les Paul Standard in a ready-for-action package, with a price to match. The instruments' reduced ornamentation—lacking body or fingerboard binding, and using plainer tops—has helped to put them in the hands of many more players, while their adherence to the Les Paul's hardware, pickup, and construction traditions retained all the thick, meaty tone and unsurpassed playability for which the Standard has been known for nearly 60 years.

    The Gibson Les Paul Studio Mahogany combines these assets in a new instrument with a carved mahogany top for a subtle tonal shift when compared to the traditional maple top, and two exclusive finishes: Worn Satin White and Worn Satin Ebony, both with a Baked Maple fingerboard. Combine all this with a pair of Gibson's most popular humbucking pickups ever, and a classic hardware complement, and you have a no-nonsense classic for rock, blues, fusion, or any musical style you care to apply it to.

    The Les Paul Studio Mahogany is equipped with a pair of Gibson's Modern Classics humbucking pickups, a 490R in the rhythm (neck) position and a 498T "Hot Alnico" in the lead (bridge) position. This calibrated pairing offers an excellent output balance between pickups, with tremendous tonal versatility between the individual and combined switch settings. Gibson's 490R uses an Alnico II bar magnet for a smooth, warm tone, while the 498T uses an Alnico V bar magnet for a sharper, punchier response. Gibson's Modern Classics are among the most popular humbucking pickups in modern guitar making, and offer tone and performance suitable for a wide range of musical styles. Both the bridge and neck pickup yield plenty of richness and clarity, and can dial in great clean tones when required, but will also push amps and effects a little harder when desired. The 490R in the neck position is warm, rich, and round sounding, while the 498T in the bridge position is hotter and meatier, with excellent midrange punch, a sizzling lead tone through a high-gain amp or pedal, and excellent sustain.

    Check the drop-down menu to the right to select colors and/or other options.

    Features
    • Model name: Gibson Les Paul Studio Mahogany
    • Body style: single-cutaway carved top Les Paul
    • Top wood: Mahogany
    • Body wood: Chambered mahogany
    • Finish: nitrocellulose lacquer
    • Neck: solid quartersawn mahogany
    • Neck profile: '50s rounded
    • Neck joint: set
    • Nut: Corian
    • Fingerboard: Baked Maple
    • 22 jumbo frets
    • Fingerboard inlays: figured acrylic trapezoids
    • Hardware plating: Chrome
    • Tuners: Vintage-style pearloid key tuners
    • Neck pickup: Gibson 490R humbucker
    • Bridge pickup: Gibson 498T "Hot Alnico" humbucker
    • Pickup selector: 3-way
    • Controls: volume, volume, tone, tone
    • Knobs: Black top hat
    • Pickguard: black
    • Bridge: Tune-O-Matic
    • Tailpiece: stopbar

    An affordable full-featured Gibson Les Paul with an all-mahogany wood construction.

     
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    4.3

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    Gibson is simply the best

    Not for nothing Gibson is the most recognized guitar brand.
    These Gibson guitars (I guess from the Studio ones up) are just MONSTERS.
    The are a different animal.
    Sure...Read complete review

    Not for nothing Gibson is the most recognized guitar brand.
    These Gibson guitars (I guess from the Studio ones up) are just MONSTERS.
    The are a different animal.
    Sure there are other very good brands, but nothing like a Gibson.
    Nevertheless, when it comes down to guitars, no matter what they tell you,
    you have to play it, test it, somehow. If you can't afford a Standard, buy a Studio.
    That's what I did, and took a leap of faith it was gonna be awesome. It IS.
    Of course I had played some Standards, and some Epiphone LPs, so the LP body and neck
    wasn't alien to me.
    I had played/owned American Stratocasters, and Ibanez RGs and an Ibanez K7APEX2 (7 string).
    Well, let me tell you: Not one of these guitars are up to par with a Gibson LP. They lack many
    stuff the Gibson has. What? You may ask. They are just guitars, they all have tone knobs and volumne knobs, etc.
    Ok, here we go: When you play the Gibson, you play with ease, it doesn't fight you at all, unless of course
    you choose to use heavy string gauge, but that's a personal choice.
    Anything you play with a Gibson, come out so easy, you can't believe why hammer ons and pull offs were kinda hard before
    (I still remember saying "How hard do I have to pull the string off so it will sound clear, at least decent?").
    Here with a LP, you barely pull the string, it's like it plays itself.
    Kid you not (of course this is kinda metaphoric).
    Now, the harmonics respond and project so well, it's incredible.
    You don't have to put the pick up selector to the bridge and have the tone knob to the brightest setting (up to 10),
    and lots of gain so the harmonics will project kinda decent from your guitar.
    Also, here plays another part: Sustain!
    This thing sustains a lot, at least 5 seconds (depending on your setup).
    So, when you bend, you can release the bend, bend again, release, bend again, and after that, the note will
    still be ringing.
    Now, combine sutain and harmonics... BEAUTIFUL!
    Also, the tone of the guitar is beyong brutally great.
    Maybe it's because the pickups are made by Gibson themselves too.
    I have left stock the guitar because it's that good.
    Only thing I changed was: action and made the wraparound trick (google it).
    Now the strings feel more slinky (easier to fret) and no other guitar does this (unless of course
    they use the same bridge/tail piece combo).
    The 50's neck... I believe this is the chunkiest one... I don't perceive it that way at all.
    This fits my hand so like a ring to a finger it's ridiculous.
    Again, this is a personal thing: I can't stand neither PRS or Petrucci's Music Man guitars' necks on my hand.
    They just don't fit me. That doesn't make them worse than Gibson, of course, it's a personal thing (btw, Petrucci
    is my idol, and a Gibson idol I don't have yet, although I am discovering Bonamassa right now and I identify with him).
    So, with the risk of sounding repetitive: Personal choice it what all comes down.
    It just happens I swear by Gibson: The guitar I bought is beyond great for me and my hands and my playing.
    And I perceive its construction, and tone, and looks, all very very good. Excellent I'd say.
    Bottom line is: if you are told: PRS are great guitars, you should check them out, the same goes for Gibson, Music Man,
    etc, etc. In other words: try before you buy.
    Because if you do, when you get your Gibson in your hands, you won't let it go ever! I hope to die with my Smell Like

    Marshmallows (oh yeah, they smell so good, I couldn't believe it) LP White Satin Exclusive All Mahogany 2012.
    Btw, wwhen you get your Gibson, I suggest you turn the tone knobs down to 2 o 3, and go from there to what you like.
    (Bonamassa influence already :P )
    Ok, in conclusion: Best guitar I ever had/played.
    If I had the dough, I'd buy a second one to have it tuned in Eb.

    VS

    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Les Paul Studio Mahogany Satin White

    I recently recieved a satin white LP Mahogany after months of it being on back order. I was very disappointed with the guitar. First of all, upon opening the case I found the...Read complete review

    I recently recieved a satin white LP Mahogany after months of it being on back order. I was very disappointed with the guitar. First of all, upon opening the case I found the color to have a greenish hue to it. It matched the color of the mint guard on my tele almost exactly. Upon furthur inspection I found chunks of dust and dirt in the paint as well. The finishing on this guitar was horrible as was the setup. Poorly cut nut and buzz all the way up the board. I really liked the tone and resonance of this guitar, but there were too many flaws to keep it. I didnt bother exchanging for another because I wouldnt ever be happy with the mint green color. I own several other Gibsons and love them all, but this one was a real letdown

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    4.0

    A Fine Guitar But Sadly Discontinued

    By Les Paul Disciple

    from Covington, LA

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    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 Mahogany Electric Guitar:

      This guitar was an exclusive model sold only through Musician's Friend but sadly is no longer available. This is a shame because this is a great guitar. Mine was a later model of the satin white edition with the baked maple fretboard (It seems there was a "problem" with using ebony). Baked maple is quite hard with many of the qualities of ebony. The tighter grain makes for easy string bending due to the smooth surface. The chambered body makes it lighter than any Les Paul I have ever played. The pups, 498-T/490-R, are superb. They are perhaps a bit too powerful for this model but lowering them will eliminate some of the punchiness. What I like most about this model is the tone that comes from having a mahogany top. It isn't as bright as the standard maple top but it has a tonal quality that will delight people who want to emulate the tone of jazz guitarists from the 30's and 40's. [I mainly keep my pickup selector in either the rhythm or middle position with the tone knobs around a "7" and the result is a wonderfully smooth tone that is perfect for "jazz cats"]. If you wish you rattle the windows, simply add a good distortion pedal. The bottom line is this is an extremely versatile guitar It doesn't matter if you are "Velvet Jones" or "Captain Crunch", this little beauty will not disappoint you. The only real drawback to this model and the reason I gave it a four star rating is that the satin finish on the neck can get sticky if your hands are sweaty.[NOTE: This particular model is no longer produced but there are other Studio models out there with the mahogany top. "Try it, you'll like it!"]

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      (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Gibson is simply the best

      By SnowWhite

      from Mexico

      About Me Experienced

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Fun To Play
      • Good Feel
      • Good Pick Up
      • Good Tone
      • Looks awesome
      • Smells delicious
      • Solid Electronics
      • Very responsive

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Fits every venue
        • Jamming
        • Practicing
        • Recording
        • Rock Concerts
        • School Bands
        • Small Venues

        Comments about Gibson Les Paul Studio Mahogany Electric Guitar:

        Not for nothing Gibson is the most recognized guitar brand.
        These Gibson guitars (I guess from the Studio ones up) are just MONSTERS.
        The are a different animal.
        Sure there are other very good brands, but nothing like a Gibson.
        Nevertheless, when it comes down to guitars, no matter what they tell you,
        you have to play it, test it, somehow. If you can't afford a Standard, buy a Studio.
        That's what I did, and took a leap of faith it was gonna be awesome. It IS.
        Of course I had played some Standards, and some Epiphone LPs, so the LP body and neck
        wasn't alien to me.
        I had played/owned American Stratocasters, and Ibanez RGs and an Ibanez K7APEX2 (7 string).
        Well, let me tell you: Not one of these guitars are up to par with a Gibson LP. They lack many
        stuff the Gibson has. What? You may ask. They are just guitars, they all have tone knobs and volumne knobs, etc.
        Ok, here we go: When you play the Gibson, you play with ease, it doesn't fight you at all, unless of course
        you choose to use heavy string gauge, but that's a personal choice.
        Anything you play with a Gibson, come out so easy, you can't believe why hammer ons and pull offs were kinda hard before
        (I still remember saying "How hard do I have to pull the string off so it will sound clear, at least decent?").
        Here with a LP, you barely pull the string, it's like it plays itself.
        Kid you not (of course this is kinda metaphoric).
        Now, the harmonics respond and project so well, it's incredible.
        You don't have to put the pick up selector to the bridge and have the tone knob to the brightest setting (up to 10),
        and lots of gain so the harmonics will project kinda decent from your guitar.
        Also, here plays another part: Sustain!
        This thing sustains a lot, at least 5 seconds (depending on your setup).
        So, when you bend, you can release the bend, bend again, release, bend again, and after that, the note will
        still be ringing.
        Now, combine sutain and harmonics... BEAUTIFUL!
        Also, the tone of the guitar is beyong brutally great.
        Maybe it's because the pickups are made by Gibson themselves too.
        I have left stock the guitar because it's that good.
        Only thing I changed was: action and made the wraparound trick (google it).
        Now the strings feel more slinky (easier to fret) and no other guitar does this (unless of course
        they use the same bridge/tail piece combo).
        The 50's neck... I believe this is the chunkiest one... I don't perceive it that way at all.
        This fits my hand so like a ring to a finger it's ridiculous.
        Again, this is a personal thing: I can't stand neither PRS or Petrucci's Music Man guitars' necks on my hand.
        They just don't fit me. That doesn't make them worse than Gibson, of course, it's a personal thing (btw, Petrucci
        is my idol, and a Gibson idol I don't have yet, although I am discovering Bonamassa right now and I identify with him).
        So, with the risk of sounding repetitive: Personal choice it what all comes down.
        It just happens I swear by Gibson: The guitar I bought is beyond great for me and my hands and my playing.
        And I perceive its construction, and tone, and looks, all very very good. Excellent I'd say.
        Bottom line is: if you are told: PRS are great guitars, you should check them out, the same goes for Gibson, Music Man,
        etc, etc. In other words: try before you buy.
        Because if you do, when you get your Gibson in your hands, you won't let it go ever! I hope to die with my Smell Like

        Marshmallows (oh yeah, they smell so good, I couldn't believe it) LP White Satin Exclusive All Mahogany 2012.
        Btw, wwhen you get your Gibson, I suggest you turn the tone knobs down to 2 o 3, and go from there to what you like.
        (Bonamassa influence already :P )
        Ok, in conclusion: Best guitar I ever had/played.
        If I had the dough, I'd buy a second one to have it tuned in Eb.

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        (4 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

         
        1.0

        Gibson Les Paul Studio

        Comments about Gibson Les Paul Studio Mahogany Electric Guitar:

        I would definatly not reccomend this guitar being only 4 months old and the problems it has!
        I bought this guitar expecting the Gibson name being built on Quality wow was i wrong got it and the finish was like a stain not the gloss finish that just about every guitar has played for an hour could not keep it in tune and now 4 months and 3 string changes later still wont stay in tune, a month after i got it the plastic nut cracked replaced it with a proper bone made nut, and the chambered body makes it have a rather bright sound not the ballsy tone that other gibson lps have. If you want a decent guitar either go old les paul or PRS!!!

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        (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Very versatile guitar, dodgy strap locks

        By RenegadeDave

        from Marietta, GA

        Comments about Gibson Les Paul Studio Mahogany Electric Guitar:

        I flat love this guitar, downfalls of the LP design aside. It's served me very well.
        I have had this guitar for just over a year (white). I love the way it plays, sounds, sustains, everything. The ebony is great and glass smooth. The tone can do cleaner jazzy stuff out of the neck, especially rolling off the tone a bit, and it can do straight up rock and I've gotten great metal tones out of it as well.


        The 490R/498T is a pretty nice pickup set. Kind of "stiff"/compressed, but great for rock.

        The knobs are bell shaped, not speed knobs, which can be difficult to grip.

        Standard Nashville TOM bridge, very functional. No need to replace.

        The Gibson deluxe tuners are "meh", but are serviceable.

        The corian nut can have binding issues on the open G string causing tuning stability issues, but that's largely accredited to the headstock design and will plague just about any LP style guitar. I swapped the nut for a graphtech, it helped somewhat.

        The satin finish is very thin and feels FANTASTIC. I love the look and feel of the finish. However, it is very fragile. The second or third day I put a ding in it from a very light bump. I'm not someone who deifies my gear and spins around on my eyebrows when it begins to look used, so I don't really fault it because I love the feel of the satin.

        The ebony is great, glass smooth. Provides for snappy attack.

        Switchcraft jack/pickup selector scream quality. Very stout.

        The pots are mounted on a PC board and everything plugs into it. Haven't had to yank it for traditional point to point wiring, but if you're planning on new pickups, then plan on a new harness as well.

        The case is very sturdy. No lock on it, but a hasp for your own lock that will actually function rather than the BS keyed locks on most of these cases that rarely work (in my experience).

        Guitar is very light, which is a huge plus for me, but does not sound or respond like a light guitar. Big huge sound, very resonant, great sustain.

        Terribly small strap locks. Given the fragile design of the headstock, consider going to Schallers or Dunlop strap locks. My strap let go on me while adjusting a music stand and the neck cracked, had to get it repaired. This is not unique to this guitar but ANY les paul.
        There was a little bit of paint on a fret end on the treble side of the board over the body, but I didn't care. Everything looked and worked like it was supposed to. The quality components are quality. The weaker components are what they are (the corian nut, zinc stop bar).

        Great tone, great playability. Gibson across the board has really impressed me in the past 5 years, take all of the sour grapes reviews about how Korean clones are superior with a grain of salt. I got rid of my Korean clone after getting this one. It got zero play time.
        This is the cheapest way to get a Les Paul with the studio compliment of hardware and the case. You can gripe about how much they cost for a bare bones Gibson all you like, the fact is labor in the US is more expensive, I don't know that I buy the wood is "better" but it is at least what it represents to be. The nitro finishing process, from what I understand, can be more labor intensive than a lot of other poly finishes. I don't know that I buy that it enhances the tone, but I prefer the feel (and smell) of it to poly.

        Where this is priced in the market, it compares favorably. You can get high end Korean imports at this point without a case with comparable hardware but usually fancier aesthetics. I wanted a traditional looking/playing guitar and I got it.

        Long story short, I was happy to pay it and might be picking up another one before so much longer.

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        (11 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Fantastic playing and Sounding Les Paul

        By TS

        from Undisclosed

        Ask me a question

        Comments about Gibson Les Paul Studio Mahogany Electric Guitar:

        Excellent!
        I researched several new Gibson LP models before deciding on this LP Mahogany Ebony and I am glad I got this.
        I know it can get confusing with all of the options that are out there. I was looking for a guitar that sounds and plays like my first Gibson, with an ebony fretboard and hot pick-ups.
        This is an upgrade model from the LP Studio faded, and a couple hundred dollars more (with a HSC included)
        But when you play this model for the first time, you will know where that extra 200. went.

        Ebony is a tight grained, dark, dense fingerboard wood that has been used in the past on many high end Gibson LP's. This fingerboard type is very fast. The tone and the action is alot 'snappier' than rosewood and I prefer these features over other more common models.You also get the 490R in the rhythm (neck) position and a 498T at the bridge, that is the perfect hot pickup combination for this guitar.
        Some reviews have said the satin white color had a green tint to the paint. Not mine, the case inner lining does have an off- cream/white color that has some brown hues, so it is possible that the brown-white hue to the lining could create the illusion of a color offset.
        You really cannot beat the value of this guitar for a quality USA made guitar with premium woods and components.

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        (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Great Guitar at a Great Price!

        Comments about Gibson Les Paul Studio Mahogany Electric Guitar:

        This is one great guitar. Gibson has made a fantastic guitar here!
        Opened up the case and WOW! The guitar looks incredible! A nice white finish (others have said there's was a cream color, but not mine....it's all white). The ebony fretboard is nice and black....Great! This is a top of the line Gibson guitar!
        The action / setup and intonation is spot on! The frets are dressed perfectly....It must have been PLEK'D! I adjucted the neck to my liking and I lowered the action to 3/16's and there is not a buzz anywhere on the neck........really great fret work on this model. (I had a few gibsons before and this one is a keeper!)
        This guitar is worth every penny! You will not find a better gibson for the price. You need to get this model if you are shopping for a Gibson Les Paul!

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        (2 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        It is...

        By Jacob Hilton

        from Louisiana

        Comments about Gibson Les Paul Studio Mahogany Electric Guitar:

        The main thing I want to talk about is the color. It took 3 months of research before I decided to buy new and a satin finished guitar. If anyone is in the predicament I am in, you cant go down to the local mom and pop guitar store and sample a gibson. So the color was difficult for me to grasp. I understood it would not be highgloss but I did not want a faded finish. The white guitar is not bleach white like the picture shows. It is closer to cream. Remeber this is also a mahogony top, and mahogony is a deep rich color. After seeing how the nirto satin paint works, it isnt hard to understand why the white gains a deep color. It is a very old school cream. Other than that the guitar is amazing for what you get. I wished they would give it a gig bag option and knock off the 200 extra you pay for the case.

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        (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Stunning

        Comments about Gibson Les Paul Studio Mahogany Electric Guitar:

        This guitar is just amazing. So great highly recomend if your looking for a good guitar. There is nobody like gibson. :]
        The tone on this guitar provides such a meatly full warm tone ints unbelieveable. And the model I got was the satin white which is stunning, And the best part about it is you dont really have to polish the body, its not shiny at all really, just beautiful. Ive only had to tune the guitar twice since ive got it the tuning pegs stay very firm and it does not go out of tune easly, Its such a nice guitar, from comfort and mobility this guitar just rips :] its so great. Highly recomended. From the head to the body and everything that comes after this guitar is the best ive ever played.
        Stays in tune great, Still looks like it did out of the case :]
        Such a steal. This price is unbeatable. Usually Pauls run for a lot but this is a great deal. Also the case that it comes with is beautiful its fits very tight inside and looks amazing too. For this price this guitar is truly goregeous. :]

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        (1 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Les Paul Studio Mahogany

        By Timmer

        from Lapeer,Mi

        Comments about Gibson Les Paul Studio Mahogany Electric Guitar:

        I have owned this guitar a little over a year now,and love playing it.I'm a newby to guitar playing,but owning this axe makes me want to practice daily. I also own a American Strat,but it doesn''t have the sound or playability the lester has.The only nagative commit is the finish is very fragile.Do not use a stand that uses rubber for cushining.It softened the finish on back of neck and body,and it rubbed right off.The sound is great through my Hot Rod Deluxe and Vox.Sustain and growl is awsome through both amps,and also my pedals.It would be nice if it had coil splits...next one!!!!

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        (4 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

         
        3.0

        Les Paul Studio Mahogany Satin White

        By gagnum440

        from New England

        Comments about Gibson Les Paul Studio Mahogany Electric Guitar:

        I recently recieved a satin white LP Mahogany after months of it being on back order. I was very disappointed with the guitar. First of all, upon opening the case I found the color to have a greenish hue to it. It matched the color of the mint guard on my tele almost exactly. Upon furthur inspection I found chunks of dust and dirt in the paint as well. The finishing on this guitar was horrible as was the setup. Poorly cut nut and buzz all the way up the board. I really liked the tone and resonance of this guitar, but there were too many flaws to keep it. I didnt bother exchanging for another because I wouldnt ever be happy with the mint green color. I own several other Gibsons and love them all, but this one was a real letdown

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