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Gibson Les Paul Studio VG Flame Top Electric Guitar  

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Since 1983, Gibson USA has been proving not only that less is sometimes more, but also that less can sometimes knock your socks off. Originally desig...Read More

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A mahogany body with flame maple top, Classic '57 pickups with coil-tapping.

Since 1983, Gibson USA has been proving not only that less is sometimes more, but also that less can sometimes knock your socks off. Originally designed as a model for studio artists but adopted wholeheartedly by countless players of all stripes, the Les Paul Studio combines stripped-down appointments with the full tonal splendor and unrivaled playability of a Les Paul Standard. This version is a little different from a regular Studio model because it has a flame maple top, vintage gloss finish, maple neck and '57 Classic pickups.

All the elements of the legendary Les Paul Standard are still there, including that fat and sweet maple-and-mahogany tone through two genuine Gibson humbucking pickups. By eliminating a little of the window dressing – namely, building the guitar without binding around the body top or fingerboard, and applying an elegant gold silkscreened logo in place of an inlay – the Les Paul Studio weighs in at a price that players have found irresistible for three decades. It also physically weighs less. The mahogany body comes with “modern” weight relieving that is carefully applied inside the mahogany back to provide outstanding balance while optimizing the sonic capabilities of the guitar.

Crucial elements of the Les Paul Studio’s design include the flame maple top and mahogany body, glued-in maple neck with back-angled headstock, granadillo fingerboard, Tune-o-matic bridge and stopbar tailpiece – all design points that have been making Les Pauls the most desirable tone monsters available since the late 1950s. For electronics, a set of Gibson’s '57 humbucking pickups squeeze every drop of tone from the instrument, and now feature coil-taps for an even broader range of tonal possibilities.

With these classic ingredients, the Les Paul Studio gives you all the sonic versatility you could ask for, from sultry, warm bluesy tones to powerful crunch to sizzling lead tones. Finally, the Les Paul Studio is supremely playable too, thanks to its slim-taper 60's neck profile and a chambered mahogany body that reduces the weight while enhancing resonance, making it outstandingly comfortable strapped on or seated.

FEATURES
  • Mahogany body with “modern” weight-relieving and flame maple top
  • Vintage gloss finish
  • 24.75" scale mapleneck shaped to a ‘60s Slim Taper profile
  • Granadillo fingerboard dressed with trapezoid inlays
  • Tune-o-matic bridge and stop-tail
  • '57 Classic pickups with coil-splitting
  • Individual volume and tone controls, 3-way pickup selector
  • Grover vintage-style tuning machines

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GibsonLes Paul Studio VG Flame Top Electric Guitar
 
4.4

(based on 17 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (11)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

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82%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good feel (14)
  • Fun to play (13)
  • Good tone (13)
  • Good pick up (11)
  • Solid electronics (11)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Practicing (16)
    • Jamming (12)
    • Recording (10)
    • Small venues (7)
    • Rock concerts (5)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Experienced (11), Novice (4)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    very pleased so far

    Received this guitar today, I chose the caramel burst. The color is not as vibrant as the pictures show, which for me is great. It's sort of an old school type color,...Read complete review

    Received this guitar today, I chose the caramel burst. The color is not as vibrant as the pictures show, which for me is great. It's sort of an old school type color, similar to honeyburst. The vintage gloss is very much like a satin finish, with very little shine. I'm well satisfied with it, looks fantastic. The wood grain shows beautifully. The "modern weight relief" is nice. It's not a featherweight, not too hard on the back either, it's just right. Action isn't perfect out of the box, but it isn't bad. That depends on the player anyway, so there's no one perfect setup for everybody. For me, it could use a little tweaking but it's pretty good as-is. Now for the sound: It's a Gibson Les Paul to the core. I dialed in some dirt on my amp, and it sounds wonderful. It will take some time to perfect my settings on the clean stuff, but as for distortion it is impressive with little to no effort as expected. A Les Paul guitar played through a Marshall amp couldn't sound bad if it wanted to, and this one is no exception. If only my skills would allow it, I would have a rock-n-roll machine of epic proportions. It FEELS good, SOUNDS good, and LOOKS good. What more could you want? If you are considering the purchase of this instrument, go for it. I don't think you will have any regrets. I will likely post another review after I have spent some time with the guitar and played at least a couple of shows with it. For now, I gotta go. Got to get back to playing this thing, it's calling my name. I won't be getting much sleep tonight, and neither will anybody else in my neighborhood.

    VS

    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Disappointing Gibson

    I have owned or currently own at least a dozen Les Pauls from Gibson. My favorite 3 guitars are Gibson Les Pauls so this is an unvarnished review. I do not have an axe...Read complete review

    I have owned or currently own at least a dozen Les Pauls from Gibson. My favorite 3 guitars are Gibson Les Pauls so this is an unvarnished review. I do not have an axe to grind with the company and love the tone of a good LP.

    Here's the rub:

    1. The maple neck, while quite playable seems to cause this guitar to be overly bright. I have '57's on other guitars and they are my favorite Gibson pickups. However, those guitars have mahogany necks.

    2. I know what a satin finish is but they call this one VG for "vintage gloss". It is satin so why not just call it that?

    3. The worst thing about this guitar were the sharp edges on the frets so they were obviously not dressed properly at the factory. The guitar was only built about 6 weeks earlier so it was probably not a humidity issue. My finger was cut so badly that I couldn't play for a couple of days without it bleeding again. I expect this from an Epiphone, not from a Gibson.

    If you like a bright lower cost LP made in the States you may want to try it, after you scope out the fret ends. If you want more vintage type tone, get an LP with the magic formula.

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    5.0

    Just Like I Remembered

    By Javin

    from Vermont

    About Me Professional Musician

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Great all around axe
      • Jamming
      • Practicing
      • Recording
      • Rock Concerts
      • Small Venues

      Comments about Gibson Les Paul Studio VG Flame Top Electric Guitar:

      I own a '76 Gibson Custom and I used to own an early '90's studio as a back up. I was able to set up that Studio to play and sound almost exactly like the '76 Custom, but I had sold it to another guitarist that had joined the band and was in need of some serious equipment upgrades. With that said, I missed having a Studio that played as well as an upper level Gibson, and having to not worry about knocking it around a bit live. I bought this Studio and a LPJ14 to use live, recording and for all other all around uses and have semi-retired the '76 Custom from live/touring gigs mostly out of sentimental value. This Studio didn't need any tweaking to the set up at all and plays like the '76 Custom out of the box. With a bit of subtle adjustments to the tone knob on the guitar and the gain on my amp, the sound is comparable, but yet I say, a bit more alive than the '76 Custom (brighter attack with same deep tone). The weight relief is noticeable (and welcomed) without the sacrifice of tone and I couldn't be happier to have found a better replacement Studio for the Studio I had sold 12 years ago.

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      5.0

      Awesome Guitar Great Price

      By MvnJn

      from mexico

      About Me Professional Musician

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Jamming
        • Practicing
        • Recording
        • Small Venues

        Comments about Gibson Les Paul Studio VG Flame Top Electric Guitar:

        Amazing guitar, amazing tune and pickup, love the satin finish. The only con (not really a con) is that MF told me it came with a hardshellcase, and it came with a Premium Gigbag.

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        4.0

        Nice Guitar Weak Pickups

        By N/A

        from Brownsboro, Texas

        About Me Experienced

        Pros

        • Fun To Play
        • Good Feel

        Cons

        • Poor Pick Up

        Best Uses

        • Jamming
        • Practicing
        • Recording
        • Small Venues

        Comments about Gibson Les Paul Studio VG Flame Top Electric Guitar:

        Beautiful guitar. Fit and finish very nice. Love the maple top with maple neck, wish Gibson would make more guitars using maple. I also have the solid maple L6-S which I love. I almost sent this LP Studio back for refund. The pickups were anemic sounding, and in coil split mode just awful. I Decided to install a Dirty Fingers plus in the bridge, and a 496 R in the neck. Turned this guitar into a fantastic tone machine.

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        5.0

        Great guitar

        By Fly guy

        from North of Seattle

        About Me Novice

        Pros

        • Good Feel
        • Good Pick Up
        • Good Tone

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Jamming
          • Practicing

          Comments about Gibson Les Paul Studio VG Flame Top Electric Guitar:

          As always, great customer service and delivery from MF. Guitar arrived and within 1 minute tuned and ready to go. Great feel and sound. First Gibson guitar and worth it. I assumed the case would be a hard case but it is more of a padded gig bag.

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          5.0

          I'm glad I decided to upgrade

          By tonyd

          from The Great State of New Jersey

          About Me Novice

          Pros

          • Good Feel
          • Good Pick Up
          • Good Tone
          • Solid Electronics

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Jamming
            • Practicing
            • Recording

            Comments about Gibson Les Paul Studio VG Flame Top Electric Guitar:

            I bought this to upgrade from the Epiphone LP-100 that I got a few years ago when I first started playing. It is a major step up for me. I tried a bunch of different guitars at various stores, and when I tried the Gibson the difference was amazing. This feels much more balanced in my hands, the neck is fantastic, and the feel is just so much better than any of the other brands I tried out.

            As far as playing it, the pickups are great, I love the coil tapping feature, you can get pretty close to that Strat sound that my son plays if I want. Sustain is great, and with the neck size I can bend the strings to the ceiling if I want.

            Overall I am very glad I spent the extra money on the Gibson. I bought the used level 2 one, and I was hard pressed to find more than a few minor scratches on the back.

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            (0 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

             
            3.0

            Les Paul VG

            By Bull

            from morris county, nj

            About Me Experienced

            Pros

            • Fun To Play

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Jamming
              • Practicing

              Comments about Gibson Les Paul Studio VG Flame Top Electric Guitar:

              Great guitar but needs tweeking.

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              5.0

              What A Gem!

              By ThomDrumz

              from Virginia

              About Me Experienced

              Pros

              • '57 Classic Pups
              • Fun To Play
              • Good Feel
              • Good Pick Up
              • Good Tone
              • Solid Electronics

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Jamming
                • Practicing
                • Recording
                • Small Venues

                Comments about Gibson Les Paul Studio VG Flame Top Electric Guitar:

                What a Gem, Beautiful Caramel Burst finish, Nice action. This is my first Les Paul, I'm a Tele guy, but now I understand all the Les Paul fans. The electronics w '57 Classics are great, dynamic thru my tube amp, snarls when you need it, clean and clear when you dont. The finish is a semi gloss, which is what I prefer on the maple neck, the Grenadillo fretboard looks and feels great. I've been waiting for this combination of features, Gibson got his one right on.
                Oh and MusiciansFriend customer support is fantastic!

                Comment on this review

                (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                very pleased so far

                By Johnny

                from Virginia

                About Me Experienced

                Ask me a question

                Pros

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about Gibson Les Paul Studio VG Flame Top Electric Guitar:

                      Received this guitar today, I chose the caramel burst. The color is not as vibrant as the pictures show, which for me is great. It's sort of an old school type color, similar to honeyburst. The vintage gloss is very much like a satin finish, with very little shine. I'm well satisfied with it, looks fantastic. The wood grain shows beautifully. The "modern weight relief" is nice. It's not a featherweight, not too hard on the back either, it's just right. Action isn't perfect out of the box, but it isn't bad. That depends on the player anyway, so there's no one perfect setup for everybody. For me, it could use a little tweaking but it's pretty good as-is. Now for the sound: It's a Gibson Les Paul to the core. I dialed in some dirt on my amp, and it sounds wonderful. It will take some time to perfect my settings on the clean stuff, but as for distortion it is impressive with little to no effort as expected. A Les Paul guitar played through a Marshall amp couldn't sound bad if it wanted to, and this one is no exception. If only my skills would allow it, I would have a rock-n-roll machine of epic proportions. It FEELS good, SOUNDS good, and LOOKS good. What more could you want? If you are considering the purchase of this instrument, go for it. I don't think you will have any regrets. I will likely post another review after I have spent some time with the guitar and played at least a couple of shows with it. For now, I gotta go. Got to get back to playing this thing, it's calling my name. I won't be getting much sleep tonight, and neither will anybody else in my neighborhood.

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                      5.0

                      Great Guitar.

                      By jayw13th

                      from Amarillo, TX

                      About Me Novice

                      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 VG Flame Top Electric Guitar:

                        Bought this as I have been looking for a Gibson Les Paul for awhile. I owned a Standard in black about 20 years ago and foolishly let it go. Was not sure I would like the studio but figured I can always trade up. It played amazing upon arrival, it has some finish dings as it was used. It is vintage gloss which looks to just be another term for satin. Finish seems very thin compared to my Epiphone standard. But the vintage Sunburst looks amazing in person. I have not got the weight on it yet but it is very comfortable to play and carry strapped. It came with a gig bag but was well packaged for delivery. Looks like I am keeping this one and will start saving again to get a traditional eventually.

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                        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        4.0

                        Great guitar for the price

                        By cripple hand pete

                        from lake geneva wi

                        About Me Experienced

                        Ask me a question

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Fun To Play
                        • Good Tone
                        • Solid Electronics

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

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

                          Comments about Gibson Les Paul Studio VG Flame Top Electric Guitar:

                          Have wanted a wieght releived Les Paul for a while,this one fit the bill. For the price, it's a good choice for someone wanting a "studio" level Gibson. The frets need a bit of touchup to smooth out the edges but it has a good feel with the satin finish neck. It sounds good through a Fender Twin but may be too bright for some tastes. I liked the natual wood and the coil taps give sound diversity. It's nice that it came with a hardshell case also.

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