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Gibson Les Paul Studio VG Flame Top Electric Guitar  

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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

Les is more. Order today.

 
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GibsonLes Paul Studio VG Flame Top Electric Guitar
 
4.3

(based on 10 reviews)

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  • 4 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 3 Stars

     

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80%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fun to play (8)
  • Good feel (8)
  • Good tone (8)
  • Solid electronics (8)
  • Good pick up (6)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Practicing (9)
    • Jamming (5)
    • Recording (5)
    • Rock concerts (4)
    • School bands (3)
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      • Experienced (8)

    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

    very pleased so far

    By Johnny

    from Virginia

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          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

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            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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              (1 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Les Paul Studio

              By craig

              from philadelphia

              About Me Novice

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Fun To Play
              • 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:

                great guitar, feels great and plays awesome.

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                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Nice guitar!

                By Bo4u

                from Newport, Or

                About Me Experienced

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

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

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Practicing

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

                  The guitar sounds great. The 57 classic pickups sound great and the push/pull volume seamed awkward at first but I now like them better than the tone push/pull. Great price for a great guitar. Only down fall was the MF did not send the hardshell case with the guitar. I had to call and it took an extra week to get.

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                  4.0

                  Solid Les Paul!

                  By bbauman1972

                  from Dallas, OR

                  About Me Experienced

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                  • First Position Intonation

                  Best Uses

                  • Practicing
                  • Recording
                  • Rock Concerts

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

                  Other than first position issues with tuning (especially the high B & E strings), its a great guitar.

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                  (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Great Guitar! Good Feel And Playability

                  By Jammin Willie

                  from New Orleans, Louisiana

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                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easy to play
                  • 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 VG Flame Top Electric Guitar:

                    My first Gibson, and didn't know what I was missing. Played for years Fenders and a lot of other brand guitars and you can definitely tell the difference as soon as you pick this one up. It's easy to play solos and chords beyond the 12th fret, It'll spoil you for anything less. Great sound, love the color, You'll love it.

                    Jammin Willie

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                    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    Love this guitar

                    By Rusty nutz

                    from Wharton, NJ

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                    Ask me a question

                    Pros

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

                    Cons

                    • None

                    Best Uses

                    • Practicing

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

                    Just received this guitar 2 weeks ago. I also have a Gibson SG and have owned a Gibson sonex as well as a explorer and studio as well as other brands that I own in my arsenal. This guitar rocks and is a pleasure to pay. Big bang for the buck. Love it!! Been dealing with Musicians friend for years and never have I been Disappointed in their service and professionalism.

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                    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    2.0

                    Disappointing Gibson

                    By Whammer Jammer

                    from MI

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                    Pros

                    • Good Feel

                    Cons

                    • Poor Quality Craftsmanship
                    • Too bright

                    Best Uses

                    • Practicing

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

                    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.

                    Comment on this review

                    (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    3.0

                    Great Guitar but no Flame Top

                    By Geisert78

                    from Corona, CA

                    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 VG Flame Top Electric Guitar:

                      Just got this pretty little player today. Mine came in Caramel Burst which has a nice amber to brown transition finish that looks great. So far, the coil taps add more to the tonal range and in conjunction with the pickups, just sound amazing.

                      Only complaint is that it looks like a plaintop instead of a flame top as advertised.

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