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Gibson Les Paul Swamp Ash Studio Electric Guitar  

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    A player's guitar with sumptuous natural looks and a lightweight body.

    The Gibson Les Paul Studio Swamp Ash Electric Guitar has the warm tone and sustain of a traditional Les Paul with more punch. The satin natural finish reveals all the splendor of the carved swamp ash top, and the lightweight chambered body swamp ash body. A 50's rounded mahogany neck with a rosewood fretboard plays silky smooth. Gibson 490R and 498T Alnico humbuckers crank out bold leads and thick rhythm. A Tune-O-Matic bridge with stopbar tailpiece insure stable tuning and perfect intonation. Includes hardshell case.

    Features

    • Carved swamp ash top
    • Chambered swamp ash body
    • Mahogany neck
    • 22-fret rosewood fretboard
    • 490R and 498T Alnico II humbuckers
    • 24-3/4" scale
    • 1-11/16" nut width
    • 2 volume
    • 2 tone controls
    • 3-way selector
    • Tune-O-Matic bridge with stopbar tailpiece
    • Grover tuners with Kluson style green keys

    A gorgeous Les Paul that's easy on your back. Order now.

     
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    GibsonLes Paul Swamp Ash Studio Electric Guitar
     
    4.7

    (based on 34 reviews)

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    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Amazing sustain

    I have been extremely happy with this guitar. In addition to the beautiful appearance of the natural finish of the guitar, the tonal qualities of the swamp ash are spectacular. I have never...Read complete review

    I have been extremely happy with this guitar. In addition to the beautiful appearance of the natural finish of the guitar, the tonal qualities of the swamp ash are spectacular. I have never heard sustain like this wood produces from a guitar before, its really incredible. You can hit a chord, and it just rings for quite some time. Although I use no distortion and very little effects in my playing, the tone of this guitar was so powerful that I had to reduce the level of effects that I was previously using. Please note that although the picture shown here has no freboard dots, the guitar does have fretboard dots. I highly recommend for this guitar for anybody interested in great tone, incredible sustain and a great guitar. I really love the tone of the swamp ash! In addition, these guitars are made with sustainably harvested wood (rainforest alliance certified) - nice job Gibson!

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    Shame on Gibson & Muscians Friend

    Very nice guitar. However I would think Gibson would spend a little time and effort to set the guitar up to at least be playable. The Gibson checklist shows Action and Intonation as having...Read complete review

    Very nice guitar. However I would think Gibson would spend a little time and effort to set the guitar up to at least be playable. The Gibson checklist shows Action and Intonation as having been checked. Maybe someone should have checked again. The nut height is way to high and the intonation is so off no two chords are in tune. Then after a month the center toggle position decided to stop working. It tone is great though. I was looking at a nice used G&L at the local guitar shop for half the price that sounded great and was set up perfectly.

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    (4 of 12 customers found this review helpful)

     
    3.0

    Should have a Maple Neck for this kind of money

    Comments about Gibson Les Paul Swamp Ash Studio Electric Guitar:

    Overpriced and really a plain LP with an ash body. A little brighter, but not a lot of versatility.
    Checked one of these out recently and honestly, this is really only worth about half the asking price. Really. I've been looking for an ash body guitar with a maple neck and looks like I'll be going Ibanez RG471. My main gripes with this one is the cheapness of it. For this kind of money Gibson coulda put a maple neck on there and really had something (along with coil taps).. As it is corporate bean couinters won and you get a ash body with mahogany neck. Huh? Ruins all the sustain. I agree with another older (40-something) poster that the neck is way too big; profile could be cut down a lot slimmer but when youre working with mahogany thicker is better. So, you get a baseball bat.. If there's an example of why foreign guitar manufacturers are eating Gibby's lunch, this is it. Too much emphasis on profit than turning out a good instrument & way over-rated. Sorry, I'm going elsewhere.

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    (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Crunch and sustain!

    By Hollywood

    from Austin

    Comments about Gibson Les Paul Swamp Ash Studio Electric Guitar:

    Tons of sustain, and so much crunch it is just beautiful. I played in drop d when i bought it last year, it screamed. the rhythm pickup is outstanding for warm sustaining cleans. I later set it up for Drop C.. HOLY MOTHER, it sounded nearly as good as my Caparison. you like thick, chunky distortion, along with warm rhythm tones, and beautiful sustain all around, then this is for you at a great price

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    (3 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Fat Neck!

    By Vibecaster

    from K-Town, TN

    Comments about Gibson Les Paul Swamp Ash Studio Electric Guitar:

    First let me just I don't personally own this guitar. A close friend of my bought this AX and I tried it on for size and was overall impressed. However, what stopped me from going out and getting one was that baseball bat neck. Gibson is in love with this profile these days. It?s on damn near every guitar they make with rare exception. For a lot of us baby boomers who have finally reached a point where we can afford one of these--a lot of us unfortunately have arthritis and/or tendinitis and really appreciate the slim neck profile. He?s in the same boat and tells me he will most likely sell his. Even though he loves the tone--it's killing his fretting and. I agree. Otherwise it?s a great guitar. My only other gripe is the rather poor factory set up quality control at price level.

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    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Amazing sustain

    By ChordMelody

    from Tucson

    Comments about Gibson Les Paul Swamp Ash Studio Electric Guitar:

    I have been extremely happy with this guitar. In addition to the beautiful appearance of the natural finish of the guitar, the tonal qualities of the swamp ash are spectacular. I have never heard sustain like this wood produces from a guitar before, its really incredible. You can hit a chord, and it just rings for quite some time. Although I use no distortion and very little effects in my playing, the tone of this guitar was so powerful that I had to reduce the level of effects that I was previously using. Please note that although the picture shown here has no freboard dots, the guitar does have fretboard dots. I highly recommend for this guitar for anybody interested in great tone, incredible sustain and a great guitar. I really love the tone of the swamp ash! In addition, these guitars are made with sustainably harvested wood (rainforest alliance certified) - nice job Gibson!

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    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    So Easy To Play

    Comments about Gibson Les Paul Swamp Ash Studio Electric Guitar:

    I am learning guitar and saw this product in Gibson's Nashville store. I immediately loved the natural look and feel. Once I ordered online and received, it exceeded my expectations for ease of play.

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    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Excellent Guitar!

    By Anonymous

    from Undisclosed

    Comments about Gibson Les Paul Swamp Ash Studio Electric Guitar:

    This is a quality guitar overall. I own this and I find it to be the best out of all the Gibsons I own. I even find it to be better than the 3 Gold Tops I have. Very good for playing any type of music. I reccomend it to any person who can afford it.

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    (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    3.0

    Shame on Gibson & Muscians Friend

    By Anonymous

    from Undisclosed

    Comments about Gibson Les Paul Swamp Ash Studio Electric Guitar:

    Very nice guitar. However I would think Gibson would spend a little time and effort to set the guitar up to at least be playable. The Gibson checklist shows Action and Intonation as having been checked. Maybe someone should have checked again. The nut height is way to high and the intonation is so off no two chords are in tune. Then after a month the center toggle position decided to stop working. It tone is great though. I was looking at a nice used G&L at the local guitar shop for half the price that sounded great and was set up perfectly.

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    (1 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    AWESOME LP

    By Anonymous

    from Undisclosed

    Comments about Gibson Les Paul Swamp Ash Studio Electric Guitar:

    Only reason quality is 4.5 is because of the toggle switch, which is a big problem with a lot of gibsons. Sound is unbelievable, with a bit less mids than a reg LP. With 11-50 strings, the highs really shine through, and, when pushed, has an awesome metal low end. The unfinished mahogany neck is unbelievable and only gets better with wear.

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    5.0

    unbeatable

    By Museric

    from Vancouver BC

    Comments about Gibson Les Paul Swamp Ash Studio Electric Guitar:

    I love this guitar. I have always been a strat guy and received this as a very kind gift. I was an instant convert. the tone is unbelievable and I love the weight and overall feel. I would buy this one again in a heartbeat.

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    5.0

    Very nice axe

    By SGGrl

    from Seattle

    Comments about Gibson Les Paul Swamp Ash Studio Electric Guitar:

    I bought this for myself as a birthday present last year. Again I waited a while to write a review. The body of this guitar is an eco-wood Swamp Ash. It has a brighter more poppy tone character than the standard Mahogany bodied LPs. The pickups are perfect for this. The 498T in the bridge is great for leads and the 490R does some nice PAF tones. The bridge is the standard Tune-o-matic w/ stoptail. The fingerboard is rosewood with dot inlays as opposed to the standard trapezoid inlays on the other studios. This isn't a big deal. The appearance is one of minimalism that emphasizes the natural wood grain which is beautiful.It comes with a rounded 59 neck. Now I really would recommend spending time with a guitar before purchase for the simple reason that this is the thickest neck Gibson makes. It isn't for everyone. If you play high on the neck you won't like it. You'll like the SG better. If you have smaller hands you'll want the '60s slimline neck. I wish Gibson offered that neck on a line of Studios. I've given this a 4.5 on quality because I had a lot of string binding at the nut. The problem has been mostly solved by having the nut filed out by a competent technician, and the use of a number 2 Dixon pencil for graphite lubing of the nut. I also gave it a 4.5 on features because I really think it could have some fret binding at this price, as could the other LP Studios. If I had the money I would have gotten a LP Custom.... but we know how that goes.Overall I'm pretty satisfied with the purchase, although I did buy a SG Standard in February which has taken over #1 axe duties. I like the neck on that one better. I personally prefer Gibsons for their tone and looks.

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