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Gibson Les Paul Studio Electric Guitar

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The arrival of the Gibson Les Paul Studio Electric Guitar in 1983 offered guitarists all the essential elements of a Les Paul Standard, including a c...Click To Read More About This Product

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All the famous Les Paul ingredients at a fraction of the cost.

The arrival of the Gibson 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. Its simple yet elegant design quickly helped it become the most popular model in the Les Paul Series. Cutting-yet-rich tone”the hallmark of the Les Paul”pours out of the 490R and 498T Alnico II magnet humbucker pickups (BurstBucker Pro on faded models), which are mounted on a carved maple top with a mahogany back. The Les Paul Studio Electric Guitar includes a Gibson hardshell case (Faded and satin finish models come with a gig bag) and a limited lifetime warranty.

Body and Finish
A solid, carved maple top and chambered mahogany body give the Les Paul Studio the same tonewood combination that has been helping Les Paul Standards rock for nearly 60 years. And each of its four available nitrocellulose finishes makes for a stunning looking guitar, even while its no-frills approach eliminates body binding and pickguard.

Mahogany is a medium-dense wood with excellent resonance and superior sustain, and it offers a rich, round, warm tone, but with plenty of high-end sheen and good mid-range presence. Add a solid maple top, and the guitar's tone is enhanced with added clarity, sustain and definition. The body's chambering also enhances its mellow acoustic resonance, and adds further air to the midrange content.

Pickups
Gibson's 498T and 490R pickups ("T" for treble, and "R" for rhythm) have the traditional characteristics of the original "Patent Applied For" pickups of the late 1950s, with a few upgrades. These pickups take advantage of wax potting, which does away with any air space inside the pickup, therefore lessening the chances of microphonic feedback. The result is a humbucker with the tonal characteristics of an original PAF, with a slight increase in upper mid-range response. The Gibson 498T bridge pickup is the 490R's ideal complement.

Taking the 490R one step further, the 498T is wound a little hotter and also swaps the Alnico II magnet for an Alnico V, giving it more punch and greater emphasis on midrange and highs. The 490R/498T is one of the most versatile humbucking pickup sets available. In the neck position, the former yields juicy, warm vocal tones with outstanding clarity, while the latter in the bridge position excels at everything from bright jangle through a clean amp to wailing overdrive with near-infinite sustain through a high-gain amp. Selected together, the pair gives you everything from funky to greasy, depending upon amp and effects settings.

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

FEATURES
  • Carved maple top
  • Mahogany body with chambered weight-relief
  • Mahogany neck, '50s Rounded Les Paul
  • Granadillo fingerboard
  • 22 frets
  • Corian nut
  • Nashville Tune-O-Matic bridge with stopbar
  • Chrome or gold hardware
  • 490R and 498T Alnico 2 magnet humbucker pickups (BursBucker Pro on faded models)
  • 2 volume and 2 tone knobs with black speed knobs, 3-way switch
  • Vintage-style 14:1 tuners with perloid buttons

Why settle for less when you can have a Les?

SPECIFICATIONS
  • 24-3/4 scale
  • 12" fretboard radius
  • 1.695" nut width
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GibsonLes Paul Studio Electric Guitar
 
4.6

(based on 763 reviews)

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    (70)

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    (57)

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fun to play (15)
  • Good tone (14)
  • Good feel (13)
  • Good pick up (13)
  • Solid electronics (13)

Cons

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Best Uses

  • Practicing (15)
  • Jamming (13)
  • Recording (10)
  • Rock concerts (10)
  • Small venues (6)
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    • Experienced (8), Novice (6), Professional musician (4)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Les Paul Faded Mahogany

I have been visiting music stores since the late 1950's, so my impressions of guitars date to that time, but I feel that the Gibson Les Paul ranks at the top level of...Read complete review

I have been visiting music stores since the late 1950's, so my impressions of guitars date to that time, but I feel that the Gibson Les Paul ranks at the top level of electric guitar offered in the history of music. The only solid body guitar I own that compares is my 1965 Fender Strat .which has been my working axe for 33 years. Now there are many brands I have never tried, but I'm sure happy with what I've got. Also, you can't go wrong with MF, my friend in the music business since 1985! Their service, timely delivery and courtesy are tops!
I bought my cherry Les Paul Faded (Cherry) from MF in 2005, and I couldn't be happier! I'm 65 years old and had always wanted an LP but was too poor and did not desire a copy. Just yesterday I played my LP for over two hours and my playing just got better and better. That's what this axe will do for you, no matter what your style. My LP will always be with me, even though at my age I cannot play some of the wonderful styles expressed by Slash, Zack, Duane, Mike Bloomfield and other greats that I admire. The tonal qualities in my LP range from biting lead to lush jazz. I can honestly say that I feel no loss by not buying a more expensive model, and I have played plenty over the years. Thank you Gibson, and thank you MF for giving me this opportunity in my retirement to relive some good old days in my musical past!
Just a good old Gibson like my J-45, and I play that one a lot, too!
I think for tonal variety and adaptability when blending in with other band members on rhythm or lead, this economical LP can't be surpassed.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Solid Guitar - minor disappointments!

OK, I know this is about the most reasonable price you could ever find on a 'real' Paul, but there are a few things that bother me.

the model...Read complete review

OK, I know this is about the most reasonable price you could ever find on a 'real' Paul, but there are a few things that bother me.

the model I got was the Faded Cherry. it is a very substantial guitar, but I have a couple 'feel' problems.

while the top of the guitar is pretty smooth, the back, sides, and neck are kind of a rough feel to them.

I tend toward tung oil as a favorite neck, but I play a lot of finished necks as well.

the neck has an unfinished feel to it, it's not a smooth piece of wood, since the face of the guitar is so smooth, I'm guessing the neck is finished like that for a reason, I just haven't figured it out yet.
(i'll probably sacrifice the 'faded cherry' a bit, and take some sand paper to the neck, to get it so it's not so rough.

the second complaint is to me the worst thing about the guitar.

the fret ends are sharp, and unfinished.

I know this is a 'budget' gibson, but I've had guitars that cost half of this one with better finished fret edges.

I'll smooth these out with some help from Stew-Mac.

when these two things are done, this will be an excellent guitar.

it will still be a Gibson Les Paul, and it will be great, but the frets especially, are something that I just think should have been filed down.

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(15 of 15 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Les Paul Faded Mahogany

By BigPawPat

from Poncha Springs, CO

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Comments about Gibson Les Paul Studio Electric Guitar:

I have been visiting music stores since the late 1950's, so my impressions of guitars date to that time, but I feel that the Gibson Les Paul ranks at the top level of electric guitar offered in the history of music. The only solid body guitar I own that compares is my 1965 Fender Strat .which has been my working axe for 33 years. Now there are many brands I have never tried, but I'm sure happy with what I've got. Also, you can't go wrong with MF, my friend in the music business since 1985! Their service, timely delivery and courtesy are tops!
I bought my cherry Les Paul Faded (Cherry) from MF in 2005, and I couldn't be happier! I'm 65 years old and had always wanted an LP but was too poor and did not desire a copy. Just yesterday I played my LP for over two hours and my playing just got better and better. That's what this axe will do for you, no matter what your style. My LP will always be with me, even though at my age I cannot play some of the wonderful styles expressed by Slash, Zack, Duane, Mike Bloomfield and other greats that I admire. The tonal qualities in my LP range from biting lead to lush jazz. I can honestly say that I feel no loss by not buying a more expensive model, and I have played plenty over the years. Thank you Gibson, and thank you MF for giving me this opportunity in my retirement to relive some good old days in my musical past!
Just a good old Gibson like my J-45, and I play that one a lot, too!
I think for tonal variety and adaptability when blending in with other band members on rhythm or lead, this economical LP can't be surpassed.

(13 of 13 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great Guitar, Simply Amazing

By Stephen Indovino

from Georgia

Comments about Gibson Les Paul Studio Electric Guitar:

Totally satisfied with guitar and will recommend to a friend !
I purchased my original Les Paul Studio in Jan 2007, and another one in Jan 2012 and its simply amazing! It sounds fantastic with my Hot Rod Deluxe tube amp and Digitech RP 1000. The Studio is a beautiful playing instrument that sounds incredible, and never goes out of tune either! It plays perfectly right out of the case. No scratches or dings were present. I did however get an "initial" professional setup from a authorized Gibson Tech locally. I have owned Fender Telecasters, Fender Strats, Ibanez, Wolfgang Specials, Kramer 5150's, etc., all types of guitars and setups since 1981, and in my opinion, this guitar is simply the best. You will not be disappointed. It's a keeper for life!
I really like the Classic White with chrome and Ebony Fretboard! In addition the pickups are fantastic!
Wish the price was not so high.

(9 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Solid guitar for the price

By Steve Elliott

from Detroit

Comments about Gibson Les Paul Studio Electric Guitar:

I've owned this guitar for 6 years now. I've gigged with it and it has been very reliable. The neck is very playable, and the action is low enough to allow me to play with spead and confidence. It has the classic Les Paul tone so many of us love. Intonation is impressive. I recently took this one out after not playing it for about 3 months and it was still in tune.

I buy and sell other guitars. Unless I'm hard up for cash I see owning this guitar for the rest of my life.

Look out, because after owning this you're going to get the itch to buy a nice tube amp to go along with it. Now if I could only convince my wife that I really need that Fender Twin Reverb...
The build quaility is good. Fit and finish is great and it's very playable. About a year after I bought it I did have to get some wiring fixed in the pickup selector switch. It was about $15. The guy in the store wouldn't honor the 5 year warranty on electronics. He seemed annoyed I bought it through MF and told me I could ship it to them. Not MF's fault, but it's worth mentioning.
I'd say value is decent. You get a quality product for the price. Realize that you do pay a premium for the Gibson name and there are definitely better deals out there. All in all I'd say it's a good value because you get a no-frills Les Paul for a decent price.

(9 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great guitar for the musician who like that vintage feel.

By Drake-aFvgE

from TN

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Comments about Gibson Les Paul Studio Electric Guitar:

Overall this guitar is worth buying, there might be some haters out there and everyone is free to their own opinion. Only way to really decide whether a guitar is for you is to try it, and if you don't like it send it back and try another.
You know guitars nowadays seems everybody wants all these fancy electronics and such. Guitars that tune themselves, built in effects, and such, but give me the classics. If I got a pickup or 2 and a slab of mahogany or maple with some strings I'm happy. But I'm not dawgin those guitars with all this they are fun to mess with, but I have terrible luck with electronics so I like keeping it simple to where If I do break something I can fix it myself.
Great quality mahogany, great feeling neck (no Ibanez thin contour), great looking rosewood fingerboard. no complaints.
Easily one of the best deals on a Gibson to me.

(6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great Guitar

By Rude Boy

from Asbury Park NJ

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Comments about Gibson Les Paul Studio Electric Guitar:

This guitar sounds wonderful for every style---I play Jazz, Blues, Pop, Rock, etc, and can always get what I need. Great pickups. Sweet intonation, fast action. The new ones have been weight relieved and are extremely comfortable now. I know some folks prefer the old heavy ones, but not me. This guitar suits me very well. As far as Gibson's supposed quality issues---don't believe it. Sure, some dogs get out, but that's true of any manufacturer. My guitar is FLAWLESS, and except for the minor switch issue, it needed nothing, ready to go right out of the case. Love it.
We all know the features of a Gibson Les Paul by now. These guitars are all about tone, and superb playability, which is why they have become a timeless classic of the guitar world. The Studio model dispenses with the binding and fancy top woods of the Standards and upper-end models, and simply delivers the essential Les Paul ingredients most important to the functionality of the instrument. I personally prefer the "stripped down" vibe of these guitars, and my Alpine White w/ Gold hardware is stunning, a beautiful guitar. It also has an Ebony fretboard, which is unique to this particular finish, and is my preference.
This is quality stuff. There is a difference. I've tried to do the "copy" thing, and some of those import models are fantastic values, but trust me, the day will come when "almost as good" won't satisfy in the long run. Besides, once you buy the Epi (or whichever) change the pickups, nut, bridge etc., etc.,---well, you've just about paid for one of the Studios anyway. The Gibson is a far superior instrument, one that you will want to play for years. It's worth going the extra mile to get it, IMO.

(6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Good "Bang for your Buck" Les Paul Studio

By Crazy Charlie

from McKeesport, PA

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Comments about Gibson Les Paul Studio Electric Guitar:

As stated the only very minor flaw I found was the occasional popping when changing the rythm/lead switch. Other than that this is a well made, quality instrument, for the price.
This gloss black, Les Paul studio model, with gold trim is a great bang for your buck guitar for those seeking the LP sound. If you are not interested in fancy bindings or splitting pick-ups, or bells and whistles this guitar is for you. Great LP sound and completes my collection. Tele twang for country, Rickenbacher for British sound, Strat HSS nasal classic sound, plus a Dobro, Banjo, and mandolin all in black! I've been playing just under 50yrs and every guitar mentioned has their own unique sounding quality. This guitar is now my favorite and turns heads like Darth Vader with a light saber when I pull it out of its plushly lined case. I'm telling you if you are looking for that LP sound, and dont need fancy trim, you need this beauty.
Slight pop when switching lead/rythm switch. Will take it apart and see if its a connection or switch, but I'm sure I can handel it as I do electronics. No biggy. No flaws noticed on finish of instrument or hard shell case. No flaws noticed in volume or tone controls. No flaws noticed in strings frets or tuner mechanisms.

(6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Ebony Les Paul Studio - A dream come true

By Stephen Crosby

from Ohio

Comments about Gibson Les Paul Studio Electric Guitar:

No kidding. This is truly a dream come true. The time had finally come that I was able to purchase this guitar, and I am so very glad I did. It passes all of the "great" tests....looks great, feels great, plays great, and most importantly sounds great. The only regret that I have is that I waited SO long to buy it.
Now that I have it, I have a renewed energy for playing again simply because this guitar is everything that I always wanted. It sounds that I get out of this instrument (with and without effects) is parrallel to none. I own several other guitars, but the Gibson LP is by far my axe of choice.
If you have any doubts at all, please put them aside and buy this guitar as soon as you can. You WILL NOT regret it.
Thanks Gibson for rocking my world.
Steve C.

(5 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

Solid Guitar - minor disappointments!

By buddhablue

from mason, OH

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Pros

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

Cons

  • Neck A Bit Too Rough
  • Poor Quality Craftsmanship

Best Uses

  • Jamming
  • Practicing
  • Rock Concerts

Comments about Gibson Les Paul Studio Electric Guitar:

OK, I know this is about the most reasonable price you could ever find on a 'real' Paul, but there are a few things that bother me.

the model I got was the Faded Cherry. it is a very substantial guitar, but I have a couple 'feel' problems.

while the top of the guitar is pretty smooth, the back, sides, and neck are kind of a rough feel to them.

I tend toward tung oil as a favorite neck, but I play a lot of finished necks as well.

the neck has an unfinished feel to it, it's not a smooth piece of wood, since the face of the guitar is so smooth, I'm guessing the neck is finished like that for a reason, I just haven't figured it out yet.
(i'll probably sacrifice the 'faded cherry' a bit, and take some sand paper to the neck, to get it so it's not so rough.

the second complaint is to me the worst thing about the guitar.

the fret ends are sharp, and unfinished.

I know this is a 'budget' gibson, but I've had guitars that cost half of this one with better finished fret edges.

I'll smooth these out with some help from Stew-Mac.

when these two things are done, this will be an excellent guitar.

it will still be a Gibson Les Paul, and it will be great, but the frets especially, are something that I just think should have been filed down.

(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Incredible 30 years of guitar

By Bruce in Hawaii

from Honolulu Hawaii

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Comments about Gibson Les Paul Studio Electric Guitar:

overall this guitar is excellent. You don't need to be a strat player wanting to cross over to the paul. this guitar is for everyone.
I am pleased to see the Les Paul Studio in demand as a recording, live, and just a jammimg guitar for the last 30 years. It sounds wonderful and plays great. I picked up one 2 weeks ago and its the first studio i owned. Before that I owned a gold top standard years ago. I am very satisfied to say the least. MF clelebrates the same aniversary this amazing guitar was made. I love the weight, neck, sound, and quality of this beast. The only problem is the tuning heads. It is pretty shakey but its an easy fix. This guitar came out and most Stratocaster players came over to play a paul. Today its a legend and continue to rock the world. The price is decent and the quality overall amazing. Why get a knock off when this baby is available! If you want a les paul the studio is the right start. Don't fantasize being Jimmy Page or Slash. Be yourself and play the guitar that is incredible. This axe stands next to the standard and custom to its own right.
awesome quality. This is a true guitar!
cost saving and affordable for what it is. an awesome guitar.

(5 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

It Cant Stay in Tune!!!!!!!

By Cody Bass

from Alabama

Comments about Gibson Les Paul Studio Electric Guitar:

I absolutely love the sound, but I cant stand that it cant stay in tune, and ive had so much trouble spending money to get good tuners to keep it fixed so I gonna stick with my Fender and probably never doing business with Gibson again.
The pickups are very nice sounding but the tuning keys are absolutely terrible.
As soon as I got it I couldnt keep it in tune and even after I replaced the tuners the guitar still had problems staying in tune. I just sent off the replacement tuners just to see it was them but im really thinking somethings wrong with the guitar. The tuners I used to replace the originals was Grovers.
I had bought this brand new, on sale, for $650 and I thought that was a very good deal since usually its about $800.

(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

ebony with chrome hardware

Comments about Gibson Les Paul Studio Electric Guitar:

I'm so glad I treated myself to this beautiful instrument. You only live once. The people at musiciansfriend.com were awesome to deal with over the phone. The guitar arrived in perfect condition and almost in tune! Thank you, I am really enjoying exploring the variety of tones this guitar can produce. Also, it is fabulous looking. It has a good, quality feel to it and sounds wonderful.

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Awesome tone

By Skarski

from Elberton, Georgia

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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 Electric Guitar:

    I bought this guitar a few weeks ago because I just wanted to finally own a Gibson Les Paul. I have two other high end model guitars,a 2012 Fender YJM Stratocaster,and a 1993 Ibanez S540 Tm. I settled for the less expensive studio model. I ordered the wine color and chrome model. Let me say the picture in the add does not do this guitar justice. The guitar itself is absolutely beautiful. I am very impressed with this guitar even though it is the studio version. It might lack just a bit of the flash and toys of a higher end model, but nothing else. This guitar sounds totally awesome. The tone is outstanding. As you probably already know, it just has that distinct "Les Paul" sound. If I could only own one guitar, this would be high on my list. The only extreme difference in playing this guitar is the neck. I am used to the Ibanez wizard series necks. The neck on this guitar feels real beefy to me. I am sure some would prefer this, but me personally, I love the super slim neck on a guitar. My Stratocaster neck is even small compared to this one. Overall though, it did not take but a few minutes to adjust to the feel. I think I even like the fat neck a little better when playing open chords. Seems to me that the strings have a looser feel to them when in standard tune. This makes a noticible difference to me on lower fret string bends, which is nice. It has a shorter neck on this guitar than my two others, I guess this is just another reason I like this guitar. If you play alot sitting down, you will need to get used to this feel as well, because it definitley sits different in your lap versus a Strat. style body. The model I ordered came with a really nice hardshell case. Overall, I am completely satisfied with this purchase. Proud to own it!

    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    A Les Paul for the average working man.

    By Rotizar

    from Earth

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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 Electric Guitar:

      If you've always wanted a genuine Gibson Les Paul, but are on a budget, then this guitar is for you. Stop debating on buying one while you read reviews, and purshase one today.

      (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Les Paul Studio

      By IOwnALesPaulStudio

      from Peoria, AZ

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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

        Comments about Gibson Les Paul Studio Electric Guitar:

        I got this guitar a while back for Christmas, my parents blessed me with this gorgeous guitar. I've been playing my Les Paul for awhile now and I have to say that Gibson really out did themselves on the Studio. The mahogany body, and maple cap is ridiculous. It plays well, sounds great, and looks awesome. Don't hesitate to get this guitar!

        (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Nice sound, nice size, nice style.

        By Cesar Bigu

        from Cape Cod, MA

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        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Practicing

          Comments about Gibson Les Paul Studio Electric Guitar:

          Just Very Nice Guitar. Very confortable and very nice sound. I love it.

          (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Once Gibson Ranter Converted

          By RennexGreyven

          from Taylorsville, UT

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          Comments about Gibson Les Paul Studio Electric Guitar:

          I have nothing against overseas guitars currently the majority of my instruments are made in either china or indonesia, but compared to this guitar the playabilty and resonance are like no other If you cant afford one right off the bat take some time and save for one. Play one at a store and get a feel for it. For some the neck is going to be too thick. especially if your used to ibanez necks or other shredding guitars but for me this felt right at home. Everyone on the epiphone forums and even other forums sit there and say "i cant afford to pay for a gibson thats worth more than my car" or "i cant justify paying for a gibson their prices are rediculous" if your serious about your instruments this guitar has some incredible features for a price that most people are paying for other types of guitars with half as much versatility. I cant recommend this item enough I tried my best to find something wrong with this item and i couldnt. Try one for yourself!!
          Played an Epi LP custom for a while. I was skeptical about these more affordable gibson models. I looked through forums to try and get some feedback as to what other players thought. Finally just decided that the only way to find out if theya re worthwhile was to play one. Picked one up at a local store and pluged it into one of the display amps. The action was perfect. The neck felt incredibly smooth and was a breeze to play (didnt expect that out of the rounded profile) my epi has a slimtaper design and i liked it but i was a bass player before i got into guitar so i guess its really no huge suprise that a little more chunk to the neck would be natural for me. The frets were smooth and the pickups were VERY versatile. you can coax some really great fingerpicked clean tones out of it yet still kick it into gear and get that vintage overdriven les paul sound. The finish is beautiful i am a fan of natural wood grains and the cherry red not only feels great playing (very smooth and easy to get around) but also gives you a peek of the wood that adds character. The first thing i noticed is how well the guitar naturally resonated even unplugged. It felt like everything the neck, body, and pickups were all working together as they should be. It was surreal. I honestly did not think there would be such a huge difference between the epiphone customs and these studios but believe me There is!
          Nothing but perfection. The finish was smooth neck felt great and the tuners held tune very well. Pickups sounded incredible right from the first note i plucked and you can really tell that the guitar is well made. Some people have had fret issues but i played on an older used item that had seen better days and it had absolutely no problems. I was thinking about going with another epiphone a standard plus top but now that i played this guitar there is no questioning it. I will save up for this beauty. Not much for looks compared to the other gibson models but i actually fine the dressed down version to be more attractive. This is also coming from a guy who before picking up this guitar was not very fond of gibson. I wasnt fond of their prices or their features initially. Gibson has alot of bad rep and there is a myriad of bad reviews and experiences their customers have put out there. After having one in my hands i have to say there are two sides to every story. I give them the benefit of the doubt every manufacturer will have their lemons. I feel that if the guitar is properly set up and maintaned it will easily be my go to instrument for life. Im already making arrangements to trim down my collection and get one of these and honestly after i get this i couldnt see myself getting another guitar. Time will tell and every gearnut has GAS here and there but this time its like no other.
          the pricing on these models is phenominal. Ive looked through almost every guitar on the market these days and i have looked into all of the specs and subtle differences. People are spending the same ammount of money if not more on other overseas makes and even epiphones. Look at some of the custom lines. Not bad guitars for the money but the pickups in my opinion are relatively poor. For more you can get one of these bad boys and have a real fine instrument. I dont see why someone would buy an epiphone les paul custom now without at least giving one of these guys a try.

          (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          Les Paul Studio Satin Ebony

          By Diogo Carreira

          from Portugal

          Comments about Gibson Les Paul Studio Electric Guitar:

          Overall, its a very versatile guitar, amazing sound and sustain and it is beautiful! You can gig with it or simply play at home with your headphones (my case). If you like to play metal, heaviest stuff, consider changing the pickups.
          Beautiful color, finish and touch of wood. The standard 490 and 498 Studio pickups and 60s neck.
          It is a Gibson. No more comments needed.
          Very good relation price/quality. In this case, of the more unexpensive Les Pauls, it is an outstanding value for money.

          (3 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Versatile, Pure Gibson Class that won't break the bank

          By Phil Blacklaw

          from Undisclosed

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          Comments about Gibson Les Paul Studio Electric Guitar:

          If the guitar was still not chambered, this would easily be 10/10.

          As a last aside, given I've covered most of my basis, I'll close with this. I have 6 other guitars, and almost always I wind up going back to the Paul, even after 7 years.

          But if you truly want the Gibson sound, ersatz won't cut it. Sorry
          There are only two reasons for not giving this guitar a full 10/10...one, admittedly, a bit of a pittance.

          The lack of embellishments...namely, binding and figured vs. plain maple...are a little disappointing, especially since much cheper guitars do have binding. But all Gibson Les Pauls have the same quality tonewood, and the accoutrements are the only difference between the Studio and the others. Plus figured maple doesn't affect the tone.

          Chambered bodies, however do VERY much affect it. My Les Paul is 7 years old, and thus is fully solid-body. At that time the Supremes wer the only chambered ones, having a richer, creamier tone than mine. If you're looking for more bite, the chambers may disappoint, but all of the LPs are chambered now, aside from Custom Shop reissues :/ So a word to the wary.

          Also, the 490/498s are among the weakest output pickups Gibson makes, but with enough gain and distortion, I can still shred just fine. Also, I find them more articulate than EMGs gonzo.
          Every Gibson Les Paul I've played is impeccable, and this is no exception. The tone is perfectly balanced and versatile enough to suit any style...I've used it from light Rushy prog to brutal death metal, and it fits each like a glove with minimal EQ. It is on the brighter side from the maple, though.

          The tonewood's superiority to Epiphone is almost laughable. Epi may make decent SGs, but their Les Pauls don't even come close. Yes, they are prettier on the cheap, but the tone is far poorer and less rounded.

          The fretboard's playability exceeds any other guitar I've played, unparalleled smoothness. I prefer the thicker neck for more heft to my vibrato (same for the slightly high default action) but that may be just me.
          Since there aren't a lot of bells and whistles, it doesn't get a full 10, but, as I've said before, the tone makes it definitely worth the money. Tone is quite comparable to even the most exclusive LPs, except for the Custom, but that's 4 grand...

          (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

           
          3.0

          Now I can say I have one....

          By Josh Pratt

          from Phoenix, Az

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          Comments about Gibson Les Paul Studio Electric Guitar:

          I am kind of neutral on this. Yes I really like this guitar ( Studio LP, black w/ chrome) for more classic rock. i really haven't pushed too hard on the metal with it yet, as I have other guitars with EMG's for that stuff.
          I got this as a used 2 rating and it showed up without a scratch on it. I was really disappointed on how they sent it to me with the set up and how dirty the neck was. I hated it and was going to send it back. I put a lighter set of strings which gave it that "buttery" smooth feel. I did clean the fret board though with lemon oil and scrubbed like hell between the fret bars. That guitar should not have left like that. It was extremely out of tune, I mean some strings were 2 steps high and some just as low, but there was no excuse for how dirty the neck was.
          This is one of my favorite guitars right now, but I plan on lowering the action a bit. Good price for the quality and for it saying Gibson...all in all not too bad. I am looking at the PRS SE series next as reviews are smoking this guitar, and for half the price.
          If you want a USA Gisbon LP, then this is not a disappointment.
          This is a bare bones LP, but you should know this about the studio...if you want more bells and whistles then maybe get a standard or higher. If you want an LP sound and not too much else this is it. So I did not rank high on features as it's not supposed to have them.
          I like the pick ups. They just make the notes really scream out of a Mesa Boogie....
          I think it;s a great value for this nice sounding of a guitar, but you are paying for the name....

          (3 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

           
          3.0

          Les Paul

          By Gibsonian

          from Nevada

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          Comments about Gibson Les Paul Studio Electric Guitar:

          Looks nice sounds good. Not as comfortable as other guitars. But it has amazing sustain, and if you drive it hard enough it will get the job done, at least until you bend the string and it goes out of tune.
          I have played Ibanez guitar for the last ten years or so. I decieded go get a LP when I needed the added sustain to play Slash's type of music. So most of what I have to say is based on past experiences with Ibanez. First of all, I will say that the LP does have amazing sustain. I have never played anything that will hold a note as long as the Les Paul. It sounds really nice to. BUT... It takes a day or two to get used to not having a double cutaway, and having to stretch your hands and play the upper frets at different angles. On an RG I have never had any issues just playing normal, nothing is ever in the way. Second of all the neck pickup is pretty impressive, but these pickups are extremely low output. It takes twice as much drive/distortion to push these as hard as stock pups in an Ibanez. I don't like the bridge or the pickguard for comfort reasons, it is hard to speed pick this thing comfortably. The neck is pretty good, I still don't like it as much as the RG, but it works. The fretwork is amazingly smooth. I think they used the plek system on this guitar and it shows. My last complaint is unlike other reviews I've read, mine does not stay in tune. If you play hard rock/ heavy metal a good bend will thow this thing all out of tune in seconds. I love the looks of the carved top. The guitar is beautiful too. The back of the guitar is flat, so there is no contour for your body, which is okay, but again not comfortable. Its a guitar that you can get used to. To make it really worth having, I would upgrade to some hotter pups, and make sure you get one that will stay in tune.
          Its well built and looks nice, just does't stay in tune. I don't know if that is because of a flaw when it was built or what, but it wont stay in tune.
          Its the cheapest les paul gibson you can get. Overall I'm not as impressed as my Ibanez RGs that are half the price.

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