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Gibson Les Paul Studio Pro Plus Electric Guitar

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The original idea for the Gibson Les Paul Studio Electric Guitar was to create a somewhat lower-priced Paul by dispensing with some cosmetics. The re...Click To Read More About This Product

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The original idea for the Gibson Les Paul Studio Electric Guitar was to create a somewhat lower-priced Paul by dispensing with some cosmetics. The result was an especially clean, handsome guitar with all the Les Paul essentials. The Les Paul Studio Pro Plus steps up its game and narrows the gap with a potent humbucker combo of BurstBucker Pro in the bridge and 490R in the neck that deliver warm rhythm and hot, solid lead sounds with the added tonal flexibility of coil-splitting. Hallmark Les Paul features include a set mahogany neck with '60s SlimTaper profile, rosewood fingerboard, and mahogany body with a AA flamed maple top with your choice of nitro finishes.

Gibson 490R humbucker
This modern Gibson classic features tonal characteristics similar to the '57 Classic, delivering a slight increase in the upper mids, for a more contemporary humbucking sound. The special Alnico II magnet gives this beauty a singing quality that delivers on demand. The

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  • Mahogany body
  • AA figured maple top
  • Nitrocellulose lacquer finish
  • Set mahogany neck
  • Rosewood fretboard
  • 22 frets
  • '60s Slim Taper profile
  • Gibson BurstBucker Pro bridge pickup
  • Gibson 490R neck humbucker
  • 2 volume, 2 tone (with coil-splitting)
  • 3-way pickup selector
  • Chrome hardware
  • TonePros tune-o-matic bridge/stopbar tailpiece
  • Chrome Grover tuners
  • 24-3/4" scale
  • 1.675" nut width
  • 12" fretboard radius
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GibsonLes Paul Studio Pro Plus Electric Guitar

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(8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)


Natural Finish is spectacular

By Jere Widhalm

from Been to 40 countries and 42 US States

Comments about Gibson Les Paul Studio Pro Plus Electric Guitar:

Definately worth it. Easy to play, sounds great, sure is heavy though. It its right in with the rest of the family, Ovation Std Balladier, 1963 Guild M50, Epiphone 12 string, 1975 Aria classical guitar. All the guitars have their different purposes and sounds, but the versatility of the Les Paul is everything is cracked up to be. It's a work horse in EVERY genre! Bless you Les......thanks!
It's got everything you need except a built in tuner.
Like most electric guitars, wire connections are mediocre. A little solder in all the right places and no more snap crackle and pop (It was minor, but annoying when you're playing favorite songs). Setup should have been better when I got it, but it wasn't much to bring it in.
It was a great price. Mine is natural finish with all gold appointments. People drool over this guitar when I take it out of the case, and it sounds better than it looks. It'll sustain till the lost cows come home.... I just love that.

(8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)


Good job on this exclusive Les Paul

By starscream-Cz8Dp

from Buffalo, NY

Comments about Gibson Les Paul Studio Pro Plus Electric Guitar:

I've been very pleased with this purchase. My favorite guitar in my arsenal has always been my Les Paul Studio Lite (Balsa center, 60's neck, transparent paint). I've been praying for years for Gibson to build a new "replacement" for it, and this is the closest they've come so far.I went with the Manhattan Blue finish. Gibsons usually have a wide discrepancy in their tops so I don't know if I lucked out or if this is the norm for this model, but I ended up with a very nice and even flame top that was certainly worth the price. The Lites all had transparent tops, but only one finish option that I know of had a three piece flame top. This two piece top looks far better. Fit and finish is very good. I don't have any paint issues and the frets are fine. The best upgrades over the plain Studio are the push-pull pots for coil splitting, the Grover tuners, and the Tone Pros bridge and tail.Some people hate chambered Les Pauls. If that's you, then this guitar is not your cup of tea. It's very light and the body resonates when you play it. The neck is a 60's neck, but it feels a little thicker than my Lite. I haven't measured with a caliper, but it seems to be somewhere between my Lite and the '59 rounded profile. But Gibson claimes they are all shaped by hand so variations in thickness is expected.Three things I would have preferred and in a perfect world would be on this: 1. An ebony fingerboard 2. Hotter pickups. The stock combo is alright but I'm probably going to replace it with a 496R/500T pair. 3. Pickup coversAs far as value goes, it's a tough pill to swallow to think of spending $1600 on "just a Studio". You're so close to stepping up to a Traditional or lower end Standard, and if you like the binding, etc. that those models have, you'll probably bypass this and spend a little more. But if you're not a fan of binding and love flame tops and 60's necks, this is exactly what you want. You can always customize the rest to your liking.

(5 of 9 customers found this review helpful)


Good... but not great

By theaceofspadesjl

from New york city

Comments about Gibson Les Paul Studio Pro Plus Electric Guitar:

It seems as if Gibson keeps updating the les paul studio guitars way too much. However this is not a complete dis' to Gibson. This is by far the best les paul studio model yet. The hardware looks good, the flame top is brilliant, but im not crazy about the blue... anyway this guitar felt great with 60's neck. It's about time they made some guitars with thinner necks. But i do wish they covered the pickups, put some better pickups in there, and had some better finishes. Overall its a good guitar, just not great. Now when are they going to put BINDING on these!?!?

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)


Studio Pro Plus in Red Velvet

By RJ Donaldson

from USA

Comments about Gibson Les Paul Studio Pro Plus Electric Guitar:

It came needing a setup but otherwise very nice- love the AA flame.
Good quality- I expected a little more polish along the topside of the neck. I agree with other statements- pickups should be hotter- I will probably install another set.

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)


LP Studio Pro Plus --

By Justin Lee

from Earth, Terran System

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Comments about Gibson Les Paul Studio Pro Plus Electric Guitar:

When I started looking I wanted to buy the last guitar I'd ever buy (or need to...cant help the GAS sometimes).

Im not a performer and dont plan to be. I'm probaly what most would call and advanced novice and I wanted an instrument that I knew I could grow into as my skills improved over the years.. I didnt want to go guitar shopping every other year to suit my changing abilities. So, I dove into the Gibson pool head first.

Down the road if I happen to get good and want something new or better or even decide to start performing, the gibson will hold its value more than any chinese alternative

I may hit up gibson's warranty group on the fingerboard/neck ridge I mentioned above. Its not a playablity issue, just a cosmetic one so not much to worry about.

Overall I am very happy with my purchase and I would buy it again.
Where to start..

-Made in the USA!

-Grover machine heads -- speak for themselves

-AA Flame Maple top -- not 'book matched', but still very very striking.. people everywhere love the look. You will not find a better looking guitar of this quality without dropping a LOT more coin.

-2 peice (chambered) mohogany body -- some of the cheaper studio models ive seen have 3 peices of mohogany glued together for the body, with gaudy glue lines in odd places (not the center). This guitar has 2 peices of mohognay glued on 1 seem, down the centerline -- and the grain matching is Very good. It took me a while to even spot the seem

-Made in the USA!
-burst bucker pro bridge + 490r neck pickups, both with coil taps. Gives you lots of wiggle room when trying to find a tone that suits your style or setlist--versatility is a good thing--i get more tonal variety than any strat I've ever played--and without having to muck with the amp first.

-solid mohogany neck -- no cheesy glue seems, finger joints, etc, just one solid peice of wood.

-Hard case -- not a deal maker but definately a bounus over the entry level LP Studio which only comes with a soft gigbag

- Did I mention its Made in the USA!
Numerous people have told me that a hand made american made LP is likely to have more blemishes and or cosmetic flaws than the assembly line guitars made in china, which does appear to be the situation in my case.

although the overall quality is still quite stellar, fret work is top notch, and the thing looks hot. there were a few blemishes and cosmetic things I noticed right away.

Foremost of these is a lip or ledge or ridge near the low E and nut on the neck where it meets the fringerboard that is about 2 inches long. See the photo below. At first I thought it was a cracked neck, but after I got the Macro lens out I could see it looks more like some file work or some such done while fretting (not drop damage or a crack).. its just a small ridge where the fingerboard and neck Do not meet seemlessly.. there is no gap, just a ridge that i can see and feel, but it does not affect playablity whatsoever.
The neck (around fret 12) also has a small blemish in the finish.. the outermost nitro finish is still glassy and smooth, but but underneath it looks like a tiny drip (like 2-3 mm) of finger board lacquer (or black paint) ended up on the mohogany neck before the nitro was sprayed on. -- again, does not affect playability at all.. Doesnt bother me in the slightest, but it does exist.

Lastly when I first unboxed the guitar I found that the pickup selector switch had not been tightened down all the way and the switch wiggled and rotated in its housing. I used a cotton cloth and a needle-nose pliers to tighten it down properly. Also, the black knob on the selector switch was only threaded on about one revolution. It was tight but while playing I could see the exposed threads that should be covered by the knob, had it been threaded on all the way. The black knob was in fact cross threaded onto the switch, again cotton rag and pliers solved the problem.

The last bit with the selector knob was a bit disconcerting -- had they tested it in the factory (like they say they do) they would have noticed the switch was loose.. not a big deal but I was taken a bit aback by that one. Then again it just needed some tightening, nothing unusable.
Decently good value--perhaps not for everyone.

Compared to the entry level LP Studio you're paying more, but you get better pickups & coil taps on both, grover kidney tuners, and a hard case..

Also unlike the cheaper Studio models the "Pro Plus" is a 2 piece mohogany body (no scrap lumber was harmed in the making of this guitar) and has an awesomely hot flamed maple top.

IMO, great guitar for the price.


Best (modern) studio Model LP there is!!

By The Music Man

from KY

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  • Fun To Play
  • Good Feel
  • Good Pick Up
  • Good Tone
  • Soft Gritty Sound
  • Solid Electronics
  • Super light


    Best Uses

    • Great For All Musicians
    • Jamming
    • Practicing
    • Recording
    • Rock Concerts
    • Small Venues

    Comments about Gibson Les Paul Studio Pro Plus Electric Guitar:

    This guitar is great. I didn't want to buy a basic studio model LP because of the three peice necks and glue lines but I didn't want to buy a Standard LP because of the price. I spent hours trying to find a Gibson LP that was in between the two and man it was tough. I was more concerned with the body construction, Neck style and overall quality of all the Gibson LP i looked at. There all awsome at the end of the day but it's hard to get between There finest and there lowest quality. Finally I found this guitaer The Gibson LP Studio Pro Plus!! I love it. Its exactly what I hoped it would be. I'm not going to go into details although i could. I'm just going to say this a solid guitar for all types of music and is a true LP. I would tell anyone get this guitar. You can't go wrong. This guitar is not heavy. I've seen other reveiws that say it is but it is not. Its the most light LP I have ever played. One more thing I would like to say is GIBSON DOES NOT MAKE GUITARS WITH FLAWS. I've heard people say that all Gibsons have flaws because there hand made and thats not true. Gibson did't get the name they have by selling messed up insruments. A life time warranty also stands with the quality of these guitars, If it breaks/broke they fix it. Gibson rocks, I am a professional musician and they have been and always will my favorite. They make the guitars I play, want, and dream about. Get a GIBSON and if you don't like it send it back and get one you do. Gibson never wants anyone to except a damaged guitar with there name on it. When I received mine it was perfect. Once again I love this guitar and will keep it forever. I don't think i will ever purchase another guitar that i will be anymore satisfied with. Shout out to Musicians Friend for the quick flawless shipping. Reminds me once again why i hate guitar center. oops did i just write that?

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