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Gibson Les Paul Studio Electric Guitar - Review

Gibson Les Paul Studio | Specifications, pricing and rating information on this classic electric guitar.

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Model: Gibson Les Paul Studio - Electric Guitar

No. Strings: 6
Body Type: Solid Body - Carved Maple Top and  Mahogany Back
Neck Material: Mahogany - Joins Body at 16th Fret
Neck Shape: '59 Rounded Les Paul Specification
Fretboard: Rosewood - Not Bound - Solid with Trap Style Pearlite Inlay - Ebony on Top End Models
Scale Length: 24.75"
Body Dimensions: 16"w x 20"l x 2 1/4" d
Total #Frets: 22
Nut Width: 1 11/16" Finish: Gloss
Bridge: Tune-O-Matic with Stop Tailpiece
Binding:  None
Tuners: Gold or Silver Plated With Green Key
Electronics: Humbucker 490R and 498T 2 Volume & Tone + One Three Way Switch
Warranty: Limited Lifetime

Gibson Les Paul Studio Electric Guitar MSRP: $1,269.00
Warranty: Limited Lifetime

Gibson Les Paul Studio Electric Guitar Gibson Les Paul Studio - Electric Guitar

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 Gibson Les Paul Studio - pours out of the 490R and 498T Alnico II magnet humbucker pickups, which are mounted on a carved maple top with a mahogany back.

The faded finish models of the Gibson Les Paul Studio are equipped with BurstBucker Pro pickups and a mahogany top.

The Gibson 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.

Gibson Les Paul Studio Electric Guitar MSRP $1,269.00

Gibson Les Paul Studio - Electric Guitar Features:
    Carved maple top and mahogany back (Mahogany top on faded finish models)
    Mahogany neck, '59 Rounded Les Paul
    Rosewood fingerboard (Ebony on Alpine white)
    Tune-O-Matic bridge with stopbar
    Chrome or gold hardware
    490R and 498T Alnico 2 magnet humbucker pickups (BurstBucker Pro on faded finish models)
    2 volume and 2 tone knobs, 3-way switch
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Features: 8.5

The quality of the carved wood top and simple elegant design of the Gibson Les Paul Studio quickly helped this guitar become the most popular model in the Les Paul line from Gibson

There are a variety of color combinations available in his line and you will certainly be able to find one that suits your personal aesthetic tastes.

Tuning machines operate smoothly and effortlessly for easy dead-on tuning and string changes.

I would prefer a solid Ebony fingerboard to the Rosewood. Ebony IS available on the upper priced models and as well worth the extra money to get it.

Sound Production: 9.5

The Gibson Les Paul Studio is literally the perfect guitar for any type of music you play. The only exception would be fingerstyle picking, which is better handles by the big semi-hollow body guitars. The Humbuckers are fantastic and I would expect nothing less from pickups of this quality.

Action: 9.0

The Gibson Les Paul Studio plays good as delivered. If your preference is lower action, adjustment with the Tune-O-matic bridge is a cinch. As I like very low action, I would lower the strings at the nut just a bit. See my article on Action Adjustment for directions to do this easily and professionally.

Durability: 7.0

The Gibson Les Paul Studio is quite durable. From the solid carved wood body construction the to trussed neck this guitar will take a lot of abuse. Be cautious of all the guitar edges however as there is nothing to protect the finished edges other than the finish itself. So a hard bang on a music stand, wood chair or able and you will have a unsightly chipped edge.

Customer Service: 10.0

Your new Gibson Les Paul Studio is warranted to be free from defects in materials and workmanship for the life of the original retail purchaser, subject to the limitations contained in this warranty.

If at any time this Gibson instrument malfunctions as a result of faulty materials or workmanship, Gibson will repair the defect(s) or replace the instrument, as it deems appropriate in its sole discretion. Gibson reserves the right to use materials regularly utilized at the time of repair in the event that original materials are no longer available, If replacement of your instrument is deemed appropriate by our staff, Gibson will replace the instrument with one of the same or most similar style of a value not in excess of the original purchase price of your instrument.

This warranty covers the cost of both labor and materials on any repair deemed necessary by our Customer Service Representative for the lifetime of the original purchaser. In the unlikely event that your instrument is destroyed, lost or damaged beyond repair, while in the possession of Gibson for repair, Gibson will replace that instrument with one of the same or most similar style of a value not in excess of the original purchase price of your instrument. Any insurance covering the instrument, including but not limited to collector's value insurance, must be carried by owner at owner's expense. For more info please refer to the Gibson website.

Overall Score: 8.8

The Gibson Les Paul Studio if a great lower-priced option added this renowned Gibson line. Fantastic fit and finish will allow you to "show-off" this beauty in any music genre.

From the carved maple top to the mahogany back, this guitar is a great work of art. Everything is neat and clean with very little frills. Be careful with the edges of the body though as they are not protected by anything other than the finish.

The Gibson Les Paul Studio Humbucker pickups perform flawlessly and gives this guitar amazing sound and versatility. The sound is clean and great for jazz and mellow rock and very able to handle those Les Paul licks!

If you are a serious music student or professional guitarist, this guitar will more than meet anything you want to tackle. I give the Gibson Les Paul Studio very high marks.