Gibson Les Paul Studio

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About Gibson Les Paul Studio

The Gibson Les Paul Studio has been available since the mid 80s. It is a viable alternative Les Paul model for guitarists who want the sound and feel of a 'proper' Gibson Les Paul but who aren't fussed about the extra visual decoration.

The Gibson Les Paul Studio features solid Mahogany, set neck construction, dual humbuckers and pairs of volume and tone controls. It drops the figured Maple top and binding to leave a guitar than is elegant yet utilitarian in appearance. As a result, lots of hard rock and metal guitarists prefer the 'raw power' aesthetic of the Les Paul Studio over the decorative beauty of the Les Paul Standard.

Sonically, the Les Paul Studio is extremely close to the sound of the Standard. The lack of a Maple cap rounds the sound out slightly and gives the Studio a darker edge. Visually, the Les Paul Studio is available in a range of colours. All are finished in the traditional Gibson coat of nitrocellulose lacquer.

Guitarists looking for a USA made Les Paul on a budget should head straight for the Studio. Bang for the buck is massive with this great playing, great sounding Gibson. Every UK guitarguitar store has stock of Gibson Les Paul Studio models. Head to your closest store now or simply browse the full collection online.

Frequently Asked Questions about Gibson Les Paul Studio

Question: What finishes is the current Gibson Les Paul Studio available in?
The Gibson Les Paul Studio is currently available in two finishes: Smokehouse Burst and Vintage Sunburst.
Question: Does the lack of a Maple top affect the sound?
We'd say yes. All talk about tone is subjective but the is a definite comparable difference to our ears. The Studio models have slightly less top to the tone, resulting in a warm and strong sound. Remember, the first Les Paul Custom models made in the mid fifties also had this same Maple-less construction,and they are among the most desirable electric guitars in existence. So, the full-Mahogany sound is certainly a revered one.
Question: What pickups are in the current Les Paul Studio?
The current Gibson Les Paul Studio has two great Gibson humbuckers installed: a 57 Classic in the neck and a 57 Classic Plus at the bridge. These are vontage-voiced PAF units for a very high quality sound. There is also a coil tap circuit on both pickups, available via a push/pull control on the Tone knobs. This activates the coil tap and thins out the humbuckers to sound more like single coil pickups.