Gibson Les Paul Studio
1997 Les Paul Studio – classic rock/blues tones.
Whilst most guitar players are familiar with the classic Gibson Les Paul guitars, such as the Custom and the Standard, they often overlook some of the other LP derivatives which are equally worthy of attention and staggeringly good value.
The Les Paul Studio is one such model and not only does it look great but it sounds fabulous.
First introduced by Gibson in 1983 as a ‘no frills’ version of the traditional Les Pauls, The Studio remains in production to this day and is a firm favourite with hard working musicians the world over.
Gibson Les Paul Studio Description
Whilst most guitar players are familiar with the classic Gibson Les Paul guitars, such as the Custom and the Standard, they often overlook some of the other LP derivatives which are equally worthy of attention and staggeringly good value. The Gibson Les Paul Studio is one such model and not only does it look great but it sounds fabulous.
First introduced by Gibson in 1983 as a ‘no frills’ version of the traditional Les Pauls, The Studio remains in production to this day and is a firm favourite with hard working musicians the world over. It was designed to appeal to musicians who wanted the Les Paul tone and playability but without all the cosmetic additions of the more expensive models at a more affordable price. Having said that, this guitar plays and feels as good as any Les Paul and the workmanship is of Gibson’s usual high standard.
Sporting a solid mahogany body and neck with a rosewood fingerboard, the first thing that grabs your attention with this guitar is its unamplified tone. The natural resonance of the mahognay hardwood vibrates right through your chest whilst playing and you just know it’s going to sound incredible when plugged in. And it does! Fingerboard access and playability are as good as all Les Paul’s and the neck is both comfortable to hold and fast playing under your fingers.
Gibson Les Paul Studio Features
- Solid mahogany single cutaway unbound body in gloss Wine Red finish
- Solid mahogany neck,
- 22 fret rosewood fingerboard
- MOP block inlays
- 60’s neck profile with medium/jumbo frets
- Nut Width – 43mm
- Scale length – 24.75″
- Gold Gibson headstock logo and labeled black bell shaped truss rod cover
- Tune-o-Matic bridge
- Stop bar tailpiece
- Cream & black pickguards with gold mounting arm
- Gold plated hardware
- Grover tuners (one mismatched replacement
- 3 –way pickup selector switch
- 2 x black tone and volume controls
- 1x Gibson 498T Humbucker (Bridge)
- 1x Gibson 490R Humbucker (Neck)
- Modern Hard Lined Case (included for £60)
Gibson Les Paul Studio Details
Plugging in this wine red Les Paul Studio reveals immediately what drives Les Paul fans. The tone is huge, with incredible detail on both pickups and a ringing sustain that has an almost stereo quality to it. Crank up your amp, add some overdrive and you have all the classic rock/blues guitar tones from “Beano” era 1960s Clapton right up to today’s high-gain fraternity. Roll back the volume a little and everything from jazz to even country guitar tones are at your command.
This guitar is in fair condition throughout with just some honourable road scars and surface wear around the pickup covers, bridge/tailpiece. One tuner has been replaced at some stage in its life and there is a colour difference as seen in the photographs. Fret wear is minimal and you even get the choice of two contrasting pickguards, black and cream which are included with this guitar. We recommend a modern hard case for this guitar, which we can include for £60 otherwise it will be supplied in its gig bag.
If you’ve been dreaming of a Les Paul and the new prices are making your eyes water, then this guitar could just be what you are looking for. It’s got boutique tone and playability and is built like a rock. One of the best priced and most versatile guitars we’ve come across, plus it’s a Gibson.