Gibson Les Paul Studio Review - Worth The Price?
Gibson inaugurated a guitar in 1983 that would become their best selling guitar, the Les Paul Studio. As you might guess from the name, the instrument was focused on delivering the Les Paul sound and feel for studio players who didn't really care about the classic Les Paul look.
Eschewing such adornments as body and neck binding, the Gibson Les Paul Studio carries most ingredients that add to the Les Paul tone.
For starters, the Les Paul Studio contains a neck that is reminiscent of a classic 50's Les Paul, which helps contribute to the instrument's chunky, thick tone. The 490T and 490R pickups also exude the Les Paul sound in both lead and rhythm work.
Despite its name, the Les Paul Studio has earned an excellent repute as a live guitar workhorse, due in no little part to its reduced weight. The chambered mahogany body make the Les Paul Studio an excellent guitar for gigging because it has the Les Paul sound without the Les Paul weight.
We surveyed a Les Paul Studio with a black finish and gold hardware, and we were very pleased with our discoveries. The fit and finish were simply first rate. The fretwork was immaculate and we couldn't find a single defect with the finish.
We particularly liked the rosewood fingerboard with its distinctive trapezoid inlays. It unquestionably had the Les Paul feel and sound. We thought it felt like a Les Paul that should cost twice what it did.
So, the most substantial differences between a Studio model and, say, a Les Paul Standard are the neck binding and the lighter weight. The neck binding is just a matter of appearances and doesn't affect sound or playability, and many people really favor the Les Paul Studio because of its lighter weight.
It's easy to understand why the Les Paul Studio is one of Gibson's most popular models, and we give it our heartfelt recommendation.