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All the famous Les Paul ingredients at a fraction of the cost.
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 Les Paul”pours out of the 490R and 498T Alnico II magnet humbucker pickups (BurstBucker Pro on faded models), which are mounted on a carved maple top with a mahogany back. The 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.
Body and Finish
A solid, carved maple top and chambered mahogany body give the Les Paul Studio the same tonewood combination that has been helping Les Paul Standards rock for nearly 60 years. And each of its four available nitrocellulose finishes makes for a stunning looking guitar, even while its no-frills approach eliminates body binding and pickguard.
Mahogany is a medium-dense wood with excellent resonance and superior sustain, and it offers a rich, round, warm tone, but with plenty of high-end sheen and good mid-range presence. Add a solid maple top, and the guitar's tone is enhanced with added clarity, sustain and definition. The body's chambering also enhances its mellow acoustic resonance, and adds further air to the midrange content.
Gibson's 498T and 490R pickups ("T" for treble, and "R" for rhythm) have the traditional characteristics of the original "Patent Applied For" pickups of the late 1950s, with a few upgrades. These pickups take advantage of wax potting, which does away with any air space inside the pickup, therefore lessening the chances of microphonic feedback. The result is a humbucker with the tonal characteristics of an original PAF, with a slight increase in upper mid-range response. The Gibson 498T bridge pickup is the 490R's ideal complement.
Taking the 490R one step further, the 498T is wound a little hotter and also swaps the Alnico II magnet for an Alnico V, giving it more punch and greater emphasis on midrange and highs. The 490R/498T is one of the most versatile humbucking pickup sets available. In the neck position, the former yields juicy, warm vocal tones with outstanding clarity, while the latter in the bridge position excels at everything from bright jangle through a clean amp to wailing overdrive with near-infinite sustain through a high-gain amp. Selected together, the pair gives you everything from funky to greasy, depending upon amp and effects settings.
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This guitar is great. It has great action, the neck won't warp on you and you can play all kinds of music on this from blues to speed metal, I normally play led zeppelin and motley crue and it sounds great witth the low tuning heavy style of mick mars and tthe bluesey and fast immy page riffs. Great guitar for the money.
As a true beginner I asked around and was told I should start on an Acoustic. After getting my LP I have decided that was a mistake. Wow this thing is heavy compared to my Acoustic but I love the extra weight. The slimmer neck and how close the strings are to the frets make playing a breeze. When I first got it I didnÆt have an amp so I went to a friendÆs house to play. He was a die hard Fender lover until I showed up with my Gibson. He was amazed at how well it sounded and said he liked it better than any of his 4 Fenders. I hope to buy 1 nice guitar a year and have 6 GibsonÆs currently picked out. IÆm note sure all LPÆs are this good with some half the cost and other 4 to 5 times as much, but I believe it is a must for any beginner like me.
This fine instrument can be summed up in one word: Gibson. It has all of the sound quality and playability of far more expensive models at a relatively reasonable price for a high end guitar. It has a wide range of sounds and tones, is very fast and responsive, and is manufactured with the quality one has come to expect from Gibson. I have a hard time putting mine down now after owning it for a few weeks.
I usually us a Gibson j-200 or the American Eric Clapton model fender Stratocaster, but lately I have been using the studio Les Paul. It's bloody amazing for a cheap guitar. You can get amazing sounds out of it, almost better than my Rickenbacker 1997 and 1998. Any good guitarist should own this guitar!
This is an amazing guitar for any level player. I bought it in Alpine white/gold hardware, and it looks great. Very comfortable to play, and good tones. Not much to complain about, especially at this price. Highly Recommended.
I'm not one to write a review, but I feel obligated to pass the word.
I play a wide range of music with the band I'm in (Jewel, Aerosmith, Pink Floyd, Green Day), and I can say that the Les Paul Studio handles everthing I put it through, especially when I have to play on the high end of the neck, 15th fret and up. For someone with big hands it's a breeze to play those high reaching Pink Floyd solos........I love this axe!!
I have played this guitar before and it rocks your socks off. The only problem is the fact that it sounds a bit too twangy when you use a 9-42 gauge string. When factor in the pickups I would prefer using emgs or DiMarzios, or even Gibson 490-500's, whatever fits.
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