Les Paul Studio review by Gibson

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  • Sound: 9
  • Overall Impression: 10
  • Reliability & Durability: 7
  • Action, Fit & Finish: 10
  • Features: 8
  • Reviewer's score: 8.8 Superb
  • Users' score: 8.3 (942 votes)
Gibson: Les Paul Studio
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Price paid: £ 999.99

Purchased from: East Coast Music

Sound — 9
I feel this guitar suits my playing style very well as it has good sustain for chords and long notes when soloing. It also has the grunt needed for playing heavy rhythms and shedding solos. I am currently using a Marshall MA100C amp and a Boss ME-20 effects pedal. While using a clean setting the Studio has a rich, sustained tone. On a distorted setting it has a strong, beefy tone. The Studio can make a variety of sounds from sustained chords to high bends and pitch harmonics.

Overall Impression — 10
Overall I think this is a very good guitar for all types of playing style. It is by far the best guitar I've owned and I would recommend it to anyone who can afford one.

Reliability & Durability — 7
The Studio will stand up to a fair amount of abuse. The strap buttons a very solid however I wouldn't play a gig without a pair of strap locks. I would trust it to work well at a gig and I would play without a backup. The finish is good but I have to polish it at least 3 times a week to stop it fading and keep it looking new and shiny.

Action, Fit & Finish — 10
When I got mine it was all set up by the shop selling it as I bought it second hand. However it had no flaws or Problems.

Features — 8
Body: The body is made from chambered mahogany and joined to a solid carved maple top with ultra-strong Franklin Titebond glue. The Studio follows the lines of the Les Paul Standard with a gently arched top and a single cutaway on the treble side of the neck/body joint for improved upper-fret access. The body's back is chambered to both reduce overall weight and enhance the guitar's resonance. Mahogany is a medium-dense wood with excellent resonance and superior sustain and it offers a rich, warm tone, but with plenty of high-end sheen and good mid-range presence. With a solid maple top the guitar's tone is enhanced with added sustain and definition. The body's chambering also enhances its mellow Acoustic resonance, and adds further air to the midrange content. Pickups: Gibson's 498T and 490R pickups ("T" for treble, and "R" for rhythm) have the traditional characteristics of the original 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. Electronics: The Les Paul Studio uses an individual volume control for each pickup, which consists of a quality 300k linear potentiometer for a smooth, natural volume roll-off. The Les Paul Studio features one three-way Switchcraft toggle switch. In the down position, only the Bridge pickup is active. In the middle position, both pickups are active. In the up position, only the neck pickup is active. The Les Paul Studio features individual tone controls for each pickup, comprised of 500k non-linear potentiometers with .022mF tone capacitors for a smooth transition from bright to warm. The guitar features a 1/4" output jack made by Switchcraft. Its super heavy-duty construction holds the guitar cable securely in place. Neck, Headstock and Fingerboard: The neck of the Studio is constructed from solid mahogany, cut using the quarter sawn orientation for improved strength and resonance. The Studio headstock is carefully angled at Gibson's traditional 17 degrees which increases pressure on the strings and helps them stay in the nut slots. An increase in string pressure also means there is no loss of string vibration between the nut and the tuners, which equals better sustain. The neck on the Studio is carved to Gibson's comfortable, rounded '50s profile, which offers a smooth playing feel in the hand. This neck shape has been a favorite with many players since its arrival on the Les Paul Standards in the 50s. Gibson's traditional truss rod, found in most all of their guitars, is highly responsive to the individual adjustments you want to make to personalize and optimize string action and sustain. The neck of the Studio carries a rosewood fingerboard the traditional fingerboard of the original Les Paul Standard. Rosewood is both hardwearing and sonically superlative; adding sweetness and depth to the guitar's overall sound. In keeping with the Studio series, the fingerboard remains unbound. The Studio sports 22 medium-jumbo frets, all immaculately polished. Hardware: The headstock of the Studio is equipped with vintage-style tuners with green tulip buttons and an efficient 14:1 turn ratio. These tuners provide a classic look in line with the model's lineage, and smooth, robust performance. As with most Gibson guitars, the truss rod cover on the Les Paul Studio is made from black and white vinyl plastic, and is shaped like an antique bell. Included on the Studio, the Tune-o-matic Bridge provides a firm seating for the strings, allowing the player to adjust and fine-tune the intonation and string height in a matter of minutes. It also yields excellent coupling between strings and body, maximizing resonance, tone, and sustain. This Bridge is made from Zamak then plated. Every Tune-o-matic Bridge is combined with a separate "stopbar" tailpiece, which is essentially a modified version of the earlier wraparound Bridge that's designed to further enhance the connection between the strings and the body. The Studio's stopbar tailpiece is made from Zamak then plated. The Studio carries a black plastic pickguard. Accessories: Because I bought mine second hand from a small music shop no accessories were included.

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