I considered an LP custom, but for the price difference didn't see
spending a couple thousand more dollars for it. I am getting an Epi
Custom Plus to add to my collection because it sounds a lot like my
studio with a beautiful flamed out finish to match. I have US bragging
rights and I can tell you first hand Mexican (Fender) and Korean
(Epiphone) guitars are just as good tonally. Maybe an upgraded 3-way on
the Korean, but still good. US is good too though. I give it an overall 4.
Model Year: 2004
Price: $1200.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Hot Licks Guitars
Made in USA. It's the Vintage Mahogany Model so it's all Mahogany except
for the rosewood fingerboard. 22 Med frets. 6 strings. HH configuration
with Burstbucker Pro 5's. Passive. Faded Cherry finish. Single Cut.
Tunomatic and stopbar with green tulip tuners. Would be a five, but I like
the Grover tuners.
It took some getting use to because I've been playing nothing but 25 1/2
in scale for the past few years. I started on an all mahogany Lotus and
after a couple days it came back to me and I kept wondering why I
switched to strats. I said it was because of the weight but this ones not as
heavy as I remember them being. No flaws. It's a beautiful piece of work.
String tension feels a little higher than my strat, but it's not bad. I give it a
This is where this bad boy really shines. I can plug straight into my
DSL100 or my Blues Deluxe and get the warm sustaining tone Les Pauls
are known for... that's with a Mahogany top model... There is no
comparison between a carved top LP and any other guitar. It's the
epitomy of sustain with a tone that is unmatched after all these years. No
noise at all. Stage or studio this is a beautiful sounding guitar. Hands
down a 5.
It's a mahogany tree with a rosewood sapling growing out of the side. I've
heard bad reviews on the tulip tuners, but so far they haven't failed me
(knock on mahogany). Very little adjustment is needed. Please, if you
invest in an LP get some little plastic dunlop straplocks to keep it safe. It's
just a buck or two and the strap buttons Gibson uses are way too small.
That's my only real complaint about this guitar.
It's, overall, a good guitar. The biggest problem is the clean sounds, but with some overdrive it really sings.
It is, however, ridiculously overpriced. It's good, but you'll get a better guitar for the money if you look at some smaller or less known brands.
Price: $1200.00 10000 NKR (new)
Where Obtained: Myrbraaten A/S, oslo, norway
The standard studio Les Paul. 490 and 498 humbuckers etc.
I personally like the feel of the neck, and you can adjust the action from ridiculously low to slide easily.
Overall very nice.
It's very good to most rock/blues types of music, and sounds fantastic with overdrive.
The clean sound, however, isn't very good. The neck pickup sounds sort of muddy, especially on low to midrange amps. The bridge pickup is extremely nasal - good for funk, not good for most other styles.
Rock solid. The intonation doesn't have to be adjusted very often, hardware and all holds up quite nicely.
It sounds great, plays great, and looks amazing. If you're looking for a commercial guitar, that plays and sounds great literally off the shelf, then the Studio is something you should seriously check out. It's a Gibson - top quality rock 'n roll for any seroius guitar player. I honestly have no diffs on this machine, I give it a perfect rating.
Model Year: 1999
Price: $1200.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Groth Music
I have a dark emerald green with gold hardware. It's one beautiful machine, and I get comments of the look all the time at shows. It's a single cutaway, and it has wonderful action with 6 strings of pure fun. One thing that took a while to get use to was the weight of this guitar. But as I played with it, 2 days later I didn't even notice. In fact now when I pick up other guitars, I don't like the feeling of a light electric guitar. The weight keeps things stable, and for me easier playability.
The Gibson Studio plays very well. I've played Fenders, Ibanz, Epiphones, and I personally think my studio is the best so far. I have picked a few up in other music stores and have been very dissapointed in their playability. So I am not sure if I just got lucky, but the Gibson Stuiod I own is a great guitar. I have played a few Carvins that I would say that have better action, but considering that the studio isn't a custom guitar, it is one of the best commericial guitar I've played.
The sound that comes out of the Stuiod is great! It has wonderful overdrive tones. So when I switch to distortion, I'd say it's easily one of the best guitars I've heard. I've also used it for jazz, and the nice low and mid tones I can achive from the Studio is great. Smooth as silk.
I've messed around with this guitar so much, and I've seen other active musicians with the same guitar, and wow this one takes a beating. I had some bad luck at first with some locking straps, and the guitar has been redrilled several times. It's been dropped, and in it's also been in a minor collision on stage - but it still plays perfect. I give the durability 6 out of 5 stars.
I would replace it if it was stolen. I always liked Les Pauls and didn't try many others before buying this one. If you want the Les Paul sound and look without the weight and expense of a Custom or Artist, you will be happy with this one.
Model Year: 2001
Price: $950.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Lincoln Music House, Milwaukee, WI
US made. 1 Gibson 490 and 1 498 humbucker, black body, Tune-O-Matic bridge, and stopbar tailpiece. The neck is mahogany with a dot inlay pattern on the fingerboard. Grover tuners.
After fine tuning this guitar, it plays like a dream. It is lighter than the Les Paul custom I used to own. It is not the best guitar I've ever played but it is very good.
I play it through a Fender Cyber-Deluxe and I am able to get whatever sound I need out of it. I play in a couple of comtemporary worship groups every week as well as going to some open jams and my sound ranges from a heavy metal to very clean and I have no trouble getting the sound I need. The only thing I changed was to put strap locks on.
I play out every week and it is holding up perfectly. It pretty much stays in tune no matter what or where it is. I have owned the guitar for 2 months and don't think it will be anything less than dependable.
I compared Brian Moore, Paul Reed Smith, Fender, G&L, and Epiphone. If this guitar were lost or stolen, I would cry, then go out and buy another. The only improvement I can possibly suggest is to make it lighter. My favorite aspect is the classic look and sound. My least favorite is the weight, but it still was not as heavy as the comparable Dean model.
Model Year: 2002
Price: $1099.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Centerville Music, OH
I bought the Blue/Teal model, it has pearloid fretboeard inlays and chrome hardware. The two pickups offer wonderful combination of sounds. The 490 and 498 humbuckers are hard to beat!
The action is great on this model. The rounded neck offers easy access to all frets. It is still new but I cant find any flaws.
I have a Marshall AVT 50 amp. The combination of these two products makes anyone sound good! The sound of this guitar is unmatched. You can play any style. I dabble in Jazz/Blues as well as Rock, and one reason I got a LP was the versatility. Very clean sound when you want it.
This guitar was designed for live and studio playing. If you search long and hard, you wont find a more durable axe. It does carry the normal heavy Les Paul weight.
Yeah i'd buy this guitar again, i would like the tremelo
arm of a strat just to go mad is solos and things, but the sweet tone more than makes up for that. Though sadly it has been discontinued, so i'd have to get a Standard or something if i did manage to lose/break this one.
Model Year: 1999
Price: $700.00 Pounds Sterling (new)
Where Obtained: Danemark Street (Rokas)
The 1999 Gibson Les Paul Studio Model.All black with a rosewood fretboard and gold pickus, and trapezium inlays. (picture of this model at top of page) Otherwise it looks like a Les Paul, 490r and 498t humbuckers, 22 frets, 3 way switch, 2 volume and 2 tone dials.
This is my first electric guitar, but as soon as i played it i had to have it, i was originally looking for a strat, but this just sounded so rich i bought it there and then. The action is customizable, and i've fiddled about to the point where i'm happy with the action for the strings i like. I've since played various other guitars, and none of them have the same feel as responsive and sweet as mine.
I play it through a Fender Deluxe 90 which i'm not too happy with, it produces a rather characterless tone, but through a boss os-2 and the 2 drive channels i can get anything from scream to crunch, (though if i ever get any money saved i'd quite like to get myself a mesa boogie valve amp) but the guitar definately sounds great
playing anything from a subdued rythym section to Jimmy Page and anything inbetween.
The machineheads stay in tune for months, sometimes the pickup switch comes lose and spins about, but i sorted that out a while back now, and now it's fine. I've dropped, scratched and generally played the s**t out of this guitar and it's still sounds and looks great, so full marks
-I generally searched for Les Paul but this one caught my eye
-I would definetly buy this guitar again if stolen
-this guitar could only be better if it played itself =)
-the best is, that it is a beautiful and reliable LES PAUL, no bad aspects
-try it and buy it!
Price: $1000.00 euro
Where Obtained: second hand
-mahogany body, rosewood neck, dot inlays
-24 frets, 6 strings
-2 volume, 2 tone, 3-way switch
-H/H pickups, (stock, been thingking upgrading to EMG's)
-ruby red finish (natural)
-les paul (who doesn't know this??)
-it was setup pretty well, only the strings were a little too high, so adjusted to my own preferred action and it's nice
-the neck is fat and very easy and enjoyable to play
-compared to any other guita I've owned this s ace! I've owned, Ibanez, Hamer, Jackson but they all feel like a toy compared to this one.
-as I bought it secon handed it has few minor scratches, but nothing you can see from 2 metres..
-Crate GX2200H head
-Marshall JCM900 Lead 1938 2 x 12" cabin
-Dunlop original crybaby
I play from side to side, metal, rock, funk, acoustic, pop etc..
-it suits very well for every style
-the sound is very warm and it sustains forever
-if compared to others, this tops them all, no other guitar I've owned ever has had as rich sound as this one
-only mod I've planned is changing the pickups
-the only noise coming from is the same as any other passive electronics, so nothing special
-never played it live but it's very solid, infact it could stand a war
-changed the strings couple of times and the intonation and truss rod seem to be the same, so no need to adjust
-strap-locks needed to be changed immediately to better ones, I put DiMarzio locks on it and now it's reliable..
-never experienced with major climate changeds
-I give only 4 because of the stock strap-locks
I knoew I would buy a Les Paul and wanted this specific model, I was offered a 1988 LP Std in Tobacco Sunburst and a 1975 Wine Red LP Custom, both for VERY good prices, but at the last minute Felicity was found! As I said, I prefer the unbound body and neck, but wanted the specs of a standard. The I played on a standard spec studio in about 1995 and I loved it, but in 1998 they changed the inlays to dots and the finnish to a deeper red which was almost a solid colour...........not good, I hate dots on a LP. They were changed again in 99 to a slimmer body, smaller headstock and 3/4 size trapezoids. Better, but the smaller body would mean a different sound. BUT....I found the one I wanted so I bought it, the ONLY differences between Felicity and a Std of that time are: No Binding, Black plastic as opposed to cream and Gold hardware as opposed to Nickle. I would definitly have another of thes axes. To improve it I am going to sort that dodgy earth and change the scratchplate to one a bit more classy, I have already put a blank truss rod cover on ( I don't like writing on my headstocks other than the manufacturer's logo). So, to sumerize: She looks classy as f--- and she sounds superb, what more would you ever want???
Model Year: 1996
Price: $500.00 UK
Where Obtained: Coda Music, Luton, UK
US made Gibson Les Paul Studio. Old-style "Standard" spec. Mahogany neck and body with carved Maple top. 22 Fret, trapezoid inlays (LP Std). Pickups: Gibson 490 bridge, 498 neck humbuckers. Vol and tone for each, 3 way toggle. Tune-o-matic bridge and stop talepeice. Red Wine finnish with Gold hardware.
Very comfortable guitar to play, I use low to medium action with Rotosound Yellow strings (10-46). The neck profile is the Gibson 59 Round profile which fills the hand nicely but is not as deep as the 70's LP's that had necks like cricket (or Baseball) bats. Good for Thumb over chords, as opposed to my Ibanez RG548, which has a very flat and wide neck. Only flaw is the fact that with a set neck, the wood only bows up to the 15th fret, this caused a Dead spot at the 12th, but was easily rectified with a good professional set up.
I use it through a Marshall JCM900 1x12 100w combo (4101) and a 1971 Marshall MKII 100w Superlead head with matching 4x12 cab. I play in two bands, one is an old school Punk band (Damned, GBH - Jock of GBH is actually the other guitarist, Killing Joke) and the other is a NY style Hardcore band (Biohazard, Sick Of It All, Blood For Blood). I've also used it in a rock covers band and am currently using it for Jazz guitar lessons as well as some slide playing. Altogether a very versatile instrument. It has much more body than my Ibanez RG, but does not cut though as much, great for those big Punk and Hardcore powerchords with a reinforced 5th in the bass!!! I don't want to modify this guitar electronicly, but there is one cosmetic flaw I would change, the single ply scratchplate, I would like a Les Paul Custom 3 ply black plate, although I chose the studio because I dont like bound tops and fingerboards, I do like multi-plied scratchplates, especially with the gold hardware and Black plastic. It does actually hum when not being played witch I believe is due to a poor earth. I intend to fix this soon.
Tuning stability is VERY good for a live situation, providing you don't have a very animated singer who flails his limbs mindlessly during a performance (Stu- Pid, you know who you are!). As with the finnish, I have tried to keep that in top condition, but our friend Mr Pid has seen that I can't with his "dancing" onstage!
The strap buttons on all Gibson guitars are all a bit suspect I feel, they should be replaced immediatly with quality straplocks, as I found out very soon after buying her (She's called Felicity). A gig in Dublin was the last straw when she fell and I lost a lot of the laquer from the headstock. Truss rod adjustments are hard due to Gibson rods using a very strange spanner fitting that it seems only pro-repairers have.
I bought this guitar because i wanted to have gibson and didn`t have the money for a custom or a better standard and i liked the black finish.
the perfect guitar would have been a ESP KH-3. it`s les-pauly built but has the features of a real lead guitar like floyd rose, 24 bends,.... the problem is that is hard to get one of these on austria.
Model Year: 1999
Price: $1500.00 (new)
Everything standard except my in-lays look better than dot.
2 volume 2 tone
I have problems with the sting heigth. if i screw it down to the heigth i want, it causes me to be not able to get a clean tone because the g string touches the fretboard after my finger when i fret.
I use a marshall 2000 TSL and a zoom 4040 and 2020.
i play nearly everything mostly heavy stuff and i fits perfectly. the clean-both-pick-up-setting is also suited for jazzy and bluesy stuff.
Model Year: 2000
Price: $1000.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Local Store
Standard Les Paul construction. All black finish.
Plays like a dream, much better than my old strat.
Through a marshall is sounds awesome, nothuing beats it. It's perfectly quiet when not playing too.
I always wanted a Gibson, but thought they were overpriced. I had gotten a great deal on this guitar, and a money back guarantee, i had nothing to lose. I am very happy I went with it. I will buy additional Les Pauls!
If there are any real bad points to this guitar, I have not found them yet. A great instrument!
Price: $750.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Georges Music- Springfield PA
USA made- Mahogany- 22 fret- 6 string- 1 switch- 4 knobs-
H/H configuration- Passive electronics- Black gloss finish- cut away- floating bridge- gibson deluxe pearl tuners.
Fast action- Easily configured. Had to get used to the somewhat wider neck. Plays smooth and with little ambient noise.
Used with Sunn Beta Lead.
Incredibly durable. Not affected by climate- has not needed any service or adjustment in the 10 years I have owned it.
This is my favorite guitar out of the many I have played and researched. Maybe it's because of the classic Gibson Les Paul name. Maybe it's because of the great deal I got on the guitar. Maybe it's because of the superior craftsmanship, playability, tone, and appearance of the instrument. Which ever factor it is, this guitar is a fine choice in an instrument. Beware, the new Studio models are $1100.00ish selling price -- a tad high in my book. Try to find a quality used Studio on eBay or at local music stores for around the $500-$700 mark.
Model Year: 1995
Where Obtained: Sam Ash Music
This is the Gibson Les Paul without all of the extras. There is no binding. There is no burst in the color. However, it is made of solid mahogany with a maple top. It has the 490R and 498T pickup configuartion with two volume and two tone pots and a three-way switch. The guitar was made at the Tennesee plant in 1995. The finish is ebony with gold hardware and an ebony pickguard. This model comes with the Kluson-style vintage tuners and a tune-o-matic bridge and stop tailpiece.
From the moment I first picked this guitar up off of its stand to now, the playability is smooth and easy with low (not too low) action. The neck is the '59 rounded version and feels solid in your hand, giving you something to grab onto when playing a difficult chord or lead pattern. I compare this guitar to all others I've had, especially my Epi LP. There is no comparison. Gibson's Les Paul is such a better crafted instrument, hands down. I bought this guitar used, so the flaws are minor scratches in the finish, small chipping, and a little fret wear (not too much). I like the guitar for the wear, though. It gives it a played feeling, look, and sound.
I play this guitar straight through my Marshall VS30R. I play rock/metal/blues, and the guitar is well suited for each. Primarily a jazz guitar, the Les Paul is suitable for any style. The tone of this guitar is unbeatable; it sustains a note like you wouldn't believe. Even though the lows are very present in the tone, the highs and mids are there with clarity as well. I love the fat, sustain-rich sound of this guitar! I belive this guitar is ideal for studio and stage.
Extermely reliable! You better get strap locks, though. The weight of this "log" will stretch any strap. The tuning is very good but requires little tweaking, considering the guitar has Kluson-style tuners. Grover tuners would be a better choice, and the 2000 models come with them stock.
I bought this guitar on accident, actually. I walked into the store not expecting to buy anything, until I saw a real (Gibson) Les Paul on the rack for 550! I'd definately reccommend trying to find a used one becuase they're way overpriced, even though they are beautiful guitars. Also try to find one from 1997 or before because after that they made some major changes such as ugly colors and dot inlays instead of trapezoids, which greatly cheapened the guitar, and they didn't lower the price either. I'd buy this guitar again if it were stolen, but like I said I'd buy a used one from 1997 or before. The only way this guitar could be better is if it had the binding of it's upscale cousins, but that's purely cosmetic. My favorite aspect is definatley the powerful and versatile sound through any amp, with it's action/playability being a close second. The worst aspect is the price and cheapness of the new ones. This is a great guitar, and if you ever see one, take it for a test drive. I promise you won't be able to walk out without it, because I wasn't!
Model Year: 1997
Where Obtained: Cascio Interstate Music - Mequon, WI
This guitar, like all Gibson guitars, was made in the US. The back is mohogany with a maple top, with a mohogany neck and an ebony fingerboard. 22 frets, good size, not exactly sure what size gibson would call them. 2 volume, 2 tone, 3 way pickup selector(treble, both, rythem). Pickup configuration is H/H, and electronics are passive. The pickups are 490R(Rythem) and 498T(Treble). Finish is a beautiful deep wine red stain that you can just barely see the wood grain through if you look closely. Body style is single cutaway, and the tuners are made by who knows, probably Gibson, and are of high quality. It's your standard Les Paul (we've all seen one) without the binding. 4 because it lacks a binding, but it doesn't really affect tone anyway, it's purely cosmetic
The tune-o-matic bridge makes it very easy to adjust action, a lot easier than strat-style floating trem where you have to take the smallest allen wrench on the face of the planet and adjust 12 little holes to approxamately the same height, which can be frustrating. The neck is nice, it's not a slim taper, which is said to be Gibson's best, but it is a 59' rounded, which is also a very nice neck. It's a bit larger than the slim taper, but I find it comforting to have something to grab onto, and it doesn't affect playing speed from what I can tell. My previous guitar, a Fender Japanese Strat, couldn't hold a candle to this guitar. The tone is so much richer, the pickups are infinately more warm, no matter what amp you play on (mine happens to be a Fender Deluxe 90, but in the store I tested it on a Fender Frontman 15 practice amp, and it sounded just as sweet). The action is, dare I say, buttery. I feel like I could bend the strings 3 steps if I had to. It came strung with 9's and very high action, and I took those off, set it up for 10's, lowered the action a bit, and it was perfect. The thicker strings really make a difference in tone, and the action wasn't changed either. No flaws as far as I can tell. One thing I particularly like is that the input jack held the cord in nice and tight, unlike was the case many a time with my Strat.
Like I said, I use this guitar with a Fender Deluxe 90, and the tone is to die for. I play everything from ska to rock to funk to jazz, and this guitar fits the bill excellently for each of those styles. As everybody knows, this baby shines under distortion, but it was also origionally conceived to play jazz, and the clean tone through the rythem pickup is full, rich, and creamy....perfect for jazz. I'd say this guitar can replicate everything from the wall of guitars you hear in Oasis and Kiss to the glossy clean tones common in ska, and everything in between. Playing distortion through the rythem pickup gives a beautiful muddy tone, perfect for the blues. I am yet to play this guitar on stage, as I have only had it about a month, but I would definately trust it, these things are built like tanks.
As I said, I would trust this on stage. It's not a wimpy bolt on, it's got a set neck. I don't find it needs adjustments hardly ever...I have only had to retune it once in the month I've owned it. I quickly went out and replaced the strap buttons with strap locks, just cause there's no way I'd sling on MY LES PAUL without them on. I live in a very dry climate in Denver, so I keep a humidifier in my case, just cause it's a good idea. Other than that, no comment on how it responds to climate changes, just cause I haven't experienced it.
Before you run out and buy because of the "Name" run out and try and then you'll know if a Les Paul is worth the money you would pay. I don't think I would buy a new one for the price. I would buy used if you can find one in good condition. Mine was in mint condition. I got lucky. I love this guitar! I like the deep tone of the Les Paul, and the crispness of the pick attack. It does get awkward at times due to the weight. But I'll suffer for the tone.
Model Year: 1992
Where Obtained: Music Go Round
Carved maple top, Mahogany back with Wine Red Transparent finish. Mahogany set neck with 22 fret Rosewood finger board. Chrome stop tailpiece and non locking tuners. Two volume, two tone, three-way switch. 490/498 alnico pus, nice fat neck, very small strap buttons.
The playability of this guitar is great. Keep in mind it does have a fat neck so you have to be comfortable with that first. I found it to be a responsive guitar. With a pretty fast neck for a fatty. The Les Paul's draw back is the weight. If you had to gig all night with this puppy strapped on you might find youself with a sore shoulder or back. But many take the pain because they love the deep tone of a Leas Paul.
I play mostly hard rock and this guitar delivers. I use a Line 6 Flextone 300wt Head. The pickups have no noise. This guitar has a great tone with distortion as well as clean. It's a much fatter tone than an alder body guitar. With distortion the pickups produce a nice clean pick attack but keep the warmth. Clean this guitar has a very nice tone but it is deep. You can get alot of sounds with this guitar due to the seperate tone controls for the pickups. But it's not as bright as a alder body guitar.
It feels rock-solid. The finish is the standard poly plastic which gets grimy fast. The strap buttons are too small and due to the weight I use Stap Lock buttons. The weight of this guitar has stretched most of my straps before the locking buttons. I have had her for a year and she's already about 8yrs old and she has held up quite well. Thanks to he right care. No problems yet.