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Gibson Les Paul Studio Deluxe II '60s Neck Flame Top Electric Guitar
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Advanced wiring gives this one an expanded palette of powerful sounds.

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.

The Les Paul Studio Deluxe II '60s Electric Guitar raises the bar with the cutting-yet-rich tone of a 490R humbucking pickup in the neck position and a BurstBucker Pro humbucking pickup in the bridge position, which are mounted on a carved maple top with a mahogany back. Both pickups offer coil splitting for single-coil sounds and a boost circuit via push/push switching in the volume controls. “Straight Split” coil-splitting offers pure single coil tone and differs from LP Standards and Studios that have a “Super Tap” coil-tap, which still has a small amount of humbucking. The boost circuit has a user-adjustable 10-dB boost for added power and frequency range for solos, single-note picking and dirty chording (depending on amp settings) and features true bypass that disengages the boost completely, ensuring pure passive Les Paul tone.

The hardware is finished in chrome including Grover tuners and Gibson's pioneering tune-o-matic bridge and stopbar tailpiece. The Les Paul Studio Deluxe is dependable and affordable — and is built without any compromises. The Gibson Les Paul comes with a hardshell case.

Gibson Les Paul Studio Deluxe II '60s Neck Flame Top Electric Guitar Features:

  • A user-adjustable 10-dB boost for added power and frequency range for solos, single-note picking and dirty chording (depending on amp settings)
    '60s-style neck shape
    True bypass: disengaging boost completely removes active circuit, ensuring pure passive Les Paul tone
    490R humbucking pickup in the neck position and a BurstBucker Pro humbucking pickup in the bridge position
    Easy-to-use push/push pots engage coil-splits and boost circuit
    “Straight Split” coil-splitting offers pure single coil tone
    Grover tuners, satin-finished back and sides
    Includes hardshell case

Gibson Les Paul Studio Deluxe II '60s Neck Flame Top Electric Guitar Specifications:

  • Body
    Body style: Les Paul carved top
    Top species: Maple top
    Back species: Mahogany
    Scale length: 24-3/4"
    Neck wood: Mahogany
    Neck joint: Set
    Neck profile: '60s
    Nut: Corian
    Nut width: Standard Gibson: 1.695" ±.050"
    Headstock inlay: Gibson logo
    Silkscreen: Gibson logo + Les Paul model
    Truss rod: Gibson adjustable truss rod
    Truss rod cover: Bell-shaped cover, stamped "Deluxe"
    Fingerboard species: Rosewood
    Fingerboard radius: 12"
    Inlays: Figured acrylic trapezoid
    Frets: 22
    Plating finish: Chrome
    Tailpiece: Gibson stopbar
    Bridge: Gibson Tune-O-Matic
    Tuners: Grover
    Neck pickup: 490R
    Bridge pickup: Burstbucker Pro
    Controls: 2 volume with boost circuit via push/push switching, 2 tone with coil-splitting, 3-way toggle
    Control knobs: Black speed
    Control pocket cover: Black molded
    Special features: Quick-connect control pocket assembly
    Type: Gibson hardshell
    Case interior: White
    Case exterior: Black
    Silkscreen: Gibson USA logo

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  • Incredibly it

    As reviewed by Ben Hanson on 3/14/2013

    This is a unique animal, as of the time of writing this you still won't find any info about it on Gibson's own site. This is a real mystery because unlike most of the various Les Paul models Gibson makes, this one fills a niche that almost no other guitar they make can fill. They are really missing an opportunity to market something special. To start with you have to understand how this guitar differs from other Studios and Standards, as there are a number of upgrades. I have cobbled this info together by pulling together various specs from all over, plus what is obvious on the guitar...crazy that Gibson aren't making this stuff more visible! --It has upgraded Grover tuners, instead of the vintage greenleaf Kluson-style tuners. These feel much smoother than the Kluson style. --It has a AA maple cap whereas normal Studios do not. I've had several Studios to compare against in the past few weeks, including Wine Red ones just like mine, and this grain is a higher grade. --Obviously, the zebra coil pickups, and without the humbucking covers. --It has a 490R in the neck like almost every Studio but it has a BurstBucker Pro in the Bridge position, instead of a 498T. Some see this as an upgrade, others might not, but the point is the BurstBucker Pro doesn't come on normal studios. --It has a rosewood fretboard like this year's Standards, not baked maple or grenadillo. --It has coil taps like recent other Studios but they are not the same kind. The coil taps on current Studios and Standards do not toggle to a true single coil, there is still some humbucking going on. The coil taps in these (called "straight split" taps by Gibson, as compared to the "super tap" taps in normal Studios/Standards) toggle to a true single coil, and having recorded with both kinds toggled on and off I can tell you they sound completely different, it's not just marketing hype. In particular when the bridge pickup is tapped it really is a very strat/tele type of sound, it's great. --Also unlike the other tap mechanisms in other Studios/Standards, this straight split tap uses true bypass switching so that when it is disengaged it truly is invisible to the signal path. --Unlike almost any Studio/Standard, the neck tone knob is also a toggles a boost circuit of up to 10 dB. This boost circuit is powered by a 9V battery in a slot on the back of the guitar. If you pop out the battery you will see a small slot head screw which allows you to adjust the amount of boost. By default they come set at about 7 dB. It could be used to boost your signal for soloing/choruses but I set mine so that when I toggle to single coil mode and then pop the boost, the output level is the same as when I'm in normal humbucking mode, boost off (because the single coil output is lower than the humbucker). --The engineering of the coil tap knob is improved...the coil taps before now had to be physically popped up and then popped back down. Once they were popped up it was easy to pop them back down by hitting them with your hand, but to engage them you had to physically pop them up with your fingers. The coil tap knobs on this model are spring loaded meaning you hit them once to engage and hit them again to disengage, no need to pop them up with your fingers to engage them. --The truss rod cover is a two piece black/white truss rod cover and it is blank...doesn't say Studio on it. --Gloss nitro sides and back, not a satin finish on the sides and back like some Studios. --This one has a 60's neck profile. There is also a Deluxe II with a 50's neck profile so make sure you get the one you want. As you can see this guitar has a significant set of upgrades. Oddly enough, the MSRP is lower than for a normal Studio, which I really don't get, because this guitar is better in every respect and even has some features you can't get in a Standard, much less a Studio. This is why it's such a mystery why Gibson is being so coy with it...for example there is no documentation whatsoever about the technical specifics of how the coil tapping system is different, or how to adjust the gain on the boost circuit. I only figured it out by opening up the battery compartment and locating the adjustment screw myself. Sound wise, it is incredible...if you're after a Les Paul sound, of course. But that's the great thing about this guitar...with the improved coil splitting functionality, you really can dial in an incredibly diverse set of sounds, and the boost circuit just makes it that much better. You can do so many different types of things with this guitar that I just can't imagine using anything else, now that I've gotten the hang of it and dialed in some sounds specific to the pickup and coil tapping combinations I like. Fit and finish on mine is superb, setup was perfect out of the box, and the flamed maple cap is gorgeous, noticeably better than the Studio I had before (which was also in Wine Red). Anyway it annoys me so much that the info about this guitar is spread all over the web, and Gibson doesn't seem interested to clarify it themselves, so I thought I'd do it for them. It's an incredible guitar.

    21 of 21 people found this review helpful.
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  • nice guitar but...

    As reviewed by gary sandrock jr on 3/16/2013

    The features And sound of this guitar are excellent. The finish and look are very nice, with the exception that the finish along the edge of fingerboard has some imperfections running the length of the neck. Still though has a nicer finish than the traditional pros that i looked at. The only major complaint i have is the pickup height was totally screwed up from the factory. The bridge pickup was set way to low so you lost a lot of volume. No big deal found factory specs online and adjusted accordingly. Sounds great now. Just a little disappointed that gibson doesn't take more pride in their craftsmanship. Good guitar though.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful.
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  • An amazing Guitar and an Exceptional deal - Gibson Les Paul Studio DLX II - Honeyburst

    As reviewed by Justin Cathcart on 12/16/2013

    After watching a few You Tube videos on this guitar I ventured down to Seattle to try out this Gibson. Already the owner of a 1981 Gibson , a 2012 Epiphone Les Paul Ultra III and a 2013 Gibson Les Paul Traditional I thought I would try this one out based on the all positive reviews, and I wasn't disappointed ! Joe Fredriksen was very helpful and I really loved the coil=splits and the DB boost. The guitar was beautifully finished in caramel and I thought I should take it home, but I wanted to see some more colors . After a few weeks of debating about this I drove down to the Bellingham store and got great service and help from Keegan and Colin . They didn't have the caramel colour that I wanted but Keegan pulled out a beautiful Honeyburst version that looked incredible and played even better. It played so silky-smooth in my cumbersome hands so I knew this Gibson was going home with me to join my guitar family. I've already ordered a Stetsbar for this one as this is going to be my lead guitar when I want to rock out a bit more than normal. The overall fit and finish is extremely good and while it is a very different feel from my Traditional , I really love it a lot. The sound is so good and the pickups are very strong and provide a lot of presence & tone. Words alone cannot fully detail how well this guitar sounds nor how well it feels in your hands as your fingers run up and down the fretboard and the sound graces your eardrums- a very pleasurable sensation . If you are looking for a top-end guitar but don't have the budget for a Standard or a Traditional, do yourself a favour and check this Gibson Studio out - it is a huge bargain. I wish we had these available in Canada but I am fortunate to live so close to the border so the short trip down to Bellingham was worth every penny.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful.
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