The Gibson Les Paul Studio 2014 Electric Guitar celebrates Gibson's 120th Anniversary in style. It has a mahogany body with modern weight relief and a figured maple top. The maple neck has a '60s slim... Read More
The Gibson Les Paul Studio 2014 Electric Guitar celebrates Gibson's 120th Anniversary in style. It has a mahogany body with modern weight relief and a figured maple top. The maple neck has a '60s slim taper. The rosewood fingerboard has trapezoid inlays and sports a 120th Anniversary banner at the 12th fret. Other key features include Chrome 490R/490T humbuckers with coil tap and orange drop capacitors, max grip speed knobs, vintage-style tuners, Graph Tech nut and chrome tune-o-matic bridge.
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I bought my 2014 Les Paul Studio just a few weeks ago. I wanted to wait to write the review so I could have some time to get to know the guitar. Overall, this thing is a beast. I can tackle Jazz, Heavy metal, and every genre in between. The tones that come out of here are just incredible. The bridge pickup has a nice, bright tone to it with moderate output. The neck pickup absolutely has absolutely blown me away. It has a very rich, dark, and clear sound. I have played many guitars where the neck pickup sounds muddy and lacks sustain. This guitar is amazing. I have never played a guitar with such clarity and sustain as this. The Push/Pull volume Pots are a cool feature. It is really interesting to get the single coil tones out of this guitar. Combined with the 3 way selector switch, there are eight possible combinations of pickup sounds. The fretwork on this guitar is outstanding. I checked every fret in 3 places with my luthier's fret rocker and they are absolutely flawless, perfectly level. Even with a very low action, there is no buzzing or fretting out at all, even on the hardest bends. Another major pro to this guitar is the size of the strap buttons. As the specifications indicate, they are quite large. I have not had a problem with the guitar falling off of the strap buttons at all. This is a very nice feature. I only have a few complaints about this guitar, and most of them are just my personal preference, not anything that hinders functionality. First, I really do not like the color of the pickguard and humbucker rings. At a later date, I may swap them out for a more classic looking cream color. Second, the selector switch is placed right in the way of where my right arm sits when I am doing any kind of finger tapping. I know that this is just part of the classic Gibson design, but it's still in the way. The third thing that irritates me about this instrument is that the tuning machine on the 4th string did not match the other ones. The one on the 4th string is a Gibson deluxe tuner, while all of the other ones are Klusen deluxe machines. This doesn't effect playability at all, but I did find it interesting that it didn't match. Most people probably would not notice it. Last of all, and probably most importantly, the 3rd string tuning machine seems a little loose and occasionally slips out of tune. This is the only thing that I have found is wrong with this guitar as far as functionality is concerned, and I could probably take it in and get it repaired or replaced at no cost (thanks to Guitar Center's Pro Coverage). Other than that, I love this guitar, it sounds great, it looks awesome, and it feels amazing. If you are looking to get a real Les Paul on a budget, look no farther, this is the best guitar I've ever owned and without a doubt one of the best I have ever played.
After playing this guitar for a couple of weeks I have nothing to say but WOW!. For the price this is an excellent value and really lives up to the Les Paul name. I have many electric guitars (Fender, Gretsch, Danelectro) and previously owned a Les Paul Firebrand which was stolen. This and my Tele are my go to electrics now. Guitar Centers' Customer service was great and very attentive FIVE STARS. Negatives: Gibson chose to go with a gig bag instead of a hard shell case this year. I do not care for the sort of gold pickup selector ring and pick guard on the 2014 models and will probably change them out. These are minor and overall it exceeds my expectations.
A-2014 Gibson I got in on was a bit of a disappointment. B-The gift bag sucks big time. C-the brownish/cream pickguard/pickup ring is just a horrible color scheme D-Pictures do not look like the product in real life. E-Epiphone Les Paul standard with a case for half the price.... F- downgrade in pickups from last year G- the finish looks like a bad spray paint job from some satin rustoleum can. The wood isn't even sanded to a smooth finish and has grain "pits" in it. H- the intonation is really mediocre at best (could be adjusted) I- action is ok but just ok my Mexi Strat is way better (could be adjusted)
Tried to like the new tannish colored pickguard and plastic parts, but I couldn't stand it and went to black right way. I also bought a $200 Gibson case because no Gibson should ever be carried in a bag. Now that it looks the way I like it, it is sounding like my Gibson SG Standard and playing just as well. The Ebony vintage gloss is a bit rough looking, in fact it looks like on of my home-made re-paints, but it's still quite nice, very beautiful and well worth 5 stars.
I have played many Gibson Les Pauls over the last 30+ years and to date, the late 70's Customs are the best there ever will be, period. Having said that, the 2014 Studio I purchased plays somewhere in between a well set up Standard and a vintage Custom, right out of the box. Good job Gibson. PRS now officially should start to worry. The neck is flat and straight and I dropped the action to 1/16" at the 12th fret with no buzz. Best value under $1000 in today's market. Enjoy. :-)
I picked up my 2014 Les Paul Studio yesterday from the Guitar Center in Bridgeton, MO. I had been in and out of the store for months trying to decide which Les Paul I wanted that was in my price range. The staff at the store were always helpful and never pushy. Paul and Aaron were great and answered all of my questions while never trying to push me into buying. After a few months and several trips, I decided on the Les Paul Studio in Ebony Vintage Gloss. The guitar was absolutely perfect out of the box. The set-up was flawless. The action is low and the tone is amazing. Using the coil taps, you can create almost too many tones. The quality of this guitar is exactly what I would expect from Gibson. The finish of this guitar was surprising to me in a good way. I had only seen pictures of the Ebony Vintage Gloss so it was not what I expected. I expected a painted guitar. The finish is more of a deep, black stain with a light coating of gloss over it. Looking closely at the body, you can see the perfect grain in the maple top. This was a pleasant surprise because it shows that even for the lower priced Les Paul, Gibson used top quality wood. Gibson claims "Modern Weight" by routing out small sections of the mahogany. The weight is a bit lighter than the Standard but not by much and certainly did not effect the tone or sustain that one expects from a Les Paul. I highly recommend this guitar. Not just for the price but for the overall quality of the instrument. The price is just an added bonus. This guitar can give you the sound of the $3000.00 Standard for a third of the price.
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