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Gibson 2016 Les Paul Studio Faded Series T Electric Guitar  

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The 2016 Les Paul Studio Faded Series T is going to tempt a lot of players to add a Les Paul to their collection. Packed with Pro-level features and priced below anything comparable, it's destined to ... Read More

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Overview

The 2016 Les Paul Studio Faded Series T is going to tempt a lot of players to add a Les Paul to their collection. Packed with Pro-level features and priced below anything comparable, it's destined to sell out quickly. Sporting a carved maple top over a weight-relieved mahogany back, it's available in a choice of hand-sprayed nitro finishes that are beautifully faded to appear slightly aged.

The mahogany neck sports a rounded '59 neck profile that's considered to be one of the most desirable in Gibson's history and comes with a historically correct nut width that's slightly narrower than last year's. A Graph Tech nut adds sustain and helps avoid œstring stick when tuning or bending notes. Onboard are two Burstbucker Pro humbuckers, made to exacting PAF specs with potted coils to avoid squealing at high-gain.

Traditional tuners offer that time-honored look with smooth, more efficient performance. Chrome hardware includes a tune-o-matic bridge with stopbar for rapid string changes and simplified adjustments. The 2016 Les Paul Studio Faded Series T comes ready to rock right out of its padded gig bag.

Key features
The time-honored tuner look, with smooth, efficient performance
Traditional playing feel of the very first Les Pauls
Density for solid sustain, self-lubrication for no "string stick" - even with heavy string bending
Vintage look and feel
The best of both worlds - slimmer than the traditional neck, thicker than the "slim-tapered" '60s carve
Combines legendary resonance and sustain with maximum playing comfort
Made to exacting PAF specs, with potted coils that squelch squeal at high gain
Sustain and sonic clarity are the hallmarks of this hard-wearing wood
This handcrafted, American-made guitar is ready for action
The beautifully faded, hand-sprayed satin nitrocellulose lacquer finish captures the lovingly aged look of a vintage guitar

Features
  • Tuners: Traditional tuners
  • Neck width: Historic original neck width
  • Nut: Graph Tech nut
  • Neck heel: Classic Les Paul neck heel
  • Neck profile: Rounded '59 neck profile
  • Body: Carved maple top over mahogany with modern weight relief
  • Pickups: Burstbucker Pro humbuckers
  • Fingerboard: Rosewood fingerboard
  • Setup: Comprehensive hand-finished setup
  • Finish: Worn satin finish
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Gibson2016 Les Paul Studio Faded Series T Electric Guitar
 
4.6

(based on 44 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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    (34)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (5)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

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90%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good feel (37)
  • Fun to play (35)
  • Good tone (33)
  • Good pick up (30)
  • Solid electronics (28)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Jamming (35)
  • Practicing (34)
  • Recording (26)
  • Small venues (26)
  • Rock concerts (18)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (4)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (27), Novice (9)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Gibson gets it right with 2016 Studio T

After having sworn off Gibson solid bodies because of the radical 2015 changes, I was pleasantly surprised by the specs for this Studio T (for traditional). So, I took a chance and...Read complete review

After having sworn off Gibson solid bodies because of the radical 2015 changes, I was pleasantly surprised by the specs for this Studio T (for traditional). So, I took a chance and ordered online and couldn't be happier. In addition to great rock and blues tone, courtesy of the Burstbucker Pros and the mahogany neck/body and maple cap, the guitar also came set up quite well. It has good balance, is lighter than many LPs, and the neck feels good and played-in. I quite like the satin fireburst finish. All around fantastic! While it doesn't have the luxury appointments of a Les Paul Standard, it certainly has the heart and soul of a traditional LP. Hats off to Gibson for making an affordable (and traditional) Les Paul which is a great-sounding and great-playing guitar. Thanks also to Guitar Center, which chose an attractive top, packed the guitar well, and shipped promptly. My only concern is the gig bag, which isn't substantial enough for a guitar with an angled head stock. If you plan to take your Studio T out of the house--and trust me, you will, because you'll want to show it off--you'll need a case.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Problems with Tuning

This was a great feeling guitar. I did not go into the store with this guitar in mind but after several trips back it kept calling to me. The weight relief was a godsend...Read complete review

This was a great feeling guitar. I did not go into the store with this guitar in mind but after several trips back it kept calling to me. The weight relief was a godsend and was the only reason I decided to try a Les Paul again. I sat down and played it for a while through the same amp that I have and was very pleased with the tone, the sustain, the depth. I think it has classic good looks, mine was the faded brown. However, maybe mine was a lemon or something was amiss about it but it could not be played for 5 minutes with any bending and stay reasonably in tune. The G string was a nightmare. D Chords especially always sounded like there was a fight going on between the tones. I did change the strings to my favorite brand and gauge but this did not help. Maybe the machine head was just too loose but it was not one you could tighten. After a month of frustration with a guitar a really liked I reluctantly took it back.

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2.0

Loved this guitar when I first played it at the store.

By Bert

from Crown Point Indiana

About Me Experienced

Pros

  • Fun To Play
  • Good Feel

Cons

  • Flat Sound

Best Uses

  • Jamming
  • Practicing

Comments about Gibson 2016 Les Paul Studio Faded Series T Electric Guitar:

Loved this guitar when I played it at the store, but the one I took home is another story. Love the look and feel but It won't stay in tune. Tried changing strings but that hasn't helped. I'd take in to the tech but I've got my Martin in for repairs now and I've seen three promised pick up dates come and go and they haven't even started the repairs. At this point I'm very disappointed but I'll need to take this guitar back see what a trade in looks like.

 
3.0

where's quality control?

By GuitarGuy0070

from Tx

About Me Professional Musician

Pros

  • Fun To Play
  • Good Feel
  • Good Tone

Cons

  • grounding problems
  • no shielding
  • Poor Quality Craftsmanship

Best Uses

    Comments about Gibson 2016 Les Paul Studio Faded Series T Electric Guitar:

    Two of the same model fresh out of the box, both had the same grounding problem. GC said call Gibson, Gibson said call GC. Bought this during guitarathon for a great price but it might be next year befor GC gets around to fixing it. Very disappointing experience. I expect more from Gibson

     
    5.0

    A beautifully made guitar with amazing sound

    By Jacob

    from Toledo, OH

    About Me Novice

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy to play
    • Fun To Play
    • Good Feel
    • Good Pick Up
    • Good Tone
    • Solid Electronics

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Jamming
      • Practicing
      • Recording
      • Rock Concerts
      • School Bands
      • Small Venues

      Comments about Gibson 2016 Les Paul Studio Faded Series T Electric Guitar:

      I love this guitar because when you walk into a room and see it, it wows you. The feel, playability, and pickups are what make this guitar well worth its price. I love learning with this guitar and enjoy every second I get to use it.

      (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      3.0

      Good Tone but significant intonation problems

      By Paul

      from Lake George, NY

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

      • Fun To Play
      • Good Feel
      • Good Pick Up
      • Good Tone
      • Solid Electronics

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Jamming
        • Practicing
        • Small Venues

        Comments about Gibson 2016 Les Paul Studio Faded Series T Electric Guitar:

        I play a wide variety of styles and most folks remarked that they liked the tone of the faded Les Paul. After playing for fifty years i have little tolerance, however, for guitars that have problems with intonation or staying in tune. These characteristics don't do justice to an otherwise good feeling and sounding instrument. Traded this off for a ES-135 which, off course sounded better and was able to maintain tuning. I currently play Strats and Teles and use the Teles to get the sustain I used to get from Gibson's/Les Pauls.

         
        5.0

        GREAT GUITAR! LOVE IT!

        By Buddha

        from Monterey, CA

        Pros

        • Fun To Play
        • Good Feel
        • Good Pick Up
        • Good Tone
        • Solid Electronics

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Jamming
          • Practicing
          • Recording
          • Rock Concerts
          • Small Venues

          Comments about Gibson 2016 Les Paul Studio Faded Series T Electric Guitar:

          Loved it the first time I tried it at Guitar Center. Sounds great. Feels good. I love everything about this guitar.

           
          4.0

          Will turnout to be a great guitar.......hopefully!!

          By Big 'T'

          from Kansas City

          About Me Experienced

          Pros

          • Fun To Play
          • Good Feel

          Cons

          • Fret Buzz
          • Poor Pick Up

          Best Uses

          • gigs eventually
          • Jamming
          • Practicing

          Comments about Gibson 2016 Les Paul Studio Faded Series T Electric Guitar:

          I really liked the looks (drawn to the subtle satin finish, mine is worn brown) checked all of the others out with the traditional finishes, but kept going back to this one. And it just played the best and the neck felt right.....
          However I'm having a little of the same problems as a couple of others, really hard to get in tune. In fact I had
          to take it back to GC have the tech check it out. He said that the strings were getting hung up on the neck nut
          and had to adjust the bridge. He said that it might take a month for it to settle down. We'll see. I can halfway get it in tune but as someone else mentionedIt seems to be the D,G,and B strings. When I play an open D chord it still sounds a little sour. Don't really care for the PU's and plan on replacing them with SD
          '59's or SD Pearly Gates......So Gibson Quality C is a little lax, and I have to downgrade GC for not checking products out before the hang them out for sale.

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          Basic but a solid performer

          By Ericster

          from Atlanta

          About Me Experienced

          Pros

          • Good Feel
          • Good Tone

          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about Gibson 2016 Les Paul Studio Faded Series T Electric Guitar:

              If you boil the archetypal Les Paul to its essential ingredients (yeah they've made a zillion variants but bear with me), they have to be:

              1) Carved maple cap
              2) Single-cutaway slab mahogany body and neck
              3) Fragile headstock
              4) Couple of medium-output humbuckers
              5) Stop tailpiece and some kind of TOM bridge
              6) US made

              Yeah it might have binding or different finishes or inlays or stuff but that's basically it. And that's what the Studio Faded T is. The bare-bones Les Paul before you get to variants that are all mahogany or have one pickup or something.

              Workmanship is kind of odd. The frets are really well-finished and neck is straight and a nice medium-large shape. The CNCing of the wood seems fine, no ripples or irregularities or weirdness. No pickup rings screwed in at an angle so they look all warpy-wonky, no crooked tuners. But the finish is clearly where they saved money - hey, better to save it there than in structural areas - and the end effect is pretty, well... utilitarian. The top ain't bookmatched or even pretty. The finish could generously be called "satin" or cynically called "three minutes with a rattle-can." Tons of time (and labor costs) saved by not having binding, of course. Now, do a bookmatched top, ivroid binding, a dozen layers of hand-polished lacquer make you play better? No. Will they make the guitar sound better? Heck, all that goop over the wood might make it sound worse. But it is definitely not a guitar one buys to look at.

              How's it play? Just fine. The basics of wood cut in the right shapes and apparently not over-dried or green, with neat fretwork, means it feels nice. In fact, the satin neck feels great and kind of worn-in. It's not particularly heavy and it balances well. Overall, if you close your eyes (and still find the right notes) it has a "well-loved" feel, like a guitar you've played for years. And it sounds a little bright and aggressive but overall like most people expect of a Lester.

              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Amazing guitar

              By Evan

              from Carlisle Pennsylvania

              About Me Novice

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Fun To Play
              • Good Feel
              • Good Pick Up
              • Good Tone
              • Solid Electronics

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Jamming
                • Practicing
                • Recording
                • Rock Concerts
                • School Bands
                • Small Venues

                Comments about Gibson 2016 Les Paul Studio Faded Series T Electric Guitar:

                Set nice sound, looks amazing.

                (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                This is an awesome guitar!

                By Got to play a while-let her name herself

                from Ohio

                About Me Novice

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Excellent Tone
                • Fun To Play
                • Good Feel
                • Good Pick Up
                • Nice Size and Weight
                • Solid Electronics

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Jamming
                  • Practicing

                  Comments about Gibson 2016 Les Paul Studio Faded Series T Electric Guitar:

                  I love the the feel of it and and the ease of switching chords. I have the Satin Fire Burst version. Note that it looks nothing like the picture on the Guitar Center page. It is gorgeous with a flatter, worn finish, not shiny as shown.

                  (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Great Tone and Genuine Made in the USA Gibson

                  By Denny

                  from Raleigh, NC

                  About Me Novice

                  Pros

                  • Fun To Play
                  • Good Feel
                  • Good Pick Up
                  • Good Tone
                  • Solid Electronics

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Jamming
                    • Practicing
                    • Recording
                    • Small Venues

                    Comments about Gibson 2016 Les Paul Studio Faded Series T Electric Guitar:

                    I have always wanted a real Gibson Les Paul. I am very impressed with the Studio faded series. Great guitar with all the tone. Bonus points for being made in the USA.

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