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 el... Read More
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 Gibson Les Paul Studio Deluxe 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. Controls include dual volume and push/pull tone controls to engage coil-splitting for an array of tones, and a 3-way toggle switch, 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 and a limited lifetime warranty.
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Reviewed by 51 customers
I've been playing guitar for 39 years and have primarily played start style guitars. Went into guitar center last week to looking to pick up a Les Paul of some variety. Started with the Epiphone modles. Decent, played pretty well. Solid. For comparison, I pulled this model, Gibson LP deluxe, off the shelf for comparison - couldn't be that much difference, right? Wrong! I was stunned. Before I even plugged this guitar in you could feel and hear the resonance of the wood. The non-amplified guitar provided feedback and felt "active" and "alive" acoustically. In contrast, the Epiphone was a solid player but didn't have the resonance and sparkle. It felt "flat" in comparison. I was sold before I plugged it in. Then I did plug the guitar in to a very nice Orange amp and loved what I was hearing. In fact, it sounded and felt so good that I played for almost and hour in the store. The responsive and totally playable guitar had fantastic sounding pickups to boot! I loved the tones I was hearing. The output was balanced across all strings. Sound was tight and focused. Bridge pickup had just the right amount of bite and snarl. Neck pickup was a tad warmer but super nice as well. Coil tap tone was really good on the neck as well. Bends didn't fret out, neck was fast and playable, action was fantastic, note rang out, sustain was excellent. I knew I would be buying this guitar. The craftsmanship was evident on all points. Guitar looked and felt great in my hands. Compared it to the top shelf Les Paul and liked the sound of these pickups better that the $2500 models. The pickups really impressed me. I've only had the guitar for a week so I can't speak to reliability. But over all this is a first rate instrument. Well made, plays beautifully, and sounds fantastic. I highly recommend this guitar.
As other have said in their reviews, the pictures do not do this guitar any justice. Beautiful finish on my cherry sunburst model with some very nice wood grain showing through. The neck, fretboard, frets, bridge and hardware are all installed perfectly. The action was crazy low with no buzz at all. The coil tap feature is more useful than I thought it would be. And most importantly... the tone of this guitar is superb. I run it through a Marshall JMD 102 and it is a destroyer. Clean, crunch, way-high gain, the Studio Deluxe does it all very well. Heavy, solid, sturdy and built to last. If you are looking for a mid-level Les Paul- this is the one. It rivals my LP Standard Traditional and might be better for some things. Even if you are thinking about a lower-end LP, don't do it. Be patient, save the cash and then pull the trigger on this one.
Been playing this for over a year now, is an awesome guitar! Very comfortable to play and the coil-splitting gives a wide variety of sounds. The humbuckers sound excellent, but use the coil tap and you've got the nice single-coil voicing to add to it. I had been looking for a quality Les Paul for a decent price, and was hoping to find one with a fairly slim neck and without the traditional Les Paul pickguard. The Studio Deluxe is exactly what I was looking for. This is a great looking, great sounding, great playing axe and after 15 months is proving to be rugged and well built. Excellent guitar, I couldn't be happier!
Just bought my Les Paul Studio Deluxe from my good friends @ Guitar Center yesturday and I can't quit playing it and when I do I catch myself just stareing at it! I love getting my tone from the body and this ax is perfect! I love the options with the coil splitting capabilities and the action is great! I now have solved all of my electric guitar needs with the warm sound of a timeless legend! You must play this guitar, mine is vintage burst but I had a hard time decideing between the iced tea burst.
Was looking for an affordable Les Paul with a slim profile neck. Went into GC, and they had the Vintage Sunburst on sale. Wow, what a beautiful Guitar. The pictures in no way, do this guitar justice. I wanted the Cherry Sunburst, but after seeing this, I fell in love. The color and finish are hard to describe. Color coordination at it's finest. The brown burst, is not nearly as dark as shown on the photos. It is perfectly matched with the sides, back, and neck. I think it is one of the most beautiful Guitars I have seen. It doesn't have the intricate bookmatched woodgrain, but the colors work so well together. If you are considering a deluxe, go see this one in person. I wanted this one for the 60's neck profile. My faded Cherry Studio has the 50s, baseball bat, neck profile. My hands just couldn't play barre chords past the 5th-7th fret. This is one of the best necks of any guitar I have played. I can barre chords easily up to the 12th frets. The pickups are nicer than my Faded Cherry studio. A little "hotter" also. Love the coil splitting. Split the coil and on a clean channel amp, sounds like an acoustic. Plays like a charm. I am in love.
Like the other reviewers, I think this guitar is amazing. I was on the fence between getting a LP Studio Tribute, or possibly stepping up to a Traditional. I went to GC to try a few models out, did some research on the net, and finally decide on this model. The tone is unbelievable through my Blackstar. I had an Epi LP and really liked it, but this thing sounds so much better.
A fine Gibson product! The Studio Deluxe has mass and very refined tones. The ability to split coils on both pickups allows a plethora of psycho acoustic tonal options. Heavy when humbuckers are engaged, searing and crisp when split. A bit of each when one is split and the other is not. Your choice! The best of both worlds here. Great Gibson and Fender sounds with a 24.5 playing scale. The guitar, albeit without plastic binding and overlay on the headstock, is pure unaltered Les Paul. The Grover tuners rock! A rosewood fretboard offers a dark smokey sound and the fret job is superior. A carved maple top with a mahogany neck and body blanketed in a nitro cellulose finish make this a true pro instrument. Attention to detail is on my Gibson Studio Deluxe is flawless. Gibson is making great guitars at this time because the market competition is fierce. In addition to being a pleasure to play consider it a hedge against inflation. It will always be worth a portly sum.
I just bought this guitar a few say ago, and I couldn't be happier with it! The tone is incredible! And the coil-tap pickups are a great feature. As far as value goes, it's awesome! I would highly recommend to anyone!!
I use to own a 2003 les paul studio guitar faded brown mahogany. I alway's regreted selling it. I went to guitar center to pick up the same guitar because it was on special sale. But when I picked it up it was much lighter and seemed cheaper made the the original one that I use to have. I was still going to buy it due to the price but wasnt thrilledat all. While I was waiting for the salesperson to get the softshell case, I pulled the studio deluxe with the 60's neck and bridge burst bucker off the rack. As soon as I put it in my hands I felt the quality and the weight of a true les paul that I remembered. The neck felt beautiful and the tone & sustain of the guitar made me feel that this shouldn't be in the studio category but more up in the Les Paul Standard line. In addition the push/pull coil-splitting was right up my alley, since I like to play Strats as well. I immediately told the sales person to put that standard studio back and go get the hardshell case for the studio deluxe because Im taking it home. It was more expensive but I was truly excited and the guitar exceeded its value!!! It was worth every penny more.
An avid tone hound for past 25 years (I'm 40), I have owned, played and modified nearly every mid-level to high-end Guitar and amp out there. I bought the Ice Tea with the 50's neck and I can't praise it enough. At any price, the fit/finish, electronics and playability are very impressive. The BB Pro is very similar to the Bare Knuckle Steve Stephens I have in another Guitar. In humbucker-mode all Of the stellar LP tones are there. In split-mode, I find the notes pleasingly jangly (almost '72 thinline wide-range sounding). Think Stones and Chris Isaak tones (not Vince Gill or Knopler notched strat tones). No mods required! Through my Blackstar halfstack, I am inspired to pay tribute to Gary Moore, Bonnammassa, Haynes, EJ, etc.. For hours at a time, it's impossible not to lose myself. Thanks Gibson and best of luck fighting the feds!!
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