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

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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... Click To Read More About This Product

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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. œStraight Split coil-splitting offers pure single coil tone and differs from LP Standards and Studios that have a œSuper 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.

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
  • œStraight Split coil-splitting offers pure single coil tone
  • Grover tuners, satin-finished back and sides
  • Includes hardshell case
SPECIFICATIONS
Body
  • Body style: Les Paul carved top
  • Top species: Maple top
  • Back species: Mahogany
  • Scale length: 24-3/4"
Neck
  • 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
  • Fingerboard species: Rosewood
  • Fingerboard radius: 12"
  • Inlays: Figured acrylic trapezoid
  • Frets: 22
Hardware
  • Plating finish: Chrome
  • Tailpiece: Gibson stopbar
  • Bridge: Gibson Tune-O-Matic
  • Tuners: Grover
Electronics
  • 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
Case
  • Type: Gibson hardshell
  • Case interior: White
  • Case exterior: Black
  • Silkscreen: Gibson USA logo
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GibsonLes Paul Studio Deluxe II '60s Neck Flame Top Electric Guitar
 
4.9

(based on 20 reviews)

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(31 of 31 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Incredibly versatile...love it

By Ben Hanson

from Atlanta, GA USA

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

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 toggle...it 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.

(6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

nice guitar but...

By gary sandrock jr

from hazleton pa

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

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.

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

An amazing Guitar and an Exceptional deal - Gibson Les Paul Studio DLX II - Honeyburst

By Justin Cathcart

from Chilliwack, BC

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

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.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Killer guitar

By adam hall

from Denver

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

I actually made the guy go downstairs and open these out of the box....picked the straightest neck and wham....this thing rocks!!!! Very solid guitar...well made. The only thing these r missing is the bound neck and pickups. Excellent guitar .

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Amazing Axe

By JOHN STEGER

from Huntsville, Alabama

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

I have been playing around with a guitar for over 40 years. Have owned mostly acoustic and acoustic electric guitars. I have owned some very nice guitars from a 1965 Gibson to a Songwriter Deluxe. I have never owned a good electric guitar. Today, I bought the deep wine Les Paul Studio Deluxe II from the Huntsville, AL Guitar Center. Nothing I have ever played has produced such an amazing sound. I have been a Guitar Center online customer for over 7 years buying 3 Washburn guitars and some misc stuff. When they opened the store in Huntsville, AL, I began equipping my music room. First of all, I am in the store almost weekly because of the friendly atmosphere. Two weeks ago, I was interested in some information on some vocal harmony machine and Garrett over-heard my conversation and quickly assisted me with tons of information as well as informing me he had actually trained on that very machine. Needless to say, I purchased the TC Voice Play that day...and the mic that goes with it. The Sales Manager, Denny is always on hand and very helpful and has one of the best trained and most cheerful sales staffs I have ever experienced. Devon has assisted me with most of my purchases and today I recieved an email from Devon asking me if I enjoyed my Voice/Play Live. I thought that was service above and beyond. Thanks to all and special thanks to Garrett for the tip on the harmony box and WOW on the recommendation on the Les Paul...best musical investment I have ever made! Customer for Life, John Steger

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Beautiful!

By Jack Evans

from Somersworth, NH

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

This is really a great looking instument. I got the Heritage Cherry Sunburst finish model a couple of weeks ago and couldn't be happier. The case that comes with it is an added bonus and of course fits it perfectly. The sounds that you can get from this guitar are amazing; the combinations of pickups and tone controls give a great deal of variety. The 10db boost works very well and gives an extra dimension when you want it. The set up seemed perfect right from openning the box. The neck was straight and the intonation was right on. Seems to stay in tune very well. The only thing I haven't figured out yet is how to open the battery box on the back, needed for the 10 db boost. I don't want to break it so I haven't pulled very hard on it yet. I've been playing an old Peavey strat clone for several years and wanted a new instrument. I've alsways wanted a Gibson and this one seemed perfect: I am not disappointed. Overall a great instrument!

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Really nice

By KEVIN JONES

from Houston, TX

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

The first review listed here pretty much covers all the glorious details of this find. I'll add a +1 to his review. I A/B'd this thing at my local GC vs an LP Traditional ($2299) and this "studio" was far superior. More features and even better looking than the trad. If you're in the market at this price range you really can't go wrong. I bought the caramel burst and it's gorgeous. Far superior to the regular studio yet less expensive. Go figure. Great guitar.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great Guitar

By George Gillis

from Atlanta Ga

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

I now have 9 Les Paul's in my quiver and this is one of my favorites. The first review says it all. It's a little heavy but that is to be expected. I highly recommend this guitar!

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Good wood - mediocre electronics

By Phillip

from Alexandria, VA

Site Member

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

I love the mahogany and maple flame top on this guitar. I've had it for 4 months now since I bought it at Guitar Center; the stock electronics are mediocre. The Burstbucker Pro Bridge has a harsh treble and muddy bass. I experimented with pickup height and also fiddling around with the tone control which reduce the harshness, but blands the overall tone. The 490R neck pickup is ok, but muddy; lowering the pickup height helps. Split Coil is nice for the neck and seems to reduce the mud, but I don't see much use for it with the bridge pickup. The boost is nice, but it puts a synthetic flavor on the tone. There's alot of versatility, but nothing out of the park with any of the tone coming from the stock setup. Gibson shouldn't be using electronics that are on par with $200-$300 guitars. If a Gibson cost thousands, their should be top-of-the-line parts and if players want a classic Les Paul, then it should we wired like a classic Les Paul. I decided to gut all the stock electronics and replace with Seth Lover pickups, new pots, paper/oil caps and 50s style wiring. Big improvement. I found it was worth upgrading as the wood is the best part of this guitar and the case, which was included, is a nice touch as well.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

I Love it

By Richard Lord

from Jacksonville, Arkansas

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

okay, been playing for 40 years. Been without an electric for 20 years. I've owned Fenders and one Gibson. Only had it for one day but this guitar rocks. Plays so easy and the sound is good. The hard case that came with it is nice and fits the guitar like a glove. I bought the HoneyBurst and it looks so good. I don't know how you could be disappointed with it. I know one day isn't very long before you write a review but this guitar has made an impression on me.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Extremely pleased

By Jim Cacy

from Norman

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

This is the second what you might call a non-standard version of a popular guitar. The other was a Nashville Telecaster, which is also terrific. I've always hankered for a Les Paul, but like the Telecaster, I tend to prefer a guitar that's a little different. I got this guitar home and plugged it in and started experimenting with all its settings. It will take a while to try out all the different settings, but I have to say that this is one amazing instrument. It can sound like a standard Les Paul, a Stratocaster, and Telecaster. It is nothing short of amazing, and the price is very nice. Mine is the wine red, which is beautiful. If you're looking for one guitar that can mimic just about any other guitar, look no further.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Can't Beat It!

By Greg

from Arkansas

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

I always wanted a Gibson but knew I couldn't afford one, so I kept trying out different Epiphone Les Paul's and a week later my parents surprised me with this! It's sounds so amazing and the wood in it is beyond beautiful. The sound of it puts my Fenders to shame. Easily the best guitar I own and probably will ever own. Yes this is expensive(a decent price for a Gibson) but for the quality of the studio II, it is wealth worth it.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great Guitar for the every day joe

By JEFF

from Clackamas Oregon

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

Let me start out by saying up to a year or so I wouldn't even think about a Gibson cause I was SO sold on Fender. I had a Tele, and 3 Strats. I kinda wanted to give a les paul a try since for 12 years i have played fenders. I traded one of my mim strats for an Epiphone les paul and was blown away with the sound so after that I was hooked. I wanted a Gibson. After a year of saving and looking I landed on this guy I traded in my epiphone and some other gear and got me this Amazing guitar. I easily get more tone out of it over any strat I have ever played. the true coil spit is superior to any other there is hardly any volume loss. The volume boost is good to for lead work or just simply adding a little more grit on that clean part. This guitar is a work horse that looks good and feels good. try more than one because everyone is set up differently.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Love this Guitar!!!

By John Cadwallader

from Ohio

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

Love this guitar! If you are thinking about buying this guitar here is my quick review. 1. Amazing tone. Love the two volume controls. 2. Beautiful finish. This is the nicest finish in the studio line and it is "Standard" quality! 3. Pickups - At first I was not thrilled about the idea of the new drop in pickups but these PUPS sound so good there is no way I and going to replace them and if I did it would only be with the Gibson PUPS like the 57 classic etc and that would just be so easy. only a screwdriver required. 4. Two piece mahogany body. 5, Sweet neck! Hope this helps. Oh yeah and this... Guitar Center did beat an awesome online price. I was impressed. thanks Bottom line - this is a Standard minus the binding and perhaps different PUPs. You cant go wrong with this guitar.

(1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Leg up for a novice!

By Glenn Daugherty

from Angleton, Tx.

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

I have to say that this guitar was worth waiting for all of my life! I've played a lot of different guitars in my life, but this one separates itself from the rest. It's like buying a Harley or a Kawasaki! It has taken my playing to a whole new level. Now I know why they're a legend!

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

great guitar

By Joshua Hayes

from fort bragg n.c.

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

this is a great guitar period ........ i used to be one of those guys that didnt see the point of a 4 figure guitar ..... now i know ...... it looks great .... sounds great and will most likly take over my arsanale ... tith the coil tap and boost i find it hard not to get the sound im looking for ...... in my 15 years of playing its the best i have ever owned ........ gibson you have a new life time customer ... its hard to beat this one

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Absolutely Fantastic Guitar!

By graham hardy

from Camas, Washington

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

I cannot add much to the first review (which was instrumental in making me buy this guitar). This Les Paul is everything I always wanted in an electric guitar. It is exquisitely beautiful and the tone is out of this world! I had to set it up, of course. I adjusted the action, the intonation and the tailpiece. I also purchased the Digitech rp500 stompbox from GC. I am playing through a pair of big custom tube amps (Marian Research) driving a pair of Avalon Avatars. I'm in heaven.....

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Studio Deluxe II

By Michael

from Shelton, CT

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

This is going to be short and sweet. Just got the guitar and it is absolutely stunning. I've read complaints about Gibson's quality control....so much for that. I can't find a flaw in this thing. On top of that, I was able to take advantage of the great sale. I am stoked! Thanks GC for a great transaction!!

 
4.0

Great guitar if

By The joker

from Nyc ny

About Me Professional Musician

Pros

  • Good Feel

Cons

  • Coil taps

Best Uses

  • Jamming
  • Practicing

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

The feel and look of this guitar amazing I gutted it out cts500k pots some Duncan pickup replaced nut and the guitar is great sounding

(0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Bang for the Buck

By scott

from Newtown CT

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

I recently purchased Les Paul studio 60 style neck after checking one out at local guitar center, i wanted a brand new one not the one thats been hanging on the wall with im sure many people handling and it arrived at my home a week later,in perfect condition ready to play and its by far the best guitar iv ever owned and i dont think the price can be beat. In the past 6 months i have had 2 fender strats delivered and returned because of various problems and they were hundreds more than my Gibson, only one issue was i thought it would be an anniversary model since it was built in Jan.2014, just to be clear the Strats were bought from a online dealer not Guitar center

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