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Les Paul Studio VG Flame Top Electric Guitar Satin Fire Burst

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Since 1983, Gibson USA has been proving not only that less is sometimes more, but also that less can sometimes knock your socks off. Originally designed as a model for studio artists but adopted whole... Click To Read More About This Product

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Since 1983, Gibson USA has been proving not only that less is sometimes more, but also that less can sometimes knock your socks off. Originally designed as a model for studio artists but adopted wholeheartedly by countless players of all stripes, the Les Paul Studio combines stripped-down appointments with the full tonal splendor and unrivaled playability of a Les Paul Standard. This version is a little different from a regular Studio model because it has a flame maple top, vintage gloss finish, maple neck and '57 Classic pickups.

All the elements of the legendary Les Paul Standard are still there, including that fat and sweet maple-and-mahogany tone through two genuine Gibson humbucking pickups. By eliminating a little of the window dressing “ namely, building the guitar without binding around the body top or fingerboard, and applying an elegant gold silkscreened logo in place of an inlay “ the Les Paul Studio weighs in at a price that players have found irresistible for three decades. It also physically weighs less. The mahogany body comes with œmodern weight relieving that is carefully applied inside the mahogany back to provide outstanding balance while optimizing the sonic capabilities of the guitar.

Crucial elements of the Les Paul Studio' design include the flame maple top and mahogany body, glued-in maple neck with back-angled headstock, granadillo fingerboard, Tune-o-matic bridge and stopbar tailpiece “ all design points that have been making Les Pauls the most desirable tone monsters available since the late 1950s. For electronics, a set of Gibson' '57 humbucking pickups squeeze every drop of tone from the instrument, and now feature coil-taps for an even broader range of tonal possibilities.

With these classic ingredients, the Les Paul Studio gives you all the sonic versatility you could ask for, from sultry, warm bluesy tones to powerful crunch to sizzling lead tones. Finally, the Les Paul Studio is supremely playable too, thanks to its slim-taper 60's neck profile and a chambered mahogany body that reduces the weight while enhancing resonance, making it outstandingly comfortable strapped on or seated.

Features
  • Mahogany body with œmodern weight-relieving and flame maple top
  • Vintage gloss finish
  • 24.75" scale mapleneck shaped to a ˜60s Slim Taper profile
  • Granadillo fingerboard dressed with trapezoid inlays
  • Tune-o-matic bridge and stop-tail
  • '57 Classic pickups with coil-splitting
  • Individual volume and tone controls, 3-way pickup selector
  • Grover vintage-style tuning machines
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GibsonLes Paul Studio VG Flame Top Electric Guitar
 
4.6

(based on 23 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (17)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

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82%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good feel (14)
  • Fun to play (13)
  • Good tone (13)
  • Good pick up (11)
  • Solid electronics (11)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Practicing (16)
  • Jamming (12)
  • Recording (10)
  • Small venues (7)
  • Rock concerts (5)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (11), Novice (4)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Gibson Flametop Studio (Carmel Burst)

Let me start off by just saying first look isn't everything. The Gibson Les Paul Studio in general is meant for exactly what its name implies. a studio. The Sound is the main...Read complete review

Let me start off by just saying first look isn't everything. The Gibson Les Paul Studio in general is meant for exactly what its name implies. a studio. The Sound is the main focus, to get that crisp perfection for recording. not necessarily the looks. This guitar definitely meets that mark. I play it on a hughes and kettner tubemeister 18, and the clean sound on this combination is mind blowing. For distortion I use a Ibanez tubescreamer (phenomenal classic tube overdrive). the coil tapping gives anything from Stevie Ray Vaughn, to the humbucking sounds of Joe Satriani, all with one push (or pull) of a button (being the volume knob). But not to forget about looks aren't everything, the only reason the looks aren't everything is because the sound of this instrument is so professional, it could be the ugliest thing in the world and I'd still choose this over anything. for $1,000 this is a complete steal. it is worth the investment because this guitar will last forever, and the wood will only resonate better over time. It looks like a dream, it sounds like heaven, it plays like warm butter, the action on mine came out of the box perfect, and no rattling whatsoever, its very versatile, it will play any genre you could imagine (no need to switch these fantastic pickups), and it will knock your socks off.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Disappointing Gibson

I have owned or currently own at least a dozen Les Pauls from Gibson. My favorite 3 guitars are Gibson Les Pauls so this is an unvarnished review. I do not have an axe...Read complete review

I have owned or currently own at least a dozen Les Pauls from Gibson. My favorite 3 guitars are Gibson Les Pauls so this is an unvarnished review. I do not have an axe to grind with the company and love the tone of a good LP.

Here's the rub:

1. The maple neck, while quite playable seems to cause this guitar to be overly bright. I have '57's on other guitars and they are my favorite Gibson pickups. However, those guitars have mahogany necks.

2. I know what a satin finish is but they call this one VG for "vintage gloss". It is satin so why not just call it that?

3. The worst thing about this guitar were the sharp edges on the frets so they were obviously not dressed properly at the factory. The guitar was only built about 6 weeks earlier so it was probably not a humidity issue. My finger was cut so badly that I couldn't play for a couple of days without it bleeding again. I expect this from an Epiphone, not from a Gibson.

If you like a bright lower cost LP made in the States you may want to try it, after you scope out the fret ends. If you want more vintage type tone, get an LP with the magic formula.

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5.0

Just Like I Remembered

By Javin

from Vermont

About Me Professional Musician

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Great all around axe
    • Jamming
    • Practicing
    • Recording
    • Rock Concerts
    • Small Venues

    Comments about Gibson Les Paul Studio VG Flame Top Electric Guitar:

    I own a '76 Gibson Custom and I used to own an early '90's studio as a back up. I was able to set up that Studio to play and sound almost exactly like the '76 Custom, but I had sold it to another guitarist that had joined the band and was in need of some serious equipment upgrades. With that said, I missed having a Studio that played as well as an upper level Gibson, and having to not worry about knocking it around a bit live. I bought this Studio and a LPJ14 to use live, recording and for all other all around uses and have semi-retired the '76 Custom from live/touring gigs mostly out of sentimental value. This Studio didn't need any tweaking to the set up at all and plays like the '76 Custom out of the box. With a bit of subtle adjustments to the tone knob on the guitar and the gain on my amp, the sound is comparable, but yet I say, a bit more alive than the '76 Custom (brighter attack with same deep tone). The weight relief is noticeable (and welcomed) without the sacrifice of tone and I couldn't be happier to have found a better replacement Studio for the Studio I had sold 12 years ago.

     
    5.0

    Awesome Guitar Great Price

    By MvnJn

    from mexico

    About Me Professional Musician

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Jamming
      • Practicing
      • Recording
      • Small Venues

      Comments about Gibson Les Paul Studio VG Flame Top Electric Guitar:

      Amazing guitar, amazing tune and pickup, love the satin finish. The only con (not really a con) is that MF told me it came with a hardshellcase, and it came with a Premium Gigbag.

       
      4.0

      Nice Guitar Weak Pickups

      By N/A

      from Brownsboro, Texas

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

      • Fun To Play
      • Good Feel

      Cons

      • Poor Pick Up

      Best Uses

      • Jamming
      • Practicing
      • Recording
      • Small Venues

      Comments about Gibson Les Paul Studio VG Flame Top Electric Guitar:

      Beautiful guitar. Fit and finish very nice. Love the maple top with maple neck, wish Gibson would make more guitars using maple. I also have the solid maple L6-S which I love. I almost sent this LP Studio back for refund. The pickups were anemic sounding, and in coil split mode just awful. I Decided to install a Dirty Fingers plus in the bridge, and a 496 R in the neck. Turned this guitar into a fantastic tone machine.

       
      5.0

      Great guitar

      By Fly guy

      from North of Seattle

      About Me Novice

      Pros

      • Good Feel
      • Good Pick Up
      • Good Tone

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Jamming
        • Practicing

        Comments about Gibson Les Paul Studio VG Flame Top Electric Guitar:

        As always, great customer service and delivery from MF. Guitar arrived and within 1 minute tuned and ready to go. Great feel and sound. First Gibson guitar and worth it. I assumed the case would be a hard case but it is more of a padded gig bag.

        (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Beautiful Tone Beautiful Looks

        By Carlos Cortesi

        from Miami Florida

        Comments about Gibson Les Paul Studio VG Flame Top Electric Guitar:

        This instrument will blow your mind. Not only is it delicious eye popping candy but it plays like goddess. I personally liked it more than the Les Paul Standard because of the unpainted neck gloss which makes the neck profile thinner and easy to play. I run it through a BlackstarHT20 and the distortion channel will is definite face melter. The single and double coil mechanism will make you cry in the clean channel due to their sheer acoustic sound beauty. These guitar packs a punch no doubt about it! Feels amazing, smells great, looks incredible and they are probably the best value for $1,000 you can find. STOP READING AND GO TRY ONE AT THE STORE!

         
        5.0

        I'm glad I decided to upgrade

        By tonyd

        from The Great State of New Jersey

        About Me Novice

        Pros

        • Good Feel
        • Good Pick Up
        • Good Tone
        • Solid Electronics

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Jamming
          • Practicing
          • Recording

          Comments about Gibson Les Paul Studio VG Flame Top Electric Guitar:

          I bought this to upgrade from the Epiphone LP-100 that I got a few years ago when I first started playing. It is a major step up for me. I tried a bunch of different guitars at various stores, and when I tried the Gibson the difference was amazing. This feels much more balanced in my hands, the neck is fantastic, and the feel is just so much better than any of the other brands I tried out.

          As far as playing it, the pickups are great, I love the coil tapping feature, you can get pretty close to that Strat sound that my son plays if I want. Sustain is great, and with the neck size I can bend the strings to the ceiling if I want.

          Overall I am very glad I spent the extra money on the Gibson. I bought the used level 2 one, and I was hard pressed to find more than a few minor scratches on the back.

          (0 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

           
          3.0

          Les Paul VG

          By Bull

          from morris county, nj

          About Me Experienced

          Pros

          • Fun To Play

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Jamming
            • Practicing

            Comments about Gibson Les Paul Studio VG Flame Top Electric Guitar:

            Great guitar but needs tweeking.

            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Awesome Guitar!

            By Johnie West

            from Fort Worth, Texas

            Comments about Gibson Les Paul Studio VG Flame Top Electric Guitar:

            I bought the caramel burst version. It is a beautiful guitar with a nice, natural looking finish. I haven't found any flaws in the workmanship. I am only a beginner player, but I have several guitars in my collection. This is the one I take on the road with me to practice with. I don't really have a need for the split coils right now, but I may like them or at least know how to use them when I get better at playing. It feels amazing. Not as heavy as a Standard or a Custom, but heavy enough to know you have a quality instrument. I've seen some come with a hard shell case and others come with a bag. This one comes with a bag. I had a hard case left from a previous Studio and just swapped them out. I can't really describe tones and sustain because like I said, I'm just a beginner. Thanks a ton to Brent Wall at my local Guitar Center in Fort Worth, Texas for all the help. Hopefully I'll be picking away soon.

             
            5.0

            AWESOME!

            By VeJay Burris

            from Washington IN

            Comments about Gibson Les Paul Studio VG Flame Top Electric Guitar:

            I absolutley love this guitar. the tone is incredible! not only does this guitar look sexy, the playability matches it

             
            5.0

            What A Gem!

            By ThomDrumz

            from Virginia

            About Me Experienced

            Pros

            • '57 Classic Pups
            • Fun To Play
            • Good Feel
            • Good Pick Up
            • Good Tone
            • Solid Electronics

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Jamming
              • Practicing
              • Recording
              • Small Venues

              Comments about Gibson Les Paul Studio VG Flame Top Electric Guitar:

              What a Gem, Beautiful Caramel Burst finish, Nice action. This is my first Les Paul, I'm a Tele guy, but now I understand all the Les Paul fans. The electronics w '57 Classics are great, dynamic thru my tube amp, snarls when you need it, clean and clear when you dont. The finish is a semi gloss, which is what I prefer on the maple neck, the Grenadillo fretboard looks and feels great. I've been waiting for this combination of features, Gibson got his one right on.
              Oh and MusiciansFriend customer support is fantastic!

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