Gibson Limited Run Joe Bonamassa Les Paul Studio Electric Guitar Gold Top, Black Back and Sides 886830344176

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The Joe Bonamassa Les Paul Studio features a stunning metallic-finish carved maple cap with a mahogany back. The glued, deep-set mahogany neck with granadillo fretboard features a rounded '59 neck pro... Read More

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The Joe Bonamassa Les Paul Studio features a stunning metallic-finish carved maple cap with a mahogany back. The glued, deep-set mahogany neck with granadillo fretboard features a rounded '59 neck profile for guitarists who prefer a chunkier neck, but still enjoy fast, smooth playing action. The BurstBucker 2 and 3 humbuckers have unbalanced pickup windings for the historically-accurate "Patent Applied For" sound with a little extra airy tone. The 'Bucker Type 3 is slighty overwound for more output.

A unique fusion of old and new ideas
Bonamassa played his first guitar at the age of four. By seven, he had stepped up to a full-scale model and had mastered many of Stevie Ray Vaughan's signature licks. At 10 he was playing regularly around the state of New York, garnering attention of blues legend B.B. King. Two years later, he was opening up for King, and eventually stars such as Buddy Guy, Robert Cray, Stephen Stills, Joe Cocker, Gregg Allman, and George Thorogood. Bonamassa has lived up to his potential, continuing to develop his own style as one of contemporary music's most profoundly gifted guitar players.

Features
  • Mahogany body
  • Carved maple cap
  • Glued, deep-set mahogany neck
  • Rounded D, 1959-style neck shape
  • Granadillo fretboard
  • 22 frets
  • Gibson BurstBucker 3 bridge pickup
  • Gibson BurstBucker 2
  • neck pickup
  • Volume, volume, tone, tone controls
  • Grover 14:1 tuners
  • Nickel hardware
  • Tune-O-Matic bridge
  • 3-way pickup selector toggle switch
Specifications
  • 24-3/4" scale
    12" radius
    1-11/16" nut width
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GibsonLimited Run Joe Bonamassa Les Paul Studio Electric Guitar
 
4.7

(based on 13 reviews)

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Solid rock/blues instrument with great specs, awesome tone, and looks that kill

The Joe Bonamassa Les Paul Studio Gold Top (JBLPSGT) is the first Gibson electric I have ever purchased, although I already own close to 20 Fender Strats and Teles. With all the press...Read complete review

The Joe Bonamassa Les Paul Studio Gold Top (JBLPSGT) is the first Gibson electric I have ever purchased, although I already own close to 20 Fender Strats and Teles. With all the press coverage, gorgeous photos, positive reviews, and excellent artist endorsement, I just had to try one. And I am not disappointed: The price was right, and even though the guitar wasn't available in the store, I am glad I made the switch to a serious humbucker guitar. I never thought I'd buy an artist signature model, but Joe's endorsement of an affordable quality guitar means a lot to me. Upon arrival at my house, I noticed two small flaws under the clearcoat: a tiny reflecting spec on the upper edge of the gold top and what looks like the result of 'over-buffing' on the gold top lower edge, close to the bottom strap-button. Gibson still doesn't seem to have their quality control sorted out: the inspection card shows two signatures and lots of checkmarks. Unfortunately these inspectors might be vision-impaired. Regardless, the guitar is very solid, nice looking and a very different beast compared to my Fenders: It even prefers its own amps. When played through a Fender '59 Bassman RI, it doesn't sound all that great. There is no 'chime'; the tone is almost dull with a strong emphasis on lows and mids. However, these heavenly humbuckers eventually explode, growl and scream when connected to an amp with a separate gain stage, like a Marshall, my Peavey Penta and my SUNN T50C combo. It's quite a revelation after playing single-coils through Fender amps for 40 years. I am finally discovering first-hand what the LP was made for and how it can be used in a musical context. The fat neck and short scale make this LP Studio super easy to play compared to all my Fenders. To be sure, I could have sent the guitar back, hoping to get a perfect one eventually. But I wasn't certain if Gibson can actually deliver perfectly finished instruments at this price. I'm not a collector, but a player and with this instrument, the price was right, the guitar plays well and most importantly, it is a great addition to my music. I have learned not to expect perfection from Gibson. They do however deliver an excellent value with the Joe Bonamassa Les Paul Studio: A solid rock/blues instrument with great specs, awesome tone and looks that kill (a Mockingbird).

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Plays and soundsamazing, finish quality terrible

The Good: The fat neck and special pick-ups give this guitar a great sound and feel. The Bad: The guitar smells as though it was painted the day it was shipped. Several scuff...Read complete review

The Good: The fat neck and special pick-ups give this guitar a great sound and feel. The Bad: The guitar smells as though it was painted the day it was shipped. Several scuff marks on the side of the body that won't buff out with polish. Between the bridge pick-up and the bridge, there was a clump of what looked like glue. I rubbed it very gently with my finger and it fell off revealing a paint chip down to the wood. The Worst: The Rhythm/Treble switch was facing sideways rather than up and down. It was an easy fix, but he guitar was inspected by several people. The main point is for assembly and finish, Gibson should be better than this especially for the price.

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(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Very cool

By Jerrold Paluska

from NY

Comments about Gibson Limited Run Joe Bonamassa Les Paul Studio Electric Guitar:

The JB Les Paul is the second Studio LP I own. I am pleased at how good it sounds and how well it plays. My Wine Red Studio LP sounds and plays great too. So now I have two really good LPs. My SG is so lonely and my Tele is screaming play me. Through my Marshall JCM DSL100 the JB Les Paul really sings. It has good output and great harmonics. I have to try it through my Fender HR Deluxe. I'm sure it will sound good with that amp as well. Theres not much to say other than the JB Les Paul is a nice guitar and the Gold Top finish is killer. Everything on the guitar is first class. Gibson makes great guitars.

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4.0

The best Les Paul Studio period!

By Terry Swain

from Detroit Michigan

Comments about Gibson Limited Run Joe Bonamassa Les Paul Studio Electric Guitar:

Be honest if your looking at reviews for a Les Paul Studio you want the name Les Paul but can't afford the big boys. I spent hours playing different models before buying this one. I didn't like the color and didn't want to buy one with a name attached either so I passed on it at first. I ultimately bought it because of the clean sound, it is almost acoustic sounding! It has a heavier weight than the other studios, and looks more like a standard than any other. It stays in tune, it plays great. If you want a Les Paul on a studio budget this is the guitar! The bad side: A few frets have the sharp edge on them mainly towards the body where most people won't normally play. The sides of the neck have some uneven spots on it that even cheaper guitars not made from Gibson don't, but that doesn't affect its sound. But no problems with its finish like I have heard. And whoever checks the pickup selector switch should be fired. Despite this being a floor model I have had to tighten it twice by hand. All that being said, anyone who is looking in to a studio should stop and buy this one! It is above and beyond anything Gibson has released recently in that price range!

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5.0

Gibson quality worth every penny

By MARK TUNNICLIFF

from Orange,CA

Comments about Gibson Limited Run Joe Bonamassa Les Paul Studio Electric Guitar:

THe Joe Bonamassa Goldtop is my second gibson I have owned but the first I bought brand new. This is a great instrument. Tuned and ready to play right out of the box. The finish is great. I'm still on the fence about the "new guitar smell" but I grew up next to an auto body shop and the smell reminds me of a slightly vanilla version of that. I love this guitar!!!!

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(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Perfect Guitar

By Jacob Skwarcan

from Niles, MI

Comments about Gibson Limited Run Joe Bonamassa Les Paul Studio Electric Guitar:

I recieved this LP for Christmas. Upon opening it, I was amazed. It was flawless, and I have found no flaws after staring at it for hours. It sounds great, nothing like my other LPs. The only thing I don't like is this guitars weight. It's so much heavier than all my other LPs. And I dont mean one pound, but a couple pounds more. As soon as you pick up this guitar you will notice it. But a great guitar, a great player, and the weight is managable.

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4.0

First time Gibson

By John Pelle

from Newark DE

Comments about Gibson Limited Run Joe Bonamassa Les Paul Studio Electric Guitar:

Let me start by saying I love this guitar.I own a Martin DC Aura.Epi Les Paul Epi SG both with upgraded Gibson pickups.American Stat.This is shaping up to be my favorite.However I need to vent this is my 4th Bonamassa.Everyone i recieved had markings or a sticky neck loose pickup switch.I bought the other 3 from a different website.So after 3 got my money back bought from GC .this guitar had same kind of markings.there from a machine .This was a dissapointment this left a bad taste in my mouth. This one i got from GC was by far the best shape so i ll keep this one.Again its an awesome giutar just couldnt believe the lack of quality control at Gibson on this model.They come with an ispection card who the hell is signing there name to that they not doing a very good job.

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5.0

JB good job

By john binkiewicz

from Woodland Park

Comments about Gibson Limited Run Joe Bonamassa Les Paul Studio Electric Guitar:

I own 13 guitars Gibsons, Fenders And Epiphones. This JB is the best by far. The sound and gold finish make it one great guitar. I have a JB Epiphone that is another (for the price) well made instrument. Get one before they are gone.

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5.0

A beautiful les paul STUDIO X a regular STUDIO

By Lima

from Miami, FL

Comments about Gibson Limited Run Joe Bonamassa Les Paul Studio Electric Guitar:

Well, you have to consider this is a Gibson Les Paul Studio that you are paying an extra $110 for the goldtop finish. I think the goltop finish and specially the knobs are worth the extra amount of money. Of course there is also a difference between the pickups (BurstBuckers X Alnico 2 Humbuckers), but for me both sound great. Since it is a limited run, I would say pay the extra $110 and get a beautiful and unique piece of art, instead of a regular one.

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5.0

BEST BANG FOR THE BUCK

By Darren J Fallas

from Memphis

Comments about Gibson Limited Run Joe Bonamassa Les Paul Studio Electric Guitar:

This guitar is amazing! The sound it gets from the burstbukcers is to die for. The finish was flawless and the gold on black is classy! What can I say I was blown away from the start and you should be too!

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(2 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

Plays and soundsamazing, finish quality terrible

By Ken Holznagel

from Apopka, FL

Comments about Gibson Limited Run Joe Bonamassa Les Paul Studio Electric Guitar:

The Good: The fat neck and special pick-ups give this guitar a great sound and feel. The Bad: The guitar smells as though it was painted the day it was shipped. Several scuff marks on the side of the body that won't buff out with polish. Between the bridge pick-up and the bridge, there was a clump of what looked like glue. I rubbed it very gently with my finger and it fell off revealing a paint chip down to the wood. The Worst: The Rhythm/Treble switch was facing sideways rather than up and down. It was an easy fix, but he guitar was inspected by several people. The main point is for assembly and finish, Gibson should be better than this especially for the price.

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(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Amazing Les Paul

By Dougbeth

from Georgetown, KY

Comments about Gibson Limited Run Joe Bonamassa Les Paul Studio Electric Guitar:

My Joe Bonamassa Les Paul arrived ready to rock. The goldtop finish is flawless and the black back and sides adds to a total custom look. The factory setup was fine with no buzzing or adjustment needed. I cannot believe that you can purchase a Gibson Les Paul with this quality for such a fair price. I see it is being advertised as a studio, I challenge the sound of this guitar to rival any standard edition.

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