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Limited Run Buckethead Les Paul Studio Electric Guitar

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With an oversized, chambered Les Paul body, a marker-less ebony fingerboard, and Buckethead's choice of Gibson's contemporary ceramic humbucking pickups”complete with modified electronics and "arcade" style kill switches”this is a Les Paul guitar like no other. It's primed to get you noticed, and designed for utmost performance for the contemporary...  Click To Read More About This Product

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With an oversized, chambered Les Paul body, a marker-less ebony fingerboard, and Buckethead's choice of Gibson's contemporary ceramic humbucking pickups”complete with modified electronics and "arcade" style kill switches”this is a Les Paul guitar like no other. It's primed to get you noticed, and designed for utmost performance for the contemporary rock, metal, and shred performer.

The Buckethead Les Paul Studio is crafted from a 2-piece maple top set into a chambered mahogany body. This wood combination, one of the most acclaimed pairings in the history of the solid and semi-solid electric guitar, yields a "best of both worlds" tonal splendor. With the great clarity, definition and treble bite from the maple, and excellent depth and richness from the mahogany, elements found in the classic Les Paul tone. The chambering adds a further dimension, increasing the complexity of this guitar's tone, while also increasing its acoustic volume and sustain.

Reflecting Buckethead's continued departure from the norm, the Buckethead Les Paul Studio looks outwardly much like a slightly modified white Les Paul Studio, but had been made with an oversized, chambered body. The chambered mahogany back serves to minimize weight, while also adding tonal nuances to the guitar's overall sound.

The Gibson Buckethead Signature Les Paul is finished in high-gloss Satin White which is complemented with a stunning black and white 5-ply binding. These give this unique electric guitar a sleek, contemporary appearance and a smooth, fast playing feel.

The neck of the Gibson Buckethead signature guitar is constructed from a single piece of solid mahogany, and glued to the body at a 4-degree angle (pitch). Mahogany is a traditional neck wood that is prized for its combination of lightness and strength.

Buckethead's Signature Les Paul neck is carved to its own custom profile that runs from .870" at the nut to .955" at the 12th fret, and is designed for the ultimate combination of speed and comfort. The Buckethead Signature Les Paul features a 27" scale length which increases neck tension for improved accuracy and precision and allows for the lower tunings used in modern rock music.

The Buckethead Signature Les Paul is equipped with a torrefied maple fingerboard, which enhances note attack and articulation. The 12" radius of the Les Paul fingerboard provides smooth note bending capabilities and eliminates "dead" or "choked out" notes, common occurrences on fingerboards with lesser radiuses. It sports 24 jumbo frets that are immaculately dressed and polished. It carries no inlays, echoing the stark, contemporary look that this artist is known for.

The Buckethead guitar carries a calibrated pair of Gibson's contemporary-voiced Ceramic series humbucking pickups, featuring a 496R Hot Ceramic in the neck (rhythm) position, and a hot 500T Super Ceramic in the bridge (lead) position. Both are specially made with double-white bobbins to match the look of the guitar, and the bridge pickup is split via a push/pull switch on the Tone knob to achieve a single-coil tone. Ceramic magnets provide a clear, bold performance with plenty of output, without the need for packing on more coil windings than the pickup design can handle.

The 496R Hot Ceramic in the neck position offers unparalleled creamy sustain that nevertheless retains excellent cutting power. Its partner, the 500T Super Ceramic, is one of Gibson's 2 hottest pickups, intended for ultimate wailing lead tones, sustain, and searing cutting power in the bridge position. Between them, they present excellent sonic versatility and impressive contemporary tones. This pair is also well-matched for balanced output levels in all switch positions.

The Tune-O-Matic adjustable bridge provides a firm seating for the strings, allowing the player to adjust and fine-tune the intonation and string height in a matter of minutes. It also yields excellent coupling between strings and body, maximizing resonance, tone, and sustain.

Other Features on the Buckethead Signature Guitar
This Gibson Les Paul carries 2 red "arcade" style push-button kill switches to mute the output of the guitar, as well as a push/pull switch on the Tone potentiometer to access the bridge pickup's split-coil feature. The headstock of the Buckethead Les Paul is equipped with Grover kidney tuners with an 14:1 gear ratio for increased accuracy.


Chambered mahogany body
Maple top
Satin white finish (nitrocellulose)
Set mahogany neck
Maple fingerboard
27" scale
12" radius
24 jumbo frets
Corian nut
496R Hot Ceramic neck humbucker
500T Super Ceramic bridge humbucker
1 volume, 1 tone with built-in push/pull for coil-splitting, 3-way toggle,
Special features: Two red "arcade" style pushbutton kill switches to mute the output of the guitar
Gibson Tune-O-Matic bridge/stopbar tailpiece
Gibson stopbar tailpieceBridge: Gibson Tuners: Grover kidney tuners with an advanced 14:1 gear ratio
Hardshell Gibson case
Nut width: 1.695"
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(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)


Unique In All The Right Places


from Paradise Ciry, Indiana

I purchased this guitar, more out of curiosity than anything else, but couldn't have imagined how awesome it played until I had for a few weeks. This bad boy plays fantastic. I know others have mentioned its size being a bit much, but I haven't had any issues. I do have long skinny fingers, so maybe it just didn't bother me; but I am not 6 and a half feet tall like Buckethead is either. The fret board has plenty of room from shredding, the chambered body gives it a great tone and sustain, the pickups are nice and hot, and it is quite comfortable up and down the neck. Tuners are tight, and though I don't use them a ton practically, the kill switches are a cool feature. Plus having one up top and near the bridge makes it convenient no matter where you have yourself positioned. Yes indeed, this guitar is one I will always prize in my collection, and is just as unique as Buckethead himself. If you get your hands on one, make sure you give the Giant Robot a thanks, and have at it!!

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


Unbelievable guitar!

By Jay

from clearfield utah

I cant say enough about this incredible instrument. Tone, tone, and tone. Set up was good from the factory. Plays like a dream. This guitar, and a good solid amp with some effect and youve got audio nirvana. Without a doubt the best guitar Ive ever played.

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Amazing Sustain, great design.


from New York, New York

I just picked up the Buckethead Les Paul Studio from Guitar center earlier this afternoon. after playing it today for about 5 hours, I'm truly amazed at the sound of this badboy. I am a owner of a American Stratocaster Deluxe, S-S-S with the S-1 switch, giving it a 'humbuckerish' feel (but sadly not quite). I love playing heavier tunes though such as Dream Theater, Stratovarius, and of course, Buckethead. The Strat was falling short of what I wanted my sound to be like. I went to the guitar center, placed the order online and had it arrive there so that when I received it, I could try it out, or return it on the spot if it was not of my liking. I had done the research on this guitar previously, and was a bit turned off by the 27" scale of it. I thought I wasn't going to be able to hit certain stretches because of it, and that I would totally need to adjust my playing style when playing this guitar. That wasn't the case. I could feel that the guitar was bigger, and that something was different, but I could play everything I could play on a 25.5" scale, as soon as I took it out of the box. I know everyone is different, but I would think it is fairly safe to say that if you can play a 25.5" guitar, you can definitely transition to a 27" guitar without any performance, shredding, speed differences. The 27" gives the guitar's sound a different feel compared to my strat. Strings are definitely tighter, although acoustically, what this translates into. I am not sure what the difference between this guitar and the Signature version of the guitar lies in, besides the ebony fretboard, and some other decorations, leading me to believe that the sound should be very similar to the Signature version. Would be nice to have someone who has compared, post, or have a youtube comparison. :) Anyway, I love playing buckethead, and was definitely looking into guitars for a couple of weeks before putting down any money on this one. I liked a couple of Ibanez, which to me, seemed a lot more like my playing style than a strat. But the kill switch was what got me on board to purchasing this one first. I'm considering swapping out my Strat for an used Ibanez (the JEM7V). I guess one that I want to press is, if you think you're going to be put off by the 27" scale, PLEASE go to the Guitar Center and try a guitar that is that scale, give it a whirl. I wouldn't have taken this puppy home if I felt uncomfortable playing it in any way, shape, or form. And I was truly surprised by it's playability, sustain, attack, and tone (despite having ceramic humbuckers). Features: Killswitch, push pull single coil knob for a single coil feel, 27" scale, jumbo frets, over sized Chambered body gives it a nice tone and resonance for lower and mid notes. These features truly gives this guitar a unique sound, Quality & Reliability: The guitar feels solid, doesn't seem flimsy at all. I may post something else later on in the life of this guitar. So far, it looks sturdy. The paint though, Not sure what's going on with that. I am going to be very careful because I have heard complaints about the paint, and although looks can be deceiving, and only time can tell, I really don't like the way the paint looks up close. I feel as it can easily be stained, scratched, or chipped. Don't have evidence on that yet, and I don't want to try that out just now either. :) Look & Feel: Look's sexy. Feel, I think it feels great. Having the notes vibrate within the over sized chamber reminds me why there is so much sustain and life around every note that is played on this guitar. It is heavier than my Strat (definitely a Gibson), but It's manageable. I've had heavier (Epiphones).

(0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)


It's a bucket alright!

By jason childers

from Charlotte

Bought this guitar new, took it back the next day. Save your money and buy a John 5 Squire Tele which blows this guitar out of the water in quality. It's a great concept but poor workmanship. It doesnt deserves the Gibson name. First, It has a terrible acoustic type low feedback from having a pickup that is too hot in a chambered body. It is covered in paint flaws. The cooked maple fret board is very soft and scrathes very easily. The kill switches feel very cheap. The 27 scale is awesome, but when you go back to a regular scale guitar it felt like I have been playing a bass. HUGE disappointment. I'll stick to my Les Paul Standard and leave the toys to the children.

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It's just a Les Paul.

By John-Paul Bierce

from Rocky Point NY

I wanted this guitar as a birthday present, so I bought it. When I first got it, I was satisfied. The killswitches were fun to play around with, and I was happy to be able to play Buckethead songs the right way. The guitar sounds good, is easy to use, and the over sized body is easy to mount while sitting down. But after 3 weeks of owning it, I got bored of it. I also saw it as something that I didn't need to own. Before this guitar I owned a Schecter Diamond Series C-1. By this point I would much rather play that than this guitar. It's not like this guitar is bad, I just don't see why it's worth it to be honest. Which is why I sold it. It felt like a regular Les Paul to me. Just more money. The maple fingerboard honestly does not go with the color of the guitar. Not only that, I found the paint on the body chips easily. If you're looking to get a Les Paul, either get the more expensive model of this (More appealing), or get a normal Les Paul for the same price, or less.

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