Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Gibson Les Paul Studio Guitars Review

By: Sherry Madison

The Fabulous Rock Guitar is Now Affordable for You.

Because I make a decent living playing the guitar, I decided I
deserve the best guitar ever made - the Gibson Les Paul Studio
Guitar. I've always loved these Gibson Les Paul Studio guitars -
the looks and the sound - but it was the price of these great
guitars that always stopped me from buying one. There are many
models of the Gibson Les Paul Studio Guitar to choose
from, and most are priced in the $1500 plus range. Even used,
these guitars are still priced very high, however I found that
the Gibson Les Paul Studio guitar is basically a genuine Les
Paul with a few cosmetic differences and a lower price (around
$1100 brand new).

I purchased my first Gibson Les Paul Studio Guitar used at the
local music store for $750. I knew I'd have a hard time finding
one for less anywhere, so I grabbed it. Mine is wine red with
gold hardware - very, very beautiful, sounds great, and cool
looking. The difference between the Studio and the more
expensive models is that it does not have the white binding on
the sides of the guitar body and neck, and the Gibson logo on
the headstock is a bit different. It is the same body, wood, and
pickups as the other models. I have noticed that on the new
later versions of the Les Paul Studio, the tuning knobs are made
of plastic (my '87 model is all gold chrome metal). I loved this
guitar so much that I later on bought a brand new white Les Paul
Studio with gold hardware, a very hot sounding guitar that has
become my signature.

I usually play hard rock style
guitar through a Marshall 100 watt half stack, and I'd have to
say that the Les Paul guitar is the best guitar around for this
style of music. You've probably heard it before, but the Les
Paul through a Marshall tube amp is simply the sound of rock!
Power chords have never sounded so good! I can play my Gibson
Les Paul Studio Guitar with no distortion box and get great
rocking leads and riffs. The sustain of the Gibson Les Paul
studio guitars is simply awesome. And, of course, the Les Paul
guitar is the coolest looking guitar anywhere.

people complain that Gibson Les Paul Studio Guitars are too
heavy, and yes, my Studio is a heavy slab of wood, but the
heaviness is part of what gives the Les Paul its great sound.
I've played lighter guitars, and have noticed that the lighter
the wood, the harder it is to get good heavy power chord rock
without the use of a distortion pedal. All my other guitars are
on backup duty now that I've got my Gibson Les Paul.

As well as being beautiful and having a great rock sound, my
Gibson Les Paul Studio stays in tune, is very easy to play, and
I can play with low action and no fret buzz. This is a high
quality guitar - it's not a piece of junk that will fall apart
on you. It's a Gibson and Gibson has one of the finest
reputations for making quality instruments. The one weakness,
though, is the headstock can easily crack or break if the guitar
is dropped. I highly recommend not using strap locks with this
guitar. My strap locks have slipped out twice now, cracking the
headstock both times, I think this guitar is simply too heavy
for strap locks. Avoid putting it in a guitar stand or anywhere
where it might fall over. This is the Les Paul's biggest

I highly recommend the Gibson Les Paul Studio Guitar to anyone who
wants a Les Paul but does not want to spend a small fortune. It
is definitely a great guitar, and if you are a truly serious
rock guitarist, you need it!

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