In celebration of its 120th anniversary, Gibson rolls out new electric guitar and bass models. There is 28 models, the company’s 2014 guitar and bass lineup is striking in its variety, its beauty and its host of updated and upgraded features. Among the new features are a 120th Anniversary logo at the 12th fret position on many models, the widespread implementation of the Min-ETune automatic tuning unit, PLEK fingerboard set ups and four new pickup types, alongside undercut frets. One of them is Les Paul Studio Guitar.
The Les Paul Studio offers guitarists all the essential elements of a Les Paul Standar. It has a mahogany body with modern weight relief and a figured maple top. The maple neck has a ’60s slim taper. This guitar’s has a simple yet elegant design. So do not be surprised if this guitar’s has been a huge favorite of hard-working guitarists ever since its introduction in 1983. Let’s see the detail specs of this baby.
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||Mahogany, modern weight relief
||Ebony Vintage Gloss
||Trapezoids with 120th anniversary banner at 12th fret
|Number of Frets
||Chrome Tune-o-Matic Bridge
|Number of Pickups
||No middle pickup
||2 x volume with push/pull coil taps, 2 x tone, 3-way pickup selector
||.009 – .046, Genuine Gibson strings
Retaining the Studio line’s status as an unbeatable value in a hand-made American electric guitar, the Les Paul Studio 2014 adds innovative and upgraded new features to make this the most impressive version. The 2014 Gibson Les Paul Studio Guitar’s has a body and neck crafted in the image of the original Les Paul Standard. It’s made from a solid mahogany back with modern weight relief and a figured maple top. This new modern weight-relief technique results in a Les Paul that, all else being equal, has a weight somewhere between traditional weight relief and chambering. It naturall gives off a deeper, fuller sound because of the body thickness and material. The body has a choice of colors such as Ebony, Wine Red, Manhattan Midnight, Desert Burst, Honeyburst, or Brilliant Red Burst, which all in vintage gloss finish.
The body is glued-in maple neck features a slim ’60s profile, which most modern players love. The neck is quite easy to play and fast. Bends and slides were easy. The neck feels quite nice to my hands. I see nothing wrong with the finish, however, I am not overly picky, but nothing seemed out sorts. The neck of the Studio carries a rosewood fingerboard the traditional fingerboard of the original Les Paul Standard. Rosewood is both hard wearing and sonically superlative; adding sweetness and depth to the guitar’s overall sound. With 22 cryogenic treated frets for long life, traditional trapezoid inlays, and a commemorative 120th Anniversary inlay at the 12th fret. Slightly sharp frets at the end of the fingerboard, could be due to the time between factory setup and arrival to store though. But they were really minor things.
This guitar is armed with a pair of Gibson’s 490R and 49OT humbucker pickups (R for rhythm and T for treble) in the neck and bridge positions. These pickups are crafted in the image of the original PAFs with genuine Alnico magnets, but updated for the requirements of contemporary music. They’ll give you the flavor of Gibson’s original ’57 Classic pickup, but roll the output and midrange grind upward a few notches. I personally think this guitar can do anything you want it to. They are wired through the traditional complement of independent volume and tone controls and a three-way selector switch, but updated with coil-split switching and Orange Drop tone capacitors.
Hardware Vintage-style tuners join a chrome Tune-o-matic Bridge is combined with a separate “stopbar” tailpiece, which is essentially a modified version of the earlier wraparound Bridge that’s designed to further enhance the connection between the strings and the body. They make a great team, for outstanding resonance and sustain. The Studio’s stopbar tailpiece is made from Zamak then plated. The strap buttons are solid, I have not had any problems with the hardware on the guitar. The hardware is great and reliable. This is a US made instrument which is carefully crafted and inspected by Gibson employees – most of which have been with the company for decades, and are old pros.
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Overall, this guitar’s has a great feel and great sound. The hardware is all a product of Gibson USA enough said.., its solid, sturdy and impressive for the price tag. Very good product and quality for this year 2014. The price of 2014 Gibson Les Paul Studio Guitar is about $1089.00
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