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Gibson Les Paul Studio Faded in Worn Cherry with Chrome Hardware

The specification of the Les Paul Studio Faded has been improved for 2011!

The Gibson Les Paul Worn Finish Studios bring together old and new Les Paul features to create a unique and special guitar. The round warmth of a carved maple top on a mahogany back first debuted in the famous 1957 Custom Black Beauty. Now Gibson brings this fabulous wood combo back with the added vintage edge of Gibson's Alnico V BurstBucker Pro humbuckers. 

Here's what Gibson say about the Les Paul Studio Faded

Some guitar players like the look and feel of a shiny, brand new guitar. Others, however, prefer the look and feel of a timeworn instrument - a guitar, without the sheen, that looks a little used, and has a smooth, worn look to it. For these players, there is the Les Paul Studio Faded from Gibson USA, which lets you see and feel the wood grain's natural beauty. And just like its brother, the Les Paul Studio, the Les Paul Studio Faded offers up breathtaking Les Paul performance in a modern, no-frills package that's sure to please even the most discriminating players. When the first Les Paul Studio hit the streets in 1983, it instantly became a favorite among scores of prominent studio musicians. Why? Because it consisted of a basic Les Paul chassis with all the essential elements needed to rock, including a solid mahogany body and a pair of genuine Gibson humbucker pickups. It's still that way today, but only better. The Les Paul Studio Faded remains one of the most desired - and popular - guitars in the Gibson line, and what it lacks in extras it makes up for in performance. If you don't believe us, ask any one of the thousands of musicians who play it today. The Les Paul Studio becomes your favorite guitar right out of the case. Play it and it becomes your best friend. Make the connection you need today.

Fast & Comfortable Rounded Neck Profile

Gibson's traditional rounded neck profile, which graces the neck of each Les Paul Studio Faded, is a thicker, rounder profile, emulating the neck shapes of the iconic Les Paul Standards of the late 1950s. Each neck is machined in Gibson's rough mill using wood shapers to make the initial cuts. But once the fingerboard gets glued on, the rest - including the final sanding - is done by hand. That means each neck ends up with ever-so-subtle differences that make each one as exceptional - and unique - as the next.

Gibson's Burstbucker Pro Pickups

Gibson's drive to recapture the magic of the original "Patent Applied For" humbucker pickups of the 1950s culminated with the introduction of the Burstbucker line in the early 1990s. Those Burstbuckers-Types 1, 2, and 3-successfully captured the subtle variations of true, classic humbucker tone with historically "unmatched" bobbin windings and Alnico II magnets. In 2002, Gibson followed up this innovative accomplishment with yet another breakthrough in pickup design-the Burstbucker Pro, designed specifically for the new Les Paul Standards. The Burstbucker Pro features an Alnico V magnet (instead of the Alnico II), which offers slightly higher output and allows preamps to be driven a little harder to achieve a more natural break-up. Like all Burstbuckers, the Burstbucker Pro has asymmetrical coils-true to the original PAFs-which supply a more open sound. The Burstbucker Pro Neck is wound slightly less than the original PAFs, while the Burstbucker Pro Bridge is slightly overwound for increased output. The Burstbucker Pro pickups are also wax potted to allow loud volume pressures with minimal feedback. As with all Gibson pickups, every part is precisely manufactured at Gibson USA in Nashville, Tennessee, insuring tight, seamless fittings, and superior workmanship.

Smooth Baked Maple fingerboard with classic Les Paul trapezoid inlays

The fingerboards are constructed from the highest grade baked maple on the planet. Each piece of wood is personally inspected and qualified by Gibson's team of skilled wood experts before it enter the factories to be fitted onto the necks. The resilience of this dense and durable wood makes these fingerboards extremely balanced and stable, and gives each chord and note unparalleled clarity and bite. Additionally, the 12-inch radius of the fingerboard provides smooth note bending capabilities and eliminates "dead" or "choked out" notes. The traditional trapezoid inlays are made of figured acrylic, and offer a classic "pearl" look. They are inserted into the fingerboard using a process that eliminates gaps and doesn't require the use of fillers.

Body Specifications

  • Body Style: Les Paul Carved Top
  • Body Species: Mahogany


  • Plating Finish: Chrome
  • Tailpiece: Gibson Stop Bar
  • Bridge: Gibson Tune-O-Matic
  • Tuners: Grover Kluson Style Green Keys


  • Neck Pickup: Burstbucker Pro
  • Bridge Pickup: Burstbucker Pro
  • Pickup Covers: Yes
  • Controls: 2 Volume - 2 Tone - 3-Way Toggle
  • Control Knobs: Black Speed
  • Control Pocket Cover: Black Molded


  • Special Features: Quick-Connect Control Pocket Assembly
  • Species: Mahogany
  • Nut: Corian
  • Nut Width: Standard Gibson: 1.695" +/- .050"
  • Headstock Inlay: Gibson Logo
  • Silkscreen: Gibson Logo + Les Paul Model
  • Truss Rod: Gibson Adjustable Truss Rod
  • Truss Rod Cover: Bell-shaped cover, stamped "Studio"


  • Fingerboard Species: Baked Maple
  • Inlays: Figured Acrylic Trapezoid
  • Frets: 22
  • Scale Length: 24 - 3/4"


  • Type: Gibson Deluxe Gig Bag
  • Case Interior: White
  • Case Exterior: Black
  • Silkscreen: Gibson USA Logo

    Steve | Purchase date: 17 August 2012

    A Les Paul without any expensive finishing makes this guitar an absolute bargain. It has great tonal range - it has teeth and if you want it to it can bite hard.

    Unlike other more expensive LP models it has a chambered body and this makes it an easy guitar to have on your shoulder. It is very well balanced and does not slide off your lap when sitting, you don't fight with it, it is comfortable and has a welcoming feel.

    Personally I very much like the Faded models appearance, they have a soft, almost worn look about them which is subtle and understated. This guitar is in the £600 range... forget flash finishes, in this case less is definitely more.

    Ross | Purchase date: 18 June 2012

    Having owned a LP standard sunburst 20 years ago which I foolishly got rid of, I have pined after one for years but been unable to justify £1500 purchase with myself or my family ! This guitar I can happily say, allowing for the cost cutting on materials, finish & binding, is an absolute steal at the price. I find the faded finish still stunning in its own right, and it turns heads at a pub gig. And more importantly the basic hardware, feel and range of sounds you get are totally authentic les paul - at a third of the price. Bought this as gigging back-up but have used nothing else since i bought it!

    Darren | Purchase date: 26 September 2011

    My Gibson arrived well packaged and to schedule. Fantastic guitar with no set up required - played it straight out of the box! Great service from Andertons - thanks

    Alexander | Purchase date: 18 August 2011

    This is a beautiful instrument, the website photographs do not do it justice. The quality of finish is excellent as you would expect from Gibson. It performs perfectly and has not required retuning after 2 weeks of constant use. Not having a lacquered finish is an advantage in my view as it will never suffer from lacquer cracking. This guitar is such good value that I am very inclined to buy a second one.

    Mr. Nick Howell | Purchase date: 20 July 2011

    Great service and fast delivery. Also, a great guitar. Nicely setup for me with excellent pickups.

    Mr. Robert Singh | Purchase date: 10 June 2011

    This is my first 'serious' guitar, having only ever owned cheap copies in the past.

    The first difference that you notice vs cheaper copies is the sheer range of tone availible accross all three pickup combinations. The guitar has the power to drive a nice tone-rich crunch through my 90's marshall.

    The build quality is as you would expect from a gibson. As the faded studio has hollow cavities it is much lighter than a regular les paul and as such is much easier to play standing up for long periods of time.

    Even unplugged this guitar has a great sound!

    I couldn't reccomend this guitar enough, it plays well, sounds great and the minimalist design looks awesome, not to mention the fact that it is much more affordable than the rest of the Les Paul range

    Mr. Richard Doyle | Purchase date: 30 April 2011

    Love it! Unlikely to ever be in the position of spending £2k on a Les Paul Standard, so when I saw this baby up for £639 (plus 0

    Mr. Anthony Morgan | Purchase date: 17 February 2011

    This guitar is fantastic, giving that authentic luxurious rich, deep,Les Paul tone that you just don't get from any other guitar, the sustain is incredible. I was just blown away by the variety of sounds I was able to produce by just plugging into an amp without before trying any effects. The Customs and Standards are very pretty if you have deep pockets, but if you just want that Classic Rock/Blues sound without all the frills then look no further than the Studio, it's a bit of a bargain.

    I would normally advise anyone buying a guitar to go try one out in a store first, and this still holds true. You wont know if you are comfortable with a particular model unless you try one first. However if you know what you are buying then I would highly recommend Andertons online shop, their service was spot on and my Gibson played perfectly straight out of the box, which you don't get from some online retailers. Well done Andertons!!

    Alistair Coulson | Purchase date: 02 January 2011

    A genuine Gibson for £669 ? After some reservations I took the plunge and purchased. Two days later after receiving it I need not have worried. This no-frills guitar looks as good as it plays with the worn (not used or abused) cherry finish showing the true grain of the wood and the Burstbucker pickups giving that famous Gibson Growl.

    Not too impressed however by the included Gig bag which won't go a long way to protect your investment and also by the lack of a lead, strap or plectrum. but hey it's a Gibson and it's mine.

    Mr. DAVID Hodgson | Purchase date: 28 October 2010

    superb guitar, burstbucker pro pickups have a growl to them but at tthe same time all the notes are clear. luvly neck and great finish,why pay more for a standard?

    Mr. Kevin Storey | Purchase date: 30 June 2010

    I didn't purchase my Gibson Les Paul Faded for any other reason than the feel, look and sound of it.

    The Burstbucker pickups are very versatile and powerful.

    Although I own several guitars this one definitely compares favourably with my Pro (and much more expensive) Ibanez guitars.

    There are, however, just two things I would like to see improved. The Gibson Deluxe tuners are ok, but they will definitely go out of tune under heavy sessions. I would like to see quality locking tuners fitted here like the sperzel's I shall replace them with.

    The nut is also not the best and I will replace this with graphite.

    This guitar plays and sounds terrific, looks great and covers a very wide range of genres. It also puts a smile on my face every time I pick it up, and that has to be a good thing ;)

    Mr. Tom Rawlinson | Purchase date: 18 May 2010

    This is a beautiful USA 2010 Gibson Les Paul Studio, for a good deal less than the £1000 or so you'd expect to pay for a USA Gibson. The body is mahogany and chambered so a lot lighter than some other Les Paul's but still very resonant with lots of sustain. The neck is comfortable and the action is beautiful right out of the box. I also love the finish, worn cherry means you can see and feel the natural grain of the wood which I prefer to the shiny finish of other models. It's worth noting that worn doesn't equal "roadworn" or "aged" this guitar looks and feels like new, no silly artificial ageing here.

    Overall I'd highly recommend at least considering this guitar the feel, look and sound combine to make one awesome guitar.

    Mr P Strickland | Purchase date: 08 December 2009

    Great shop, excellent service.

    I bought a gibson guitar for my son for christmas and he loves it. we drove down to your shop a few weeks before christmas and spent quite a few hours there. the staff was great , let my son spend much time in the sound room with the guitar trying different amps and making sure it was the one he really wanted.

    we came home and i called in the order. it arrived at 8am sharp the next morning. unfortunately the zipper on the included gig bag was knackered. i called back and had a new one at my door within 24 hours.

    Andertons is now our preferred music shop, a little farther than our local but worth it.

    PS. my son said to say that the gibson les paul studio worn cherry is AWSOME!!

    A J Murphy | Purchase date: 01 August 2009

    If you are contemplating buying a les paul

    but maybe cant justify spending £999 upwards

    this is the one to buy if you can accept,

    plain looks,no frills,this is probably your last

    chance. I have scoured the different guitar shops and suspect this model worn cherry/

    worn brown are going to be hard to find,as gibson look to be providing only the new

    line ie vixen/raw power les pauls in this price range.

    Added bonus it comes with a case.

    Not a gig bag.. Whats that tell you.

    Its the real deal.

    Chris Huggett | Purchase date: 15 January 2008

    This guitar is amazing! It's not heavy, but you know you've got it on. The satin finish on the neck is super silky, no need to wear in. Fretboard is nice, good to see trapezoid inlays and not the dots like on cheaper models. The colour is good, but does wear a little with heavy use, but adds to the worn look. The pups are great, but for my sound I changed them to Seymour Duncan Blackouts. It's such a great range of finish that I want to buy the SG version.

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