The Les Paul Studio has been a cornerstone of Gibson’s catalogue since 1983; the year it was first introduced. A more streamlined version of the flagship Standard model, the Gibson USA 2019 Les Paul Studio still provides that iconic LP sound and vibe, but at a more affordable price-point.
Despite its lower price, the Les Paul Studio still boasts Gibson’s favoured tonewood combinations, to give you that unmistakable feel and tone. With a Mahogany back, you can expect full-bodied lows and a lively mid-range, with the Maple top adding some fizzy top-end.
The 2019 Les Paul Studio’s body is thoughtfully weight-relieved using Gibson’s ultra-modern method. The most thorough chambering process that the company offers, this gives the guitar more resonance and a wider frequency response. Apart from its tonal perks, this treatment lightens the instrument too, making it the perfect onstage workhorse.
The Studio’s body is joined with a set Mahogany neck, and this long-acclaimed pairing of woods gives the Les Paul its renowned never-ending sustain. Adorned with a silky smooth Rosewood fingerboard, you can effortlessly glide up and down the neck, especially with the modern Slim Taper neck profile that both contemporary and old-school players will adore.
The Les Paul is famous for sporting a double-dose of humbuckers, and the Gibson USA 2019 Les Paul Studio is no exception. In the bridge position you’ll find the 498T, a powerful high-output pickup that boasts a particularly potent upper mid-range, to give you more crunch and saturation when using overdriven or distorted tones.
The 490R neck humbucker is slightly tamer, with a more vintage character akin to that of a traditional PAF. Still projecting a strong mid-range, this pickup gives you creamy and warm-sounding lead tones, but also works well in conjunction with clean settings.
Featuring traditional Les Paul circuitry, the 2019 Studio’s electronics provide more versatility than some of its older counterparts. With the volume controls having a push-pull function, these allow you to coil-tap the humbuckers, meaning that you can attain convincing single-coil sounds.
Gibson’s Aluminium Nashville Tune-O-Matic bridge provides a stable and solid feel under the picking hand, with its simple and accessible design making it easy to adjust your action or intonation. Combined with an aluminium stopbar, this resonant material only enhances the Les Paul Studio’s sustain even more.
Grover tuners are considered by many as the industry standard, which is why the 2019 Studio has been fitted with a set of their high-quality Rotomatic tuners. Giving you precise control of your guitar’s tuning, these will also ensure great stability and reliability over time.
- Body Style: Les Paul
- Back: Mahogany
- Top: Maple
- Weight Relief: Ultra-Modern
- Neck: Mahogany
- Neck Profile: Slim Taper
- Nut Width: 1.695”
- Fingerboard: Rosewood
- Scale Length: 24.75”
- Number of Frets: 22
- Nut: Tektoid
- Inlay: Acrylic Trapezoids
- Binding: White
- Binding Style: Traditional, Rolled
- Bridge: Aluminum Nashville Tune-O-Matic
- Tailpiece: Aluminum Stopbar
- Knobs: Black Speed Knobs
- Tuners: Grover Rotomatics with Kidney Buttons
- Plating: Chrome
- Neck Pickup: 490R
- Bridge Pickup: 498T
- Controls: 2 Push/Pull Volumes (Coil-Tap), 2 Tones & Toggle Switch
- Finishes Available: Tangerine Burst, BBQ Burst, Ebony, Wine Red
- Case: Gibson Hardshell