The Gibson USA 2019 Les Paul Studio Tribute is the most affordable and accessible Les Paul model that Gibson currently offers. Giving you that pure Les Paul vibe but with more understated aesthetics, the Studio Tribute still provides that legendary, unbridled LP sound.
Despite its low price, the Les Paul Studio Tribute features one of Gibson’s staple tonewood combinations; comprised of a Mahogany body and a Maple neck. With the rich-sounding Mahogany serving as a fantastic tonal foundation for the powerful humbuckers, this material delivers a punchy mid-range and focused lows.
The 2019 Les Paul Studio Tribute’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 Tribute’s set Maple neck offers some vibrant top-end sizzle, ensuring that notes and chords will have plenty of bite and a fast, snappy response. With Gibson’s modern Slim Taper neck profile, both contemporary and old-school players are catered for, feeling skinny for fast techniques yet substantial enough for fretting chords comfortably.
The Les Paul is famous for sporting a double-dose of humbuckers, and the Gibson USA 2019 Les Paul Studio Tribute is no exception. In the bridge position you’ll find the 490T, a powerful pickup that boasts a lively mid-range and a crunchy character when using overdrive or distortion.
The 490R neck humbucker is similarly voiced, 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 Tribute gives you the no-nonsense functionality of its vintage counterparts. With dedicated volume and tone controls for each of its humbuckers, this gives you enough flexibility to manipulate your sound for different genres.
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 Tribute’s sustain even more.
Gibson has ensured that this guitar projects an old-school vibe, which is why they have fitted the Les Paul Studio Tribute with a set of their Vintage Style Keystone tuners. Featuring Kluson-style buttons, these tuners have a stable feel with a steady rotation, meaning that you can precisely tune each string.
- Body Style: Les Paul
- Back: Mahogany
- Top: Maple
- Weight Relief: Ultra-Modern
- Neck: Maple
- Neck Profile: Slim Taper
- Nut Width: 1.695”
- Fingerboard: Rosewood
- Scale Length: 24.75”
- Number of Frets: 22
- Nut: Tektoid
- Inlay: Acrylic Dots
- Bridge: Aluminum Tune-O-Matic
- Tailpiece: Aluminum Stopbar
- Knobs: Gold Top Hats
- Tuners: Vintage Style Keystone
- Plating: Nickel
- Neck Pickup: 490R
- Bridge Pickup: 490T
- Controls: 2 Volumes, 2 Tones & Toggle Switch
- Finishes Available: Satin Tobacco Burst, Satin Iced Tea
- Case: Soft Shell Case