For 2016 Gibson have really diversified their lineup of Les Pauls meaning there is something for every person at each price point. This new Les Paul Studio Traditional model is what people came to love with the studio years ago. A powerful, stripped back Les Paul with top grade tones and a beautiful range of finishes well that is true once again for the Studio.
There is a particular feel that most have come to expect with a Les Paul. While other guitars focus on slimming down the neck and body to allow for crazy stage play. Gibson instead really focus on giving you the best sustain, tone and feel possible by putting a couple big old chunks of Mahogany in your hands.
The body is made out of weight relieved Mahogany and a maple top that keeps all of the sustain of a regular block but at a much lower weight. This means less back/shoulder pain and much more time spent playing your guitar.
The neck is traditional in every sense of the word. It features the historic 1-11/16” neck width that can be found on all traditional Les Pauls with a 24.75” scale length. This neck is on the larger side something similar to a classic 50’s style neck for those that love digging in to big chords.
Modern Classic Pickups
The Les Paul really has a long history of delivering warm and sweet tones unlike any other guitar. This guitar carries on that same tone forward but with a more modern output and response underneath. This means dialled back the 490R and 498T pickups will deliver that iconic Les Paul medium output sound that traditionalists will love.
Turn up the gain a little bit however and you have more bite, more output and faster response than a normal PAF pickup which works great for hard rock and metal styles. This pickup has some real attitude.
The Hardware Inside
But what about things like tuning stability? Well This guitar may not have any kind of fancy tuning system but what it does have is a set of killer hardware that has been used for generations of Les Paul guitars.
The traditional stoptail bridge that has been used for as long as the Les Paul has been around and traditional manual tuners mean you can rely on this guitar in any gigging environment. Just turn up to your next gig, tune up and get rocking nothing is going to let you down here.
Here's what Gibson say about the 2016 Les Paul Studio
The Les Paul Studio 2016 T delivers classic Les Paul tone, style, and playing feel as well as the versatile voices of split coil humbucking pickups - all in a package that represents amazing value for a genuine American-made Gibson electric guitar. An unbound body and essential appointments deliver a guitar that nails everything you expect from an authentic Gibson Les Paul.
- Tuners: Traditional manual tuners
- Neck width: Traditional neck width of 1 11/16" at the nut
- Nut: Graph Tech™ nut
- Neck heel: Classic Les Paul neck heel
- Case: Traditional brown hard shell case
- Body: Carved maple top over mahogany with modern weight relief
- Pickups: Gibson's popular 490R and 498T humbuckers
- Fingerboard: Thicker rosewood fingerboard
- Setup: Comprehensive, hand-finished expert setup
- Finish: Thin high-gloss nitrocellulose lacquer finish