REVIEW: 2012 Gibson Les Paul Studio

Once upon a time the Les Paul Studio was considered a budget Les Paul. Gibson achieved this by stripping away of some of the more labor-intensive visual touches like binding, transparent stain finishes and trapezoid inlays, in favour of unbound bodies, solid finishes and dot inlays.

But now Epiphone fills the budget side of the market quite nicely, so the Studio has moved up in the world. It’s been given nicer finishes and more deluxe appointments, and while it still comes in at less than the Traditional and Standard models, it’s generally considered more of a serious instrument today, worth looking at for its own merits, rather than the Les Paul you buy when you can’t afford a Standard.