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.

It’s 29 years since the Studio was first introduced, and Gibson has given the model an overhaul for 2012. It’s now available in a wider range of colours including Vintage Sunburst, Fireburst, Wine Red, Ebony, Pelham Blue, Inverness Green (my favourite), Radiant Red and Silver Pearl, each finished in high-gloss nitrocellulose lacquer. The Ebony and Silver Pearl versions feature black plastic trim while the others carry vintage-style cream appointments, and each model is available in both right- and left-handed configurations.

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