Responding to a gap in their model lineup for a lower-priced Les Paul in 1983, Gibson introduced the Studio model. The Studio was designed to attract guitar players who desired traditional Les Paul sound without having to pay for the cosmetic features of upscale models. In order to produce a lower-cost Les Paul, features such as body binding, neck binding, and headstock inlays were not included. Additionally, the body was ⅛ inch thinner than a standard Les Paul. Initially made of alder from 1983-1985, Gibson moved back to the traditional maple top/mahogany body combination after the alder body proved prone to lacquer problems. The name “Studio” comes from the idea that this model would be sonically indistinguishable from a Les Paul Standard or Custom in the recording studio, and that the flashier guitars would be reserved for stage use.
In the mid 1990s Gibson produced the Studio Lite. The Lite models were produced with chambered bodies filled with very light Brazillian “chromyte” timber to reduce the guitar’s weight, responding to some players’ complaints about the heaviness of a standard Les Paul after several hours of playing.
This one weighs in at a very comfortable 8.1 lbs.
A few features that makes the one a bit special –
- One piece mahogany body
- Two piece matched maple top in Tobacco Burst
- Great sounding Gibson 580 & 590 humbucking pickups
- Ebony fingerboard
- Gibson closed back machine heads
- Maple cut binding to body
- Gold hardware
This guitar is in amazing condition considering it is past its 20th birthday. There are a few light playing scratches on the top but not a mark on the neck or on the back. Great action on a lovely ebony fretboard, and killer pickups. Everything you could want in a Les Paul, but with less bling, and for less $$$
Comes in original Gibson hard shell case in as new condition.