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.
Ever since its introduction more than a quarter of a century ago, the Les Paul Studio has proven a major favourite with guitarists looking for genuine Les Paul tone and performance in a down-to-business package that is light on frills and easy on the pocket.
- US made Gibson ’60s Studio P-90, manufactured in Nashville, TN May 2012
- Mahogany body – non weight relieved
- Carved maple top
75″ Scale mahogany neck with ’60s rounded profile
- Rosewood fingerboard
- 12″ Radius fretboard
- 22 Medium jumbo frets
- Grover tuners
- ABR bridge and Aluminium Stop Bar
- Chrome switch top and custom metal selector switch ring plate
- Matt Red custom satin finish
- Custom Wiring Harness and “Scatterwound” Classic ’53 p90 Soapbar Pickup Set
- Chrome hardware
Weight is 8.9 lbs
The soapbar pickups are handwound by Jaime Campbell at the Creamery in Manchester, England. They are wax potted, Alnico 2 based bright vintage sounding p90s designed for warmth, clarity and definition. Similar to the old pickups of the early ’50s with a rounder sound than a traditional single coil but also fatter and grittier in a way that’s kinda between a single-coil and humbucker.
The custom finish is 14-0010 matt red Selemix 7320 cellulose – this was finished by hand at PRS’ paint shop in the UK by one of their luthiers who specialises in custom finishes.
There is very little evidence of player wear on this guitar. There are a few tiny dents the size of a pin head on the back, but not a mark on the neck or top. Great action on a lovely fretboard and killer pickups. Everything you could want in a Les Paul but with less bling and for less $$$.
…. and that most alluring custom red lacquer finish – quite a package.
Comes in a Hiscox hard shell case in as new condition.