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Gibson Les Paul Studio - 2014, Desert Burst Reviews

3.0 stars based on 4 customer reviews
  • Donald Presnell
    from Stephens City, VA February 28, 2014Music Background:
    Hobby Musician- former working band

    Oh, Yeah! Crunchy on the Outside with that Smooth Creamy filling!

    OK, I had purchased an American Std. Strat from Sweetwater during my "Jeff Beck" phase, and I still love it and play it often- but wanted to diversify to that crunchy Blues sound as well, so I purchased the Gibson LP Studio demo model (2014) Dersert Burst, and I'm absolutely thrilled with it. It arrived with a perfect string height setup (for my taste) thanks to the Sweetwater engineering staff, and for a demo, I couldn't find even a microscopic scratch on it- it was perfect. I changed out the Tan trim for a Black Gibson Pickgaurd, Pickup trim and Toggle washer, and with the Desert Burst in all black trim it's incredible looking! (my personal taste). Sound, you ask?? It doesn't need any Blues FX boxes, and even with my Fender Hotrod Deluxe III tube amp, if I change the channel to a bit more dirty, this baby gets Raunchy real fast! Now I have the variety I've been looking for- (and a side note)- I may not have needed the Strat because now you can pull out the volume buttons and get shimmering clear single coil tones as well. Thanks, Josh Dillon, for setting me up! Sweetwater does it best.

  • Will
    from Western Ky November 8, 2014Music Background:
    Hobbyist, Engineer

    I'm in love!

    I've never been a Les Paul guy. Owned several, Epi and Gibson, but just couldn't bond. I played one of these one day while killing time in a local music store, and immediately felt drawn to it. I tried it a couple more times over a few weeks and decided to buy. So glad I did! It feels great, lighter than my previous Lesters, and has that creamy blues tone that I enjoy. The neck isn't thin, but isn't a ball bat either. Finish is flawless. I couldn't be happier! With Gibson backing away from these affordable, excellent models, I highly recommend jumping on one of these before they're all gone!

  • Customer
    from October 13, 2014Music Background:
    Experienced Hobbyist

    No, I'm not hating on Gibson, but...

    Wow! I was blown away by this guitar, but NOT in a good way. If you but this expecting a "real" Les Paul, you are in for disappointment. THE GOOD: Hardware was of excellent quality. Inlays were well done. The neck profile is excellent - identical to a Les Paul Traditional. The guitar was well set up by Sweetwater. The gig bag is nice. THE TONE: This is a nice sounding guitar, but it does NOT sound like a Les Paul. With the "weight relief", it is much more airy, warmer, and pick attack has almost no snap or bite at all. Not bad. It's just not a Les Paul. Now on to THE BAD: The fretwork was absolutely horrible. Edges of frets had not been dressed AT ALL. You could cut your hands laying this thing! The pickups are VERY noisy and even microphonic at high gain settings. I doubt the pups are wax potted. Now for the worst of all - the finish. The finish is absolutely abyssmal. No grain filler at all had been used on the guitar, so all the wood pores just poke you in the eye. At least the maple top should have been smooth because maple is a closed grain wood, but not on this guitar. The finish was so rough and orange peeled that it look like someone sneezed all over it. Reall. That bad. Plus, the edge of the paint along the fretboard was not sanded or blended into fretboard wood at all. Just a sharp and very annoying line alone both sides of the neck where the masking tape had been. Honestly, the $259 Chinese Hamer XT I bought my daughter to learn on is a MUCH better guitar than this thing. MUCH better. Even a $175 Fender Squier Strat beats the build quality of this guitar by a mile. Guys, I am being honest here. It is a crime that Gibson sells this thing for $1,000. It is not even worth $250. A total disappointment, it was. If you are spending $1,000 on a guitar, look at the LTD line. Now, LTD is what that kind of money should deliver. This "Les Paul" is a total, unmitigated JOKE. To say I was disappointed would be a gross understatement.

  • paul
    from seattle wa May 18, 2014Music Background:
    30 + years playing and teaching

    pass

    OK basically your paying a grand for the body
    the neck is junk and the pups are really noisy like fender humbuckers the pots were dirty and Ive had epis with a better neck
    if you don't have 2grand don't even look at Gibson get an American tele
    its a shame i really wanted this to work out but Ive had a Mex baja that played better.
    if i had not got this on line i wouldn't even have bothered now i cant wait to get rid of it

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