The Gibson Les Paul Studio Worn Brown/Cherry is their most affordable model but with the quality you would expect from Gibson. This is a no frills electric guitar but plays and sounds like the more expensive models.
Gibson left the luxury behind on this guitar because they realized that players want the iconic sound and harmonic capabilities of the Les Paul for the studio or bedroom and didn't want or need all of the extra features that make a guitar more expensive. So the Gibson Les Paul Studio Worn takes the Les Paul back to the essential parts.
Ease of Use:
50s Rounded Neck Profile
The Gibson Les Paul Studio neck has a thicker, rounder profile, like 1958 and 1959 Les Paul Standards.
The neck is machined with wood shapers to make the initial cuts. Once fingerboard is glued on the rest is done by hand. So no two necks with the exactly same.
Gibson's Burstbucker Pro Pickups
490R Humbucker (neck) It's made with a special Alnico II magnet. 498T Humbucker (bridge) Made with a slightly hotter Alnico V magnet and a specially wound coil combo.
The Burstbucker line came out in the early 1990s. Those Burstbuckers—Types 1, 2, and 3 successfully captured the subtle variations of true, classic humbucker tone with historically unmatched bobbin windings and Alnico II magnets.
In 2002, Gibson followed this up with yet another breakthrough in pickup design- The Burstbucker Pro, designed specifically for the new Les Paul Standards.
Like all Burstbuckers, the Burstbucker Pro has asymmetrical coilswhich supply a more open sound.
The Burstbucker Pro Neck is wound slightly less than the original PAFs.
The Burstbucker Pro Bridge is slightly overwound for increased output.
The Burstbucker Pro pickups are also wax potted to allow loud volume pressures with minimal feedback.
22-Fret Rosewood Fingerboard
The fingerboards are constructed from the highest grade of rosewood.
The resilience of this dense and durable wood makes these fingerboards extremely balanced and stable, and, gives each chord and note unparalleled clarity and bite.
The 12-inch radius of the fingerboard provides smooth note bending capabilities and eliminates "dead" or "choked out" notes.
Mahogany Back and Top
Mahogany is known for its warm sound with lots of sustain. The studios back, top and neck are made from the highest quality wood.
The wood is dry to a constant humidity which guarantees tight-fitting joints and no expansion, and controls the shrinkage and warping of the woods, in addition to reducing the weight. It also improves the woods machine-ability and finishing properties, and adherence to glue. Consistent moisture content means that a guitar will respond evenly to temperature and humidity changes long after it leaves the factory.
The equilibrium the guitar is done by carving carefully mapped-out chambers in the solid mahogany back using a Computer Numeric Controlled (CNC) router.
The positioning of the routes was established after careful examination of the resonant characteristics of the Les Paul.
These lighter Gibson guitars also enhance the tone palette in a manner unique only to these guitars.
The results are comfortable, lightweight guitars that are acoustically louder, with increased sustain and resonance.
The Gibson Les Paul Studio sounds great and plays great like you would expect from a Gibson Les Paul but without the price tag.
If you can live without the fancey frills of the more expensive LPs like The Les Paul Standard then this is the one to go for.
As for me, I think the Gibson Les Paul Studio Worn brown/cherry look is great and I prefer it over the common colors found on most Les Pauls.
Try one out and buy it, you will be glad you did.