The Gibson Les Paul Studio has been the accessible, stripped down version of the icon since 1983. With genuine Gibson USA humbuckers and tone controls, it provides much of the same tone as a Les Paul Standard without any extras like binding or flamed maple. Although flashier appointments have been options in later years (like diamond inlays, and gold hardware), this is meant to be a workhorse guitar. If Les Paul tone is all you're after, here's your weapon.
  • 1998 marked the first update to the Les Paul Studio since it was fully redesigned in 1990, with the most notable change being the replacement of most Ebony fretboards with Rosewood - except on the Alpine White and Classic White models.
  • The Les Paul Studio features 490R/498T Humbuckers, and a Mahogany Body with Maple Top
  • Available in a number of different finishes over this period, with Alpine White, Ebony, and Wine Red carrying through the entire 15-year run. Other finishes include Emerald, Pewter, Teal Blue Flip Flop, Fireburst, Classic White, Cherry Sunburst, and Silverburst.
  • Redesigned in 2012 to feature a Grenadillo fretboard

Product Specs

  • Les Paul Studio
  • Alpine White
  • Blue Teal Flip Flop
  • Cherry Sunburst
  • Classic White
  • Ebony
  • Emerald
  • Fireburst
  • Pewter
  • Silverburst
  • Wine Red
  • 1998 - 2012
Made In
  • United States
Body Shape
  • Single Cutaway
Body Type
  • Solid Body
Fretboard Material
  • Ebony
  • Rosewood
Number of Strings
  • 6 String
Right / Left Handed
  • Right Handed
Scale Length
  • 24 3/4"

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Reviews for the Gibson Les Paul Studio 1998 - 2011
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  • Go Alpine White or hit or miss.

    Verified Purchase

    I've had several of these guitars. The Alpine White Studio's with the ebony fret boards are five star instruments easily. So I'll explain why I gave other models only four stars. Even that has to be qualified. I have a display Silver Swerl Studio with an ebony board, and it's an excellent inst…

  • Verified Purchase

    Great guitar. Well broken in and sounds and plays terrific.

  • 2013 ebony LP studio Gold Series

    Verified Purchase

    Very happy with the sound and feel. Very good condition although the truss rod cover is an aftermarket gold plated to match the hardware. It has excellent intonation and will definitely be my daily player along with my 1968 C.F. Martin D-12-20. I also own a 2015 LP studio with the wider neck and mo…

  • Finally have a Gibson

    Verified Purchase

    I have a wrist injury that's hampered my play time for about 10 years. This Les Paul Studio though I can play for over an hour without losing sensation in my fingers. On my Telecaster I can only play for 10min top. The feel is great. I love the action & sound. Feels like the very first time again.

  • ‘15 Studio LP

    2015’s get a bad rap. Yes the logo is less attractive then the normal “Les Paul” and people love to hate on the autotuners. But the fact is, the ‘15’s ARE Les Pauls in every aspect and the feel and playability are there. The wider neck might not appeal to everyone, but to some of us it just feels “R…