Over the course of the quarter century since its introduction, the Les Paul Studio model has proved a major favorite with guitarists looking for full-bore Les Paul tone and performance in a down-to-business package that is light on frills, heavy on swagger, and easy on the pocket. Now the Les Paul Studio Pro Faded, a Musician's Friend Exclusive from Gibson USA, bundles together the classic raw and rockin' ingredients that helped to make many '50s Les Paul variations legendary, and offers them in a great new member of the Studio line. A simplified finishing process leaves the beautiful grain of the carved mahogany top in full luscious view through your choice of Worn Cherry or Worn Brown, while a lack of binding around the body top and fingerboard gives a tactile, organic look and feel to the instrument as a whole. Where tone and performance are concerned, however, the Studio Pro Faded cuts no corners, with the timeless hardware that has helped to make Les Pauls total sustain monsters for more than five decades, and a set of high-performance PAF-style humbucking pickups with coil-splitting wiring to drive it all home.
Mahogany is a time-tested tonewood with a long history at Gibson, and has always formed the core of the Les Paul tone, as it does again here in the Les Paul Studio Pro Faded from Musician's Friend. In this model, the strategic placement of several tone chambers enhances resonance while also reducing the guitar's overall weight considerably, without sacrificing an ounce of punch or sustain. And even in this more affordable instrument from Gibson USA, the glued-in solid-mahogany neck is cut to the superior "quarter-sawn" grain orientation for superior strength and optimum resonance transfer between neck and body. A comfortable, rounded "Studio 50s" neck profile adds to that tactile feel of yesteryear, and is topped with a PLEK-cut Corian nut and a set of vintage Kluson-style tuners with pearloid keystone buttons.
Of course, any well-built guitar needs a pair of great pickups to drive the tone home, and the Les Paul Studio Pro Faded is equipped with some beauties. Derived from Gibson's legendary PAF humbucker design of the late '50s and early '60s, the Burstbucker Pro pickups are made with genuine Alnico V magnets and given a few extra turns of 42 AWG coil wire to bring them in at the hotter side of vintage humbucker specs. The results speak for themselves in throaty warm neck tones and plenty of aggression and bite from the bridge, and just pop up the black "speed knobs" on each pickup's volume control to access independent coil taps for each unit, achieving authentic single-coil tones for enhanced versatility. Anchor it all with a Tone Pro® bridge and tailpiece precision crafted in the image of Gibson’s legendary Tune-o-matic and stopbar pairing, and finish it off with Gibson USA’s acclaimed set up, and you’ve got an astounding guitar for its price.