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PostPosted: Mon Nov 23, 2015 4:43 am 
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I am considering a 2016 Gibson Les Paul Studio T (http://www.gibson.com/Products/Electric ... tudio.aspx) as my net guitar. The price seems steep though for a Studio. $1500 versus $800 for the 2016 Gibson Les Paul Studio Faded T (http://www.gibson.com/Products/Electric ... Faded.aspx).

From what I can tell, the only real differences are the gloss finish, hard case and 498/490 pickups versus worn finish, soft case and Burstbucker Pros. Not sure that justifies a $700 price increase

I really want a Les Paul with the 498/490 setup but can't help but feel the Studio may be a bit of a rip-off.

Has anyone else here looked into these guitars? I currently own a 2013 Gibson SG Standard with 57 Classics. Always wanted a Les Paul and am looking for slightly hotter pick-ups; hence the 2016 Gibson Les Paul Studio T with the 498s. Also, do you think I would be disappointed with the LP Studio version coming from a SG Standard?

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PostPosted: Sun Feb 14, 2016 12:40 pm 
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I'd suggest the second hand market. Earlier LP studios used 490r/498t pick ups & can be had for $7-900. I was able to pick up a 2013 studio tribute Future (Goldtop) with 57 Classic pick ups, Grovers (changed out from stock robots), Shaller strap locks and an SBK case for $700 from a dealer. I'm happy with it , but my point is, $700 will get you the guitar, $100 will buy a nice set of
Used 490r/498t and you get what you want in the end. If I'm not mistaken, Les Pauls will fit in SG cases, so there's some more $$$ saved.


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PostPosted: Mon Feb 22, 2016 9:40 am 
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Ldthomas wrote:
If I'm not mistaken, Les Pauls will fit in SG cases, so there's some more $$$ saved.


No they don't. I own both a SG and a LP and they don't fit in each others cases...

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PostPosted: Tue Feb 23, 2016 7:35 pm 
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I stand corrected.


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PostPosted: Wed Apr 06, 2016 8:54 am 
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I've recently purchased a 2016 Gibson Les Paul Studio Faded like your inquiring about and I can say it's a good deal for a lower end Gibson. I was able to get mine for around $700 and taxes after doing a little negotiating, along with a used Gibson HSC for mere pennies. I will say I'm not fond of the Burstbucker pro's for the most part and like you, I like the 490/498's. With that said, with a good set up it's a good guitar and for the price you can't beat it. In my opinion, you could get that guitar, a set of pick ups you want and a case and still be better off. The regular studio isn't worth it in my book, especially if you want to go the "new" route. Just my two cents.

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PostPosted: Fri May 20, 2016 7:36 pm 
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Daxman73 wrote:
I've recently purchased a 2016 Gibson Les Paul Studio Faded like your inquiring about and I can say it's a good deal for a lower end Gibson. I was able to get mine for around $700 and taxes after doing a little negotiating, along with a used Gibson HSC for mere pennies. I will say I'm not fond of the Burstbucker pro's for the most part and like you, I like the 490/498's. With that said, with a good set up it's a good guitar and for the price you can't beat it. In my opinion, you could get that guitar, a set of pick ups you want and a case and still be better off. The regular studio isn't worth it in my book, especially if you want to go the "new" route. Just my two cents.

I hated the Burstbucker pros in my explorer, but they actually sound pretty good in a 335. Then again, I really like burstbucker 1, 2 and 3s in Les Pauls.


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