A Les Paul studio is the same as any other Les Paul except for cosmetics?
I always though that one of the most basic desires of Les Paul players is that they want the chambered mahogany body. A studio is a block of wood, a sUpreme has the chambered body. By the way, having a chambered body vs . a chunk of painted wood does cost a little bit more there bud.
not to mention more expensive models have better pickups, and better woods, AAAA maple vs. standard. What the heck are you talking about?
Yeah, Les Paul also totally modifies his own LP's, most notably he personally winds his own pickups! which is my point! I think you need to go back to your lawn, get in your truck and go back to school son! Especially when calling another man an idiot. you're a fool.
I don't really think I need to go back to school, given that I spent about ten years of my life repairing guitars, including hundreds of Les Pauls - now, at the risk of perpetuating a stupid thread:
I did not say a Les Paul Studio sounds better, or is better than any other Les Paul, but they ARE a fine, great sounding Gibson USA guitar that you can buy for less than $1000. The more expensive Les Pauls have prettier wood, but that actually doesn't make them sound any better at all - the intrinsic Les Paul sound comes from a Mahogany neck, a Mahogany body and about 3/4" of carved Acer Saccharum (that's be Hard Rock Maple) well glued to the top of the body - guess what! That's exactly what a Les Paul Studio is made of! Studios, along with Les Paul Classics, have higher output pickups than Standards and Customs - sometimes they are ceramic, sometimes they are alnico magnet pickups, depending on how Gibson feel in that particular production run - these are NOT inferior pickups to say Burstbuckers, they are just different, that's all
Gibson started chambering Les Pauls because too many people were complaining that new Les Pauls weigh far more than the fifties ones - shucks, I don't know why, maybe the Mahogany is slightly different, maybe it isn't dried as thoroughly, but it's true, fifties Les Pauls almost invariably weigh MUCH less than seventies, eighties and nineties Les Pauls (and, yes I have played about fifty or sixty Les Pauls from the 1950s) - so on most models they now "chamber" the Mahogany and fill the chambers with a timber called Chromyte - that's a fancy term for Balsa Wood. Before you scoff, Balsa Wood has pretty close to the highest strength to weight ratio of any hardwood (and yes, it is a hardwood). What this does is give the guitar back some of the "airiness" of fifties Les Pauls, as well as cutting down the chiropractor's bills. I agree that Les Paul Supremes are very pretty, but bear in mind that from 1952 until 1957/8, all Les Paul Standards had a nice coat of gold paint on the Maple - if you strip this, some have flame, most are very plain - the "tone" comes from the construction, not the figure of the timber - so, Supremes sound pretty good, but it ain't the figure of the wood that's doing it. For that matter, all Fifties, and all current Les Paul Customs are actually all mahogany
Les Paul himself is an inveterate tinkerer - he loves playing with things - he did wind his own pickups (in about 1954 I'd imagine) - he also is (wrongly) credited with inventing the solid body guitar, when he replaced the hollow body of his Epiphone Jazz Box with a silid centre strip to make it easier to play with a cast on (after he broke his arm) - but Paul Bigsby had been building solid Birdseye Maple guitars for quite a few years before Lester Paulson came along. Les himself seemed to settle on the original Les Paul Recording Model many many years ago (big black low impedance pickups), and every photo I have seen of Les for about the last twenty years is him playing what looks like a dead stock Les Paul Recording Model.
I actually DO know what I am talking about, but in any case, a guitar is only as versatile as you want to make it - if you plug a Les Paul into a Rectifier, it will sound like a buzz saw, but so will everything else - as I said, I've seen people playing everything from Chicken Pickin' to Metal on Les Pauls, they are as versatile as any other guitar out there. Are they overpriced - I dunno - a good bookmatched top billet runs to $600 - $1000 nowadays - Honduras Mahogany is not getting cheaper - they are made in the USA by people who have to survive in the same economic climate as you do, and hence have to be paid accordingly - I am not an enormous fan of Gibson, having switched to PRS a few years ago, but they are a top end instrument, expect to pay for that.
Oh well, suppose I'd better get in the truck then .........