If you’re seeking a full-bore Les Paul primed for the rock excesses of the 21st century, the Gibson Shred Les Paul Studio Electric Guitar from Gibson USA is your ticket! The Shred Les Paul Studio has all the ingredients that have helped to make the Les Paul a legendary rock axe since the 1950s. This great Gibson axe features classic mahogany and maple body construction, glued-in mahogany neck, and dual humbucking pickups and is enhanced with the versatility of a genuine Floyd Rose vibrato bridge.
To make the Gibson Shred Les Paul all the more appealing for the demanding guitarist on a tight budget, it is wrapped up into the Les Paul Studio format, making the Shred Les Paul Studio the latest in a long line of guitars that have been consistent favorites since their introduction in 1983. Blending genuine Gibson Les Paul quality and construction with trimmed-down, no-nonsense styling, the Shred Les Paul Studio with Floyd Rose offers unbeatable value.
Gibson Shred Les Paul Studio Electric Guitar Features
- Sold Mahogany body with high-gloss ebony nitro finish
- Mahogany neck with rounded Studio '50s profile
- Richlite fingerboard with acrylic trapezoid inlays
- Powerful 490R Humbucker in the neck and hotter 498T Humbucker in the bridge
- Floyd-Rose vibrato tailpiece with locking nut
- Vintage-style TonePros tulip button with 16:1 tuning ratio
Just like the most revered Gibson Les Pauls of all time, the Shred Les Paul Studio with Floyd Rose starts with the classic tonewood combination of a mahogany body with solid carved maple top, finished in hand-sprayed high-gloss nitrocellulose. Together, these woods offer outstanding tonal depth and richness from the mahogany, with superb clarity and ‘snap’ from the maple.
The Shred Les Paul Studio features strategic chambering which 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. The profile is a superbly comfortable and fast rounded Studio ’50s shape that measures .818 inch at the 1st fret and .963 inch at the 12th.
The 22-fret fingerboard on the Shred Les Paul Studio is crafted from Richlite, a fabricated material composed of cellulose fiber and phenolic resin, which offers the constructional and resonant properties of fine hardwood, but with improved durability, for a superb playing feel. It carries traditional acrylic trapezoid inlays, and remains unbound, in keeping with the Studio ethos.
The Shred Les Paul Studio offers two of Gibson’s most popular PAF-style humbucking pickups, a 490R at the neck and 498T at the bridge, made with Alnico II and Alnico V magnets, respectively. This translates to a deep, warm tone in the neck position and endless growl and roar in the bridge, and round and funky tones in between.
Kicking it all up a notch, of course, is the Floyd Rose vibrato unit that helps to give the Shred Les Paul Studio its name. A legendary double-locking vibrato system, the Floyd Rose sets the standard for high-performance trems, and excels at everything from dramatic divebombs to subtle evocative warbles, helping the guitar stay in tune amazingly well along the way, thanks in no small part to its locking nut.
A set of vintage-style TonePros tulip button tuners grace the headstock, while the traditional four-knob control section of independent volume and tone controls and three-way toggle switch provide the Gibson Shred Les Paul Studio with optimum versatility.