If you’re seeking a full-bore Les Paul primed for the rock excesses of the 21st century, the Shred Les Paul Studio with Floyd Rose is the way to go. This guitar has all the ingredients that have helped to make the Les Paul a legendary rock axe since the 1950s—including the classic mahogany and maple body construction, glued-in mahogany neck, and dual humbucking pickups—enhanced with the versatility of a genuine Floyd Rose vibrato bridge. To make it all the more appealing for the demanding guitarist on a tight budget, the entire package is wrapped up into the Les Paul Studio format.
Gibson Shred Les Paul Studio Guitar Features
- Mahogany body with AA Maple Top
- Mahogany neck with rounded Studio '50s profile
- Rosewood fingerboard and 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 Gibson Deluxe Tuners
- Case Included
The Shred Les Paul Studio with Floyd Rose starts with the classic tone wood combination of a mahogany body with a maple top. Together, these woods offer outstanding tonal depth and richness from the mahogany, with superb clarity and “snap” from the maple. The 22-fret fingerboard is crafted from Rosewood; it carries traditional acrylic trapezoid inlays, and remains unbound, in keeping with the Studio ethos.
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—yielding anything from deep, warm tones in the neck position to endless growl and roar in the bridge, to round and funky tones in between. Kicking it all up a notch, of course, is the Floyd Rose vibrato unit that helps to give this Studio model its name. A legendary “double-locking” vibrato system, the Floyd Rose sets the standard for high-performance tremolos, and excels at everything from dramatic dive-bombs to subtle evocative warbles, helping the guitar stay in tune amazingly well along the way, thanks in no small part to its locking nut.