Gibson 1950s Les Paul Studio Tribute Humbucker Guitar with Bag

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Product Description

The Gibson 1950s Les Paul Studio Tribute Humbucker Electric Guitar is a beautiful tribute to what made the 1950s models so great. It features a perfect marriage of the stripped down charm of the Studio series and all that was great about the 1950s models. This tribute guitar captures the same popular look and feel of the era but features updated PAF-style humbucking pickups that hit the Les Paul model later that decade.

Gibson 1950s Les Paul Studio Tribute Humbucker Electric Guitar Features

  • Mahogany body with carved Maple top
  • Comfortable Studio 50s rounded neck profile
  • Powerful 490R Alnico II
  • 498T Alnico V humbucking pickups in the neck and bridge
  • Tune-o-matic bridge and stopbar tailpiece
  • Vintage Kluson-style tuners with green tulip keys
The Gibson 1950s Les Paul Studio Tribute Humbucker Electric Guitar has a solid, carved maple top and chambered mahogany body that gives it the same tonewood combination that has been familiar to Les Paul fans for the last 60 years. The 490R in the neck position is made with Alnico II magnet and wound to the same specs of the original PAF humbuckers giving it smooth tones and note definition. It also features the iconic design that's sonically enhanced by the inclusion of a baked maple fingerboard delivering sonic and tactile characteristics of ebony with a traditional and warm brown finish.

Product Specifications
Gibson 1950s Les Paul Studio Tribute Humbucker Electric Guitar Specifications
  • Body
    • Top: Maple
    • Back: Mahogany
    • Body Type: Chambered
    • Adhesive: Franklin Titebond 50
  • Neck
    • Species: Mahogany
    • Profile: ‘Studio 50s’ Rounded
    • Truss Rod: Traditional Adjustable
    • Joint Angle: 5° (+/- 15 seconds)
    • Adhesive: Franklin Titebond 50
  • Neck Fit
    • Joint: Mortise and Tenon
    • Adhesive: Franklin Titebond 50
    • Joint Angle Tolerance: +/- .005 inches
  • Fingerboard
    • Species: Baked Maple
    • Frets: 22
    • Radius: 12 inches
    • Nut/E.O.B 1.695/2.260 inch
    • Inlays: Acrylic Trapezoids
  • Nut
    • Material: White Corian
    • Width: 1.695
    • Slots: Gibson PLEK System
  • Headstock
    • Logo: Gold ‘Gibson’ Logo with scripted ‘Les Paul Model’ Silkscreen
    • Truss Rod Cover: Black and White Antique Bell
  • Tuners
    • Model: Vintage-style with Green Tulip Keys
    • Plating: Nickel
    • Tuning Ratio: 14:1
  • Bridge
    • Type: Tune-O-Matic
    • Material: Zamak
    • Plating: Chrome
  • Tailpiece
    • Type: Stop Bar
    • Material: Zamak
    • Plating: Chrome
  • Hardware
    • Knobs: Gold Top Hats with Inserts
    • Toggle Switch Washer: Cream with Gold Imprint
    • Pickguard: Cream Plastic
    • Pickup Mounting Rings: Cream Plastic
    • Control Plate Cover: Black Plastic
    • Strap Buttons: Black Aluminum
  • Pickups
    • Neck: Uncovered 490R (Alnico II)
    • Bridge: Uncovered 498T (Alnico V)
  • Electronics
    • Potentiometers: 2 Volume Controls, 2 Tone Controls
    • Type: 300k Linear Volume, 500k Non-linear Tone
    • Coil Wiring: Machine Wound
    • Toggle Switch: Three-way Switchcraft with White Plastic Tip
    • Output Jack: Traditional 1/4 inch
  • Finish
      • Sealer: Nitrocellulose
      • Surface Texture: Satin
      • Process: 1-1.5 mils
Helpful Info about the Manufacturer
Phone:  800-444-2766 Warranty:  Limited Lifetime

Review: mastersja from Space Coast, Florida Submitted: 3/29/2013

Product Rating5 out of 5 stars.


Outstanding Value in a Les Paul
Product Rating

No flaws whatsoever on close inspection. Setup, action, and intonation were dead-on straight out of the box.

This guitar is only one month old, but has a really solid feel that I love. Supposedly has a one piece neck and with that tilted back neck and also the tilted back headstock, I will have to be careful, but so far so good. The hardware, knobs, volume/tone pots, 3-way switch, output jack, is all on solidly, nothing loose that needed tightening. Gig-worthy straight out of the box.

Your general opinion of this product.

Incredible value for a "real" Les Paul. Guitar was ready to play with perfect (for me) action and spot-on intonation from the factory. Love the feel of playing and the tone of a Les Paul. There's just SOMETHING about the geometry of a Gibson Les Paul's design that feels perfect to me. A previous Studio that I once owned left me seriously wanting another despite having a couple of really nice Agile Les Paul copies. They play and sound great, but the differences of the feel of the actual Gibson neck angles and string tension are just like magic to me. Just love these guitars and this Studio '50s Tribute Humbucker is a great financial deal, though I would have loved to have been able to afford a Standard. Great looks, tone and playability for as little money as you can get a carved top Gibson Les Paul. Thanks to Gibson!

Neck profile is sorta-chunky, 50s rounded according to Gibson, but not really fat. I like fat necks and this is about as slim as I want to play. Had a Les Paul Studio in the past, and missed that guitar terribly. This one is much lighter, 7lb 4oz, but the tone IS THERE. Extremely pleased with the playability and tone of this guitar, it just makes me want to keep picking it up to practice.

Loving the 490R (AlNiCo II, 7.94kOhms) neck pickup; full, rich and yet clear too. The 498T (AlNiCo V, 14.26kOhms) in the bridge is bright and hot, but not piercing. Can still get good low end "chug" on palm mutes. This is definitely a Rock 'n Roll machine, but that neck pickup can totally nail mellow jazzy stuff too. I'm totally satisfied and pleasantly surprised at the thick Les Paul tone from this light guitar.

Worn Gold with black back is blemish free. I carefully polished the guitar with GHS Guitar Gloss and some buffing and it's a tad less satin and a wee bit shinier now. I added Gibson nickel covers to the exposed coil pickups to make the guitar look like a more traditional gold top. It's just lovely and the slight coat of the GHS Guitar Gloss helps prevent light scratching to keep it looking new.

Perfect. Over time I've learned to adjust my own guitar's necks, slotting new nuts and adjusting bridges as necessary to get optimum playability. The action was real low, but not quite on the deck, JUST like I like it. And the intonation was dead-on on all strings, so this was truly a plug it in and start playing affair with this guitar. I'm glad Gibson didn't consider this "low end" Les Paul to be unworthy of a proper set up at the factory. $800 might not be much for a Gibson Les Paul, but it's a lot of money to me, and I appreciate Gibson nailing the action and intonation on this guitar so that it's perfect for playing right out of the box.

Review: David Wendling from Sophia, WV 25921 Submitted: 3/13/2013

Product Rating5 out of 5 stars.


I've owned one before, and nothng beats a "Les Paul" strapped around your neck!

They're Made very well


Your general opinion of this product.

Great Guitar, I need oe to replace the one I had before.

Necks great

Review: BrianD56 from Ontario, NY Submitted: 3/11/2013

Product Rating3 out of 5 stars.


Hard to Complain


Only had 1 week

Your general opinion of this product.

I got it at 48% off MSRP, probably shouldn't complain too much. I expected some tradeoffs. Sounds great, plays OK. I would not be happy anywhere near MSRP. My Fender Telecaster Modern Player Plus was flawless at almost half the price, but not a Les Paul :)

Taking some time to get used to. The 50's style neck is different for me. Also the frets are higher than I'm used to. No complaints with the baked maple neck.

Very nice. The reason I bought it. I don't have a Les Paul Standard to compare to, but hotter than my Les Paul Special with P90's.

The satin finish doesn't do much for me. It looks unfinished. The black back and neck is OK. Not a guitar that impresses by it's looks. Had a serious smudge on the side of the peg stock near the high E tuner. Looks like someone touched it while wet. Gibson shouldn't have let it pass inspection.

A little high. The neck was very straight with no relief. Loosening the nut on the truss rod did nothing, as there was excess glue not allowing the neck to relax. Tried to get it all out, and I think it is slowly relaxing now. The bridge seems up kind of high, but still in adjustment, so I guess OK.

Review: Michael from Meridian, MS, USA Submitted: 3/11/2013

Product Rating5 out of 5 stars.


Best, most affordable Les Paul available.

When I ordered this guitar, I expected some lack in quality for the price. When it arrived, I was shocked how nice it actually is.

I have only had it a few weeks, but I don't think there will be any issues over time.

Your general opinion of this product.

I have guitars that cost twice as much, but this is my number one.

I was used to binding on the fretboard, so I had to get used to the neck. However, that didn't take ver long, and I almost favor it over binding for playability. This is the most comfortable neck I've played. It almost didn't have to be set up out of the box.

Les Pauls are generally "tone kings", and this one is no exception. The "baked maple" fretboard gives a nice snap, but it just oozes with that Gibson tone. The neck humbucker could be a little smoother in general, but it shapes up nicely with the tone pot.

I was a little hesitant about the "satin gold"...until it arrived. I love this finish, and there are no flaws anywhere.

The action was almost perfect out of the box.

Review: Tony V. Submitted: 3/4/2013

Product Rating5 out of 5 stars.


Great Gibson LP Studio 50's Tribute

I was very pleasantly surprised at how good this guitar is! I purchased it because of the low price, making this LP affordable. It is really well made, with above average attention to detail!!

Its only been two weeks but so far so good!

Your general opinion of this product.

Great value for the dollar- has exceeded my expectations!

I love the neck and fingerboard. No rough fret edges and no dead notes. Bending notes is easy, and they do not choke. Sustain is exceptional.

Unplugged the guitar resonates beautifully, and the plugged into a Marshall it has great "bite". Really great sounding instrument!

Finish is plain, feels almost like an acoustic guitar. I personally love the mat finish. Reminds me of the finish on new Harleys.

The action and intonation was dead on straight out of the box. I just tuned and played it without doing any other adjustments. You can hear it here:

Review: from Lkwd., Ca, USA Submitted: 2/27/2013

Product Rating3 out of 5 stars.



Gig bag sucks! Zipper split open upon receipt and cannot be closed. Guitar seemes to be of average quality. Nothing to write home about.

Haven't had it long enough to comment on reliabitlity.

Your general opinion of this product.

Overall it seems to be an average roduct. Wish it had come with better strings.

Feels average, heavier than expected, neck is smooth enough, and controls are accessable.

I'll let you know.

Finish was adequate.

Action could be better.

Review: GearJunky Submitted: 2/25/2013

Product Rating3 out of 5 stars.


Good bag, lousy guitar

Electrics messed up. Toggle and neck vol pots cause complete sound cut outs. Frets not finished and cause finger rash. Paint job well below parr

Returned the first day

Your general opinion of this product.

Give this one a broad swerve.

Typical weight for an LP

Don't know

Spotty, with lapses in coverage.


Review: Jim Green from Paoli ,Indiana ,USA Submitted: 2/23/2013

Product Rating5 out of 5 stars.


The Best Deal

Just perfect !! I bought the scratch and dent Honey Burst / no scratch anywhere on it ! just one micro dent around the edge of the pot cover the size of a pin head !! just awesome color and finish !!After a quick bridge adjustment to get it down where i like it and no buzz , it is the best !Lighter and the baked maple fret board is a dream !!

stays in tune well !! pots are great !! sound is full Gibson Les Paul

Your general opinion of this product.

Can't Beat it !!!!

weight relieved Rocks !!50's neck is just right for me !! and it's faster than me .

everything you want in a Les Paul !The Pickups in mine , have all the bite and crunch you could ever want !!

the satin honey burst with baked maple with dark brown back is just plain awesome !

just a little on the high side for me !! backed up the strings and cranked the bridge down 40 thousand just a little buzz / went the other way 5 thousand and now its just dead on for me !!

Review: Griff Submitted: 2/8/2013

Product Rating1 out of 5 stars.


Nothing but junk.

The fret work is horrible. It actually hurts to play it. The finish is what you would expect from a couple of cans of Krylon at Walmart.

Who knows and who cares. Nothing but firewood.

Your general opinion of this product.


We have been through that. I have never seen fret work this bad.

Typical Gibson.

The worst. A joke. Actually an insult.

This is not action and it's not a Gibson. Henry J. has ruined a good company.

Review: Robert from Brookfield, Ma Submitted: 1/14/2013

Product Rating5 out of 5 stars.


Big Les Paul Tone for Great Price

The quality of this guitar is very good...typical Gibson quality. No issues whatsoever. Pulled the guitar out of the box, tuned it and started playing.

I'v only owned the 50's Tribute LP for 2 months now but expect that it will last a lifetime. So far I have played 2 gigs with it and it has been reliable and stays in tune quite well.

Your general opinion of this product.

I am very happy with this guitar The 498T and 490R pickups are perhaps the best pickups that Gibson makes for rock. The satin finish body breathes and oozes tone. The guitar has a really solid feel to it and has big Les Paul tone in droves.

The guitar plays like a dream. With some slight adjustments the guitar was perfect for me. I was iffy on the 50's profile neck and the baked maple fingerboard but was very happy I made the choice after playing it a few minutes. The 50's neck is very comfortable and the baked maple adds a clarity and cut that is not present on other LP's that I have owned.

Warm but with bright bite...Les Paul tone all the way. The baked maple fingerboard give these Les Pauls a little bit of brightness and cut but it really adds to the tone! I was very pleasantly surprised when I first played and heard this guitar with the baked maple fingerboard. This guitar rocks and gets Great tone. Even clean playing on the neck pickup is fantastic and does not mud out. This has to do with the combination of the 490 Alnico 2 pickup and the maple fingerboard which balances the LP's dark sound with brightness.

Great finish for what it is. It has a satin paint job on the body.I find I really like this feature as it seems to make the wood resonate better. The guitar does not sound choked. Nice stained Vintage Sunburst on mine. Can see the seem in the top but no big deal.

Action was good and definitely playable right out of the box. However, I had to adjust the intonation a bit...nothing major...and I lowered the action a bit.
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