1991 Les Paul Studio

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  1. powerwagonjohn

    powerwagonjohn Member

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    My wife just bought me my first Les Paul, it's a 1991 Les Paul Studio with wine red finish, an ebony fretboard and gold hardware. I don't have the guitar in hand yet but I have played a 1990 Studio and really liked it. I have been looking around and the 1990-93 Studios are not that easy to find. I have a 68 SG Std. a 66 SG Jr and a couple Gibson archtops plus a 1973 Guild Starfire IV but I am not sure what to expect with my first Les Paul. I have heard conflicting information. Is the 1991 Studio chambered/ weight relieved? maple or mahogany neck? And what pickups did they come with and what are they like? I play through a 1964 Fender Tremolux so I can hardly wait to plug in this new to me Les Paul. Answers, comments and opinions are all welcome.
    Thanks John
    PS did I mention the 14TH was my birthday and I got a great wife!!!!
     
  2. dcooper830

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    My first Les Paul was also a 1991 wine red Studio. Its a great guitar that plays and sounds just as sweet as my '58 reissue.

    Ebony fretboard. I believe it has the 490R/498T pickups. I don't actually know if the neck is maple or mahogany. I've never been concerned with that at all.

    I don't think its clambered or weight relieved. It feelse pretty solid and weighs a good 9 lbs. or so.

    Its extremely comfortable to play. I love it and hope to never part with it.
     
  3. jamdogg

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    Great year for those LPs. I had one myself.

    Great guitar and wife.
     
  4. guitkrazy

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    My first Les Paul was a 91 also! I still have it! though it sits in its case & hasn't been played in a long time. Yeah there is definatly something about that year LP! Congrats!
     
  5. Tom60

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    The neck is mahogany, the body is weight relieved (swiss cheese).
    The pickups as mentioned above..
    I have an early 1993 Studio, wine/gold/ebony fretboard.. heavy, but with sustain like no other LP I´ve got. Killer, same as my 1992 Standard.
    And the back is one-piece .. on a Studio !!
    Early 90s gibby = :dude
     
  6. Mike9

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    I have a '95 studio that is really nice. I planned on stripping the neck, back and sides and shooting them in natural . . . one of these days.
     
  7. I'm Incinerator

    I'm Incinerator Supporting Member

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    I have a 95 Studio that is one of the best LPs I have played...haven't played any historics yet. I got this a year after I got my first guitar and has served me well as my only LP and Gibson for the last 11.5 years...even when a Gretsch and Tele have become more favored since. A recent spark has me picking this guy up more lately and has sparked the interest in gibson electrics lately...mainly a Burst LP, LP jr, 335, and 61 style SG...mostly a 335 though!

    Mine has a mahogany body and neck, and maple top, and ebony fretboard. I believe the Pups are the 490R and 498T, but I replaced those with a SD APH2 neck and JB bridge...looking at swapping these to something else soon.

    I'm not sure of the chambering/weight relief since this is the heaviest of my guitars and seems pretty solid. It sounds good, so that is what matters to me. I'm sure after a thorough going over and set up it will shine big time.

    Has anyone switched out the electronics in their Studio? Looking into the control cavity recently I didn't realize that the pots were on a metal plate...
     
  8. goodwater

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    I've got a '93 black with ebony (ordered from local dealer new, took me about 6 months to pay the layaway off) and it plays every bit as well as my Historics but it's a whole lot heavier. I know that it's swiss cheesed but it's still 10lbs+
     
  9. scolfax

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    Isn't this thread useless without pics?!?!
     
  10. stratman89

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    You will be very happy with your new Studio. I had a '92, such a good Les Paul the original owner bought it back after 3 years.

    The '91 will have an ebony fretboard, 490/498 pups and will be weight relieved.

    The only thing I did was install an RS Electronics Uograde Kit which really opened up the stock pups.

    Here's a pic of the one I had.

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  11. scmavl

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    I got a white Studio new in '92. Twenty years later, I still have it and it's my only dual humbucker guitar. In the past three years, I did change the caps to PIO and put '57 Classic pickups in it. It's a nice improvement to take the "edge" off the stock pickups but it's good either way. Mine has the ebony fb and gold hardware but I do not think Studios from this era were weight relieve unless they were designated a "Studio-Lite".

    Here is mine:

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  12. mesa/kramer

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    All Les Paul's made starting around 1981 thru 2006 are weight relieved by the drilling of 9 holes into the body.

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    Chambering didn't start on regular production models (replacing the 9 hole method) until around 2006/2007.

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  13. Tom60

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    Right, even the Customs had 9 holes in them ("regular" i.e.non-Historic ones still have),
    the chambering is said to have started in October 2006.
     
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    I had a black 1990 with an ebony board. It had chromite (balsa) inserts in the body and weighed 8lbs flat. It was a wonderful guitar but I ended up selling it to buy a sunburst classic. The classic was great, but I still regret selling the studio
     
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    Congrats, hope your Les Paul is as great for you as your wife is!
     

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