Gibson Nitrous Les Paul Studio
Gibson reinvents their most popular guitar yet again with the new Nitrous Les Paul Studio, this time applying hot-rodded color finishes.
This guitar maintains the no-frills look of the Studio line while adding a range of new muscle car style finishes and employing a reconfigured weight-relief system.
Gibson's Studio line is the cheaper alternative to the Les Paul, thanks to its stripped down aesthetics, so it was quite a contrast to find that the new model prominently features new colorful finishes.
Just like a traditional Les Paul, this guitar starts with a mahogany body cut into that familiar single cutaway shape. The body is then topped by a carved maple top, following the same formula that helped launch the Les Paul brand into iconic status. However after these two components, the Nitrous Les Paul Studio takes a different turn with Gibson routing the body in a modern "webbed" weight relief pattern, the same one used on the new 2012 Les Paul Standard. This unique design results in a lighter body while maintaining resistance to feedback and solid stability.
The mahogany neck is glued-in to the body, and it is carved to a comfortable '60s era profile that measures .800" at the 1st fret and .875" at the 12th. The neck is topped by a nice looking Granadillo fretboard that comes equipped with 22 medium jumbo frets.
The Nitrous Les Paul Studio comes with Gibson USA's Modern Classics humbucking pickup series. These pickups feature four-conductor wiring that allow for independent coil splitting via their push-pull volume knobs.
The neck is equipped with a 490R humbucker, wound to vintage PAF specs and made with Alnico II magnet. The bridge pickup, which is a 498T humbucker, is designed to be hotter and is made with an Alnico V magnet for improved punch and presence.
The pickups are controlled by a 3-way pickup selector along with independent volume and tone knobs. Pulling up volume knob engages the coil-splitting for either or both pickups, giving you frequency tuned single-coil tones, which still retain excellent hum rejection in the middle switch position thanks to the reverse-wound/reverse-polarity neck pickup.
Other hardware include the usual Tune-o-matic bridge and Stopbar tailpiece pairing and Grover kidney tuners with 14:1 ratio.
The current retail price for the Nitrous Les Paul Studio is around $1,399. For further details, you can head over to Gibson
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