Gibson Les Paul Swamp Ash Studio Guitar Review :: Electric Guitars Reviews

bold leads and thick rhythm.

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The limited edition Les Paul Swamp Ash Studio features a carved swamp ash top and body with a satin finish to bring out the natural beauty of the certified, environment-friendly wood. The rosewood fingerboard has dot inlay, further enhancing the classic look. These musical instruments have sumptuous natural looks and environment-friendly swamp ash body. Gibson USA will produce as many Swamp Ash guitars as the company’s supply of certified wood will allow.
The Gibson Les Paul Swamp Ash Studio Electric Guitar has the warm tone and sustain of an LP with more punch. The satin natural finish reveals all the splendor of the carved, certified environmentally-sound swamp ash top and body. The rounded mahogany neck with ebony fretboard plays silky smooth while 490R and 498T alnico humbuckers crank out bold leads and thick rhythm on this Gibson Les Paul Studio Swamp Ash Guitar. Includes hardshell case.

Sound of Gibson Les Paul Swamp Ash Studio Electric Guitar

  • very clean, full tones;
  • it is more of a tone with rounded highs which may be in part to the swamp ash rather than the shimmering type of highs;
  • the neck pickup on its own is a bit dark;
  • through the OD channel, the bridge pickup has a tight sound, right amount of bass;
  • very articulate sound that’s perfect for blues, Zepplin type of rock, even a bit of Van Halen;
  • sounds awesome clean and even better with distortion;
  • it’s the warm tone and sustain of a les paul, with more bite;
  • does metal to blues, country.

Pros of Gibson Les Paul Swamp Ash Studio Electric Guitar

  • sounds great using just the bridge pickup and the bridge and neck combined, as well as that ol’ Brit crunch;
  • you can get a lot of varation by using both pickups at once and playing with the volume knobs;
  • seems very sturdy and well built;
  • the neck plays very well, and is very smooth; the ebony fretboard is super fast and smooth;
  • it is simple, plays easily;
  • has some amazing tonal qualities that no other Les Paul have;
  • worth the money.

Cons of Gibson Les Paul Swamp Ash Studio Electric Guitar

  • one complains about a ground noise when you take the hands off the strings.

Suggestions for this Gibson Guitar

  • you’d might consider using a compressor when using a humbucker equipped guitar through the amp’s clean channel so that the sound won’t be a bit to thick in the mid’s; it adds an overall presence to the sound
  • when using the amp’s OD channel try turning the compressor off;
  • turn the volume knob down and it cleans up beautifully, it’ll still sound warm but clear;
  • many people recommend a strap-lock system.

Amps & Effects used by users – Peavey Classic 30, JJ tubes, Celestion Greenback speaker, Tonebones Classic, Hot British pedals

Features + Technical Specs
Body & HardwareCarved, certified Swamp Ash Body
Chrome hardware
Tune-o-matic bridge, Stopbar tailpiece
Black Speed Knobs
Neck & HeadstockMahogany neck
22 fret Rosewood fingerboard, Width at 12th fret 2.062″
Peghead Pitch: 17
Thickness at 1st Fret: 0.818
Thickness at 12th Fret: 0.963
Heel Length: 0.625
Neck Joint Location: 16
Dot inlays
Single-ply fingerboard binding
’59 Rounded Les Paul neck profile
24 3/4″ scale length; 1 11/16″ nut width
Green Key tuners
Electronics & StringsNeck Pickups: 490R Alnico magnet humbucker Bridge Pickups: 498T Alnico magnet humbucker
2 volume, 2 tone, 3-way selector switch
Brite Wires .010-.046 Strings
Finishes Natural Satin
These musical instruments offer includes CaseCase Interior: Dark Grey Plush with Black Shroud
Case Exterior: Black Reptile Pattern Hardshell
Case Silkscreen: Silver ‘Gibson USA’ logo

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