Epiphone Goth Les Paul Studio Electric Guitar

The Les Paul Studio falls in between the Special and the Standard, both in terms of price and material quality. The Goth Les Paul, meanwhile, features a black satin finish and black chrome hardware, for a look that’s just as powerful as the sound. The black chrome hardware doesn’t just look great, either. It keeps […]

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Epiphone Goth Les Paul Studio Electric Guitar

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The Les Paul Studio falls in between the Special and the Standard, both in terms of price and material quality. The Goth Les Paul, meanwhile, features a black satin finish and black chrome hardware, for a look that’s just as powerful as the sound.

The black chrome hardware doesn’t just look great, either.

It keeps your instrument perfectly in tune while you’re playing, and it’s easy to adjust and change the strings. Pressing on the master tone knob activates the kill switch. Like other mid- and high-end Les Pauls, it has two knobs each for the tone and volume for more detailed adjustment.

Alnico 5 magnets are the most powerful of the common pickup materials. They give the Les Paul Studio a huge bold sound with an absolutely killer sustain, especially when you’re playing clean. The combination of Alnico humbuckers and mahogany construction gives you a full, warm, and resonant tone, with absolutely no buzzing or pickup hum.

The Studio version of the Les Paul was originally designed to be a lighter, more streamlined version of the instrument aimed at studio musicians looking for an instrument that’s easy to play and still sounds great. Since it’s one of the lightest instruments on this list, it’s perfect for younger players, players with back problems, and professionals who just want an option that’s easier to carry to gigs.

The bottom line?

The Les Paul Studio is the best electric guitar under 500 dollars if you want an instrument that looks as good as it sounds, and is easy on both your body and your budget. Paired with the right amp, it can really scream, too, especially when you push it into overdrive.

Features:

  • Weight: 8.4 pounds
  • Scale length: 24.75”
  • Frets: 22
  • Tonewood: Mahogany
  • Body shape: Single cutaway
  • Hardware: Black chrome LocTone tuners, Tune-o-matic bridge
  • Pickups: Alnico 5 Classic Plus humbuckers

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