Originally Posted by E Windmill
I have been entertaining the thought of a used Les Paul Studio---estimated by the seller to be from between 2008 and 2010. Is that a good period for quality for the Studio series?
Are there known electronic issues with these guitars?
Are they chambered? And if so, is that considered a lesser quality build than you might get with a Standard LP?
Also, do you think it's worth even going used if it's just a couple hundred below what a new one would go for?
They make Studios in Faded. I don't know much about those (though I'm sure I would LOVE one if it was my only guitar).
But my belief is that there is no issue with any Studio, anytime. And I also believe (from experience) that a Studio is every bit as good a guitar as a Les Paul at any price. It doesn't have binding along the fingerboard (which drives ME nuts, but doesn't have to be a problem for YOU- you might even prefer it)-- but other than that, if the pickups are as good on it, it is not inferior to any other Les Paul in any really important way.
By the way, older Studios aren't chambered. I had a 1988 not chambered, and it was great too.
Whatever you buy, enjoy.
Suggestion, if you're in the mood.
Go to GuitarCenter.com and look up used guitars within a 2000 mile radius. I've had GREAT luck with them. Find one and call that store and order it (or call your local Guitar Center who will help you order it) You pay for it ahead of time at your local Guitar Center if you want, then they'll ship to either you or your local store (I go for local store). If there's a problem with it within 30 days, you may return it to your local store. I've had to return a thing or two bought distantly, and they were great about returning it at the local store.