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View Poll Results: Best Studio Year?
1991 19 14.29%
1992 12 9.02%
1993 17 12.78%
1995 19 14.29%
1996 8 6.02%
1997 2 1.50%
1998 4 3.01%
other 52 39.10%
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Unread 04-26-2008, 08:55 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Talking Best Year for Studios?

I was just wondering what in your opinion is the year Gibson made the best Studios.
Because nowadays the studio quality is slipping, or so I hear.
P.S. Mines a '92
P.P.S. I'll only include years I've heard are great
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Unread 04-26-2008, 09:08 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Re: Best Year for Studios?

I have to say 1993. My wine red 93 Studio is by far the best playing guitar I have every had in my hands.
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I have to say 1993. My wine red 93 Studio is by far the best playing guitar I have every had in my hands.
Heck yea Wine red 90s studios ROCK!
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Re: Best Year for Studios?

1995 Studio, Ebony. Brill
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Re: Best Year for Studios?

I think that most would agree that there is more variation between individual guitars than between production years (barring major changes in the model). Any vote in this poll is highly highly subjective and most likely based on a particular guitar more than the year. Not trying to stir up shit or anything...
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Any vote in this poll is highly highly subjective and most likely based on a particular guitar more than the year. Not trying to stir up shit or anything...

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I voted for 95 just because its what I own/love/am used to. I have played a few other years,but not enough to make a fair comparison.
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Re: Best Year for Studios?

I used to have a mid-90's Studio and loved the hell out of it - I don't know what year it was exactly, but I haven't played anything recently that was as nice (IMO) - so I get the point of the thread and all, but don't think that "year" is as important as the "era" and the individual guitar itself...
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I used to have a mid-90's Studio and loved the hell out of it - I don't know what year it was exactly, but I haven't played anything recently that was as nice (IMO) - so I get the point of the thread and all, but don't think that "year" is as important as the "era" and the individual guitar itself...
I agree,but,my '92 Studio seems to come alive in my hands.....just a simple,great sounding guitar
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1996 - because I own one - not your typical studio though - P-90s are great (I would never had bought a studio normally, sololy due to the P-90s) - it is my number one paul "live" becasue it is so versatile. Just wished it had binding like my Standard and Classic - not that it matters - sound and playability are the main ingredients , cosmetics secondary.

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Re: Best Year for Studios?

I don't know but I was interested in everyone's replies. It's definitely not 2007 or 2008 cause I tried some of those and they were chambered. I don't want to be rude to anyone who owns a chambered LP but I thought they sounded and felt cheap. They were way too light and that's just wrong. Plus nowhere near as much sustain as other older LPs. Mine's 93 and it sounds awesome. It's a bit battered and bruised, but that's old age. So, to answer your question, I'd say any LP done in the early to mid 90s will be a better (soundwise) guitar than the latter models. Does that answer your question? I'm not even sure myself...
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Re: Best Year for Studios?

1989 get's my vote....for my studio lite w/ the floyd trem. No balsa wood center, no chambering or lighteneing holes. The mahogany back is simply about 2/3rds as thick as a normal LP, resulting in a thinner, lighter LP....all my LP's are this body style. They're not only lighter, they are more comfortable to play as ths sit closer to you. Think SG thickness with a carved maple top. The Floyd trem adds a whole new dimension to the overall package and the tone is all LP....I love it.
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Re: Best Year for Studios?

This is quite a lame poll
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Sorry, but the best years arent even listed
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95 wine red!! haha
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Re: Best Year for Studios?

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This is quite a lame poll
I had a wine red studio also....I think it was a '96....it was really nice.
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I had a wine red studio also....I think it was a '96....it was really nice.
well vote for 96 then - that is the only reason why people vote for a particular year - because their guitar is from that year - not becausee it is typically a better year than any other.
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well vote for 96 then - that is the only reason why people vote for a particular year - because their guitar is from that year - not becausee it is typically a better year than any other.
Good point, mine is 2004 and is so far the best guitar that I`ve ever owned!!!
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Re: Best Year for Studios?

I had to go with "OTHER" for two reasons:

1960 wasn't listed.
88 was also a pretty good year, but it wasn't listed either.
I sold a 95 earlier in the year that was a VERY nice guitar. It was a tough decision between it and my 88. Workmanship, playability, and sound as fine as any Les Paul I've owned, and I've owned at least 3.

I stuck with the 88 because I prefer Alpine White over Wine Red. Both had gold hardware and Klusons.

I stuck with the 88 because I prefer the ebony dot board to the rosewood trap board.

The 88 contrasts nicely with my 95 Ebony Standard and my black clothes. Not Johnny Cash black. Goth black. Goth! Thonofabitch! I bit the thide of my tongue!

So anyway, first choice is the 1960 Classic Custom Studio shown above.

Good and bad ones made every year.
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I've only played one LP Studio and it is my '05. I guess it pre-dates the chambered versions because it weighs in at around 9.5 lbs.



My "totally unbiased opinion" is that the 2005's were as good as it gets...
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1995 Studio, Ebony. Brill
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Re: Best Year for Studios?

How have the Studio models evolved since they were first produced?
In what year was the first studio produced?
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How have the Studio models evolved since they were first produced?
In what year was the first studio produced?
1983 I think - Yes they have evolved - from dot inlays to crown, many variation (ebony, rosewood fretboard), many models, gem series (P-90 and custom gemstone colours), studio standard (with binding) etc just to name a few.
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91, here's proof.
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Here are my three. From left to right 1984,1993,1996. They are all excellent.
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Re: Best Year for Studios?

Much as I love my '05, I said 95, but really, I've never come across a pre-95 I didn't really like.
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Jan 2007 Classic White/Ebony fretboard chrome parts
weight relived 9.5 lbs before chambering

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Re: Best Year for Studios?

I've played a bunch of Studio's over the years. Very cool guitars.

One day, I was in a shop and played a few that were on display (both new and used). All sounded and played fine, but one of them was a little better then the rest. Well, it was one of the brand new ones. I bought it on the spot and have played it ever since.

Oh, It was purchased new in 1995. Yes, we have a winner.
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I would own and play the f^&K out of any guitar here with out a doubt you guys have some sweet gear for sure and I envy you for it.
I have played alot of gibsons amongst others so for me there's no real favorite but what works well with the material Im working on at the time.. For me to say that 1959 lepaul is the best guitar gibson ever made would be a total lie to you all.You have to play one to know what Im talking about.there just braggin rights for the one who can afford one and blown way out of paportion in my book.Have I ever played one? Sure have and not long ago. they have a realy thick neck there heavy and they have a muddy sound to them. Just my opinion folks and I never said it was a bad guitar in any way just alot different then the newer stuff but the older guitars with good electronics can get you close.Older meaning post maple necks and pre chamber bodys.
beauty is allways in the eye of the beholder and what works best for you may not work at all for me.
Keep showing me those guitars there all beautiful and fun to look at.
I hope i didnt step on any toes or offend anyone that is not what I ment to do and i apologize deeply to any one that is.
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