NGD: Smoke House Burst Studio

rich85

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Howdy

Back when I turned 21 I got my first Gibson. A Fireburst Studio. It is currently the only Gibson I now own after going down the reissue rabbit hole and getting Custom Shop 58 and 56 Reissues etc. and due to my bad neck I sold them for SG’s but I just never bonded with them. So I was done with Gibsons for a while but always had the Fireburst Studio.

Anyway the main thing I found is, the moment you stop caring about vintage accurate specs and only care about playability, sound and looks, the Studio model does everything I need from a Les Paul. I never found the Custom Shop models sounded “better” just different.

I think that’s the main thing I focus on now. Most guitars sound good. You can spend stupid amount of money on pickups etc but does it really sound “better”

Anyway I absolutely love the new Studio models. The Ultra Modern weight relief makes them weigh around or under 8 pounds which is just so important to look after my neck. The Alnico 5 Humbuckers sound really good, the coil split neck is actually amazing to be honest.

So here in Aus the Epiphone is $850 and the Gibson is $2,800. Yes really. 2 grand more. Comparing them side by side the pickups are so different obviously there is no point commenting, but playability was honestly identical. Well actually the Alnico 5 neck Humbucker in the Epiphone sounded a lot better than the Alnico II 490 Gibson when coil split to be honest. The 490 was just too compressed. But there is no point comparing the Bridge Humbuckers as the 498t is just so high in output.

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One thing that might make both bridge pickups sound different is their difference in distance from the bridge. The Gibson seem closer, which would give any pickup more bite. I also think that by adjusting either height (bridge pups), you could come pretty close in term of tone and attack.
 

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More pics. I ditched the super heavy Grover Rotomatics and went for the Grover 135 series Kluson style tuners. The Epiphone weighs 7.9 pounds now which is just awesome for my neck. The Gibson is normal Les Paul weight at 8.6 pounds.
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