On mine, with the thickness, it's the mahogany that is thinner, the maple cap is the same thickness as a Standard.That is completely false. There are a very few all Mahogany studios, but most studios have a maple cap. The only difference in the wood between an average studio and an average standard is the grade of the maple top and slightly thicker body in the standard.
Studios are now about $2200 with taxes. Seeing lots of used on kijiji for quite a bit less.
I'd be looking for humbuckers. Burstbuckers or maybe classic 57 would be nice.Look for a 50's Tribute Studio with P-90s they're not hard to find (if you dig P-90s). There are a few other studios with 50s necks if you dig a bit. The one with the pinstripes has a giant neck I can't recall the model but was made in the last 10 years or so.
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Standards use better quality wood, have binding, have higher grade tops, and have better electronics (pickups).Aesthetics and neck profile. Studios at least used to be the '59 profile only found on the LP custom, whereas standards have 50s fat or 60s slim.
Dont forget about traditionals either.
Theres a few listings here for Les Pauls in the classifieds:I will pay $2,025 for a les paul studio. I only pay 5% tax.
This is an example of prices I've seen on kijiji. $1,900. Although I now see some much cheaper. However I've since found that I can't get the Studio with a 50's profile neck so Standard may be the way for me to go. Since I'll have to come up with more money for a standard I'll have to wait a bit.
This guitar has sat in my studio from the begining. Never been on the road and the condition is out of the box. Soft case included. This price is NON negotiable. Serious inquires only. Text for a quicker response.www.kijiji.ca
Here is an example of used prices for standards on Kijiji $2,600 for this gold top. Same guitar at L&M is $2,999. Close enough I may as well buy new.
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Electronics are subjective - those same pickups in a studio are (were?) found in the les paul custom as well. People also love to swap pickups.Standards use better quality wood, have binding, have higher grade tops, and have better electronics (pickups).
@guitarman2 ? Not that I remember from admiring his amazing playing of several acoustics at our local music store.He’ll have a bit more trouble trying them out as the OP’s a left hander. I suggested he still try the necks on right-handed guitars as he won’t be able to play them but could get a feel for the neck.
that's an important thing to point out."Studio" means so many different guitars over the past 30 years I would think it's hard to generalize them.
When did they start chambering again in general? I sold my 04 due to weight (and that sent me down this path of dozens of guitars...)It’s already been mentioned, but Studios are thinner and mine has a 4 piece back. They’re also almost completely hollowed out, which makes them extremely light. This could be a positive or a negative, depending upon your point of view. Being hollow doesn’t make it sound worse, but it does make it sound different.
I don’t have a Standard to compare it to, but my other LP is an R9 and in all honesty I think the Studio holds its own.
My studio has a fatter neck than the R9. Probably the same thickness, but wider shoulders with more of a 50’s U shaped profile vs 50’s rounded.
My only caveat is that the fretwork on mine has been maintained and is immaculate, and a previous owner replaced the stock bridge with a Faber ABR1 and aluminium tailpiece. The fretwork in particilar shows what a little TLC can do to make a budget guitar perform like something that costs a lot more.