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Under-Appreciated: The Les Paul Studio with M III Electronics


Active member
Jan 27, 2002
I would argue that Gibson's M-III electronics are hugely misunderstood, under-appreciated and under-valued. This Les Paul Studio has all the appointments of a Standard: sunburst finish, maple cap with nice top carve, bound rosewood board and two humbuckers. But: with a flick of a switch, you activate the three single coils, with all the middle positions that a five-way Strat-like switch offers. The only compromise: master volume / master tone control.

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Wise Guy

Apr 3, 2021
Under appreciated and under valued? To be honest, I never or rarely ever see them for sale. What do one of these even sell for on the used market? I'd like one since they appear versatile.