Gibson Les Paul Studio Monitors

The Gibson Les Paul Studio Monitors unveiled in January (and drawing audible gasps of admiration from onlookers at NAMM, as I witnessed several times …I mean just look at them… look at them!!!) are now finding their way into the listening rooms of reviewers around the world. Here are few quotes we’ve found:

From Ask Audio’s Matt Vanacoro:

“I’m not going to make you wait until the end of the review to read this—The LP6 monitors sounded great. These monitors are definitely not all about looks. I’ve been using the same 8” monitors for the last 8 years or so, and when I put them aside to give the LP6s a test run, I found that I could crank up the LP6 monitors high enough to be comparable to the volume level I was used to with no issue.”

And…

“Why did I assume that since they were made by Gibson and bore the Les Paul name that these might be all sizzle and no steak? It’s really a bit of nonsense. Les Paul is a great name for pro audio—the guy pretty much invented multi-track recording! After several days of being up on my shelf, I still crack a little smile when I sit down at my console and see the cherry wood front reflecting back at me.”

From Harmony Central’s Phil O'Keefe:

“First of all, let me mention that I'm exceptionally picky about monitors. I've owned over two dozen pairs of different models over the years from a wide range of companies, and have used several other models in various studios besides my own. The Les Paul 8 Reference Monitors hold up very well against anything out there even remotely close to their size, configuration and price categories.”

From ProSoundWeb’s M. Erik Matlock:

“Out of the box, my first impression of the new Les Paul Reference Monitors from Gibson was that I didn’t even care what they sounded like. They’re absolutely gorgeous. My room received an instant aesthetic upgrade just by having them in there.”

And…

“The specs state a maximum SPL of 109 dB, which I doubted at first. But it’s there. Plenty of level and, honestly, they sounded much cleaner with the volume all the way up and levels controlled from the system instead of the rear panel.”

And from Electronic Musician’s Mike Levine

“From the first time I used them, I was very impressed with their sound. They’re clean, loud, and offer reproduction that’s extremely well balanced, frequency-wise. In addition to tight bass and crisp highs, the midrange is well-represented, so you don’t get that hole-in-the-middle sound that plagues some monitors, especially those with large woofers. Because my studio tends to eat bass, I was glad to have the bass EQ knob to compensate. I was also impressed with their transient response. For instance, drum recordings sounded extremely realistic through them, as did acoustic guitars.”