“It breathed new life into a guitar I hadn’t played in years”: I top-wrapped my Les Paul to find out whether it actually made a difference – and I wish I’d done it sooner

Gibson Les Paul Studio in Ebony with a top-wrapped tailpiece
(Image credit: Future)

My first “proper” electric guitar – after my Squier Stratocaster starter set – was a Gibson Les Paul Studio. As a youngster reared on a diet of Guns N’ Roses and classic rock groups, the entry-level LP was a dream guitar for me.

It remained my number one guitar until, a few years later, my tastes took a decidedly blues-y turn (largely thanks to John Mayer) and I defected away from the Gibson ranks. As a result, my once-beloved Les Paul Studio has remained largely unplayed for a number of years.

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Matt Owen
Senior Staff Writer, GuitarWorld.com

Matt is a Senior Staff Writer, writing for Guitar World, Guitarist and Total Guitar. He has a Masters in the guitar, a degree in history, and has spent the last 16 years playing everything from blues and jazz to indie and pop. When he’s not combining his passion for writing and music during his day job, Matt records for a number of UK-based bands and songwriters as a session musician.