Hallo, ein kleiner informativer Beitrag zum immer wiederkehrenden Thema "Gibson & schweizer Käse" - wenns schon ein alter Hut ist können die Mods ja löschen... (Hintergrund: hab mir kürzlich aus den USA ne Les Paul Studio Vintage Mahogany mitgebracht und mich arg über das geringe Gewicht gewundert (& gefreut). (zur Info, die Gitarre ist von 03/2007 und scheint mir weitgehend identisch zu sein mit der bei MS angebotenen LP Studio WB, allerdings mit BurstbuckerPro PUs)) Also fragte ich den Gibson support: Hi, I own a Gibson Les Paul Studio Vintage Mahogany WB which looks, plays and sounds great - No doubt. So this is just for my couriosity.... I was surprised about the very low weight of this guitar, it is just about 3.35 Kilo. On the Internet I found many "opinions" stating that the Les Pauls nowadays have either weight relief holes (= what they call "swiss cheese") or are even more or less completely holow (what they call "Sound chambers"). Some people pretend there are even different sound chamber designs out there as far as size and shape are concerned. F.e. the LP BFG are supposed to have very big "Sound Chambers". Just would like to know if my Les Paul Studio also has some "weight relief features" - and if yes which one(s). The Serial is SN 008271352 Thanks a lot for your help " und Herr Roger Ball von GIBSON antwortete umgehend: - "The weight relief pattern has changed for 2007. We have modified the original Swiss cheese hole pattern to something that has a purpose other than to lighten up the guitar. Originally, the holes were cut in a pattern that maximized the available space and did not take into consideration tone, balance, and sustain. So, we felt that a scientific approach was best if we were to change the pattern. We knew that we could now measure frequency output of the guitar and also determine positive or negative effects of any changes to the internal routing. So, we initially approached the project from the perspective of just improving the placement of the original holes. As we began testing, we noticed that when we moved the holes closer together, sound and sustain improved. We then decided to try moving the holes so close together that they actually created one big hole instead of several small ones. The area volume was the same but the improvement of sustain and output was greater. This drove us to start playing with the actual shape and size of a single large chamber and then to multiple chambers, strategically placed inside the guitar. We couldnt do much with the control pockets and pickup pockets so we decided to focus on all of the mass and area around those routings. After several months of testing, the current sonic tuning pattern emerged. This pattern works in all Les Pauls and gives us a much better sounding instrument, sustain is improved, and as an added benefit, weight has been reduced by 20%-30%. Sustain can be improved two ways; by creating rigidity and by sound reverberation. While reducing weight further wasnt our goal, it definitely should be received as a positive side affect to our real goal; giving reason to our original weight relief pattern of holes. Regards, Roger Ball Gibson Customer Service email@example.com "