If somebody told us a year ago that we’d be giving an award to studio monitors with front panels finished like an electric guitar, we might have asked them what they were smoking. But as it turns out, they would have been right. There are such monitors— Gibson’s Les Paul Reference Monitors—and we are giving them an Editor’s Choice award. Why? The main reason isn’t the Cherry, Tobacco Burst, and Cherry Burst finish options, which look like the top of a sunburst Les Paul guitar. Their excellent sound was what won us over: The playback reproduction was detailed and well balanced, frequency-wise, making them great for mixing.
The Les Paul Monitors come in three sizes, with woofers of 8", 6", and 4" respectively. And while they’re a bit on the pricey side for the home studio market, their sound quality is worth the extra shekels. We also loved that everyone who walked into the studio said, “Wow, what are those?”