Gibson Les Paul Recording Model Solid Body Electric Guitar (1972)
Gibson Les Paul Recording Model Model Solid Body Electric Guitar (1972), made in Kalamazoo, Michigan, serial # 771633, natural mahogany finish, mahogany body, laminated maahogany neck with rosewood fingerboard, original black hard shell case. Item # 7772
The 1970's Les Paul Recording Model was the direct descendant of the 1969 Les Paul "Personal", the instrument Paul himself designed with Gibson following his re-engagement with the company in 1968. While Kalamazoo was most concerned with re-issuing the original 1950's models, an agreement was also struck to more accurately re-create Les Paul's highly personalized and idiosyncratic guitars for sale to guitarists everywhere. The first model offered was the "Personal" which was a close copy of Paul's own Custom guitar-this "Recording" model replaced it in 1971 with the same advanced electronics package on a slightly less upscale but more versatile instrument.
The two low-impedance pickups -Les' personal design-are mated to a specialized electronics rig including a "Decade" switch offering 10 different preset tone modifications, a 3-way tone selector and an in/out of phase switch. This model also offered the switchable option of regular high-impedance output, making it a more convenient to the average player instrument than the original "Personal" which required an outboard transformer to function with a standard amplifier. A cool, unusual Les Paul variation, a fun guitar to play although definitely not the same vibe as a "rocker's" Les Paul.
Overall length is 39 13/16 in. (101.1 cm.), 13 1/2 in. (34.3 cm.) wide at lower bout, and 1 3/4 in. (4.4 cm.) in depth, measured at side of rim. Scale length is 24 3/4 in. (629 mm.). Width of nut is 1 11/16 in. (43 mm.). A lovely and very clean example, serviced at Gibson in 2011 with the papers in the case from the repair tech detailing the work done and including the operating instructions for the complex electronic rig. The guitar appears otherwise original with some light wear overall-the electronics were serviced at the factory and restored to the original function, with some extra copper shielding installed in the control cavity. The top-mounted plastic control plate is a recent repro fitted by Gibson, the original (cracked at the jack) is also included. Inside the case are relics of the late '70's-a brass nut and TP-6 fine-tuning tailpiece removed from the guitar. This Recording Model plays perfectly and while sonically a very different animal from the regular Les Paul series is a very versatile and interesting sounding guitar in its own right. Excellent Condition.
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