Gibson Les Paul Professional Walnut 1969

The Les Paul Professional was introduced along with the fancier Les Paul Personal as an updated Les Paul concept in 1969. Gibson did not produce the Les Paul body shape between late 1960 and 1968, so both guitars were part of the first wave of new Les Paul models along with the Les Paul Deluxe and updated Les Paul Custom. These Les Pauls were distinguished by two oblong plastic-covered pickups, a more rounded cutaway horn, and an array of new electronics including a phase control and an XLR output jack. Both the Personal and Professional were replaced by the Les Paul Recoding starting in 1971.

Years of Production: 
1969 - 1972

Unique to this Year:  First year of production for Les Paul Professional.

Body Style: Single cutaway solidbody

Wood Composition: Four-ply Mahogany/Maple body, three-piece Maple neck, Rosewood fingerboard

Design Elements:  Two oblong low-impedance pickups, trapezoid inlays, four control knobs, phase switch, tone selector switch. bound fingerboard, stopbar tailpiece and Tune-o-matic bridge

Finish Specifications: Walnut was the standard finish on the Les Paul Professional. 

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