Gibson Les Paul Recording 1973 Walnut

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  • $1,675$2,155

The Les Paul Recording was a replacement for the Les Paul Personal and Les Paul Professional that launched in 1971. All three Les Pauls were designed to incorporate innovative electronic features, and included by two oblong plastic-covered pickups and a more rounded cutaway horn. In addition to the phase control found on the Professional and Personal, the Recording added a high/low impedance selector with an internal transistor  and did away with the XLR output jack. This guitar carries the distinction of being the Les Paul of choice of Les Paul himself. 

Years of Production: 
1971 - 1980

Body Style: Single cutaway solidbody

Wood Composition: Mahogany body, Rosewood fingerboard

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

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

Notable Players: Les Paul


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