The Gibson Les Paul Recording was introduced in 1971, and designed as the ultimate recording guitar. Based on Les Paul's own custom built studio guitar, the Recording is a unique departure from the traditional look and sound of a Gibson Les Paul. This 1971 Gibson Les Paul Recording is a wonderful example from the first production year.
Constructed from a Honduras Mahogany body with a 3 piece mahogany neck and bound ebony fingerboard, the Recording featured a slightly altered body shape, with a back contour designed to be more ergonomically pleasing for players. It has two Low Impedance humbucker pickups, stacked and angled. It was designed to sound best when plugged into a mixing desk utilising the low impedance nature of the electronics, and features a built in transformer that could be switched on via the controls when plugged in to an amp. The Les Paul Recording covers a huge amount of ground tonally, with extensive onboard controls for achieving any sound. Separate controls for Volume, Treble, Bass, Microphone Volume, and tone and phase switching are housed in the large control panel, along with a 'Decade' control, allowing the player to tune the harmonics of the output.
This guitar is in very good condition, with minor signs of play wear to the body and neck, and some ageing to the finish. It is internally and externally original, with the exception of the tuners which have been upgraded to period Grovers
As with all our vintage instruments, this guitar has been given a full service and appraisal by the luthier at the Vintage Instrument Workshop and is guaranteed for 3 years in line with our vintage instrument warranty.