Used Gibson Les Paul Recording W/Original Case
Wow, what a cool piece! This one came through via collector. These are a piece of Gibson History and have a really cool story that I have attached below. This instrument does have some wear but nothing that effects the integrity of the instrument. Please see all photos of dings and scratches. There is a finish crack near the headstock on the neck, strictly a finish issue. There are several dings including one on the headstock and one on each side of the bridge. It comes with the original case which has sustained two broken latches. There is some fretwear and the frets may have been leveled at some point. The guitar plays great and sounds amazing. This will make a nice edition to your collection without being redundant.
The Les Paul Recording looks very much like a Les Paul Standard model but it has some key differences. The Recording was so called because, by virtue of its low impedance humbucking pickups, it was meant to be plugged straight into a low impedance mixing desk input. These low impedance pickups had a clearer sound with a wider flatter frequency response than high impedance pickups which tend to color the frequency spectrum. This meant that the Recording had a versatile array of tones from Rickenbacker-like, to Telecaster-twang to rounded jazz tones.
To get the full range of tones required mastery of the Les Paul Recordings complicated control panel. Controls included Volume, Treble, Bass, Decade, Microphone Volume, Pickup Selector, Tone Switch and Phase Switch. Also to get the best out of the Recording it needs to be used with amplifiers, cables etc. designed for a low impedance signal. The Recording was not a great commercial success with the average guitarist perhaps because of these issues and was discontinued in 1979. Les Paul himself, however, loved to use his Recording guitars and they remained his firm favorites until the end.
Body material mahogany body
Body shape features carved top, single cutaway
Pickguard shape raised pickguard
Bridge tune-o-matic bridge
Tailpiece stop tailpiece
Fingerboard inlay material pearl fingerboard inlay material
Fingerboard material rosewood fingerboard
Fingerboard position markers block fingerboard position markers
Finish colors walnut finish
Made in USA
Neck material mahogany neck
Number of frets 22 fret
Pickup selector controls 2 3-way selector switches, phase switch
Tone controls 2 tone controls
Volume controls 1 volume control
Pickups configuration 2 low impedance pickups
11 lbs 1.2 oz