Gibson Les Paul Recording

Gibson brings back the Les Paul Recording guitar, featuring a balanced low-impedance output for going direct to mixers and audio interfaces.

Les Paul Recording

As the name implies, this particular model was designed to incorporate features ideal for studio musicians. The original was built in the '70s and was widely used by the famed inventor himself.

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Now Gibson USA is bringing back this guitar as an American-made hand-crafted instrument, with some modern additions and using today's electronics technology.

The body and neck of this guitar follows the shape and build of the original Les Paul Standard, featuring a solid mahogany body, figured maple top, and a glued-in mahogany neck. The neck comes with a '60s Slim Taper profile to mimic the playability and feel of the original, it is topped by a rosewood fretboard with 22 frets that feature familiar trapezoid inlays.

What sets it apart from a traditional Les Paul is its pickup and electronics. Gibson equipped the guitar with two new pickups and a special circuit, following the same look to pay tribute to the original, while adding modern flexibility to provide for the needs of modern day players. The guitar features two outputs that you can use both at the same time - a Jensen audio transform that converts the signal to a balanced low-impedance output for direct-to-DAW recording, and a standard high-Z output for connecting to guitar amplifiers.

The two pickups of the new Les Paul Recording guitar are described by Gibson as having a broad frequency response with hum-free performance. Switches on the control area allow for "Fat Ta" that reproduces single-coil tones, reverse-phase when using both pickups, and a nifty low-z ground lift. Traditional 3-way pickup selector and independent volume and tone controls complete the set of controls on this instrument.

Other features of this reproduction include Grover kidney-button tuners, tune-o-matic bridge with Bigsby B-7 vibrato tailpiece, multi-ply pickguard and switch plate, black top-hat knobs, multi-ply headstock and body binding, and a traditional black/white truss-rod cover with the Les Paul Recording" label engraved.

The new Les Paul Recording model is only available in Natural finish, with an MSRP of $2,700. You can visit Gibson for more information.

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