A major part of Les Paul’s original vision for the solidbody electric guitar was to incorporate features crucial to studio musicians, and that dream was realized in the famed Les Paul Recording Model of the 1970s. The new Les Paul Recording guitar from Gibson USA—hand-crafted, American-made, and impressively affordable—pays tribute to Les’s original concept while adding key updates for superior sound and performance.
The Les Paul Recording couples Gibson’s legendary tone and playability with the very best of today’s electronics to create a dream instrument for studio guitarists. Two versatile new pickups route through a premium, industry-standard Jensen audio transformer for a balanced low-impedance output that can go direct into pro mixers or computer audio interfaces. Or, select the High-Z out for traditional guitar amps. “Fat Tap” coil splitting on each pickup, a phase-reverse switch, and ground lift switch for the Low-Z output dramatically extend the Les Paul Recording’s versatility.
Select Grade-A mahogany and a Grade-A rosewood fingerboard, with frets over binding for extended playing surface, form an unbeatable foundation; Grover™ kidney-button tuners, a Tune-o-matic bridge, and a classic Bigsby™ B-7 vibrato tailpiece provide accurate tuning with serious sustain. The high-gloss natural nitrocellulose lacquer finish lets the wood’s natural beauty shine through, while a multi-ply bound body and headstock, “Custom” style split-diamond headstock inlay, and small pearloid block fingerboard inlays complete this first-class musical instrument.
To experience the unique recording excellence of the Les Paul Recording, visit your authorized Gibson USA dealer today.
Body and Neck
The Les Paul Recording is crafted in the image of the original Les Paul Standard, with a solid mahogany back (featuring traditional weight relief for enhanced resonance and a lighter strapped-on feel) and a carved Grade-AA figured maple top. It has a glued-in mahogany neck with a ’60s Slim Taper™ profile, rosewood fingerboard with 22 cryogenic-treated frets for long life, and traditional trapezoid inlays.
Pickups and Electronics
A pair of brand new pickups pay tribute to the originals, but with improved tone and performance. They offer a broad frequency response and hum-free performance, with a switchable “Fat Tap” setting for thick single-coil tones. Additional switches provide reverse-phase and Low-Z ground lift options, and feed the traditional complement of independent volume and tone controls with a three-way selector switch. A high-quality Jensen audio transformer converts the signal to a balanced low-impedance output for direct-to-DAW recording, while a second, High-Z output jack accommodates traditional guitar amps.
High-quality Grover™ kidney-button tuners join a chrome Tune-o-matic bridge and Bigsby™ B-7 vibrato tailpiece for outstanding tone and versatility. A multi-ply pickguard/switch plate, black top-hat knobs, multi-ply body and headstock binding, and a traditional black/white “bell” truss-rod cover engraved “Les Paul Recording” complete the package.
Cases and Coverage
The Les Paul Recording comes protected in a black hardshell case with Gibson logo, includes a truss-rod wrench and owner’s manual, and is covered by a Limited Lifetime Warranty and Gibson’s 24/7/365 Customer Service.