Gibson Les Paul Professional Solid Body Electric Guitar (1969)
Gibson Les Paul Professional Model Solid Body Electric Guitar (1969), made in Kalamazoo, Michigan, Walnut finish, Mahogany body and neck, Rosewood fingerboard, black gig bag case. Item # 6096
The Les Paul Professional was the second of the instruments Paul himself designed with Gibson following his re-engagement with the company in 1968. While Kalamazoo was most concerned with re-issuing the original 1950's models, an agreement was also struck to more accurately re-create Les Paul's highly personalized and idiosyncratic guitars for sale to guitarists everywhere. The first model offered was the "Personal" which was a close copy of Paul's own Custom guitar-this "Professional" model followed in 1969 with the same advanced electronics package on a slightly less upscale instrument. The two low-impedence pickups are mated to a specialized rig including a "Decade" switch offering 10 different preset tone modifications, a 3-way tone selector and an in/out of phase switch. This model was only in production foa less than 2 years before being replaced by the Les Paul Recording model, which was similar but with several simplifications. This one has pots dated to late 1969 and was likely assembled at the end of the year or early 1970. A cool, unusual Les Paul variation, a fun guitar to play although definitely not the same vibe as a "rocker's" Les Paul.
Overall length is 40 in. (101.6 cm.), 14 in. (35.6 cm.) wide at lower bout, and 2 in. (5.1 cm.) in depth, measured at side of rim. Scale length is 24 3/4 in. (629 mm.). Width of nut is 1 5/8 in. (41 mm.). Not a lot of wear to this guitar but some signs of age; still a very good playing example. Has had a very professional refret and rebind to the fingerboard, correct Gibson style but slightly taller wire than the original. Shaller tuners have been added (back in the '70's, most likely), all other hardware is original-the top-mounted tone switch plate is cracked but still intact. Minor dings and checking and there is some moderate belt-buckle scratching to the back. Everything works as intended and this is a good playing guitar with quite a range of sound. An interesting Les Paul rarlty! Overall Excellent - Condition.
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