Gibson Les Paul Recording II Electric GuitarStock code: 101936
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- Reissue of Les Paul’s favourite guitar
- Designed with features for the recording guitarist
- Weight relieved mahogany body and carved, figured maple top
- Mahogany set-neck with rosewood fingerboard
- LP Recording pickups
- ‘Fat Tap’ setting for thick single coil tones
- Includes hard case
Les Paul’s favourite guitar
Though to many, he is simply known for the many guitars that bear his name, Les Paul’s contribution to the musical world as an inventor was vast. He was a pioneer of effects, and overdubbing, and was among the first to see the creative potential of the recording studio, alongside his work developing the solid bodied electric guitar. With such a passion for both the studio and the guitar, it comes as no surprise that he envisaged the electric guitar as a tool for use in studios. In the 1970s, he made his vision a reality, and this creation, the Gibson Les Paul Recording, became his favourite guitar. Now, this innovative design is available once more.
Dual output design
One of the most unusual features of the Les Paul Recording is the additional output. Very cleverly, this includes a regular Hi-Z guitar output for connecting to a guitar amp, alongside a low impedance output for connecting to audio interfaces or mixing desks. This is no afterthought - it’s connected to a premium Jenson audio transformer converts the signal to low impedance at the highest quality.
Unique LP Recording pickups
The pickups that are fitted to this new version of the Les Paul Recording are inspired by those of the original, but improved. These deliver wide frequency response and low noise, with hum-free performance. These have a ‘Fat Tap’ switch, which allows the pickups to be split into individual coils. These provide thick, warm, single-coil tones.
In addition, a reverse-phase switch is included, along with a Low-Z ground lift switch Combined with a 3-way pickup selector, dual tone and volume controls, this delivers a colossal range of tones.
Classic Les Paul construction
There are certain elements of a Les Paul design that are crucial to its tone and defining character. The tone woods used in its construction are a great example of this. The Les Paul recording is built with the same time tested materials that just about every Les Paul has been made of since its launch: mahogany and maple. Here, a single cutaway mahogany body is treated to traditional weight relief, making it a more manageable proposition for long sessions. A carved, AA figured maple top is attached, providing the essential elements for the Les Paul’s rich and articulate tone.
The neck is also a traditional design. Made of mahogany, and glued-in via a tenon joint, this is shaped to a ‘60s Slimtaper profile, and finished with a rosewood fingerboard.
Vintage-style Bigsby Tailpiece
One of the details that is crucial the Les Paul’s seemingly everlasting sustain is the Tune-o-matic bridge. On the Les Paul recording, this is combined with the classic Bigsby B-7 vibrato tailpiece. This adds both a vintage tonal touch, enabling mellow pitch bends and effects, and also the attention grabbing aesthetics that its chrome design affords.
The Les Paul Recording is an astonishingly innovative, and in many ways makes more sense in 2014 than it did in the 1970s, when it first appeared. It provides a set of features that create one of the most tonally versatile, and studio equipped guitars ever made- all with classic Les Paul tones and playability.
|Model||Les Paul Iridium Recording II|
|Neck Profile||60s slim taper|
|No. of Frets||22|
|Bridge/Tailpiece||Bigsby Vibrato and Tune-o-matic|
|Pickups||LP Recording pickups|
|Special Electronics||Dual outputs - Low impedance or High-Z, Reverse phase and Low-Z ground lift settings, ‘Fat Tap’ setting|
|Included Accessories||Hard case|