GIBSON LES PAUL PROFESSIONAL

  • Gibson Les Paul Professional

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1969 to 1973

In 1969 Gibson introduced their first Low Impedance Guitars — the Les Paul Personal and Les Paul Professional Guitars. The LP Professional has a Les Paul style body but slightly larger than the regular LP. The key feature of this guitar is its two low impedance pickups. These pickups give a very clear signal but require a special  lead with built in impedance matching transformer. According to Dave Gould only around 118 LP Professionals were made - this is a relatively rare model. A Bigsby vibratio was an optional extra.

The Les Paul Personal and Les Paul Professional were replaced by the Les Paul Recording model in 1973. The 1970 Gibson catalog describes the Les Paul Professional model as follows:

The Les Paul Professional has many of the same exciting features found an the LP Personal: low impedance pickups: fast, low-action neck; and a 24.75" scale. But perhaps the feature you'll enjoy most is the model's price tag that accompanies this "professional" guitar.  
FEATURES: Low impedance electronics and pickups. Clear grain British Honduras mahogany neck construction. Buffed and polished clear walnut finish reveals the fine grain-lined features in the basic wood. Bound rosewood ļ¬ngerboard with deluxe pearloid inlays. Nickel-plated Schaller machine heads with sealed gears. Nickel-plated Tune-o-matic bridge. Dimensions: 18.25" long, 14" wide, 2" deep: 24.75" scale, 22 frets, neck joins body at 16th fret.

Link: Dave Gould's info on Gibson low impedance models

Specifications (23)

General

Finish colorswalnut finish
Made inUSA
Number of strings6 strings
Scale length24.75 inches scale-length

Body

Body materialmahogany body
Body shape featuressingle cutaway
Body styleLes Paul-style body
Pickguard shaperaised pickguard

Neck

Headstock inlays or logospearl headstock inlay/logo
Neck materialmahogany neck
Peghead (headstock)black face headstock

Fretboard

Fingerboard materialrosewood fingerboard
Fingerboard position markerstrapezoid fingerboard position markers
Number of frets22 fret

Hardware

Bridgetune-o-matic bridge
Hardware colornickel hardware
TailpieceBigsby Vibrato tailpiece, stop tailpiece
Tuner layoutthree-each-side
TunersSchaller tuners

Electronics

Pickup selector controls2 3-way selector switches, phase switch
Pickups configuration2 low impedance pickups

Controls

Tone controls2 tone controls
Volume controls1 volume control

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