• 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 fingerboard 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)


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


Bridgetune-o-matic bridge
Hardware colornickel hardware
TailpieceBigsby Vibrato tailpiece, stop tailpiece
TunersSchaller tuners


Fingerboard materialrosewood fingerboard
Fingerboard position markerstrapezoid fingerboard position markers


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


Headstock inlays or logospearl headstock inlay/logo
Neck materialmahogany neck
Number of frets22 fret
Peghead (headstock)black face headstock
Tuner layoutthree-each-side


Pickup selector controls2 3-way selector switches, phase switch
Tone controls2 tone controls
Volume controls1 volume control


Pickups configuration2 low impedance pickups

Prices (5)

1970$575.00newPaul excellent guitar, bought it when I was 17 from in Toronto Ontario Canada. Sold it when I was 24 to help for down payment on a house. I think I got $525 for it
1975$350goodWonderful piece .....clean and clear when i want more I plug in my Sola Sound fuzz and Vox wah....thats everything you need
2005£799goodA superb guitar with great tone, if not a little heavy (I sit down to play )

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