1971 Gibson Low Impedance Brochure

The Les Paul Guitar by Gibson - 'Low Impedance for High Performance'

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1971 Les Paul Low Impedance brochure cover
1971 Les Paul Low Impedance brochure page 2
1971 Les Paul Low Impedance brochure page 3
1971 Les Paul Low Impedance brochure page 4

Introducing the Gibson Les Paul Recording and Triumph bass. Four sides, full-colour throughout, 7" x 10". This brochure is made of nice glossy card.

1971 saw the launch of two new Gibson low impedance instruments: the Les Paul Recording guitar, and the Les Paul Triumph bass - both based on two 1969 models the Les Paul Personal and Professional, and the Les Paul Bass.

This was a first for Gibson, in that the brochure also came with a flexi-disc, demonstrating the wide range of sounds produced by the two instruments - concentrating mostly on the six-string recording guitar.

Yet, these sounds are so futuristic, no one has come up with adjectives to describe them

...the actual sounds of the future recorded for the musician who is tired of sounding like today. Spin this record right now and savour tomorrow

The disk was narrated by Les Paul himself, and guitars were played by Gibson employee / Jazz musician, Bruce Bolen. It was first printed in 1971, and then again in 1973.

Side one featured the Les Paul Recording guitar, whilst side two featured a track named Tomorrow, today recorded by Bruce Bolen using both instruments. Take a listen below.

Introduction by Les Paul

Johnny Smith style

Wes Montgomery style



Funky gutbucket

Want to get highs?


Introduction to side 2

Tomorrow, today

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Steven de Bruijn Comment left 21st December 2012 09:09:56 reply
Glad that I learned more about the Les Paul recording on this very nice site. I own a Triumph Bass (though I'm not a bass player) and also a white Les Paul recording ( not seen very often at least not in The Netherlands where I live) Its amazing that this guitar can produce so many different sounds.
BLANCHON Etienne Comment left 12th December 2012 09:09:36 reply
I'm owner of bass recording with serial number 101050. Could you give me the year . Kind regards from France
vintage guitar and bass Comment left 12th December 2012 09:09:07 reply
Hi Etienne, I would suggest your guitar is most likely from early 1973. Have you looked for potentiometer codes? You can find out quite a lot about the Les Paul Triumph bass here