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1972 Gibson showcase brochures
1972 Gibson showcase brochuresIn 1972 Gibson produced a series of 'Guitar of the Month' brochures, each dedicated to one of their high end models, the Les Paul Recording guitar, L5-CES, ES-175D, Super 400-CES, ES-355TD-SV and Byrdland. Each brochure was a single sheet folded into four panels, with details of the instruments themselves, their features, musical purpose, and a little history behind the development of each guitar. Only the Les Paul Recording was a new model; the others were all well established in the Gibson line. Follow the link to see scans and further information on these leaflets and other Gibson guitar catalogues from the CMI and Norlin periods.
1966 Kalamazoo KB-1 bass
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1971 Gibson Low Impedance Brochure
Introducing the Gibson Les Paul Recording and Triumph bass

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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  

1971 saw the launch of two new low impedance instruments: the Gibson Les Paul Recording guitar, and the Gibson Les Paul Triumph bass.

This was a first for Gibson, in that the brochure also came with a flexi-disc, demonstrating the two instruments. 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 2 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
Country
Rock
Funky gutbucket
Want to get highs?
Outros
Introduction to side 2
Tomorrow, today




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There are 3 comments on this article so far. Add your comment
BLANCHON Etienne Comment left 12th December 2012 08:08:36
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 08:08:07
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
Steven de Bruijn Comment left 21st December 2012 08:08:56
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.

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