Terry Kath and Chicago In Tokyo, Japan 1972

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Anyone know what that black Gibson-esque guitar is? Haven't seen him play that before.
It’s a (briefly made) Gibson Les Paul Professional, with Les’s preferred low impedance pickups.
TK made everything he played sound great.
He also played great bass.
 

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Thanks! Not to familiar with those. What was the plate above the knobs?
There were phase reversal switches and a “decade” switch.
They’re not common, and weren’t particularly popular.
They, and sister-model LP Recording were top of the line models in their day (late 60s-early 70s).
Most of us rank and file guys preferred humbucking models.
Jan Akkerman of Focus used a heavily modified Professional model
He had a curly maple top and wraptail bridge added.
It was finished in a nice sunburst, but retained the unique partial last fret.
Akkerman is another badass!
 

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There were phase reversal switches and a “decade” switch.
They’re not common, and weren’t particularly popular.
They, and sister-model LP recording were top of the line models in their day (late 60s-early 70s).
Most of us rank and file guys preferred humbucking models.
Jan Akkerman of Focus used a heavily modified Professional model
He had a curly maple top and wraptail bridge added.
It was finished in a nice sunburst, but retained the unique partial last fret.
Akkerman is another badass!
Thanks again! Familiar with Akkerman, but minimally.
 

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Great to see this!, thanks for posting. The one time I saw them was late '70 or early '71, fantastic show.
I "heard" them first in 71 at a sold-out concert at Edinboro State College close to where I lived. We sat outside freezing our butts off by the stage doors. Our friend managed to grab a ticket. He was a keyboard player, but when he emerged, he was most impressed with Kath. He said, "You couldn't even see his fingers because they moved so fast!!". Great praise from a piano plunker!
 

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Anyone know what that black Gibson-esque guitar is? Haven't seen him play that before.
From what I'm seeing in 'The Gibson Les Paul Book' by Bacon/Day, it's either a Personal or Professional, both released in '69; both of which then gave way to the Recording in '71. I seem to remember one of these 3 present in a picture of Steve Howe's guitars, maybe in his first solo album; and a pic of him playing one with an orchestra. And, that they were quite heavy. There were a few bass versions also, the Les Paul Bass and the Triumph Bass.

EDIT: Brookedale Bill beat me to it, missed that!
 
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