Gibson Les Paul Guitar
Possibly the most famous solid body electric guitar of all time, the Gibson Les Paul was first sold by the Gibson Guitar Corporation in 1952. Though early production was considered a failure, the Les Paul went on to birth the separate Gibson SG model, as well as going on to become the guitar of choice for many country, soul, rock, pop, R&B, punk, jazz, heavy metal and blues musicians.
The Les Paul made its debut in reaction to the market demand. Guitarist Les Paul was brought as a consultant into the company. At this time, he was a well respected inventor who had been working on experimenting with guitar design for a while. Though Les Paul’s original model “The Log”—a solid body, pine, Spanish guitar was rejected, his work on the model that would eventually become the Les Paul would be his greatest success. Gibson decided to print Les Paul’s signature on the headstock to increase sales. The guitar made its debut in 1952 when Les Paul used it onstage at the Paramount Theatre. Months later, it was previewed by master guitarists at the Waldorf-Astoria hotel.
Though there has been a variety of changes made to the model over the years, as well as changes in ownership of the guitar production, the one thing that hasn’t changed is the timelessness of the guitar, as well as it’s musical popularity. Some models, such as the heavy and old-fashioned Sunburst were considered failures, while others, such as the Standard, took quickly and sales soared.
There’s an abundance of well known musicians that prefer the Les Paul, and use it during performances. Some of these musicians even have their own custom made Les Paul guitars. Some of them include: Jimmy Page, Joe Perry, Slash, Eric Clapton, Pete Townshend, Ace Frehley and Michael Bloomfield.