What do you know about Les Paul?
Ask a guitarist to name five famous Les Paul players and you’ll probably get Slash, Jimmy Page, Pete Townsend and Joe Perry… and maybe Ace Frehley, or the late great Gary Moore.
There’s plenty of players to choose from: a quick look at the Gibson website reveals that just amongst the models currently on sale there are 23 signature edition Les Pauls!
In this series we’re going to explore the life of Les Paul: the only man to be in both the Inventors and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and hopefully demonstrate why he is the greatest example in history of musicianship and innovation acting in perfect (multitracked!) harmony.
We’ll start with a look at the classic Gibson “Les Paul” guitar, and Les’ role in its creation.