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Les Paul Guitars - What Makes Them S
pecial?

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524

Summary:
The Les Paul collection of guitars
have always been as stylish and inn
ovative as the guitarist and invent
or they were named after.


Keywords:
Les Paul guitars


Article Body:
The Gibson Les Paul guitar was conc
eived at the very beginning of elec
tric guitar history and has held it
s place at the forefront of guitar
technology ever since. The two key
elements that make the Les Paul gui
tars special are the vision of Les
Paul himself, an eminent guitarist
and enthusiastic inventor and the f
act that the Gibson guitar company
has always held extremely high stan
dards of excellence for its instrum
ents.

Les Paul is often credited with inv
enting the solid body electric guit
ar, and his involvement with the Gi
bson models was more or less just a
 happy accident. When he was a teen
age performer he tried amplifying a
n ordinary acoustic guitar so that
he could be heard by the audience.
The feedback that resulted was fina
lly eliminated by attaching the nec
k of an Epiphone guitar onto a bloc
k of wood. This was so strange look
ing that Les' musical talents were
not taken seriously so he attached
wings to the side of the wood so th
at it resembled a conventional guit
ar shape.

The moving force behind the financi
al and artistic success of the Les
Paul guitar was the desire of the G
ibson Guitar Corporation to market
a solid body model electric guitar
under the name of an established gu
itarist. By this time, the early 19
50's, Les Paul was the most popular
 electric guitar player of the time
. It would be a great triumph for G
ibson to snare the endorsement of t
his guitarist who had conceived and
 made his own electric guitar which
 had become the basis for a solid e
lectric guitar sold by his friend,
Leo Fender. Eventually, after recom
mending some changes to the appeara
nce of the new Gibson guitar, Les P
aul allowed it to be released under
 his name.

There are a couple of design elemen
ts that stand out in the Les Paul r
ange of guitars. The strings on a L
es Paul guitar are mounted "hollow
body style" on top of the guitar in
stead of passing through the body a
s is common with other brands of so
lid body guitars. This is merely a
stylistic distinction, not affectin
g the sound of the guitar. The char
acteristic warm tone of the Les Pau
l guitars is due to the types of wo
od chosen by Gibson for these model
s. As we should expect from a guita
r endorsed by the man whose own gui
tar design was nicknamed "the log",
 Les Paul guitars are also heavier
and thicker than other solid body g
uitars. Both Les Paul and the Gibso
n corporation were fans of starting
 with substance and piling on heaps
 of style, so most Les Paul model g
uitars feature flashy inlays on the
 neck and headstock.

The Gibson Guitar Corporation has m
ade many models under the Les Paul
brand. Featuring names like Classic
, Supreme, Standard, Studio Bariton
e, Studio, Goddess, Menace, New Cen
tury, Vixen, Special, Doublecuts an
d Melody Maker, each one has its ow
n individual sound. Between 1969 an
d 1979 Gibson even marketed a range
 of Les Paul bass guitars. The Gibs
on Les Paul guitars have also been
imitated by other companies such as
 Ibanez and Tokai. The legal wrangl
es surrounding these attempts at co
pying Les Paul guitars have only ad
ded to their collectibility.

				
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