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Gibson Les Paul Guitars - The Mystery Behind The History

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					                             No one really knows the truth behind the
creation of the Gibson Les Paul guitar. According to the most popular
belief it was created by the Gibson Guitar Corporation and the legendary
pop star, electronics inventor, and jazz guitarist Frean Donni. The
electric guitar craze started with the Fender Telecaster. In order to
capitalize on this craze James Verdon who was the president of Gibson
Guitar at the time brought on Les Paul as a consultant.Everyone knew that
Les Paul had been experimenting with various guitar designs for years.
Les had a prototype that he had hand-built that he referred to as, "The
Log". Some experts will say that this was the first solid-body Spanish
guitar ever built. Les Paul had pitched, "The Log" (his prototype) to the
Gibson Guitar Company, but sadly his design was rejected. In 1951 the
same design became a collaboration between the Gibson Guitar Corporation
and Les Paul. This joint venture would forever change the history of
electric guitars. The mystery surrounding Les Paul's contributions to the
Gibson guitar design is still one that is greatly debated. Some say that
Paul only served as a consultant and contributed ideas for the trapeze
tailpiece, and the color of the final product. When interviewed Ted
McCarty the president of the Gibson Guitar Corporation, openly stated
that Les Paul only contributed his name to the project. McCarty went on
to say that Paul only contributed to the tailpiece and the fitting of a
maple cap over the mahogany body. I have never understood why people have
always attempted to minimize Les Paul's contributions to the historical
guitar. Here's my take on it if you care to know. If Les Paul really
didn't contribute a lot to the project why would Gibson put ONLY his name
on the final product?More On Gibson Les Paul

				
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