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					                             In 1950, there was a big boom in the world
of music when the Fender Telecaster (electric guitar) was introduced in
the market. Another breed of guitars led the world of music after this
with Gibson Les Paul. As the name suggests Gibson is the leading musical
instrument manufacturer and Les Paul was one of the most respected
guitarists in history. Les Paul has been known for his innovation in
musical instruments and it was for this reason that the president of
Gibson Company, Ted McCarthy, got Les Paul to be a consultant for Gibson.
Les Paul made a solid body prototype, which was known as The Log. Les
Paul had approached Gibson in the year 1945 with this prototype but this
idea was refused, but then again in 1951 Les Paul and Gibson worked
together and Les Paul's innovative idea gave birth to a marvel that
rocked the music world. The line of models for the Gibson hollow-body
electric guitars provided ideas to create Gibson Les Paul, which differed
from Fender in having a more curved body and a glued-in neck. There are
different controversies regarding the role of Les Paul in Gibson. One of
the controversies is that the president of Gibson Corporation approached
Les Paul and asked him for the right to print his name on the headstock
of the guitar so that they could increase the sales of that specific
model and name it Gibson Les Paul. It was also claimed by McCarthy that
they only had discussions with Les Paul regarding the tailpiece and
fitting of a maple cap over the mahogany body for increased density and
sustain. Les Paul also wanted the new model to have a gold finish but the
Gibson gave flame and tiger maple finishes for it to compete with the
Fender. The Les Paul guitar started out with two models, the regular
model, which was then nicknamed as the Goldtop and the other was the
custom model in which up gradation of the hardware was offered with a
black finish. There was a constant improvement seen in the pickup, body
and hardware patterns that truly pulled lots of guitarists towards it.
There are different features that distinguish the Gibson Les Paul from
the rest of the brands. Gibson Les Paul is known for mounting of its
strings, which are always mounted on top of the guitar body and not
through the guitar body as was seen in the Fender's models. Gibson Les
Paul has offered a wide range of decorative models, customized hardware,
and electric pickup options. The humbucking pickup completely eliminated
the 60-cycle humming that previously beset the amplified guitars. Gibson
Les Paul has gone through an evolutionary process over the years and has
brought on unique models to gear up with state of the art advanced
technology and style. The line of Gibson Les Paul models are Goldtop
(1952-1957), Custom (1954-1960), Gibson Les Paul Junior (1954-1960),
Gibson Les Paul TV (1955-1960), Gibson Les Paul Special (1955-1960),
Gibson Les Paul Standard (1958-1960), Gibson Les Paul SG 1961, Gibson Les
Paul Deluxe 1968, Gibson Les Paul Studio 1983, as well as the modern
Gibson Les Paul guitars. It was in the 1960 that the icons in the world
of guitarists such as Mike Bloomfield, Keith Richards, Jimmy Page as well
as Eric Clapton acknowledged the professional capability of Gibson Les
Paul's late 50s guitars because they had the thicker and more sustaining
tone of Gibson's humbucking pickups. This innovation just gave Gibson Les
Paul the unique standing in electric guitars and then there were a lot of
companies that followed the lead of Gibson in making the humbucking
pickups. Following these icons, a lot of other bands and artists made
Gibson Les Paul their choice and now a 1959 Les Paul can cost in a range
of about $100,000 to $500,000.

				
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