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On August 13, 2009 the music world lost a true innovator with the passing of Les Paul at the age of 94. Up until his final days, Les still played his standing Monday night gig at New York's Iridium Jazz Club. Few if any guitars have as rich and illustrious a reputation as a Gibson Les Paul. The classic '52 Goldtops, the sunbursts, the double-cutaway juniors, the screaming P-90s and chunky humbuckers—the Les Paul guitar is as essential to rock 'n' roll as a Chuck Berry double stop or a I-IV-V chord progression. When a young and entrepreneurial Wisconsin teen took a length of fence post, attached a primitive magnetic coil, nailed on the sides of an Epiphone hollowbody, and dubbed it "The Log," he invented something completely new and opened a floodgate of musical possibilities. Jimmy Page, Slash, Eric Clapton, and the late Johnny Thunders and Duane Allman changed the world with their Les Pauls cranked up to 11, to say nothing of Spinal Tap's Nigel Tufnel who very memorably praised the instrument for its endless sustain. One of rock 'n' roll's last renaissance men, Les Paul applied his electronics expertise to the instrument using magnetic pickups to give it a distinct tonal quality prized by players for over 50 years. The Gibson Les Paul is the benchmark by which all other instruments are measured. This updated 3rd edition includes hundreds of full-color photos of nearly every make and model, from the very first prototypes to the axes wielded by rock gods. Additionally there is a full reference section with detailed information on variations and signature editions, every finish available, as well as a detailed chronology from the early 1950s through the present with dating and serial number info, neck, body, and fretboard specs, and much more. With complete and thorough information and gorgeous, detailed photos, this is the definitive book on rock 'n' roll's most enduring icon—the Gibson Les Paul electric guitar.
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