The Gibson Les Paul: The Illustrated Story of the Guitar That Changed Rock

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9780760345818: The Gibson Les Paul: The Illustrated Story of the Guitar That Changed Rock

The Gibson Les Paul is possibly the electric guitar most associated with rock 'n' roll. The result of a collaboration between Gibson's Ted McCarty and jazz guitarist Les Paul in response to the success of Fender's Telecaster, the Les Paul has gone on to become a prized instrument played by most of the greatest guitarists in rock history. This massive illustrated history of the guitar examines its prehistory and origins as well as its evolution in the 60-plus years since its 1952 introduction. In addition to the Standards and Customs that guitarists admire so much, author Dave Hunter also gives ample coverage to variations like Les Paul Juniors, Melody Makers, and SGs. To bring the music to life, there are profiles of players well known for using Les Pauls through the years, including Hubert Sumlin, Carl Perkins, Eric Clapton, Mike Bloomfield, Peter Green, Paul Kossoff, Jimmy Page, Neil Young, Peter Frampton, Keith Richards, Bill F Gibbons, Bob Marley, Mick Ronson, Steve Jones, Johnny Thunders, Angus Young, and more. Illustrated throughout with studio photography of the guitars, candid and performance photography of the artists, and relevant memorabilia, this book is prefect for music lovers and guitar enthusiasts.

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The most famous artist ever to become synonymous with a guitar model, Les Paul was the consummate do-it-yourselfer. Although he helped issue in the era of the solidbody electric guitar, he was not one for colluding with off-the-shelf instruments. Paul had started the entire ball rolling, of course, way back in 1940 or so, with a contraption that appears very little like a Les Paul today, but prefigured the future solidbody more than many guitars that preceded it, thanks to its solidbody core.

The Range Expands

Les Paul said on several occasions that he always conceived of two versions of the guitar. In a taped interview with Gourmet Guitars in 2009, he spoke of meeting with CMI chairman Maurice Berlin. "The first thing he asked me was the color, and I said, ‘Gold,’” he said. “Other people jumped up and said, ‘Don’t pick the color gold, it’s going to turn green on you. You’re going to have a lot of problems with a gold guitar. ’ But the chairman of the board of Gibson says, ‘He wants gold, gold it is!’ I said I was going to the men’s room, and he said, ‘Before you go, what’s the other color going to be, because we’re going to make two of them. ’ I picked black. ”


About the Author:

Dave Hunter is an author, musician, and journalist. He is the author of several popular books about guitars, amps, and effects, including Voyageur Press's Star Guitars, The Fender Stratocaster, The Gibson Les Paul, and 365 Guitars, Amps & Effects You Must Play. A regular contributor to Guitar Player and Vintage Guitar magazines, he resides in Portsmouth, New Hampshire.

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Editore: Voyageur Press (2014)
ISBN 10: 0760345813 ISBN 13: 9780760345818
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Descrizione libro Voyageur Press, 2014. Hardcover. Condizione libro: New. Codice libro della libreria P110760345813

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