The First Les Paul is Up For Auction, Quad City Guitar Players Tell Their Stories
News came out yesterday that Les Paul's son, Gene, is selling a very special Les Paul, with serial number "1."
“This was the most historically significant, valuable, pivotal, and important guitar to my father, his crowning achievement,” Gene said.
Les Paul and Gibson developed the guitar between 1951 and 1952.
I'm no guitarist, but obviously, I know these guitars are a big deal. I posted on Facebook and asked local guitarists what their personal favorite Les Paul?
Great question! Believe it or not, I only have two "Pauls". Top is a Korean knock off that I've actually bought and sold to Music Go Round THREE TIMES!! Its called Series or Stages 10, IDK, but the neck is butter, the pick-ups wail, its balance and weight is perfect. The bottom guitar is a Gibson Les Paul 50's Tribute Gold Top. The mahogany wood gives it that sustain, of course with P-90 pic-ups, the bridge and action are great, however it needs some "frett love". Long story short, I grew up playing Stratocasters, I prolly had 15 at one time. Their versatile and a top level guitar for a reason. When I first played a Paul, I felt dirty. It had weight, sustain, a thick body and sound. I was hooked. Now, I'll grab a Paul over a Strat any day. 9 out of 10 times, its gunna be that Korean knock off.
- A.J. Haut
1975 Custom - I bought it in 1986 off the used rack at Griggs for $400 - I had established credit at the store and made monthly payments to get it - I was 16 - I was able to take it with me for $20 or $30 down that day - I thought I was pretty cool - I think this was Dave Ruby’s guitar at one time
- Paul Depauw
Standard GT. It’s my “go to” LP for Mizzipi Mud. Nothing breathes and responds like it.
Story? Saw it on a rack in a shop and bought it. Nothing special about that day and the guitar didn’t jump off the rack into my arms or anything of the sort. ‘Twas just another one of my impulse buys. The thing sat in its case for months before I finally played it, but when I did, I didn’t want to put it down.
I’ve got 4 other LPs that haven’t left their cases in several years now; not because they “suck,” by any means, but because this GT truly is a “do all” guitar.
It’s also the heaviest of the bunch, at right around 10#, but none of the others tick all the boxes like this one does.
- Aaron David Holst
I had 2, late eighties, 59 and 60 reissues....very heavy...cherry sunburst and beat to shit . Loved the sound and the look and it was as close as I could get to vintage. Bought them from Dave's in Wisconsin when I was living in Colorado ...1997 ish.
Although I’m not a Gibson guy, I do own one LP. It’s an Epiphone LP custom in white with gold hardware. Just like my my favorite guitarist from my youth Randy Rhoads had. It’s not an expensive guitar, but it is special to me as the neck profile is definitely not like a standard LP. It’s slim and tapers like a Strat which is really unusual for a Paul.
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