The Les Paul has gone way beyond being just a guitar.
If you’re going to celebrate a guitar, then
the Gibson Les Paul is going to be top of most people’s lists
for the honour. Invented/developed by the guitarist and
inventor whose model name it bears, and launched by Gibson
in 1952, it went on to be restyled in many different
variations (Standard, Custom, Junior, Studio, Special) and was/is
used by the majority of the greatest rock guitarists ever
to strike a power chord. When it was first teamed with a
Marshall amp in the late 60s, notably by Eric Clapton, the sound
– which most people first heard on John Mayall’s 1966
album Bluesbreakers With Eric Clapton (aka The Beano) album –
almost overnight became the Holy Grail for rock guitarists.
Clapton, Paul Kossoff (pictured), Slash, Joe
Bonamassa, Peter Green, Jeff Beck, Duane Allman, Randy Rhoads,
Gary Moore and Billy Gibbons are just a few of the legion
of guitar legends whose main guitar was or is the now truly
iconic Les Paul.