Gibson Les Paul Guitar Phenomenon

The Gibson Les Paul Guitar has been a staple choice of both professional and amateur guitar players alike for many years. It was originally developed back in the early 1950s in collaboration with Les Paul himself, who they got to endorse the new product. Les Paul himself was not only a brilliant designer in his own right, but he was also a pop star, as well as a professional jazz guitarist. He actually approached Gibson with a different guitar idea, but was rejected. However, this opened the doors for collaboration on a new design, and soon after, the Les Paul guitar was born.

gibson-les-paul-standardIt was to be radically different from not only anything on the market in those days for Gibson, but also different from anything offered by their main competitor, Fender. However, there has been a lot of controversy as to just how much Les Paul contributed in the design. There are those who say that Les Paul gave advice on two parts of the Gibson Les Paul Guitar which included the trapeze tailpiece and a preference for color. They say that Les Paul fancied the colors of gold and black, because they made the guitar look more flashy, expensive, and classy. But then again, there are those who say that Gibson merely designed the guitar, and approached Les Paul to ask if they could print his name on the new style, and that by the time they approached him, they had the model nearly complete. Just how much Les Paul contributed to Les Paul guitars may always be a mystery, but the fact remains that it has stayed one of the hottest selling guitars on the market to date.

Gibson Les Paul guitars have been played by many famous musicians. Slash, Gary Moore, Jimmy Page, Billy Gibbons, Ace Frehley, Sammy Hagar, Buckethead, Joe Bonamassa, and even Billie Joe Armstrong have all had custom signature model Gibson Les Pauls made, and this is only a very short list of the many stars who have wielded this famous axe.There have also been many models built over the years, including Les Paul studio models, Les Paul Custom models, and even Les Paul Junior models. Nowadays, a lot of new guitar players are starting to get back into Gibson Les Paul guitars. slash-les-paul Why? Well, they are offering some bold new colors and some outstanding new looks that, when complemented with the Les Paul body, are very trendy. From country, to rock, to many other styles of music, the Gibson Les Paul remains a staple instrument for anyone seeking out a tried-and-true solid body electric guitar.

There are a lot of copies of the Les Paul out there nowadays, especially since Gibson lost the trademark to the famous guitar in certain areas. A court ruling stated that Les Paul is actually more of a description of a body style than a specific guitar model, opening up doors for other companies to produce similar designs. Many guitar builders have come close to replicating the design, but perhaps one of the closest you will find are the Epiphone Les Paul models. These guitars are actually made by Gibson, but offer a lower price for a guitar that looks very similar. They just have less hand detailing, and are made with more common wood to keep the price down. A lot of people buy Epiphone Les Pauls first, and then buy the Gibsons later on down the road when they can more easily afford them. Les Paul has always been a more expensive line for Gibson, but they have still sold well. epiphone-les-paul

If you are considering buying a Gibson Les Paul, then you have several models to choose from. They are available from almost any major retailer, and you are sure to like them. They are not always so popular with metal guitarists, but about anyone else playing about any other style of music would gladly take a Gibson Les Paul and for good reason. They are good guitars backed by a good name that continues to build high-quality instruments. In fact, buying a real, American made Gibson guitar is an investment, as these guitars increase in value as they age. People will pay large sums of money for vintage Gibson Les Paul guitars that are in mint condition.

These guitars are known for their sleek body styling, and that is part of what has made them so famous. That, coupled with the fact that they give easy access to the upper fret-board, makes them especially popular with people playing lead guitar


  1. I guess it really doesn’t matter who designed the guitar only that the guitar was made and benefits the guitar community. Why quibble?

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