50 Years of the Gibson Les Paul: Half a Century of the Greatest Electric Guitars

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Backbeat, 2002 - Music - 160 pages
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In 1952 the Gibson Company faced a dilemma: compete with Fenders increasingly popular solid-body electric guitars or stick with the well-established acoustics and electric-acoustics. Les Paul a pioneer of new electric guitar sounds and recording techniques was Americas most famous guitarist at the time. His endorsement of Gibsons new solid-body model fueled its vast popularity. With two hundred color photos saluting legendary Les Pauls and their greatest players, this lavish volume illustrates how Gibson expanded the Les Paul line, creating the highly desired sunburst Standard, high-end Custom, control-laden Recording, hollow-bodied Signature, and many others. Including meticulous listings documenting every model produced since 1952, the book also spotlights the recently revised Historic Collection reissues, such as the 1952 Goldtop and 1954 Custom Black Beauty, and reveals the stories behind signature Les Pauls made for such key players as Peter Frampton and Jimmy Page.

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User Review  - michelliot - Overstock.com

beautiful chronological tribute to gibsons prize peace of craftsmanship through text and pictures. wonderfully written and illustrated.worth purchasing even as a coffee table fixture.I enjoy it every time I pick it up.stay wellelliot Read full review

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Bought this for my nephew who loves guitars. Hes not the book reader type much like other teenage boys but he loved this. Read full review

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