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NOTE: Photo LES PAUL GIBSON Sunburst.
O.K. I'm back,... when I first met my bassman in 1996. I'd never heard of 'Les Paul' or a 'Les Paul'. 'What or Who was that?' But, it wasn't long after I started hanging 'round BARTLETT and his musician friends, that I noticed that whenever the words' Les Paul' came up in conversations, it was with a kind of hushful reverence, that it caught my 'ear'. So, I checked it all out.
I found out that a 'LES PAUL' was a man, but, not just a man, he was a T.V. personality with his wife MARY FORD, an awesome jazz, blues and country musician, as well as a genius musical inventor of many things used today in recording etc., and he invented of one of my favorite things.... he is known as one of the 'creators' of rock and roll, by creating the first solid body guitar. cool.. His real name was 'Lester William Polsfuss'.... He's known as just Les Paul, and 'Les Paul's' are also known as guitars.....and, an authentic 1950's Les Paul solid body guitar is one of most desirable and expensive electric guitars in the world today. Well, I guess, it's valued at between $US 200,000 and $US 750,000. WOW! There were only 17,000 of them made between 1958 and 1960. O.K. now I see why.
BUT, there's even more... with more looking, I found out there's really two  'Les Paul' solid body guitars around...the second one being the LES PAUL GIBSON. Les Paul was hired to endorse Gibson's new 'Les Paul Gibson model' in 1952 by Gibson Guitar Corporation president, TED McCARTHY. The Les Paul Gibson' has become one of the best known electric guitar types ever, along with the FENDER TELECASTER and STRADOCASTER. Yea.. These do not cost $200,000..Lucky for all those great guitarists who love their Les Paul. The Gibson guys have created many models over the years with the Les Paul Gibson Solid Body Electric Bass being created in the late '60's.
But, guess what? before 1952..yes,.about 1945, Les Paul had originally contacted Ted McCarthy about his new solid body guitar type. But, this new design was rejected by those Gibson folks....'Oh well...maybe next time' sigh..... [Jan].
The '52 'Les Paul Gibson' was made very popular by musicians like... ERIC CLAPTON, KEITH RICHARDS, and others with the start of rock and roll and their use of this guitar type. Thanks to all those guys. The rest is history. Now, everyone wants one. Sounds beautiful, don't they? Jan.
More LES PAUL video links....
1.] CHASING SOUND, found at gianniparadiso, lots of Les Paul history.
2.] 1959 LES PAUL STANDARD, by jacksonsrareguitars ,about the Les Paul original guitar.
3.] TIGER RAG, with Mary Ford, by kester1940
4.] $750,000 LES PAUL, by LAMusicAwards...beautful guitar
5.] CARAVAN, with Chet Atkins, by texpaco