Like a fine wine, this classic design has only gotten better with age. Instantly recognisable for looks and unbeatable tone, The Gibson Les Paul will never go out of style. Known for the solid body, twin humbuckers and set-in neck, the Les Paul is the first choice for many players.
With it's 'AAA' carved maple top, Mahogany tonewood body, two tone controls, two volume controls and twin humbuckers, the Les Paul has remained relatively unchanged since 1952, is one of the first mass-produced solid body guitars. The Tune-o-Matic bridge is still used as the standard to this day, since it's introduction in 1955, consistently keeping the pitch and tone of the instrument.
Always a favourite choice amongst famous guitarists, from Jimmy Page to Billy Gibbons, the newly revitalised Les Paul standards now feature the Slim Taper neck profile and improved weight for even more playability. With the addition of the modern Burstbucker Pro Pickups, and 'Push-Pull' pots, the Les Paul now offers a wider range of fresh and classic tones and even more creativity. Gibson now offers a wider range than ever before, with signature models, custom designs and the trusted standards, 2018 is a fantastic time to be a guitarist!
The Gibson Les Paul was first produced early in 1952, the Les Paul was the very first solid body guitar to be produced by the Gibson Company, and was created due to the fact that Leo Fender had proven the viability of such a product with the Fender Telecaster.
With Ted McCarthy at the helm, the Gibson Company wanted to make sure they acquired a share of the solid body market, and came up with the concept of approaching a well known musician, Les Paul, to design a range of solid body electric guitars. Interestingly, Les Paul had already approached Gibson in 1945 with some designs and ideas for an electric solid body guitar, and had been ridiculed by Gibson.
There is some ambiguity over just who designed which parts of the original Les Paul, with Les Paul himself telling a very different story to the Gibson employees at the time. In the Gibson version of the story, the company had already completed the design of the 1952 Les Paul before Les was approached to endorse it, the only modifications he made to the design were bridge and the name itself. The story told by Les himself is a little different, he tells that he already had the ideas for the Gold Top and the Black Custom, and Gibson gave him the final say in every part of the design process.