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Les Paul was an American jazz and country guitarist, songwriter and inventor. He was the inventor of the solid-body electric guitar which made the sound of rock and roll possible. He is credited with many recording innovations. Although he was not the first to use the technique, his early experiments with overdubbing (also known as sound on sound), delay effects such as tape delay, phasing effects and multi-track recording were among the first to attract widespread attention. 

Paul's innovative guitar, "The Log", built after-hours in the Epiphone guitar factory in 1940, a 4" × 4" chunk of pine with strings and a pickup, was one of the first solid-body electric guitars. Paul Tutmarc of Audiovox Manufacturing Co. built a solid body electric bass in 1935 and Adolph Rickenbacker had marketed a solid-body guitar in the 1930s and Paul A. Bigsby had built one for Merle Travis in 1948 and Leo Fender also independently created his own (the Fender "Broadcaster" later changed to "Esquire" for copyright reasons, a single pickup model) in 1948. Although Paul approached the Gibson Guitar Corporation with his idea of a solid body electric guitar, they showed no interest until Fender began marketing its Esquire which later had a second pick-up added and became known as the Telecaster.

The arrangement persisted until 1961, when declining sales prompted Gibson to change the design without Paul's knowledge, creating a much thinner, lighter and more aggressive-looking instrument with two cutaway "horns" instead of one. Paul said he first saw the "new" Gibson Les Paul in a music-store window, and disliked it. Although his contract required him to pose with the guitar, he said it was not "his" instrument and asked Gibson to remove his name from the headstock. Others claimed that Paul ended his endorsement contract with Gibson during his divorce to avoid having his wife get his endorsement money. Gibson renamed the guitar "Gibson SG", which stands for "Solid Guitar", and it also became one of the company's best sellers.

The Gibson Les Paul, one of the world's most popular electric guitars, was named after the man who invented it.

 
        THIS IS LES PAUL'S PERSONAL GUITAR - THE ACTUAL GUITAR HE PLAYED UP UNTIL HIS PASSING...
 A LIVING LEGEND...
This guitar was owned and played regularly by Lester William Polsfuss… known to most around the world as Les Paul, to his friends as “Red”. The inventor of the modern electric solid body guitar. This guitar was part of his personal collection... He liked and played it so much that posed with it for the cover of his Official Biography, “Les Paul – In His Own Words.

 
THIS GUITAR IS LITERALLY A PIECE OF LIVING HISTORY...


This exquisite Les Paul Custom was owned and played by Les Paul himself and was actually part of his personal collection... until he passed away in 2009. This guitar is 100% authentic and was purchased from Julien's Auctions, who was proud to present Property From The Estate of Les Paul.

Les Paul basically invented this solid body electric guitar that bears his name - and he not only revolutionized the sound of the electric guitar, but also the technology behind modern day sound recording. Les Paul pioneered innovative techniques with sound-on-sound recording and commissioned the first 8-track tape recorder, which would become the core technology behind multi-track recording still used today. The sale included property, equipment, memorabilia. and instruments that span the entirety of Paul’s career from his days as Rhubarb Red to his weekly Monday night concerts at the Iridium Jazz Club in New York City.    MORE INFO HERE...
 

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