Burglars Miss Hendrix $100,000 Wah Pedal

Burglars who broke in the J. Levine Auction House before New Year’s Day stole $225,000 worth of guns and jewerly but, apparently, missed the custom built $100,000 wah-wah pedal once owned by the late, great Jimi Hendrix. Read full story and discuss this topic here.

CITES To Regulate All Species of Rosewood

Starting on January 2, 2017 the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora, or CITES for short, will start regulating any kind of rosewood being imported and exported. What this means is that if you’re thinking of selling a Les Paul outside the U.S., you’d need to apply for and include the guitar with a CITES re-export certificate through the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Discuss this topic here.

Joe Bonamassa’s Vintage Gear Collection

In this video Joe Bonamassa, a talented and professional guitar player, gives us a rare glimpse of his vintage gear which includes a 1955 Gibson Les Paul GT and 1959 Burst aka “Carmelita.” Discuss this topic and watch video here.

Slash Can’t Ignore Les Paul Guitar

r8_slashSo one of our members (freebyrd 69) brings his 2002 Gibson Les Paul R8 to a Slash concert, hoping to get his guitar signed by Slash himself. While waiting outside with his girlfriend, he sees a big bus pull in and next thing you know Slash steps out. So he takes out the guitar out of the case and holds it up. Slash looks over his shoulder, smiles and says “Oh man, I can’t walk away from that.” Continue Reading

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The Master’s Apprentice

Tom Doyle is one of those rare characters in the ever-long musical instrument production play that not only shadowed the Shakespeare of electric guitar, but also quickly became Les Paul’s right-hand man. Much like the Roger Mayer and Jimi Hendrix partnership that yielded some of the most iconic tones ever through science and art, the alchemical adventure of Tom Doyle and Les Paul was one of vision, heart, hands and the transmutation of wood, wire and metals into tonal gold. Continue Reading →

Pristine 1958 Gibson Les Paul Standard

1958-les-paul-standardThere are a few vintage Bursts out there that looks like it just came out of the Gibson factory and shows no sign of fading or checking. This is one of them; a 1958 Gibson Les Paul Standard. For pics and story on this guitar, click here.