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.
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.
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.
Back in 1976, T. Rex Marc Bolan’s vintage Les Paul was stolen outside a rehearsal studio and supposedly never seen again, until it is revealed to us after been in hiding all these years! Pics and Info Here
So 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
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 →
The King of Blues, BB King, has passed away on May 14 at 9:40 PM EST. Read what others are saying here.
‘Minty’ is a fine example of a lightly played and well-cared for 1959 Gibson Les Paul Standard that has faded a bit to iced tea. Discuss this guitar and watch video here.
There 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.
Do modern Gibson Les Paul Historics fade like in the 1950’s? Find out what some Historic owners have to say here.