The Black Burst

1960-black-burstBack in 1959 this dude could not afford a Black Beauty, so what does he do? He contacts Gibson and has his LP Standard painted black! Member CDaughtry was nice enough to share with us pictures and video of this one of a kind beauty.

Joe Bonamassa Skinner Burst Prototype

skinnerburst_protoJoe Bonamassa’s guitar tech, Mike Hickey, confirmed that Joe is currently testing out an official prototype for the Gibson Collector’s Choice Skinner Burst replica, which is a 1959 Gibson Les Paul that he owns, before it goes into production later this year. It will be a limited reissue and painted by Tom Murphy. “It’s working out great, it has great sustain, and it’s a really great guitar”, said Mike Hickey.

Click here for video and discussion.

Vintage Black Beauty Porn

60custom_danelectroWe love the way 50′s Black Beauties sound — fat, warm and sweet! So, we asked our members, who own a vintage Gibson Les Paul Custom from 1954-1969, to post pictures of their guitar here.

MyLesPaul Continues To Support St. Jude

stjude_suporterMyLesPaul has been a proud supporter of the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital since 2011. Today we received a very nice mail from them, and it said:

“As I sat down at my desk this morning to write you this letter, I was amazed by all that we were able to accomplish at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in 2013 thanks to Partners In Hope like you.”

Read the entire letter here.

A 1959 Burst. What else?

1959burst_jeanchristopheMember ‘Jean Christophe’ flew from France to Los Angeles to purchase this beautiful 1959 Gibson Les Paul Standard. What a lucky guy! Click here for more pictures and info.

Happy 96th Birthday, Les Paul

lespaulLester William Polfuss aka Les Paul, who was born on June 9, 1915, was an acclaimed American musician, innovator, entertainer, and all-around guitar genius. He was responsible for the world’s most famous guitar, the Les Paul model.

Les Paul would have been 96 years old today.

Click here see what other members are saying about Les Paul on his birthday.

Old school but cool video of Les Paul & Mary Ford:

Les Paul was a regular who played live for many years at The Iridium in NYC:

Google’s little tribute to Les Paul is this interactive guitar where you can strum strings and record on their homepage. Here’s a video of someone trying to do Stairway to Heaven:

Les Paul died in his home in Mahwah, NJ on August 13, 2009.

He will always be remembered and greatly missed.

Gibson.com Down 3 Days & Counting

amazon_awsThe reason Gibson.com has been offline for 3 days so far, is because they are hosted with Amazon.com Web Services (AWS), which is currently suffering network latency and connectivity errors that started in the morning of April 21st. More specifically, Amazon’s Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) service and its Relational Database Service are down.

There were a few brief outages in the past, but this is probably the first time AWS was down for the longest. Too bad Gibson.com, as well as other big sites, are suffering some serious downtime, not to mention losing potential customers as well.

Click here to see what other members are saying about the major outage.

Click here to read an article by CNN regarding the outage.

Update: Gibson.com seems to be back online since around 4 AM EST today (04/24). No official announcement from Gibson as to what happened yet.