We 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.
Member ‘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.
A YouTube video has surfaced where this Gibson dude pulls a prank and puts a Gibson SG guitar in the Fender booth. Click here to join the discussion.
The 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.
Ever wanted to age your Les Paul but don’t want to wait 10 years or so for that to happen? Instead of playing the crap out of his guitar and letting time do the aging, member nicolasrivera spent only 8 hours trying to age his Historic Les Paul and it turned out really well and realistic!
“Having free time this past Sunday I woke up with one thing in mind, age the sides and back of my R8. I can’t deny what I am, a relic freak and knowing that my R8 with its NOT VINTAGE CORRECT lacquer would not age within the next 5 years. Having already 10 year on her I said I will do my best to speed time up in just one day of work. Well, actually 8 hours of work.”
To view photos and discuss this topic, click here.
Member pinefd picked up this gorgeous naked 1956 Les Paul at the Philly Show several months ago. The finish was stripped at one point, showing its mildly flamed three-piece top!
“Well, after diving head-first into the Historic world almost seven years ago, I finally decided to see what all this vintage love was all about. Now, having purchased three vintage Les Pauls over the past four months, I think I’m finally starting to “get it”. Two of my three recent acquisitions are shown below.
This ’56 I picked up at the Philly show a couple of weeks ago, at a very reasonable price. And for those of you who may have been at the show, no it’s probably not the one you’re thinking of…it’s not the one with the center seam, and a wax finish on the top, at an asking price in the mid $30Ks. The one I got was a walk-in that was seen by only a handful of people, including (fortunately) me. It made it as far as the first booth in the show, before being spotted by my buddy Fred (59gibson), who knew I was looking for something like this…thanks Fred!”
To view photos and discuss this topic, click here.
Gibson CEO Henry Juszkiewicz announced the new Revolutionary Firebird X in New York City earlier today. “This is new. This is different. This is revolution,” he said to the press, fans and celebrities in attendance.
The guitar is chambered and weighs about 2.3 lbs. MSRP is $5,570. Comes with vinyl case with tweed/brown accents.
When fellow members of MyLesPaul learned of the new Firebird X, not many were impressed about it. As of this writing, poll shows that out of 200 members that voted, 64.50% said they didn’t like it. Failbird X?
To view photos and videos, and discuss this topic, click here.
Randy Rhoads is, no doubt, one of the brightest stars in the metal-guitar scene. Gibson recently introduced the Randy Rhoads Les Paul Custom reissue to honor his achievement.
As many of you know, a Les Paul Custom in white will turn yellowish after a while. So, the Gibson artisans have worked hard to reproduce that rich amber color of Randy’s original 1974 Les Paul guitar.
One hundred of these reissues will be hand-aged to match the playing wear and road abuse experienced by Randy Rhoads, while another 200 will be in VOS (Vintage Original Spec).
To discuss this topic, click here.
Any way you look at it, Les Paul is a living legend.
Better yet, Lester William Polsfuss (later changed to Lester Polsfuss, and then Les Paul) is a national treasure like no other. He’s a rare, class-act-of-a man that comes around once in a lifetime, and anyone who has the pleasure of being in his presence is a better person for it.
At the tender, young age of 94 – which he celebrates today – the incomparable Les Paul is still as amazing as the legacy he continues to grow with every passing year. Of course, he is best known for inventing the modern solid body electric guitar – a glorious instrument that still bears his name today. And he was also the first person to utilize multi-track recording in a studio. Can anyone even begin to imagine where our industry would be today if it wasn’t for these two genius inventions? We sure can’t, and we don’t think you can either. more
Who knows—besides the members of the Scottish band themselves—what Teenage Fanclub were referring to with the title of the final song on the classic Bandwagonesque. Perhaps they didn’t think it was music if it didn’t have lyrics, or maybe it was just too cheerful and simple. Whatever the case, “Is This Music?” surely is music, a terrifically soaring way to end an album that holds up years later—if it didn’t turn out to be as influential as 1991′s other big hype, Nirvana’s Nevermind. more