Back 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’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.
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Ever wanted to measure your Les Paul’s pickup DC resistance, but didn’t know how to? Thanks to member martin6string, he was kind enough to show us a few different ways to do just that. Click here for deetz.
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.
“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.”
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.
Lester 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.
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.”
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