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.

Member Ages His R8 Les Paul

nicolasriver_r8_agedEver 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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Burst and Historic Match

leese_r0Just for fun, member Kevin James, thought of matching his Historic Les Paul with a vintage Burst. Others joined and matched theirs. Really cool to see how they compare. Some of them came really close and looked like the same guitar!

If you own the book Beauty of the Burst, you can look and see if one of the Bursts look like your Historic.

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Naked 1956 Les Paul Beauty

naked_56gtMember 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!”

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Gibson’s Revolutionary Firebird X

firebirdxGibson 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.

MLP Meet: 2nd Annual Philly Guitar Show

mlpmeet_2ndMembers of MyLesPaul will meet  next month on November 20 and 21 at the Great American Guitar Show in King of Prussia, PA. There will be a  MLP Booth available for members to meet others and display their Les Paul guitars.

Thanks to Bee-3Grinning Elk, and our fellow forum brother DelawareGold, for making this possible.

To discuss this topic, click here.

Slash: Derrig vs Max

slash_derrigHave you ever wondered what guitar Slash used to record the AFD album, or played in the ‘Sweet Child O’ Mine’ video? It wasn’t exactly a Gibson, it was a 1959 Les Paul replica made by the late luthier Chris Derrig. Or was it made by Peter ‘Max’ Baranet?

We can debate all day long, but one thing we can agree on, is that the AFD tone is sweeeeet!

MLP Member, Flickoflash, tells the story here.

Randy Rhoads Les Paul Custom


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).

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Les Paul, 1915 – 2009

Les Paul, whose innovations with the electric guitar and studio technology made him one of the most important figures in recorded music, has died, according to a statement from his publicists. Paul was 94.

Paul died in White Plains, New York, from complications of severe pneumonia, according to the statement.

Paul was a guitar and electronics mastermind whose creations — such as multitrack recording, tape delay and the solid-body guitar that bears his name, the Gibson Les Paul — helped give rise to modern popular music, including rock ‘n’ roll. No slouch on the guitar himself, he continued playing at clubs into his 90s despite being hampered by arthritis.

“If you only have two fingers [to work with], you have to think, how will you play that chord?” he told CNN.com in a 2002 phone interview. “So you think of how to replace that chord with several notes, and it gives the illusion of sounding like a chord.”

Guitarists mourned the loss Thursday.

“Les Paul was truly a ‘one of a kind.’ We owe many of his inventions that made the rock ‘n roll sound of today to him, and he was the founding father of modern music,” B.B. King said in a statement. “This is a huge loss to the music community and the world. I am honored to have known him.”

Joe Satriani said in a statement: “Les Paul set a standard for musicianship and innovation that remains unsurpassed. He was the original guitar hero and the kindest of souls. Last October I joined him onstage at the Iridium club in [New York], and he was still shredding. He was and still is an inspiration to us all.”

In a statement, Slash said, “Les Paul was a shining example of how full one’s life can be; he was so vibrant and full of positive energy.”

Lester William Polfuss was born in Waukesha, Wisconsin, on June 9, 1915. Even as a child he showed an aptitude for tinkering, taking apart electric appliances to see what made them tick. more