U2 Les Paul Guitar Sells for $240k

A guitar with more than a little sentimental value to U2′s The Edge has sold at a charity auction in New York. The Hard Rock Café auction run by Julien’s Auctions saw the Gibson Les Paul guitar go for $240,000. It had been used by The Edge in U2′s live concerts since 1985 and was described by bidders as showing more than a few signs of wear. That didn’t stop the bidders… read more

Gibson Guitar Warns Consumers About Counterfeit Instruments

Gibson Guitar, the world’s premiere musical instrument manufacturer and leader in music technology continues to protect its intellectual property rights and provide consumer protection against the growing problem of counterfeit instruments being shipped from and sold by outlets and individuals in China. Several complaints from consumers who were sold fake instruments has prompted an aggressive move on Gibson Guitar’s part to work with government officials and… read more

Velvet Revolver sets July date for “Libertad”

After scrapping the original May 29 release date, Velvet Revolver has settled on July 3 to unveil its second album, “Libertad. The first single from the RCA Records set will be “She Builds Quick Machines,” one of the four new tracks the group has been playing of late during shows in South America. “RCA did a bunch of research on what the first single should be,” bassist Duff McKagan… read more

Edge’s Gibson Les Paul on The Block

Music Rising has announced that tickets are now on sale for the Icons of Music Auction to benefit Music Rising on Saturday April 21, 2007 at Hard Rock Cafe New York in Times Square at 5pm. Tickets can be purchased through Ticketmaster for the auction event, which will offer one of the most significant collections of music memorabilia from many of music’s greatest legends… read more

Les Paul Will Play Concert to Raise Money for Exhibit on His Life

Guitar legend Les Paul will be back in his hometown May 10 for a concert to help raise money for a local exhibit on his life and accomplishments, organizers announced Tuesday.

Sue Baker, executive director of the Waukesha County Museum, said officials are thrilled the 91-year-old musician is helping them raise money for the $3 million, 5,000-square-foot exhibit they hope to have done by 2010. They have already raised nearly $1 million… read more

Les Paul Jam and Tone Conference #9

If you love your Les Paul, and want to represent and join other Les Paul lovers, then this event is for you! This year’s Les Paul Jam & Tone Conference will be held at Greensboro, NC on April 13-14.

Goers are encouraged to bring their Les Pauls. There will be a full stage set up. The entrance fee is either dog or cat food to benefit the Humane Society… read more

Gibson Produces Limited-Edition Replica of Page’s Iconic Double-Neck Guitar

Gibson Guitar has partnered with legendary Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page to produce a limited-edition replica of Page’s iconic double-neck guitar.

The guitar was created through a partnership with Page and the Gibson Custom Shop in Nashville, Tenn. and is based on the specifications of Page’s original ’71 Gibson EDS-1275 double-neck model that boasted a 12-string electric on top and a six-string electric on bottom… read more

U2′s the Edge Donates Guitar to Auction

The Edge is donating his favorite instrument to an auction benefiting Music Rising, a charity the U2 guitarist co-founded to replace musical equipment lost or destroyed by Hurricane Katrina. He’s logged thousands of hours of stage and studio time on the 1975 Gibson Les Paul. The 45-year-old musician has used the guitar throughout his years with U2.

“I wanted to give something really significant that would really mean a lot for me to give. It deserved something that I would miss,” The Edge told The Associated Press by phone from France… read more

Duper Said He Was Duped Himself

A man charged with selling fake guitars to a teenager in Cary says he did nothing intentionally wrong and he wants to make things right with the victim and the Secretary of State’s office, which is investigating the case.

Steven Sexton, 48, of Lillington was charged with selling counterfeit Les Paul guitars to Jonathan Jakubowski, 15, of Cary. The victim called authorities when he went to get his instrument repaired and discovered it was counterfeit… read more

Youth’s Guitar Lesson: If It’s Too Good to Be True

A Cary youth is going into his 17th year waiting to find out if he’ll get $1,000 back for a fake guitar he bought or a life lesson in “buyer beware.”

Jonathan Jakubowski paid $1,000 for what was billed as a Les Paul-model Gibson electric guitar. That was a bargain because they usually sell for three times that much… read more