Eighty-plus years ago, long before his name became synonymous with the invention that changed the course of popular music, Les Paul was fascinated by sounds. Barely out of kindergarten, he was intrigued by the tinkling of the player piano in his mother’s parlor and the tones he could create by tapping the wooden banister rails on his way upstairs at bedtime. That childhood fascination drove him, as a young man, to experiment with… read more
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, 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
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
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
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
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 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
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
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