Mine was in 1969, I had just been taking guitar lessons for about a year. I had started playing guitar on my own in 1964, (8 years old)... after I saw the Beatles on the Ed Sullivan show, (like millions of other little boys) I went to a school dance and saw this great band named Surprise. The guitarist in the band, (the only one) had a Black Beauty. This guy was an incredibly accomplished guitarist, he covered all the rhythm and lead parts flawlessly. The sounds he was getting out of that guitar where amazing, (and I don't throw that word around a lot like some people). Oh..I should mention he was playing thru 2 100 watt Marshall heads and 4 4-12 Marshall Cabs!!!......Well anyway I had to get me a guitar like that one. I didn't even know what the name of the guitar was, Oh I knew it was a Gibson because I could see that from the dance floor, but I didn't know anything else. Except that the Gibsons hanging on the wall in the music store where I took lessons were REAL expensive!! It took me a little over a year to get my first LP, a 1971 sunburst Deluxe. From then on it's been a life long love affair. I didn't even know there was a person named "Les Paul"....I just thought it was the model name of the guitar!