Who Was Your First Les Paul Hero?

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  1. Latearrival

    Latearrival Senior Member

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    Huw Lloyd Langton - Hawkwind. For years I didn't actually like the look of Les Pauls, preferring "superstrats", but I was eventually drawn to them by the unique 3 dimensional sound people were getting playing them through Marshal amps. When I finally bought my LP Trad 7 years ago, it was the "missing link" the final piece in the jigsaw which gave me the guitar tone I had in my head!

    Also I loved the "Flutey" tone of the neck pick-up - best demonstrated here by Huw Lloyd Langton from Hawkwind:

     
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  2. TheWelder

    TheWelder Senior Member

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    I guess I would credit Slash as being my first Les Paul hero. I was 10 years old when AFD was released and I remember seeing the Welcome to the Jungle video. Slash was so cool with this top hat, jean jacket, and Les Paul. Although I didn't know what kind of guitar it was at the time, it was different from the pointy flamboyant guitars of the hair metal era and it was so sweet looking.

    Then in high school I started getting into Led Zeppelin, The Who, etc. - I started playing guitar and naturally was drawn to the Les Paul. As I've grown up my musical tastes have evolved and I've actually turned into more of a Strat person, but I still love my Gibsons.
     
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  3. LeftyGtrPlr

    LeftyGtrPlr Junior Member

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    1. My uncle, John Beckham, who played a lawsuit-era Ibanez Les Paul
    2. Peter Frampton
    3. Randy Rhoads
    4. Gary Moore
    5. John Sykes
     

  4. BadMojo

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    Billy Gibbons and the "Pearly Gates" Les Paul!

     

  5. Snakum

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    First ....

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    Then ....

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    And somewhere in there this guy was also my guitar hero ... way before I knew that Allen Collins probably did a slight magority of the non-slide lead work. Lol

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  6. Hawkfn18

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    Jimmy Page. Coming from a family whose parents who listened strictly to Motown, and an older sister who loved disco, I didn't start on my musical journey until I was 10 years old, a few years after John Bonham passed away. My grade school friend played guitar and taught me to play. It was then when I discovered Led Zeppelin, Ozzy, Sabbath, etc. The first time I heard Led Zeppelin 1 through 4 I was hooked! Great memories indeed and trying to explain to my mother that Led Zeppelin wasn't a guy, but a band :rofl::rofl::rofl::rofl:
     
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  7. Reflect_ion

    Reflect_ion Senior Member

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    Adam Jones from Tool back in 2001. Good times!

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    I'm still looking for that '79 - '85 Silverburst in Belgium...
     
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  8. HogmanA

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    [​IMG] Jimmy Page opened the way into music, and as an extension, Les Pauls.
    I got my first electric guitar at 11 years old (hand me down cheap Kay), desperate to play , I don't know why as I had no inspiration - all the guitarists I had seen were from a bygone time (I was in love with 50's chess blues records), or just looked like they were pretending to be guitarists.

    When I saw The Song Remains The Same (around 1990) - a light was switched on, this was it!
    Here at last was someone doing IT for real.

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  9. Radbloke McShreddington

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    For me it would have to be:

    Mark Knopfler
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    Then later Mick Jones
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    Then later Justin Beck
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  10. Jeremiah

    Jeremiah The Worst Premium Member

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    First guy I remember seeing was probably Slash if I'm being honest. After that I started to notice them more in other players.
     
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  11. Martins LP

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    I don't think I really have one. I bought a Les Paul because I've spent 24 years playing Strats and suddenly wondered why I did. Sure my guitar heros - Hendrix, SRV, Clapton etc all played Strats but I fancied trying something different. I guess Joe Bonamassa made me realise I could happly switch between Fender and Gibson.
    I'm going to spend sometime checking out the Les Paul heroes listed here. Are there any more contemporary artist to check out though?
     
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  12. DarrellV

    DarrellV About as sharp as a bowlin' ball! -NPM Silver Supporter Premium Member

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    This pretty much exactly for me too! Same thing as @gball describes was what happened to me too...

    Then when I heard Gary tearing up a live version of 157 Riverside ave on the radio one night I says to my friend, that doesn't sound like RUSH, but dam, that guitar player sounds pretty close (tone, prowess etc).

    ATWAS let me see a Lester up close, and though I'm sure I had seen them in stores and around, it didn't really sink in till then.
     
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    My very first album was the Doobie Brothers The Captain and Me. I think there were Gibsons being played?

    I won that album in a water balloon toss at the Japanese Gardeners association picnic in 1973 Redlands California.

    Changed everything!

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    Jimmy, Joe, and Gary
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  18. LPJR

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    Gibbons, Page, Frampton
     
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    If I can include a Les Paul Jr., it was Leslie West.
     
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  20. jbash

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    fdb3d0f70c8a5eb51d5a9cbc1b31f22a--thin-lizzy-music-rock.jpg This guy..
     
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