Who Was Your First Les Paul Hero?

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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I'm an old fart, so for me it was Ace, Page, Frampton and Lifeson. Especially when I got a copy of ATWAS....all those great pics of Alex Lifeson and his LP really got me hooked. I started out playing drums before guitar, so the pics of Pearts kit had the same affect on me.
Lifeson's tone on ATWAS was the first time I heard something and said to myself "I want to be able to make THAT sound"

Funny because he wasn't even known primarily as a Les Paul player.

Next in line would be a tie between Joe Perry and Jimmy Page.
I would say Ace, Gary Richrath from REO and Neil Schon simultaneously for me. I was a young kid in the late 70s and that was what i was into. From the begining in my mind any time i thought about a guitar the les paul image was in my head.
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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