The Gibson Les Paul Book: A Complete History of Les Paul Guitars

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For guitar collectors, musicians, and fans--the first complete examination of the Gibson Les Paul guitar, the instrument of choice for many of the world's top rock guitarists since 1952. This unique book features a complete examination of these famous guitars. 100 color photos.

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Much of the history of rock 'n' roll focuses on the personalities of a steady progression of guitarists, who, in turn, often focus on the personalities of their guitars. Many of those guitars, including those used by stars of the caliber of Eric Clapton, were the Gibson Company's electric models named after Les Paul, the guitar ace of the 1940s and 1950s, and have become collector's items. This complete history of the Les Pauls explains the company's collaboration with Paul in 1952 to produce the instruments and then covers in detail their technical and commercial history down to the present day. Not only is the book tricked out with a lavish profusion of color illustrations (mostly portraits of the instruments), but it also presents quite a variety of historical facts in the main text and concludes with appendixes full of model identification data and extensive chronologies. Rock fans who revere the hardware as much as the players may well enjoy Bacon and Day's effort, and guitar collectors and fanciers will find it a valuable reference. John Shreffler

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For guitar collectors, musicians, and fans alike, The Gibson Les Paul Book is the first complete examination of the Gibson Les Paul guitar, the instrument of choice for many of the world's top rock guitarists since 1952. Made famous by Eric Clapton in the 1960s, the Gibson Les Paul is one of the most popular and enduring of all solid electric guitars. Closely associated with such musicians as Jimmy Page and Jeff Beck, the Gibson Les Paul is still in production and is gaining fresh appreciation among newer plays like Slash of Guns N' Roses. Collectors also deem vintage Les Paul guitars one of the most desirable solid body production models on the market. They're all here, from the original model to the upmarket Custom, the Sunburst Standard, the Junior and the Special -- all discussed within the context of the fluctuating trends in both popular music and the vintage guitar market. -- Midwest Book Review

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