Million Dollar Les Paul

Million Dollar Les Paul

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The original sunburst Gibson Les Paul - known as the 'Burst' - is the most celebrated electric guitar of all time. Manufactured at the end of the 50s, it was the instrument of choice for players such as Eric Clapton, Jimmy Page, and Jeff Beck (left). Now, examples of the guitar are changing hands for high six-figure sums. Million Dollar Les Paul tells the story of these legendary instruments and explores why they have become so desirable. It seems only a matter of time before a Burst sells for a million dollars. By the time you read this book, in fact, it may already have happened. This book, by renowned guitar historian Tony Bacon, combines meticulous research with a series of new interviews with players, technicians, and collectors, including Billy Gibbons of ZZ Top and Mr. Les Paul himself. It takes readers on a fascinating journey from a factory in Kalamazoo, Michigan, through the British blues scene of the 60s, to the salerooms and concert stages of the present day.6 A few months later he reported: aquot;Yes, the Gibson Les Paul is repaired now. ... That guitar suffered more damage - aquot;some idiot knocked it off a stool, aquot; says Beck, aquot;the headstock snapped off and it cracked near the bodyaquot; - and the instrumentanbsp;...

Title:Million Dollar Les Paul
Author:Tony Bacon
Publisher:Jawbone - 2008


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