Half a century ago was born a guitar which would become a true icon of rock.
Jimmy Page, Keith Richards, Eric Clapton – they all created legendary riffs on the 1959 Gibson Les Paul Standard.
True, the ’59 might not be the oldest Les Paul. That honour goes to the ’52.
Nor was the ’59 the first to get the PAF humbuckers and glorious maple top with burst. They came in ’57 and ’58 respectively.
But the ’59 had the faster neck. Add all these aforementioned factors together and the result is what enthusiasts regard as the holy grail of guitars.
You will have heard classic Les Pauls a thousand times at gigs…on albums and DVDs, on the radio and TV.
However, there is little to compare with hearing one in its full glory at close quarters.
Go to your local guitar shop. Ask them plug a classic Les Paul into a Marshall valve amp and savour the awesome sound.
Trust me, they’ll love you for it – any excuse to demo a great Les Paul.
Then buy one. You will love your Les Paul long after this recession and the next one have been and gone.