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.
Classic rock means much more to the fans than simply the music. It’s about the spirit behind the songs.
These rock anthems take you back to a special time, a sacred place, a moment of pure magic.
Great bands know this. They handle their anthems with true reverence. Members who have joined along the way know they are being passed a very special torch.
Lynyrd Skynyrd bassist Ean Evans sums up this ethos in the latest video interview on the band’s official site.
If it feels a tad nippy right now (and it does), maybe it’s because the Eagles are touring. Tickets go on sale tomorrow (Fri 12th December 2008).
Yep. Hell’s freezing over once again…although Messrs Frey, Henley, Walsh and Schmit have rather sensibly chosen July 2009 to return to Britain:
Saturday 4th July – National Stadium Hampden Park, Glasgow
Tuesday 7th July – NIA, Birmingham
Saturday 11th July – MEN Arena, Manchester.
Pre-sale tickets are available via Live Nation.
Roll on July – right now it feels like there are gritters on the long road out of Eden.
New Bon Scott movie: speculation is focusing on precisely who will take the lead role.
Bon’s 35-year-old son Ben and Aussie actor Tom Budge are two names being thrown around by media reporting on director Eddie Martin’s new biopic.
Riffhappy’s humble recommendation would be Airbourne lead singer Joel O’Keeffe – not least after their magnificent sortie headlining London Astoria.
With SGs, Explorers and walls of Marshalls, Airbourne rank supreme among the new breed of raw-edged rock ‘n’ rollers.
Playing Whole Lotta Rosie for an encore doesn’t hurt either.