50 Years of the Gibson Les Paul

50 Years of the Gibson Les Paul

Half A Century of the Greatest Electric Guitars

Book - 2002
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Hal Leonard
(Book). This exciting book documents the complete decade-by-decade story of one of the world's most important and influential electric guitars. The Gibson Les Paul turned 50 years old in 2002, and since its invention, its sweet, urgent sound has been used by a host of major rock players from Eric Clapton in Cream to Steve Jones of The Sex Pistols, from Joe Walsh in The Eagles to Slash of Guns N'Roses. Unique color photographs feature a multitude of luscious Les Paul models and highlight great players in action with their Les Paul guitars. Meticulous listings for the collector document every model produced from 1952 to the present day. 50 Years of the Gibson Les Paul is a beautiful, detailed examination of six decades of great guitars and the fine musicians inspired to play them.

Book News
This volume celebrates the golden anniversary of the solidbody guitar endorsed in 1952 by guitarist Les Paul. It explores the various models developed in each decade, revealing individual specifications and the unique qualities that led Paul to say, "You can do anything with this instrument." Illustrated with 200-plus photographs of instruments and famous players as well as Gibson catalogs, ads, and other memorabilia, it also highlights the Signature Les Paul models made for legendary performers and provides historical context to the guitar's evolution. Also included is a reference section of specifications, dating methods, and a model chronology from 1952-2002. The author of many books on the guitar, Bacon served as an advisor to a BBC documentary titled Guitar Legends . Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Blackwell North Amer
Les Paul himself was the most famous guitarist in America in the early 1950s, and his endorsement of Gibson's radical new solid body model was important to its initial success. Now the Gibson Les Paul is one of the most famous electric guitars in the world, and this book explains exactly how that fame grew as players discovered the devastating sonic potential hidden away in an apparently polite 1950s design.
Unique colour photographs feature a multitude of luscious Les Paul models and highlight the great players in action with their Les Paul guitars. Meticulous listings for the collector document every Gibson Les Paul model produced from 1952 to the present day. 50 Years Of The Gibson Les Paul is an examination of six decades of great guitars and the fine musicians inspired to play them.

Publisher: San Francisco, CA : Backbeat ; London : Hi Marketing, 2002
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780879307110
0879307110
Branch Call Number: 787.8709 BACON
Characteristics: 160 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 28 cm
Notes: Includes index

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