Gibson Les Paul
It was one of the first commercially successful electric guitars, alongside the Fender Stratocaster.
It was first produced in 1952 and continues to be made to this day.
The guitar is a solid bodied electric guitar. It was designed by Ted McCarty with assistance by Les Paul, a US country and jazz guitarist who had been experimenting with guitar design for some time.
Paul was instrumental in producing a guitar that would provide more feedback resistance and sustain than the hollow bodied guitars available at the time.
The first model produced was nicknamed the Goldtop.
A huge number of variations have been produced, including different sizes and signature models for popular guitarists.
A number of famous guitarists have used Gibson Les Pauls during their careers. Notable players include:
• Ace Frehley
• Paul McCartney
• Jimmy Page
• Pete Townshend
• Frank Zappa
A 10 foot hand-painted Gibson Les Paul replica guitar signed by Paul McCartney sold at charity auction for £60,000 in 2007.
A 1957 gold Les Paul standard achieved $94,000 at a Skinner auction in 2010, significantly more than its high end $80,000 estimate.
A 1960 Gibson Les Paul Standard Cherry Sunburst electric guitar sold for $131,450 at a Heritage Auction Galleries sale in 2011.