#1
Serious question.


What did Les Paul use?


What I really mean is [^above was trying to attract attention from those who think I'm trolling], is there a production model of the two single coil LP he used [with the unusual control panel], or is that something unavailable?

Because LP doesn't play any form of modern LP at all.
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#2
I am pretty sure that he played his own custom Les Paul. I don't know much about it though.

EDIT: Sorry, I did not answer your question. No there is no replica of his guitar for retail that I know about.
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#4
i think he used the old les pauls the ones he made first

Les paul died at 94 so we'll never find out from him but maybe from old photos
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Yeah, but I want a name [if possible, and not 'it's a les paul n00b'], and if it's ever available to buy.

Not that I intend to get one anytime soon, but it's definitely a guitar I may like to get in the future, as it's a pretty nice guitar. Much better then standard LPs.
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#12
i swear ive seen him with the 3 Pup black beauty les paul custom, but i dunno about the modelyour refering to
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#13
that guitar pictured is called the Les Paul Personal i believe.
I don't think it's available to buy, Les Paul heavily modified his own guitars from what I've read, and that one (before his modifications) was very likely built solely as his own.
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#14
Just to say, I've actually seen, face to face, Les Paul's actual favourite Les Paul.
It looked very nice, better then standard LPs.
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#16
Les Paul Personal and Les Paul Recording are both names by which it was called. A friend's dad collects wacky '70s Gibsons and has one.

I don't know that you'd actually want it, TS. Those aren't just single-coils, they're specially made low-impedance pickups. IIRC, they have almost no output - but also produce almost zero feedback, and are great for recording.
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#17
Here is a pic of Les with the guitar I have seen him play most often. It's a bit different than the one pictured earlier as it has a Bigsby.




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#18
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Yeah, but I want a name [if possible, and not 'it's a les paul n00b'], and if it's ever available to buy.

Not that I intend to get one anytime soon, but it's definitely a guitar I may like to get in the future, as it's a pretty nice guitar. Much better then standard LPs.


Quote by Gibson Les Paul wiki
Until his death in August, 2009, Les Paul himself played his personal Les Paul Guitar onstage, weekly, in New York City. Paul preferred his 1972 Gibson "Recording" model guitar, with different electronics and a one-piece mahogany body, and which, as an inveterate tinkerer and bona fide inventor, he had modified heavily to his liking over the years. A Bigsby-style vibrato was of late the most visible change although his guitars were formerly fitted with his Les Paulverizer effects.


I assume that a google of "Gibson Recording model Les Paul" will yield more info.
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#20
Quote by Simsimius
Serious question.


What did Les Paul use?


What I really mean is [^above was trying to attract attention from those who think I'm trolling], is there a production model of the two single coil LP he used [with the unusual control panel], or is that something unavailable?

Because LP doesn't play any form of modern LP at all.

actually i've seen pictures of him onstage with a les paul studio faded in cherry red.

but the guitar he played was a "les paul personal", a signature model they made in the late '60s, which he just kept on modding - so unless gibson release a "tribute" model next week, you're not gonna get anything quite the same, although you might be able to find a les paul personal model which is what his guitar was to begin with.

edit: pic here:

http://www.gibson.com/Files/aaFeaturesImages2009/feature-1969-les-paul-personal.jpg
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actually i've seen pictures of him onstage with a les paul studio faded in cherry red.

but the guitar he played was a "les paul personal", a signature model they made in the late '60s, which he just kept on modding - so unless gibson release a "tribute" model next week, you're not gonna get anything quite the same, although you might be able to find a les paul personal model which is what his guitar was to begin with.

edit: pic here:

http://www.gibson.com/Files/aaFeaturesImages2009/feature-1969-les-paul-personal.jpg

This.

The guitar has been extensively modded - Les even wound the pickups that were in it.
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#23
Wow, that's some ugly guitar. I am sure they will eventually do some kind of tribute model that is similar.
#24
he sometimes used a cherry red lp studio
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#25
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Yeah, but I want a name [if possible, and not 'it's a les paul n00b'], and if it's ever available to buy.

Not that I intend to get one anytime soon, but it's definitely a guitar I may like to get in the future, as it's a pretty nice guitar. Much better then standard LPs.


Yeh, it's called a Les Paul Recording. It was sold around the 60's, I don't think they make re-issues, And he (Les Paul) said it was his favorite type of Les Paul ever made.

I know all this because my brother has one, Looks exactly like that one up there^^^.

We found it in my Grandpa's basement along with five or six other vintage Gibsons...

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#26
Of the familiar Les Paul shape guitars, originally he played a Goldtop (of course). Then in 1954 he commissioned a black version to match the Tuxedo he wore on stage. This was the real Black Beauty and had very low frets, later known as 'fretless wonder' that appeared on some LPs and the first SG shaped LP Customs. By the mid sixties he was playing a strange white LP with his own pickups and a box behind the tail stop which had all sorts of effects, including a looper so he could play duets with himself on stage. Only later did the angled pickups come about on the 'personal'.
There have been several re-issues of the old Goldtops, so I'd most like to see a proper '54 spec Black Beauty as a tribute.
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#27
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i swear ive seen him with the 3 Pup black beauty les paul custom, but i dunno about the modelyour refering to


I actually got a chance to see Les Paul play live at a guitar expo many many years ago and he was using the Les Paul pictured earlier and he used a standard LP.
#29
What about the amp? What amplifier did Les Paul use?

I can't find any info on this, Wikipedia has nothing and google just returns info on Gibson LP guitars and random amps...

Was he forced to use Gibson amps because of his contract with Gibson?

Probably he just invented and built his own amps...
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#30
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What about the amp? What amplifier did Les Paul use?

I can't find any info on this, Wikipedia has nothing and google just returns info on Gibson LP guitars and random amps...

Was he forced to use Gibson amps because of his contract with Gibson?

Probably he just invented and built his own amps...

He probably just used random amps or some pa of some sort
#31
He plugs into the PA most likely.
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#32
When I saw him he was plugged into a small Fender combo amp, but that was at a guitar expo so I doubt that was his main rig.

Also, FWIW...saw Zakk Wylde at same expo from about 6 inches away as he felt the need to put his leg on my chair and shred my face off for about 3 minutes straight.
#33
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When I saw him he was plugged into a small Fender combo amp, but that was at a guitar expo so I doubt that was his main rig.

Also, FWIW...saw Zakk Wylde at same expo from about 6 inches away as he felt the need to put his leg on my chair and shred my face off for about 3 minutes straight.

That would of ruined my whole day if someone annoyed me that bad.
#34
seeing he passed away, im sure, in the near future there will be models of his guitar releaased.
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#37
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that guitar pictured is called the Les Paul Personal i believe.
I don't think it's available to buy, Les Paul heavily modified his own guitars from what I've read, and that one (before his modifications) was very likely built solely as his own.


Its commercially availiable version is the les paul custom recording model. made round 1972 itd be pretty hard to get ur hands on one of them. in my personal opinion id just get a les paul standard plus. its an extremely nice guitar, but all gibson are so ya.