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"There were originally two models designed. These were the regular model and the custom model. Several characteristics can distinguish Gibson Les Paul electric guitars from others. The strings are mounted on the top of the guitar. The hum bucker designed by Gibson has revolutionized the sounds of an electric guitar."




The Gibson Les Paul is an electric guitar with a solid body. This guitar was first developed in early 1950s. Ted McCarty designed this guitar with the help of a popular guitarist, after which the guitar was named.

The guitar quickly became popular in the music market. Les Paul was well respected and he experimented for years with the guitar designs. He was responsible for building the first ever Spanish guitar with a solid body. This was different from the Hawaiian lap-steel guitar.

There were originally two models designed. These were the regular model and the custom model. Several characteristics can distinguish Gibson Les Paul electric guitars from others. The strings are mounted on the top of the guitar. The hum bucker designed by Gibson has revolutionized the sounds of an electric guitar.

Collectors have started to show more interest in the original models, called Goldtops. The prices of these instruments are on the rise. The second edition of the custom guitar was completely black and was called the Black Beauty.

There were some differences between the Les Paul models and the junior models. The junior guitar was classed as the cheaper option. The TV mode was later released and they called this guitar the natural finish. In the early days, TVs were black and white so when the artist used a white finish guitar it would cause a glare. This is when they created the TV yellow range. These guitars did not cause the glare.

A special, stabilized version of the special edition is presently only offered by Gibson's custom shop and in the TV yellow series. The standard was changed from the original gold color to the sunburst finish. Because electric guitar prices were so high in the 1960s, the sales dropped dramatically. Because Gibson had modified and redesigned the guitar without notifying Les Paul. The artist then requested his name be removed from the instrument. That was when they split the company and went their own ways.

Eric Clapton recognized the rock potential in the late fifties guitars and gave them a wide exposure. They were used in many of the famed artists performances. Because of Hubert Sumlin and Freddie King, he started using these guitars too, creating much exposure for the company and the brand. Artists like Peter Green, Mick Taylor, Mike Bloomfield and Jimmy Page were soon using Gibson model.

Through the years, the original 1950s guitars became the most expensive and wanted electric guitars in the world. In good condition a 1959 model can be sold for anywhere from $200,000 to $750,000. The deluxe is among the new 1968 models and is known as the New York humbuckers.

The deluxe was reintroduced with more popularity and this was in association with Thin Lizzy and Pete Townsend. The pro deluxe was first introduced in Europe but then discontinued in 1982. The Studio model was introduced in 1983 and they are still in production. During the 1970s there was a Japanese company called Tokai. This company was known to have made some incredible replicas such as the Gibson Les Paul designs of 1957 to 1959.



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