Gibson Les Paul

Gibson Les Paul
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Gibson Les Paul Classic Premium Plus (c. 1994, based on 1960 Standard).
ManufacturerGibson
Period1952–1960
1961–1963 (in SG form)
1968–present
Construction
Body typeSolid, Semi – hollow, Chambered
Neck jointSet neck
Scale24.75 in
628.65 mm
Woods
BodyMahogany (often with a maple top)
Swamp ash (rare)
NeckUsually mahogany
Maple
FretboardUsually Rosewood
Ebony
Maple
Richlite
Hardware
BridgeUsually Tune-O-Matic
Pickup(s)Usually 2 humbuckers
2 P-90s
3 humbuckers
Colors available
Originally various sunburst; many other colors subsequently produced.

The Gibson Les Paul is a solid body electric guitar that was first sold by the Gibson Guitar Corporation in 1952.[1] The Les Paul was designed by Gibson president Ted McCarty, factory manager John Huis and their team with input from and endorsement by guitarist Les Paul. Its typical design features a solid mahogany body with a carved maple top and a single cutaway, a mahogany set-in neck with a rosewood fretboard, two pickups with independent volume and tone controls, and a stoptail bridge, although variants exist.

The Les Paul was originally offered with a gold finish and two P-90 pickups. In 1957, humbucking pickups were added, along with sunburst finishes in 1958. The 1958–1960 sunburst Les Paul, today one of the best-known electric guitar types in the world, was considered a commercial failure,[citation needed] with low production and sales. For 1961, the Les Paul was redesigned into what is now known as the Gibson SG. The original single-cutaway, carved top bodystyle was re-introduced in 1968. The Les Paul has been produced in many versions and editions since. Along with Fender's Telecaster and Stratocaster, it was one of the first mass-produced electric solid-body guitars. Due to their versatility, Les Paul electric guitars have been used in a wide range of music genres, including rock, country, pop, soul, rhythm and blues, blues, jazz, reggae, punk, and heavy metal.

  1. ^ Ian Courtney Bishop (March 1990). The Gibson Guitar from 1950 (2nd ed.). Bold Strummer. pp. 3. ISBN 978-0-933224-46-9.