The Early Years of the Les Paul Legacy: 1915-1963

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Hal Leonard Corporation, 2008 - Biography & Autobiography - 287 pages
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(Book). Journey through the career of musical giant, milestone guitarist, and recording innovator Les Paul, and marvel at the world of cutting-edge guitar design! This book, along with its companion book The Modern Era of the Les Paul Legacy 1968-2007 (Fall 2008) emerged out of author Robb Lawrence's years of research, interviews, extensive vintage archives (including original Les Paul/Mary Ford articles, press photos, music and recordings), and gorgeous original photography. It's all here: the factory pictures, the designers, the electronics; the first experimtela "Log" and "Clunker" guitars, stories of the various Goldtops, the humbucking pickup evolution, and over 80 pages dedicated to the heralded '50s "Sunburst" Standard. Exclusive interviews with Les Paul, as well as Michael Bloomfield and Jeff Beck. A beautiful and insightful book on a legendary inventor, musician and his partnership with Gibson to make the world's most-cherished electric guitar.
  

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Contents

Paul The Man the Musician and the Wizard
1
Gibson Experiments with the SolidBody Guitar
49
The Goldtop Les Paul 5253
65
Improved Goldtop Les Paul Models 5357
89
The Les Paul Amplifier
129
The Les Paul Custom Models 5461
141
The Les Paul Junior TV Special Melody Maker and EB0
179
Sculptured Les Paul Models and the SG Guitar 6063
247
Intermission
266
Index
268
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