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READ THE LETTERS FROM LES PAUL'S INNER CIRCLE HERE

Tom Doyle - Les Paul's guitarman of 45 years
tells the real truth about The Gibson White Custom

 

Russ Paul "Les Paul Jr." confirms & authenticates
The White Custom from Les Paul's Autobiography
 

THIS IS THE ANNIVERSARY GUITAR GIBSON MADE SPECIAL FOR LES THAT
CELEBRATED THE 50 YEAR RELATIONSHIP WITH GIBSON & LES PAUL
... 1952 to 2002

THIS IS LES PAUL'S PERSONAL GUITAR -
THE ACTUAL GUITAR HE PLAYED RIGHT UP UNTIL HIS PASSING... HE LOVED THIS ONE!

 
  These wonderful photos of Les Paul and his beautiful '02 Gibson White Custom were taken by Gene Martin in 2004

   
 

A LIVING LEGEND...
This guitar was owned and played regularly by Lester William Polsfuss… known to most around the world as Les Paul, to his friends as “Red”. The inventor of the modern electric solid body guitar. This guitar was part of his personal collection... He liked and played it so much that posed with it for the cover of his Official Biography, “Les Paul – In His Own Words”.

 
THIS GUITAR IS LITERALLY A PIECE OF LIVING HISTORY...


This exquisite Les Paul Custom was owned and played by Les Paul himself and was actually part of his personal collection... until he passed away in 2009. This guitar is 100% authentic and was purchased from Julien's Auctions, who was proud to present Property From The Estate of Les Paul.

Les Paul basically invented this solid body electric guitar that bears his name - and he not only revolutionized the sound of the electric guitar, but also the technology behind modern day sound recording. Les Paul pioneered innovative techniques with sound-on-sound recording and commissioned the first 8-track tape recorder, which would become the core technology behind multi-track recording still used today. The sale included property, equipment, memorabilia. and instruments that span the entirety of Paul’s career from his days as Rhubarb Red to his weekly Monday night concerts at the Iridium Jazz Club in New York City.    MORE INFO HERE...

ANOTHER GREAT PHOTO OF LES PAUL HOLDING THIS
GUITAR FROM THE LAST PAGE OF HIS AUTOBIOGRAPHY

This is from a letter we received from Tom Doyle – Les Paul's guitar tech, engineer, and friend for 45 years!

Les' guitar is certainly well documented and with it being on the cover of the book ‘Les Paul- In His Own Words’ you can't go wrong. It is hard to believe that some of Les' guitars went for so little, but in that way, it has been a benefit to you in this history connected guitar. To have Les think to use this beautiful white custom on the cover of his ultimate book is saying a lot. Les never did anything without a purpose, and I'm sure this classy guitar was a  personal endorsement to Gibson from him and what Gibson did for his career. What a way to keep the Legacy alive! Also, you should know that Les and the Cochran Brothers were working on the book at that time and I'm sure there was something said at the time to Gibson about a beautiful White Custom Les Paul that should be on the cover. As in good business… it would be a wise move.

At the same time, Les was constantly experimenting with pickups, always looking to improve the normal humbucker. I would see him playing this white guitar at the house on some Mondays when I would come to pick him up to go to the Iridium. Most humbucking pickups have good midrange and highs but lack clarity on the lows. This was an ongoing quest for any pickup manufacturer. Les felt he may have been able to solve this problem and would experiment in this area for years. You see, he had great low end sound with his low impedance pickups.  

This was a problem with high impedance humbuckers and has always been there.  The country pickers were more leaning toward the single coil Fender world. That's because of the clarity on the bass frequencies and highs. Les wanted to make a humbucker a better version toward the country player as well. I know this to be a fact because of the many High Impedance coils that he had been experimenting with. The other interesting thing is that Les would not mess up this guitar by chopping it up. The reason I believe was, it was used for many  promo  pictures to come and some that were taken later as you have seen. Les' playing on this guitar was to try to analyze how to solve the low end muddiness. Hope this helps with understanding just why and how this guitar became as important as it did.” 

Your Friend, Tom Doyle   
    

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