2015 Gibson Les Paul Deluxe In Wine Red

The upshot of this is that when you use a Gibson guitar, you can rest assured that there will be zero issues with how it plays and sounds. Gibson’s QC is next-level. This is why its guitars are used to record and play live by professionals. They’re just more reliable than other, cheaper brands like Epiphone, Harley Benton, and Tokai. And they’re more reliable because Gibson invests millions in its quality control process every year. For instance, a well-preserved ’59 Les Paul with a coveted flame maple top could easily command $500,000 or more. The tricky thing is actually finding one. But from an investment perspective, buying classic and/or iconic guitars does work. It is no different from buying expensive watches, holding on to them for a decade or so, and then selling them on to another collector for a higher price. For the money, you’re getting some of the best tone and specs on the market in a guitar that looks and feels like a $3000 Gibson. Ideal for beginners and advanced players alike, the Epiphone SG is one of our favorite models right now.Everybody knows the Gibson Les Paul. Whether a Custom, Junior, or a Standard, Gibson’s Les Paul has been a constant presence in music since the 1950s. Jimmy Page used one. Slash uses them. Buzz Osbourne and Adam Jones use them. Basically, in ALL eras of music, the Les Paul has been front and center. And not just in rock music either.

Scarcity is one of the biggest economic factors that denotes “value” – if something is rare, it is valuable. This is why gold and diamonds are worth something and your college degree are not. This is why vintage Gibson guitars can go for prices exceeding $20,000; they’re rare, highly sought after, and they sound different (better) than a $200 copy.
Of course, to be successful with this kind of thing you must first have the available funds, understand how the guitar market works, know how to spot a good, classic model, and then actually acquire it – either at auction or via sites like Reverb. It ain’t easy. And it ain’t cheap. But it is an investment because it will generate money in the future.The Plek machine, once it has completed its tests, will then proceed to create a bespoke nut that is custom to each guitar it tests. The nut design and implementation are based on the unique readings it gathered from scanning the neck of the guitar and how it operates under tension. Obviously, these Plek machines are VERY expensive and sophisticated, so the cost of using and maintaining them has to be added to the RRP of the guitar.And then we have the way Gibson finishes its guitars. It uses something called nitrocellulose and regulation in the USA dictates that you can only just a set amount of this type of lacquer over a period of 12 months. Again, this dictates how many guitars Gibson can make. Fewer guitars mean scarcity and, as we learned above, scarcity equates to higher value perception. This is why other brands now use alternatives like urethane or polyurethane to finish their guitars.

Because players expect a certain sound from Gibson guitars, a sound that has evolved since the 1950s, Gibson is tied to certain production protocols. It cannot change anything too much because this would impact the sound and tone of its guitars. And people spend more on Gibson guitars because they have a certain tone.The Gibson Les Paul Standard is, well, the “standard” for doom metal. It is as iconic as can be and has been used and abused by all the greats – Adam Jones, Buzz Osbourne, Sunno))), BORIS, Matt Pike. It has its own sound, Gibson’s best pickups, and it is perfect for down-tuning. And because it’s a Gibson, it’ll also hold its value. So while it is expensive, it is also an investment.

The most expensive one you can buy? It varies anywhere from $1119 for a Gibson Les Paul Studio to $2669 for a Gibson Les Paul Standard. If you go with a Custom model, you’re looking at anywhere from $4999 to $8699. Vintage model Gibson guitars can fetch anywhere from $20000 to over $100,000.Or, if you want something a little different, go with the PRS SE Standard 24 – it is a beautiful guitar that plays like a dream. It costs just over $500 and is perhaps one of the best guitars on the market at this price point. And it’s a PRS guitar too, so it is built to excruciatingly exact standards by PRS’ craftsman. I own one of these and it is one of my most-played guitars. Did you know that the US dollar has lost 95% of its value since 1945? That’s pretty crazy, right? The money in your bank account, which isn’t backed by anything physical like gold or silver, is worth less today than it was when Jimmy Hendrix played Woodstock. A lot less. Made in the USA, Gibson guitars – like Fender – are the most iconic, the most well-known and instantly recognized guitars on the planet. Fender has its Strat, and Gibson has its Les Paul. Both are excellent. But they’re also completely different with respect to tone and how they look and play. The Les Paul sounds darker and has more bass, for instance, whereas a traditional Strat sounds lighter and twangier. If you spend $2000+ on a guitar, like the Gibson Les Paul Standard or the Gibson SG, you’ll want to be confident that it holds its tune, plays wonderfully, and doesn’t have any issues. In order to make sure ALL of its guitars work perfectly, Gibson invests millions in its quality control process. It even has a special machine called the Plek machine. Where things start to get expensive, however, is that everything on a Gibson is hand-wired. From the pickups to the switches, potentiometers, and capacitors, everything is done by hand by an expert craftsman. On a cheaper guitar, made in China, cheap, unskilled labor is used. This is fine of the chief differences between, say, and Epiphone and a Gibson. And it is also one of the biggest costs of Gibson’s business.Gibson also uses the most expensive materials and electronics it can get its hands on. All of the electronics and components that go into a Gibson guitar are also extensively tested by engineers – another large cost. Cheaper guitars are seldom tested. They’re mass-produced and pumped out of factories in China. This is why they cost so much less than a Gibson.

Plenty of guitarists have used P90 pickups over the years, so why aren’t they more popular nowadays? Here’s everything you need to know about P90 Pickups in one complete guide…Basically, if you want a “cheap” Gibson, your best bet is to go with either a Gibson Les Paul Studio and/or Special or an SG Studio or Special. You can pick these up for less than $1000 – though not by much. You’re looking at $999.99 for one of these guitars. Even used Gibson guitars are expensive, almost the same as new models. And the reason for this is that Gibson guitars hold their value.

What if you’re not a professional player, or you cannot afford a Gibson Les Paul or SG, what’re your options? For me, it has to be Epiphone. Epiphone makes amazing Les Paul and SG models. They retail for less than $600 in most cases and they look and play amazingly well.
The bad news is that ALL of Gibson’s production guitars are expensive compared to other brands like Epiphone. The cheapest Gibson you can buy is a Gibson Les Paul Special Tribute – it retails for $999.

With its Fishman Fluence humbuckers, iconic design, and amazing specs and components, the Epiphone Les Paul Prophecy is easily the best Gibson Les Paul on the market right now. In fact, I think I’d still take one of these over a proper Gibson Les Paul. It is that good…
OK, we’ve covered pretty much all the main reasons why Gibson’s guitars are so expensive. It all comes down to labor costs, build materials, quality control, and production methods. But when it comes to buying a Gibson guitar, what’re your options? Are they all super-expensive?The best strings for a Gibson Les Paul will depend on different factors. Let’s take a look at the best guitar string brands based on quality and playabilityIf you’re a professional musician or you have aspirations about becoming one, then, yes, it does make sense to INVEST in a Gibson Les Paul or a proper SG. If you want to sound professional or record music, you need a good quality guitar. Cheaper models are OK for a bit, but they don’t cut it in professional circles. This is why most professionals use Gibson, not Epiphone.And then there’s the finish. We’ve already established that Gibson uses a very expensive lacquer to finish its guitars (nitrocellulose). This type of lacquer is very tricky to work with, so a specialized craftsman is required to implement it. Gibson could switch to a cheaper method. But the use of nitrocellulose is what gives Gibson guitars that immaculate finish. This particular lacquer also ages really well, evolving the appearance of the guitar as the years pass. Without this, it just wouldn’t be a Gibson.If you’ve got savings – or you have a lot of money – buying a Gibson guitar is a very good investment, especially if you can pick up a vintage model at a good price. The guitar will hold its value and, if you get your hands on a sought-after model, you could make yourself a lot of money. Beyond this, you have higher levels of quality control on Gibson guitars. They’re made to exacting standards by craftsmen that live and breathe guitar. You’re also paying for the Gibson brand name as well. It has a legacy all of its own, born from the fact that ALL the greats, from the 1950s to today, tend to use Gibson guitars (or Fender). This includes Jimmy Page, Adam Jones, Matt Pike, Peter Frampton, and Tony Iommi. Plek machines cost an ungodly amount of money. But they serve an integral part of Gibson’s quality control process. When a guitar is complete, it is put in the Plek machine and tested. The Plek machine scans the guitar, checks the fretboard for irregularities, ensures the frets are leveled properly, and that the guitar – when under tension – works perfectly. And it can spot issues with an accuracy of one-thousandth of a millimeter.

The main reason why Gibson guitars – like the Les Paul – are so expensive is that they’re made in the USA. Gibson has three factories located in the USA and it pays its workers good wages. This, in turn, has to be factored into the cost of the guitar. Overseas labor – in places like China – is a lot cheaper, so the cost of guitars made there is lower.
Guitar companies based outside the USA, or that have their manufacturing located outside the USA, are not limited by these laws and regulations, so they can acquire the woods required to build guitars for less money. Or, they just use completely different types of wood – something Gibson would never do.This will depend, largely speaking, on your level of skill, your bank balance, and whether or not you’re a professional musician. If you’re just a hobbyist player and you’re relatively young (and don’t have much cash), buying a $3000 Gibson guitar doesn’t make much sense. You’d be far better off with a $499 Epiphone SG Standard.

What is a Les Paul Deluxe?
Description. First released in 1969, the Gibson Les Paul Deluxe saw the introduction of the mini humbucker to the Les Paul lineup. Mini humbuckers retain the hum-free performance of their full-sized cousins but with a clearer and brighter tonality.
One of the main costs in making a guitar, save for the labor, is the type of wood used to construct it. Gibson uses high-quality, rare woods like mahogany, rosewood, ebony, and maple. These types of wood are protected by strict legislation in the USA and because Gibson is located in the USA, it has to adhere to these laws and regulations.A proper Gibson Les Paul will set you back THOUSANDS of dollars. They’re great guitars sure, some of the best on the market. But is a Gibson Les Paul worth all that money? Let’s find out…

The whole point of this post is to explain WHY Gibson guitars are so expensive. We’re now 2000+ words deep, so I think we’ve covered off all the basics about why a Gibson Les Paul costs a lot more than an Epiphone Les Paul. The next obvious question, however, is should you go out and buy a Gibson guitar?
For instance, Gibson does screw its necks to the body of the guitar. Instead, the neck is glued in place. This is obviously A LOT trickier to do than simply screwing a neck in place. It requires a specialized technician to do it and it takes longer than using screws. The reason Gibson does this, though, is that it creates better sustain. And players like sustain.Is a Gibson essential? Hell no! You will get the same level of quality from a PRS guitar. Or a Fender. But if you’re into metal or heavier music, there is a reason why the Gibson SG and Gibson Les Paul are so popular. They just sound darker and heavier, thanks to their construction and the type of wood used. Les Paul guitars especially.

What is the rarest Les Paul finish?
Kirk Hammett just bought one of the rarest Les Pauls ever made – a Factory Black ’59 Les Paul Standard. Kirk Hammett has got himself a new guitar, and it’s one of the rarest Gibson Les Pauls ever made. A 1959 Les Paul Standard would be rare enough, a holy grail for most.
In addition to this, Gibson ensures all of its necks are hand-sanded and finished by a human being. This ensures each neck is unique. It also ensures that each neck is done to an established, high standard. Other brands use machines to do this. Gibson does it the old way. And it shows when you play one, although it does take A LOT longer.

I could do an entire article on the differences between a Strat and a Les Paul. But for the sake of brevity, in this post, we’re just going to be looking at Gibson’s Les Paul. We’re going to explore why it is so loved, why they are so expensive, and, finally, discuss whether buying one is worth it or not (spoiler: they are, but it depends entirely on context/money/ability/commitment).
But in order to accrue value, you’ll need to first find and then acquire a Les Paul from Gibson’s golden era – between 1958 and 1960. If you can find one of these Les Paul guitars knocking around, and you can buy one for less than $10,000, you’ll have yourself a solid investment that will increase in value the longer you hold on to it.I love the Epiphone SG Standard. For $499, I honestly don’t think you can get a better guitar for less money. The Epiphone Les Paul Prophecy is another amazing option. It retails for $899 and it runs Fishman Fluence pickups. If you want to play modern metal, the Epiphone Les Paul Prophecy is a near-perfect option for aspiring guitarists that are pursuing a career in music.

Gibson has a legacy to think about, so it cannot just follow trends and change things on its guitars willy-nilly. You can get Gibson guitars with different pickup configurations, for instance, but even then, they’re all installed and hand-wound in the Gibson factory. This is done to ensure that nothing messes with the overall sound and tone of its guitars.
Nothing sounds quite like a Gibson Les Paul Standard or Custom. They have this depth to them, a low-end rumble that you simply cannot get with a Fender Strat or a Tele. This is why everybody from Jimmy Page to BORIS use Les Paul guitars. They use them to unleash that earth-shattering low-end, to create huge sounds. To sound HEAVY.

Do Gibson Les Pauls increase in value?
In a word, yes. If you bought a new Gibson Les Paul Standard today, played it for several years, and then decided to sell it, the guitar would retain – on average – 85% of its original value. This is outstanding whichever way you slice it; no other guitar brand – save for Fender – has this kind of value retention.
Do new Gibson guitars hold their value? In a word, yes. If you bought a new Gibson Les Paul Standard today, played it for several years, and then decided to sell it, the guitar would retain – on average – 85% of its original value. This is outstanding whichever way you slice it; no other guitar brand – save for Fender – has this kind of value retention. The lists show retailers and other recipients that receive trade item information and images via Validoo. You can also see which Global Location Number (GLN) they use to identify themselves as buyers. To receive information from specific suppliers, the recipient activates a subscription in Validoo. Read more about subscriptions. A Plexi 100 was chosen for the ‘In Utero’ sessions, and a JMP50 combo was used for Nirvana’s last recording session in January 1994 whilst tracking ‘You Know You’re Right’.At PMT we have some great Pre-Owned Guitar Amplifiers – so if you’re searching for something on a budget or looking to get your hands on an older model, this is the place to find it: During the sessions for ‘Nevermind’, Nirvana had access to a Vox AC30 that Butch Vig (who produced the album) has confirmed was used for certain songs. If you’re looking for something a little left-field and want to follow in Kurt’s footsteps by playing a second-hand instrument, you can find a stunning array of Pre-Owned guitars below.Kurt Cobain and Nirvana revitalised guitar music for the masses in the 1990s. Everyone is familiar with the distorted power chords from ‘Smells Like Teen Spirit’ – but how did Kurt Cobain get his guitar tone? And what guitar gear did he use?

Bailey has noted the smooth low-end with a boost on the mids and treble. Kurt wasn’t fond of amp gain that sounded too ‘metal-like’, so he used the clean channels with low gain and relied on his pedals for distortion.

Known for their playability, the Mustang is the ultimate choice for high-octane rock music and live performance thanks to the short scale and slim neck design.
Despite not using the guitars too often before his untimely death in 1994, Fender now produces awesome Jag-Stang models for the world to play with Kurt’s creation.

Who played a Les Paul Deluxe?
Scott Gorham and Brian Robertson, of Thin Lizzy, also used Les Paul Deluxes in the 1970s (Robertson converted his Deluxe Cherry Sunburst 1973 to humbuckers in 1977, and plays the guitar to this day).
Unlike Kurt, Vig prefers to get the amps distorted instead of using too many stompboxes – it’s likely however that the AC30 was used for clean sections, adding to the dynamic power that Nirvana became renowned for. In this blog we’ll explore the guitars, amps, and effects pedals that helped to propel Kurt Cobain to superstar status – from the early days of Univox guitars and pawn shop gear all the way through to the sold-out arenas of the ’In Utero’ tour. Nirvana are iconic because they were the voice of a generation. Despite coming from an underground scene with roots in punk rock and hardcore, Nirvana quickly became the face of alternative music in the 1990s.

What Les Paul did Eric Clapton use?
1960 Gibson Les Paul Standard 1960 Gibson Les Paul Standard In addition to Strats, Eric Clapton was also a Les Paul fan. He used different Les Pauls over the years, but this one was his first. Clapton made the 1960 Les Paul with a Beano Burst finish famous while he was playing with Bluesbreakers in 1965.
Taking influence from many guitar playing southpaws before him – including a certain Jimi Hendrix – Kurt would often have to flip right-handed instruments in order to play them, re-stringing them upside down and modifying the nut as best as possible.

Designed by Kurt, Fender built prototypes of the guitar to his specifications. The guitars were also modified by Earnie Bailey, who was the guitar tech for Nirvana at the time.
Kurt used a Polychorus by EHX on some songs such as ‘Heart-Shaped Box’, but this unit is now discontinued, and so the Small Clone is the best way to find the right tone.

What guitar did Kurt Cobain use?
Kurt was a huge fan of Fender Mustang guitars, and he often referred to them as his favourite guitars of all time. Known for their playability, the Mustang is the ultimate choice for high-octane rock music and live performance thanks to the short scale and slim neck design.
Want to learn more about the gear your favourite artists use? Need to find out about the latest guitars, amps, and effects at PMT? Call us on 0151 448 2089 or check out your local store to speak to one of our Experts about your needs.Kurt often used Fender amps – specifically a Bassman head, and also a Quad Reverb for some tracking of ’In Utero’. He also made use of a Twin Reverb ‘Blackface’ model that you can see on the Nirvana ‘MTV Unplugged’ session.

You might have heard about Kurt also using a ‘Competition Mustang’ when playing. This refers to a certain series of Mustang guitars that come with a competition stripe on the body, as seen in some of Nirvana’s most iconic videos and live sets.
A good general place to start is with your settings around 4-5-6 – that’s 4 on the Bass, 5 on the Mids, and 6 on the Highs/Treble. Depending on your amp, you’ll probably end up somewhere between 5-5-4 and 6-8-8 to get the Kurt tone.Very Good condition, 7,5/10, some finish dents but super clean overall, all original parts, no repairs, the first couple of frets are worn, including non-original square black hardcase with blue lining, the serial number dates this guitar to the 18th of January 1978 and this was the 64th guitar made that day in Kalamazoo, USA, when we removed the screws for the electronics shield there was so much white oxide in the screws that is seems like they had never been touched, pots date 1st week of 1978, 3-piece maple neck with volute, a larger dent in the cutaway horn and some wear along the back edges, real tomato soup sunburst on the top, the neck pickup is stamped on the underside DEC 17 1977 and the bridge pickup is stamed DEC 19 1977, both have an Pat No 2737842, a dent in the binding by the strap button and a couple in the lower top by the binding

Ascool Gibson Les Paul Standard från 1996 med Seymour Duncan Whole Lotta Humbuckers och Schaller Keystone stämskruvar på magra 4,4 kg. ”4,4 kg. Det är mycket gitarr för pengarna.” – Peter Sanglert

What year did Gibson make the Les Paul Deluxe?
The Gibson Les Paul Deluxe first debuted in 1969/70; they first appear in the Gibson price list of September ’69, though shipping figures show none shipped until 1970.
Nyinkommen magisk Gibson Les Paul Collectors Choice #7 aka Shanks. Collectors Choice var den absoluta toppserien hos Gibson när denna serie kördes. Utvalda Les Pauler som denna som ägs av John Shanks lånades in av Gibson för att sedan replikeras i ett minimum av 25 exemplar och ett maximum av 300st. Makalöst fina instrument som levereras med Certifikat och orginal Custom Shop hardcase.

Good condition, 6,5/10, Made in USA, some crazing and wear in the finish, 2 pickups, has had Grover tuners but now has original 3-on-a-strip Kluson tuners with new plastic buttons, 2 filled holes in the pickguard from removed mini switches, one extra strap button More photos
Good condition, 6/10, 3 original Patent Sticker humbuckers (the middle one has a disturbed solder joint so perhaps this could be a sign of a rewound pickup but we will leave it as it is, the middle position has a phase inverted sound which probably means the magnets have reversed polarity) with original black M69 pickup surrounds, has a repair by the neck tenon all the way up into the neck pickup cavity but barely visible from the outside except for same chipped laquer around the heel, has some crazing in the finish around the headstock but no break, all original parts except for one replaced pot (stamped 7246, not sure which brand), 3 Centralab pots dated 48th week of 1961 and gold hardware (Gibson ABR-1 with nylon saddles), Kluson Waffleback tuners, correct plastic with roll marks, one slightly bent D4-tuner, has been refretted some years ago but the frets are very worn with deep divots and the original nut has been shimmed, including original black hardcase with yellow lining (the handle has come loose on one end) More photosGood condition, 6,5/10, dark blue finish, slight fret wear, black plastic, some marks in the finish with some paint chips (see pics) and lots of tiny scratches, maple neck and mahogany body with a maple top (also visible in the pics), chrome hardware, ebony fingerboard with dots, replaced strap buttons (straplock buttons), replaced tuners, no case, pots dated 1378511 (11th week of 1985), both humbuckers have the embossed patent number underneath, they are most likely Shaw pickups (but we haven´t opened to check for white plastic spacer and rough cast Alnico 5 magnets) More photos

Very Good condition, 7/10, all original parts, no breaks or repairs, the weight is 4,24 kilograms = 9,34 pounds, including original brown 4-latch hardcase with pink lining, wraparound bridge, both finish and plastic parts light up nicely under the blacklight, worn original frets (will probably need a refret soon but we leave this to the next owner), tiny wood crack by the treble side bridge post, worn and crazed finish, a weird mark in the pickguard (perhaps from a soldering iron?), rusty pickguard bracket, thin binding in the cutaway, single ring no-line Kluson tuners, the braided 2-strand shielded wire to the output jack has been cut and grated to a modern piece of braided shielded 3-strand wire with insulation, probably to make the lead longer to make it easier to solder and re-install, the brown Switchcraft output jack looks correct for 1954, has had a different screw pattern output jack plate installed but the holes are now filled and an original style repro is now installed More photos

Underbar Les Paul Custom från ’74 i mörk vinröd. Stämskruvar och stall bytt. Original medföljer i originalcaset. 1974-tidigt 1975 gjordes endast 185 st i Wine Red. Resten gjordes i Svart eller vit. Sällsynt.
Very Good condition, 7,5/10, normal play wear, worn and flat frets with divots, the nut is the typical post 1965 width 1 9/16″ (39.7 mm), aka a skinny neck, including non-original SKB plastic hardcase, original double-ring Gibson Deluxe tuners, correct witchhat knobs More photos

Very Good condition, Custom Shop model with certificate and plenty of tags, repaired headstock crack, upgraded with a late 1960s clear bobbin neck pickup, hardly any fret wear at all, very light and resonant thanks to no center block, original hard shell case included. More photos Nyinkommen mycket fin begagnad 2002 Aged Gibson Les Paul Gary Rossington, agead av Tom Murphy på Gibsons Custom shop. Detta är nummer #85 av 250 tillverkade exemplar. 3950g. Levereras med certifikat och orginal Gibson Historic hardcase. 6 Månaders garanti. Vad har du att byta in? Eller att sälja för den delen?:) Vi köper gärna hela samlingar till Musikbörsen These ’59 Les Paul Standards might be the most sought-after guitars nowadays – the exemplar of the model – but when they were released, many players looked to the Les Paul Custom, with its classy Ebony finish as the ideal. It was also the highest-priced model in the catalog.

Arena must have been happy with their work. The guitar has stayed in the family until Carter Vintage Guitars took receipt of it. There are no further details as to whether the Bigsby was an aftermarket mod, or as to why the pickup coverings are missing. But as Hammett says himself, “This is one unique, amazing sounding guitar.”
The Metallica guitarist bought his from Carter Vintage Guitars, Nashville, and it is one of few guitars in the world that can give his famous Greeny ‘Burst a run for its money. What makes it so rare is that Les Paul Standards did not come in that color at the time.

If you’re looking for a black 1959 Les Paul Standard, there is still at least one known model in the wild. It won’t shock you to learn that Joe Bonamassa owns it. It is a 1959 Standard that was originally a ‘Burst but was refinished in black at the factory then stamped with a 1960 serial number.
The guitar shipped in a $12 alligator skin case that you’d ordinarily find a Junior of that era in. Bonamassa says it’s one of the best-sounding Les Pauls he has ever heard. You can hear his tech, Mike Hinkley, put it through its paces above.

Jonathan Horsley has been writing about guitars since 2005, playing them since 1990, and regularly contributes to publications including Guitar World, MusicRadar and Total Guitar. He uses Jazz III nylon picks, 10s during the week, 9s at the weekend, and shamefully still struggles with rhythm figure one of Van Halen\u2019s Panama.It will be interesting to see how this new Factory Black Les Paul changes Hammett. Even for someone who plays in Metallica, this is a life-changing electric guitar. Will Hammett work through some jazz phrases in the spirit of Arena? Time will tell.

Hammett was good to his word when picking up Greeny. It was not going to be a museum piece. It was going to be maintained, played regularly. People needed to see and hear it.
Hammett’s new guitar is just not the sort of thing you see in the wild everyday. Even among the vintage guitar community, the people with the dough for this kind of thing, a black ’59 Les Paul Standard is a once in a lifetime guitar.“When I first started playing guitar, I thought, ‘All right! I’ll play the blues. I’ll play the blues like Eric Clapton or Jimmy Page, Buddy Guy or BB King,’” he said. “For the first couple of years, I played blues just as much as I played rock. In the ‘90s, I got into the blues again with Stevie Ray Vaughan. But I am listening a lot more to the electric players, guys from the ‘50s and ‘60s. The blues is creeping back into my playing. A lot of that has to do with Peter Green. Listening to him, in awe, it woke me up.”As for Greeny, nothing can diminish its allure. Gibson has recently launched a number of super limited edition Greeny replicas, meticulously cloned in the Murphy Lab, available only by request via the Gibson Garage. Only 50 were made, and we know that Adam Jones of Tool was one of the lucky collectors who got his hands on one, and that Jason Momoa bought the very last one.

Which Gibson Les Paul are most valuable?
The Cherry Sunburst 1958, 1959, and 1960 Gibson Les Paul Standard is the most valuable model.
Jonathan Horsley has been writing about guitars since 2005, playing them since 1990, and regularly contributes to publications including Guitar World, MusicRadar and Total Guitar. He uses Jazz III nylon picks, 10s during the week, 9s at the weekend, and shamefully still struggles with rhythm figure one of Van Halen’s Panama.

Kirk Hammett has got himself a new guitar, and it’s one of the rarest Gibson Les Pauls ever made. A 1959 Les Paul Standard would be rare enough, a holy grail for most. But how about one in Factory Black, complete with a Bigsby vibrato?

Some jonesing for that LP Custom aesthetic was how Hammett’s Factory Black model came into existence, and it all started with a request from a jazz guitarist named Joseph Arena. According to Carter Vintage Guitars, the story goes that Arena wanted a Custom, on account that it would match his tuxedo, so he put in a request via Sam Ash in Hempstead, New York, who sent on his request to Gibson HQ. Ben Ash, of Sam Ash Music, believes it might well have been his grandfather, Jerry, who actually handled the order, but he says it would have been from their Brooklyn store, as the Hempstead store didn’t exist yet.
The Metallica man noted that Greeny, his ’59 Les Paul Standard once owned by Peter Green and then Gary Moore, might be a little jealous. Well, it can get in line. We’re all a little jealous. It’s good news that someone such as Hammett picked it up, because we might even see it onstage once Metallica head out on their epic M72 World Tour, which picks up on April 27 at the Johan Cruijff Arena, Amsterdam.It was painted black for similar reasons to Hammett’s model – all to make it look like a Custom, which the owner couldn’t afford. The original owner couldn’t afford a hardshell guitar case.

What pickups are on a Les Paul Deluxe?
Specification. The general Les Paul Deluxe model, introduced by Gibson in 1969, had the following features: Dual Gibson mini (“New York”) humbuckers, with adjustable pole pieces and Alnico II magnets.
Even though this was one of Clapton’s spare guitars, he did use it pretty extensively. He started playing it in 1968 and used it while he was in Cream. It’s unknown how long he played it.Blackie is truly unique because it was made from four various Strats from the 50s. I’m reading conflicting information as to who assembled Blackie. Some sources say it was Clapton though I’m also reading someone else technically put the guitar together.In addition to Strats, Eric Clapton was also a Les Paul fan. He used different Les Pauls over the years, but this one was his first. Clapton made the 1960 Les Paul with a Beano Burst finish famous while he was playing with Bluesbreakers in 1965. Unfortunately, this is the only time he was really seen playing this guitar. It was stolen around the time when he formed Cream.Clapton was expelled from school because his interest was in music, not his studies. However, his guitar playing was so advanced he started gaining recognition as young as 16. While Clapton definitely used this amp head in 1967, there’s no proof he used it beyond that year. There are those who suggest he also used it for the second and third Cream albums, though he may have modified it. Eric Clapton recorded some of his most famous acoustic songs with this Spanish guitar. He used it to record “Tears in Heaven” and “Lonely Stranger.” This also became his go-to guitar when performing acoustic songs. In addition to the Martin 000-42, Clapton also used this guitar during the MTV Unplugged 1992 special.

Eric Clapton started using this amp in 1976 and still uses it to this day. The HD 130 is a tube amp that has been with Clapton through thick and thin. From club performances to rehearsals, Clapton used this amp for many events.

Let’s start with Blackie. He started playing this guitar in 1970 and is still playing this guitar today. However, the original Blackie modeled he retired in 1983 and is only playing replicas today.
And why was Pattie so desirable to both guitar players? We don’t know yet, but she served as the inspiration for some of the most famous Clapton and Beatles songs (such as “Layla,” “Something,” and “Wonderful Tonight”).Eric Clapton is a legend in many ways. He revolutionized rock guitar playing and was one of the earliest virtuosos. From his material with Cream to his solo work, Clapton has released numerous singles that are still famous to this day.

This is a modified version of the 57 Twin-Tweed. Fender took the original and made some minor tweaks to improve its performance and match it to Eric Clapton’s liking. Otherwise, it’s nearly the same as the Twin-Tweed.Ironically, Eric Clapton used this amp while playing with his first big-time band, The Bluesbreakers. But beyond that, this amp has an interesting story.

Clapton hasn’t always had an easy career. He struggled with addiction, death, and issues in his personal life, as many musicians have. But at 76 years old, he has accomplished and inspired so much.
Guitar players also drool over his vibrato. It’s like his fingers float over the strings and nail every bend flawlessly. Clapton has a very particular vibrato technique.Eric Clapton is one of the most legendary music icons. While many regard him for famous songs such as “Layla” and “Wonderful Tonight,” his guitar playing inspired an entire generation of players. While we look at Clapton as a guitar genius, when reading his biography, you’ll learn some surprising facts about him. For example, there was a time when he stopped playing guitar because it was “too hard.”Before we explain Eric Clapton and how he got this guitar, let’s give a brief history of this 1939 Martin. It’s a rare guitar, especially since it’s pre-WWII. And even for the time period, the 000-42 was a limited line.

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And would you think that he can’t read music? Not at all! While I’m definitely a believer that guitar players should learn theory, Clapton proves not all great guitar players are theory nerds. Some even say that this guitar wasn’t his and he was borrowing it from someone else. It was very similar to Clapton’s beloved Les Paul that he nicknamed “Lucy,” which we will cover next. This guitar is a mystery. Eric Clapton was only seen with it once: in a photo with Blind Faith during a rehearsal in 1969. However, no one knows if it was really his guitar.

This pedal has a lot of boost and distortion. These qualities were popular in rock guitar tones for the era — maybe Clapton wanted to keep up with the times? That’s my guess, at least.
The cherry red Fender Telecaster was the main guitar that Eric Clapton used when he played in The Yardbirds. He used this guitar for the recordings and most of the live performances.

The Gibson Byrdland reigned over other guitars in the 70s and 80s due to its quality. Today, vintage guitar collectors try to get their hands on every ’71 Gibson Byrdland that they can find.
Clapton has won multiple Grammys. He has played thousands of gigs in his career, numerous songs received major chart successes, and he is recognized across the globe. Even with that being said, I don’t think Clapton ever sold out.Eric Clapton was born on March 30, 1945, in Ripley, Surrey, England. His mom was only 16 years old and his dad, originally from Montreal, Quebec, had to be drafted back into the war before Clapton was even born. However, Clapton was primarily raised by his grandparents.

It’s a straightforward and fairly simply pedal, it helps make any guitar sound richer. He returned with this pedal again in 1996 during a Hyde Park concert.
After Clapton received his first electric guitar, he scrapped enough cash to purchase his first amp. That was the Vox AC 30. While there are pictures of Clapton playing this amp, they’re old and aren’t the best quality.

What is the most sought after Les Paul guitar?
Generally speaking, Les Pauls from the ’50s are the most desired, and the ”Burst” Les Paul Standards from the late ’50s are some of the most sought-after vintage guitars on the market. Gibson did not produce any Les Pauls as we know them between 1961 and 1968, and the ones from the late ’60s are also highly regarded.
Eric Clapton had this distinguishing Gibson ES 335 for several years and used it for different bands. He first started playing it during the Yardbirds era and then into Cream.Eric Clapton used this pedal during his years with Cream, on several occasions with Blind Faith, and even his solo material. This pedal alone inspired his tone for that period.Even though Clapton loved this guitar, he left it at George Harrison’s apartment where it had numerous owners after. Since 1971, American multi-instrumentalist Todd Rundgren has used it.Clapton helped make this guitar a legend once again since he used this guitar during 1992 MTV’s Unplugged when he performed an acoustic version of “Layla.” Clapton also used it for some of his studio acoustic songs.

The reason his playing is so bluesy yet polished is his mix of both major and minor pentatonic scales. This is the secret to his multi-dimensional playing and also why his leads are always amazing.
While this wasn’t Clapton’s main guitar, he played it for a long time as a backup guitar. He had it until 1977 when he gifted it to Jr. Marvin who then sold it. Today it’s owned by Japanese guitar collector Kunio Kushida.For example, he plays with the tone knobs on his guitar to create that perfect sound. As you also saw, he had a lot of guitars and amps in his arsenal. But he was very specific about his rig.

At the time, the JTM 45 was one of the loudest heads for the time. Clapton wanted to create a wall of sound for his live performances and he used two that he cranked up.
He also used this pedal more than others during this time period. I’m not finding information as to why Clapton used this pedal. There are various theories on guitar forums. Plus, no one plays guitar like Clapton — nor will anyone ever sound like him. Clapton proves you can get that perfect tone with the right gear and skill. This is an amp he used in the mid-2000s. In 2004, he used two Twin-Tweed amps. While he only used this amp for two years, he did use a similar setup for several years after. Why did he give Lucy to Harrison? The guitar sounds great and is expensive. However, the real story is really messed up. Clapton, who was infatuated by Harrison’s wife, Pattie Boyd Harrison, traded Lucy for Harrison’s wife. No joke. Clapton and Pattie married in 1979 but divorced in 1988. Harrison played Lucy during his entire career with The Beatles. It’s a unique guitar, comprised of an exquisite splatter-effect of yellow, orange, red, and blue. The fretboard is painted, so its playability is questioned.This is a pedal that DigiTech made to embody Eric Clapton’s signature tone. With this pedal, any player can sound like Clapton himself! While he’s credited for using it from 1996 to 2004, there’s no documentation of him technically using it. However, his name is on the product so he had to have at least played it at some point.

Eric Clapton is most famous for playing a Fender Strat in a variety of colors. However, Clapton has used various guitars throughout his career, as well as specific guitars in his different bands and on tour.So, what makes Lucy so special? The pickups, bar inlays, rosewood fretboard, four tone control knobs, mahogany body, and maple top were all desirable to both Clapton and Harrison. The pickup selector was also placed on the top of the bridge pickup, so either guitar player didn’t have to worry about accidental switching.

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