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Ten Iconic Les Pauls

September 18, 2013

by PGS Fitz

 

SLASH

Appetite for Destruction came out over twenty years ago but stands the test of time as one of the greatest rock records ever made*.  In a sea of superstrats and Aqua-Net, Slash came on the scene with an arsenal of Les Paul copies (as the legend goes, Guns was too poor to afford high-quality instruments in the early days) that later became the basis for his Gibson Signature Les Paul. Though he has been seen rocking a number of other instruments throughout his career, Slash is associated only with the LP.

 

BILLY GIBBONS

Pearly Gates. I rest my case.

 

JIMMY PAGE

Though Page played several Les Pauls (slung as low as possible) during Led Zeppelin’s heyday, consensus seems to point to #2 as being THE ONE. Page took a ’59 Sunburst LP and customized the hell out of it: he had the neck shaved down to a thinner profile and more notably designed his own switching system for the guitar, employing push/pull pots and hidden push buttons to adjust the phase of the pickups.

 

ZAKK WYLDE

Zakk’s playing got him the gig with Ozzy when he was just a kid; his radical Les Paul gets him included on this list. Everyone knows this guitar on sight (no bullsye pun intended).

 

NEIL YOUNG

You can’t picture Neil Young without Old Black—a heavily customized ’53 Les Paul Goldtop that has been with Young since 1969 and has appeared on essentially every record and tour since then. Both stock pickups have long been replaced, a Bigsby was added, and of course—the roughshod black paint job now covers up the goldtop. It may be a Frankenstein, but it’s an adored and irreplaceable Frankenstein.

 

ACE FREHLEY

Whether all three pickups are wired to work or whether one of them is just a housing for a smoke bomb, Ace Frehley’s cherry sunburst LPs are icons of seventies rock.

 

PETE TOWNSHEND

Townshend had a small arsenal of numbered Les Pauls (numbered to make it foolproof for his techs to know which guitar he needed for which song), but I’m going with #5,  made famous by its appearance in The Kids Are Alright. Given Townshend’s onstage antics, we’re lucky he didn’t smash it.

 

PETER FRAMPTON

I missed the boat on Frampton as a kid (and as an adult)—but I know the cover of Frampton Comes Alive by heart and I love love love that triple-humbucker ’54 Les Paul Custom.           

 

HARRISON/CLAPTON

The odds seem improbably that a guitar could have such an amazing life story, but Lucy is no ordinary instrument. Before winding up in the capable hands of George Harrison, Lucy belonged to Eric Clapton, Rich Derringer, and John Sebastian. This is the guitar that was used by Clapton on “While My Guitar Gently Weeps,” a legendary song with a legendary solo.

 

LES PAUL

This guy and any guitar he touched obviously top this list forever and ever.  

 

 

As a recent convert to LPs (thanks to my friend Josh for loan/trading me his Les Paul for my thinline Tele for the last year!), I'm sure I'm missing a bunch... and I'm sure you won't be shy about letting me know which ones I missed. Bring it! 

 

*according to data found in my elementary school Trapper Keeper

Comments

  1. Jesse W says:

    Peter Green’s 1959 Les Paul Standard! After Peter Green quit Fleetwood Mac he sold it to Gary Moore who used it for the rest of his career. How dare you!?

    posted on September 18, 2013 at 8:25 am
  2. Ken Gordon says:

    Jeff Beck 1954 Les Paul Oxblood

    http://www2.gibson.com/News-Lifestyle/Features/en-us/jeff-beck-1954-les-paul.aspx

    posted on September 18, 2013 at 8:25 am
  3. terryg says:

    I would have to add Randy Rhoads - his cream-white LP Custom is pretty iconic, and was a motivating factor for Zakk Wylde’s guitars.

    posted on September 18, 2013 at 8:26 am
  4. Andy says:

    No Randy Rhoads with his cream Les Paul Custom?  C’mon, man!

    posted on September 18, 2013 at 8:31 am
  5. Josu says:

    Sorry Sorry. Where’s Duane Allman???????

    posted on September 18, 2013 at 8:33 am
  6. G7flat5 says:

    Why isn;t Jeff Becks original sunburst from the Jeff Beck Truth days ever included in these? I think Gibson should re-issue one.
    Mike Bloomfield should have been on this list.

    posted on September 18, 2013 at 8:33 am
  7. Yolanda Rodriguez says:

    #Jesse W.  Now in hands of Joe Bonamassa

    posted on September 18, 2013 at 8:33 am
  8. TH says:

    This list is B.S. who picked some of these? ???  Yes, Jimmy Page, Billy Gibbons, Les Paul should have been on here for sure , but where is Jeff Beck, Peter Green, Mike Bloomfeld, Duane Allman ,and so many that came way before a few of these guys on here.

    posted on September 18, 2013 at 8:41 am
  9. Art Gone Wrong says:

    ....Where’s Robert Fripp?

    posted on September 18, 2013 at 8:42 am
  10. Parabola says:

    No Adam Jones Silverburst included? I understand technically he’s no shredding Zakk Wylde but he’s a melodic genius compared to Cinnamon Girl guy.

    posted on September 18, 2013 at 8:48 am
  11. Benny V. says:

    Don’t forget that Eddie v. Halen ( all though briefly) used a Les Paul aswel. And what about Steve Jones (of the sex pistols) played a LP. There are too many to mention.

    posted on September 18, 2013 at 8:49 am
  12. Blue Stack Mack says:

    Absolutely Randy Rhodes’ white LP Custom should be included. 
    You could scratch Neil Young.  Can’t stand him.

    posted on September 18, 2013 at 8:50 am
  13. Aleck says:

    N1) JIMMY PAGE LP.
    N 2) is Aerosmith - Joe Perry LP!

    posted on September 18, 2013 at 8:50 am
  14. CBJ says:

    Paul Kossoff’s burst, anyone?
    Mike Bloomfields ‘59?
    Heck, a reissue of the Duane Allman 59 is over $15 grand.

    Personally, I’ve got my LP and it’s pretty darn iconic for me.

    posted on September 18, 2013 at 8:51 am
  15. p staines says:

    Swap Zakk for Randy, Slash and Ace for anyone else and you’re getting close!

    posted on September 18, 2013 at 8:53 am
  16. John says:

    You included Ace Frehley (does he play guitar?) and left Duane Allman off the list?
    And how about Joe Walsh who gave one of his Les Pauls to Jimmy Page?

    posted on September 18, 2013 at 8:56 am
  17. IL Gimón says:

    MARC BOLAN!

    posted on September 18, 2013 at 8:57 am
  18. gk says:

    Long live Neil Young… and Old Black. Greatest sounding guitar amp combination in all of rock.

    posted on September 18, 2013 at 8:59 am
  19. gimme gimme says:

    gk, thats the truth, what a glorious noise!

    posted on September 18, 2013 at 9:04 am
  20. Benny V. says:

    Im not sure if its iconic. But what about Frank Zappa. He played a Les Paul. (occasionally)

    posted on September 18, 2013 at 9:06 am
  21. BluesBlud says:

    Snowy White’s 57 Gold Top.

    posted on September 18, 2013 at 9:07 am
  22. Tim says:

    ummmm…. Clapton’s Beano Les Paul - (played on John Mayall Blues Breakers with Eric Clapton) without which we probably wouldn’t be talking about any Les Pauls

    posted on September 18, 2013 at 9:09 am
  23. franziskore says:

    Sex Pistols/New York Dolls guitar, cream—white LP Custom 70-71, it did belong to Sylvain Sylvain and then passed to Malcom McLaren (stolen or in pay of a debt..different versions..), damn! while looking for a good pic I have found that the original is on sale! now!, 

    ” Estimate £25,000 - £30,000
      Starting Bid £12,500”

    C’mon millionaires punks, this is your chance!

    http://www.liveauctioneers.com/item/1819086

    posted on September 18, 2013 at 9:14 am
  24. Atomic says:

    Mick Ronson and his ‘68 Black Beauty, skinned to bare wood.  He was AWESOME in Spider’s From Mars.  What tone!

    posted on September 18, 2013 at 9:19 am
  25. Bernardo Gui says:

    2 words: Duane Allman.

    posted on September 18, 2013 at 9:20 am
  26. Ken Jansson says:

    Mick Jones’ Les Paul Custom “Heart Attack Machine”.

    Steve Jones’ 1974 Les Paul Custom that Malcolm McClaren acquired from the New York Dolls’ Sylvain Sylvain.

    Mick Jones’ Les Paul Custom “Heart Attack Machine”.

    posted on September 18, 2013 at 9:25 am
  27. Android says:

    Slash and Zakk Wylde suck

    posted on September 18, 2013 at 9:26 am
  28. godog8 says:

    Paul Kossof’s LP’s, Bernie Marsden’s “beast”, John Sykes Black Beauty..

    posted on September 18, 2013 at 9:27 am
  29. Mike G says:

    slash???? really??? how about the guy he copied? Mr Joe Perry??? I know you’re in business to make money and all that, but that is just flat out cheap shilling!!! Jerry Garcia made more memorable music on a Les Paul than any thing slash might even dream of doing, and its a crime to leave Duane off the list, but I’ve noticed that you don’t seem to have much love for true innovators. derivative hacks are the order of the day, aren’t they? and let us not forget the late great Mick Ronson, or another guy named Mick, you know, Mick Taylor? talk about someone who cranked out memorable tasteful licks all day long on a Les Paul.

    posted on September 18, 2013 at 9:27 am
  30. Leo says:

    Al DiMeola’s Black ‘59 Standard & White Standard (solo) and Sunburst (RTF, solo) and John McLaughlin’s Black & Sunburst ‘50s Customs (Mahavishnu 1 & 2)

    posted on September 18, 2013 at 9:30 am
  31. Cliff says:

    OUCH! Looks like somebody opened up a can o’ worms with this list!!!!!

    posted on September 18, 2013 at 9:36 am
  32. Paul Needs says:

    Poor list.

    posted on September 18, 2013 at 9:39 am
  33. Patrick Billingsley says:

    As for instantly recognizable, Danny Gatton! How could you not have pinstripes and a magic dingus box?

    posted on September 18, 2013 at 9:55 am
  34. Blues Healer says:

    No Peter Green equals a big FAIL. B.B. King once said Peter’s playing made him sweat!

    I’ve also got to agree with the comments regarding Duane and Bloomfield.

    posted on September 18, 2013 at 9:56 am
  35. JB Harris says:

    As much as I love guitar gods like Jimmy Page, Billy Gibbons and Joe Bonamassa, I think it’s obscene for them to hoard Les Pauls and to trot out their trove like hunting trophies only for photo shoots.

    For one thing, their obsessive accumulation drives the price of these guitars through the roof, far beyond their actual worth. For another, most of these beautiful instruments never get played, and sit unused collecting dust in glass cases or secure vaults until the next photo shoot.

    It’s sad that young talented musicians are deprived of such instruments and could not afford one without a mortgage.

    Rather than lock them away, these guys should loosen their grip and donate some to prestigious music school like Berklee, or give one or two to young deserving musicians as a way of passing the torch.  My 2 cents.

    posted on September 18, 2013 at 9:57 am
  36. moonage daydreamer says:

    Fine choices, but any Les Paul list that leaves off Mick Ronson is just too short.

    posted on September 18, 2013 at 10:02 am
  37. CBJ says:

    Well, for all of you who missed it the title is Iconic GUITARS not guitarist.
    Otherwise I would have put in the Mountain himself Leslie West. His Les Paul jr. sound through a Sunn Coliseum amp (a PA amp of all things) gave birth to the entire hard rock world.
    Now that’s how breaking the rules WORKS!

    posted on September 18, 2013 at 10:09 am
  38. bobby G says:

    The LP Junior of Bob Marley would be in my top10 iconic LP

    posted on September 18, 2013 at 10:13 am
  39. Bob says:

    Your calling this ten iconic les Paul’s? No Beano ( Eric Clapton) no hot lanta ( Duane ) no Bloomfield! WTF! No joe Walsh! Nobody gives a crap about Zak and Ace ( no real disrespect) but their fame is somewhat based around a persona more than the guitar they play. Hardly iconic status.  I could go on but instead I’ll just go with one word FAIL!!!!!!

    P.s no Rossington :(
        No Harrison what about Lucy
        No Keith bigsby burst, nooooooooooooo!
        No Jeff beck ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhh

    posted on September 18, 2013 at 10:16 am
  40. David Fellows says:

    Top 10 Les Paul’s????????????? Another form designed to piss people off.but Glad to see Neil’s made the list.Old black has been around from the beginning almost.

    posted on September 18, 2013 at 10:17 am
  41. Abbacus says:

    Sometimes ya need a Strat, sometimes only a Tele will do. Sometimes the song will only work if you use a Les Paul. I love my LP. Although, having several with different “flavors” would be nice, the one I have seems to cover the PAF LP sounds very well. Then there’s the “throw the mid in your face” SG’s, or the sparkle and jangle of a Rickenbacker, or Gretsch. 
      Personally, I love the low output PAF / late 50’s thing with big, unmovable quartersawn necks, weight-relieved bodies, and big frets. Fortunately, Gibson makes them now. Unfortunately, they are not inexpensive.

    posted on September 18, 2013 at 10:18 am
  42. Lucas Vieira says:

    Those guys crying because slash is on the list. hahaha

    posted on September 18, 2013 at 10:32 am
  43. CBJ says:

    @JB Harris,
    I just gotta say you are pretty liberal with other peoples property.
    Perhaps you should give one of your guitars to a needy inner city school.
    Really? You’re really gonna support guitar redistribution?
    Will someone please STOP THE INSANITY!


    *BTW I could be wrong but I think it is the Asian market that is doing most of the hoarding. They suck up all of the old Mcintosh audio gear, vintage US hot rods and American guitars.
    Why not cry to them?
    Sorry to be so outspoken but your comment is just so absurd I couldn’t let it slide.

    posted on September 18, 2013 at 10:38 am
  44. Alan Doyle says:

    My first really good guitar was a 1972 Les Paul DeLuxe. I was working at the Stop and Shop supermarket in E.Boston, Massachusetts saving up enought money to purchase this guitar. I had the Les Paul for several years and sold it in 1985, before I left Massachusetts for medical school in Philadelphia. There is a photo of me playing this guitar at EBHS Class Day in 1973 on my facebook page. www.facebook.com

    posted on September 18, 2013 at 10:44 am
  45. LL says:

    Gary Rossington’s Bernice

    posted on September 18, 2013 at 11:01 am
  46. Lane Crooks says:

    No, Clapton or Duane! C’mon now.

    posted on September 18, 2013 at 11:03 am
  47. Wes says:

    How in heaven’s name do you forget Mick Ralphs, ar you kidding me all those hits he had and most of them on his Les Paul’s!!!
    WOW!
    Wes

    posted on September 18, 2013 at 11:06 am
  48. Jonathan Segel says:

    As iconic as Pete Townsend is, the Les Paul is not necessarily what I first associate with him, and numbered ones are only iconic in that it was something a rock star did in the 1970s.
    As far as actual “icons”, Johnny Hickman’s (from Cracker) 1977 Les Paul has become pretty idiosyncratic.
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/tyrandall/5419178633/

    posted on September 18, 2013 at 11:12 am
  49. Mike says:

    Gary Moore…any Les Paul in his hands became iconic

    posted on September 18, 2013 at 11:14 am
  50. William T Branch says:

    Everybody is crying about “you left my guy out”  I say who gives a rat’s ass.  It’s Les Pauls you are talking about so, ‘“Who gives a damn”  Now if it were Strats or Teles. That would be a guitar worthy of a List.  Only thing is you would have to do a Top 100.

    posted on September 18, 2013 at 11:29 am
  51. Ken says:

    How can you overlook Tom Scholz? The tone he created stands alone. His Les Paul is a huge part of that, along with Amp and Cab Sims, all analog, he created along with a full line of effects that capture the tone of the super saturated Marshall’s he used in the early recordings. Gibson must have thought so when they released a limited edition LP built to his specs.

    posted on September 18, 2013 at 11:33 am
  52. JB Harris says:

    @CBJ I’m not into “guitar redistribution” as you suggest. I’m just tired of the dick measuring contests these guys engage in every time they surround themselves with their countless axes while posing for the camera. Save the displays for the vintage shows in Vegas.

    Yes giving a guitar to a poor kid with amazing chops would be a charitable gesture. Thanks for the idea. Jerry made it through life with only two guitars, and he laid down more music than these guys ever did, or will.

    posted on September 18, 2013 at 11:33 am
  53. justroyboy says:

    Frank Zappa. Just look at him and his Gold Top on the back of Mothermania.

    posted on September 18, 2013 at 11:46 am
  54. will says:

    No, not another excuse for fanboy rants. “you left my hero off the list and I have wet my panties”
    Can we discuss tech stuff that you sell, and shamelessly promote. We all need to know what we need to have to sound like, er, someone else. Yes we do.

    posted on September 18, 2013 at 11:47 am
  55. Blaine says:

    The holy grail is Peter Green’s Les Paul.  Second in Bloomfield’s Sunburst, Third is the missing Claptons Beano.

    That’s it - end of story.  None other have any meaning - they are the only three examples that will ever define the les paul and changed the electric guitar forever.

    If you were alive in ‘68 - God is Green, Bloomfield and Clapton.

    posted on September 18, 2013 at 11:50 am
  56. Sam says:

    Ok….. No Duane Allman, No early Freddie King, No Bloomfield, No Warren Haynes, No Dickey Betts?
    I get it, there’s only ten and the list is for “iconic”. But no DUANE ALLMAN!!
    Come on!

    posted on September 18, 2013 at 11:56 am
  57. moonage daydreamer says:

    Word to the wise: Uncheck the box about notification of follow-up comments, or your inbox will be flooded by outraged Duane Allman fans. Make it stop!

    posted on September 18, 2013 at 11:57 am
  58. Marybeth says:

    Dude, you need to add Alex Lifeson of legendary Canadian [RRHOF INDUCTEES (finally!!!!!!!)] rock trio RUSH…just think of all of those mind-blowing solos and flourishes…just saying…BTW, I agree with some of the other comments pointing out other legends who should be included… :-)

    posted on September 18, 2013 at 12:14 pm
  59. Dean says:

    Yeah… what the hell…? How can you leave out Duane Allman and the infamous Peter Green LP that (of course) went to Gary Moore….?  Other good comments, too…. Bloomfield and Clapton (Bluesbreakers era) among others, certainly rate higher than some of these characters…. they were simply more influential to more players…  Slash wouldn’t have known where to begin without them.  Blaine hit the nail on the head with his comment about ‘68.

    posted on September 18, 2013 at 12:16 pm
  60. CJ says:

    @JB Harris,
    “Yes giving a guitar to a poor kid with amazing chops would be a charitable gesture.”

    Um, what about the kid who has yet to develop his (or HER) chops? They don’t deserve a guitar?
    Music brings joy to ALL skill levels so why the elitism?

    “these guys should loosen their grip and donate some to prestigious music school like Berklee, or give one or two to young deserving musicians as a way of passing the torch.”

    Deserving? Who decides? The very same artist you have a hate on for?
    Berklee? If the guitarist is in Berklee, trust me they have a mighty fine axe already. . . they don’t need it

    Sorry, it just sounds like envy to me.

    As I’ve stated, most vintage axes are in Asia and are not even owned by guitarists but by rich dilettantes but I don’t hear you complaining about that, do I?
    No, you want to complain about various artists who have made money with their art, invested that money in the tools of the trade and have a fan base interested enough to want to see them in print.
    That my friend is the green eyed monster of jealousy and you have it bad.

    What next a demand to outlaw personalized guitar picks?

    posted on September 18, 2013 at 12:19 pm
  61. Chas says:

    Two 59 Les Paul’s owned and immortalized by players: Mick Taylor and Don Felder.

    posted on September 18, 2013 at 12:20 pm
  62. muddy says:

    these clowns ALWAYS put together brown-nosin’ lists. i’m surprised they didn’t add the jonas bros, of justin bieber’s guitarplayer…

    posted on September 18, 2013 at 12:31 pm
  63. lance fowler says:

    Brian Robertson & Scott Gorham - gotta love that twin LP attack.

    posted on September 18, 2013 at 1:00 pm
  64. Andy says:

    JB Harris, Joe Bonamassa “trots” his ‘59 out on tour to be played.  Getting a pretty good workout, I’d say.

    posted on September 18, 2013 at 1:05 pm
  65. JB Harris says:

    @CBJ Truth be told, I can’t play a kazoo. But my kid goes to Berklee and is in the guitar performance program. He could hold his own with any of the musicians mentioned throughout this blog. However, he doesn’t even like Gibsons and when I offered to buy him a Les Paul, he opted for a custom shop beauty made in Memphis called Saint Blues.

    Nevertheless, you misconstrue my distaste for conspicuous displays of consumption with jealousy. I’m not the least bit jealous. I’m happy for the rockers who have made it big. Make no mistake, it’s a tough industry to survive in, and those who make it to the top are creative, savvy and lucky.

    Yet why have all these beautiful instruments sitting soundless just to show them off to the neighbors when they stop in for a snort, or when Guitar Magazine wants to do a feature on how much wood you own. In my opinion its a waste.

    Your opinion reflects values far different from mine. I don’t care who is hoarding Les Pauls, Yanks, Brits, Asians or Martians. Doing so is selfish, childish and it sucks.

    If it’s true as has been reported that only 1700, ‘59 bursts were produced, http://www.mylespaul.com/forums/vintage-les-pauls/177150-how-many-59s-there.html, why should the majority of them that are accounted for end up in so few hands. Seems unfair to me. The rockers ain’t taking them to heaven. So, yeah, share the wealth Ayn Rand. Nuf said.

    posted on September 18, 2013 at 1:08 pm
  66. Ryan says:

    List of Stratocaster players next anyone?

    posted on September 18, 2013 at 1:10 pm
  67. W says:

    What about Mick Ralphs. He was a giant les paul user!

    posted on September 18, 2013 at 1:21 pm
  68. CBJ says:

    @JB Harris,

    My values?
    I haven’t mentioned my values. . . but I’ll let you have a glimpse.
    I believe in ignoring what my neighbor has or doesn’t have. It’s none of my business. If that’s the case someones “conspicuous displays of consumption” can’t touch me.
    Your statements just don’t make any sense.
    First you want people to give up some of the instruments they have.
    Then you state that you do not support redistribution of guitars.
    You state that they are hoarders and that it is obscene and then you are happy for them.
    You imply that they are coke addicts and measure their penis size via their collection size and claim to love them.
    You are posting on a guitar centric blog and note that you ‘can’t play a kazoo’ yet know that 1700 LP bursts were made and insist that hoarding Les Pauls is “selfish, childish and it sucks”.

    You also claim to know what my values are based on my opinion that people have the right to do with their property as they wish and act as if this is somehow antisocial.

    Dude, isn’t it a wee bit more antisocial to dictate how many guitars someone can own?

    All I can say to that is, um, wow.
    What next, a limitation on how many years one may own a guitar?

    I can only advise that the entire world looks a whole lot better if you keep your eyes on your own page and let other people hoe their own row. I’ll bet you were the kid whining that your brother got a bigger piece of cake and stomped around moaning how ‘life’s not fair’.
    What a miserable way to exist

    posted on September 18, 2013 at 1:55 pm
  69. JJDS says:

    Slash only had one Les Paul copy in the early days and it was not cheap, it was a good luthier-made copy that a recording engineer, or someone like that, brought to the Appetite sessions because they didn’t like the sound of the Warlock he was using at the time.

    posted on September 18, 2013 at 1:58 pm
  70. CBJ says:

    @Ryan,
    “List of Stratocaster players next anyone?”

    Let’s go 180 degrees out.
    A list of Teisco Del Ray players, Harmony players and Silvertone players.
    Any guitar made from Masonite and Formica may qualify.

    (not kidding. . . have you seen the prices of some of these?)

    posted on September 18, 2013 at 2:00 pm
  71. Iago says:

    Some incorrections about Page’s guitar:

    the super famous one is the “#1 Les Paul” not “#2” which seldom got used during his time with Led Zeppelin. I think even his “Cherry Les Paul” got used more than “#2”. And #1 only got a single push-pull pot after Zeppelin was over and never got any additional switches. To finish it off, the neck was already reshaped when he bought it from Joe Walsh in 1969. 

    Agree about Peter Green’s Les Pau, it should have made the list. Out with Zakk Wylde! :D

    posted on September 18, 2013 at 2:19 pm
  72. JB Harris says:

    @CBJ

    Your absurd thinking implies state sanctioned redistribution of wealth in the form of Les Pauls. Don’t confuse socialism with altruism.

    Perhaps you’re snorting coke. I’ve made no such implication.

    Laying out your wood is the same as measuring your wood. It doesn’t take a psychology major to figure that out.

    Whether I play an instrument or not is irrelevant. I’m a music appreciator, consumer and artist advocate.

    Moreover, I’ve supported my kid in his musical endeavors since he was 5 and have probably purchased and given away more guitars than you’ll ever own.

    The photos of Billy Gibbons, and yes even my favorite guitar player of all time, Jimmy Page, surrounded by enough Les Pauls to fill a music store, are obnoxious.

    Maybe you were the overindulged kid who was taught never to share. I was raised differently. Try a little humility, it might suit you if you’re able to open your mind enough to let some light in.

    posted on September 18, 2013 at 2:54 pm
  73. Sergio Mallorga says:

    Of course…Robert Fripp’s.

    posted on September 18, 2013 at 3:38 pm
  74. Paul McCaffrey says:

    No ‘Beano’ guitar? No Paul Kossoff? No Rick Nielsen? No Freddie King Goldtop? No Mick Ronson ‘stripped top’? No Leslie West Junior?.....silly isn’t it?

    posted on September 18, 2013 at 3:47 pm
  75. Pete Vyler says:

    Steve Clark (Def Leppard)———————RIP
    Gary Moore—————RIP

    posted on September 18, 2013 at 4:45 pm
  76. breeze says:

    “I don’t care who is hoarding Les Pauls, Yanks, Brits, Asians or Martians. Doing so is selfish, childish and it sucks.”

    So is complaining about what others do.
    The more you focus on what you’re doing to make the world a better place,
    the less you’ll care about what others are not doing.

    Life isn’t fair.
    Deal with it.

    posted on September 18, 2013 at 4:50 pm
  77. José says:

    Alex Lifeson!!!

    posted on September 18, 2013 at 5:07 pm
  78. Gary says:

    What!!! What about Roland Orzabal! You know…. Tears for Fears! That one Les Paul solo he plays on “Advice for the Young at Heart” from the album Sowing the Seeds of Love surely deserves him the number one spot on this list! And how about my 1980 Les Paul “The Paul” Deluxe??? The one I slaved all summer bussing tables at a seafood restaurant in New Orleans at age 15 to bail out of layaway??? Steve Howe played a line on a tune on the album Tormato with one of those scaled down iconic beauties.

    That’s it! I’m never going to read this column again until you write the next one!

    posted on September 18, 2013 at 5:35 pm
  79. Matt says:

    Ken… you are so right, Tom Scholz invented an entire guitar sound and style, and he did it with a DiMarzio-equipped Goldtop. Not to mention he sold a sh*tload of albums and was/ still is on classic FM radio almost as much as Zeppelin! He deserves a spot on this list as well.

    And Chas… Yeah! How could Mick Taylor have been left off this list?! I watched 1974’s “Ladies and Gentlemen, the Rolling Stones” a few nights ago, and on this one Taylor’s tone (playing a ‘burst, of course) is nothing short of breathtaking. I STILL can’t get that tone, I’ve tried for years!

    posted on September 18, 2013 at 5:51 pm
  80. Manfred Munpie says:

    Did nobody notice that that is Tommy Thayer in the picture and not Ace Frehley?

    posted on September 18, 2013 at 6:04 pm

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