Les Paul – the great architect of Gibson guitars (part 2)

When working with Gibson, Les Paul always ignited the idea that the sound from the guitar must become the sound that can lead and moderately lead. Perhaps the musicians, artists or the early pebbles in the music industry at that time could not imagine that one day, the electric guitar would become the main character leading an entire orchestra, beyond an instrument, to rival the singer. One thing no other instrument has been able to do so far.

This is all thanks to the wide range of tones and the multifaceted variation of tones produced by just one instrument. Gibson Les Paul can be used from Blues, Rock, Jazz to Reggae, as legendary Bob Marley used.

To do this, it is a combination of Paul’s sharp ears in sound with Gibson’s experience in guitar production and use of materials.

Different from the Strat produced by Fender with a light density wood, Les Paul is used heavy and dense mahogany, with softer maple (maple) clad tightly upwards to create vibrations. Two wooden boards pressed together into a solid block. So, Gibson still handcrafted each fretboard to ensure that they were snugly fastened to the body for a solid sound, something that seemed controversial in the 21st century when automated manufacturing technology was somewhat of an issue. superior to its somewhat conservative handcrafted style.

But back to that original idea, it is because this monolithic element produces a warmer and thicker noise in the Les Paul tree than Strat’s slightly cleaner sound. Les Paul’s sophistication is also featured on the Les Paul with a shorter neck than Strat, and the strings are positioned closer to the neck, making pressing and pinching clean and soft. trade more. However, the layout of the monolithic neck also creates a slight disadvantage on the Les Paul tree, when the back of the keyboard at the high keys suddenly has a protruding lump, making people with small hands. (Kai, for example) often has difficulty pressing and pinching the notes above the high key, of course compared to the legendary rival Fender Strats. Fortunately, later on, a few musicians like ESP or PRS, while Gibson was still persistent with his design, designed extremely easy to press pianos that sound no less than Les Paul.

But the most unique feature of the Gibson Les Paul tree, certainly the humbucker-style dual pickup also helps to create a rich, warm sound, and especially suppresses the “innate” howl of the Fender Strats tree.

Perhaps the creative pinnacle of the Gibson Les Paul tree was the 59th production line, still known as the holy grail of Rock N Roll. All Gibson guitars of later generations have not been able to achieve the signature sound of the 59, and although Gibson has worked hard to make several times reminiscent of that 59, they have not. It can prevent famous artists and discerning collectors from searching everywhere to buy a 59-year-old tree for their collection.

Much research has been done to explain why the 59-year-old Les Paul is still the pinnacle of both money and sound value, especially if the piano is Sunburst color. But perhaps all is attributable to the fact that there has never been a guitar that the elements from wood, paint, puzzle pieces, to electrical parts are so perfectly mixed. Too technical, so I guess we can just mention the price today. In comparison with another very famous brother, the 58-year-old Les Paul, can now cost up to $ 100,000, the ’59 tree ‘would cost a collector of half a million. But when I first came out, that tree only sold for $ 300 with a herd and if lucky, the buyer would also be given a few pleats. There are probably about 650 ’59 trees of life ‘wandering the world.

There are artists who even admit 65-70% of the sound they get is due to this 59th Les Paul. The precision and variety in the timbre of the guitar makes it possible for them to make a resentful sound in the first few notes, and then the soft chirping of the following notes in the same staff. As Eric Clapton used the Les Paul tree as a chainsaw that cuts across the heaviest Rock without obscuring the sound. Like Jimmy Page with the sound that created a heavy rock industry. And it is hard to imagine how heavy and cool riffs and solo ones who resent Slash on the same guitar would be without Les Paul (rumor says he often plays ’59 replica when recording more). By the way, Kiss group’s Paul Stanley has a 59-year-old tree, but I don’t really understand what you do with it.
Given the current level of science and technology, perhaps it is hard to believe looking back at what Les Paul was able to do at that time merely with his talents. And it seems that anyone who is good at doing anything is easy. Like Brian May, playing the guitar well, after becoming a doctor in physics and a great astronomer. Les Paul, maybe Brian May since Brian May wasn’t born yet.

Sit back and listen to the music Les Paul played from the time of the stork

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