“I just couldn’t take school seriously: I had this guitar neck with four frets which I kept hidden under the desk. It had strings on it so I would practice my chord shapes under the desk and that’s about all I did at school”.
- Alvin Lee
B.B King - Three O’clock Blues
Kris Kristofferson - Feeling Mortal
The Gibson Black Beauty debuted in 1953 as Mr Les Paul wanted an Ebony guitar to match the tux that a guitarist would wear at a formal “black-tie” function. In 1957 the Black Beauty was released in a 3 pick up configuration with with the option of a Bigsby “True Vibrato” unit. Jimmy Page used one extensively during his early years as a session musician and with the Yardbirds until it was stolen in 1970 while on an American tour with Led Zeppelin, the image shown here is the 2008 Gibson custom shop recreation of that very instrument.
Here is a video showing the history and evolution of the Gibson Les Paul
Merry Christmas everyone, thanks for following Dannys Guitar Channel. Here is my favorite Christmas song - Chuck Berry - Run Rudolph Run :)
Guitarists who made a difference…….
“I just plug in and hit the thing really hard. Thats my style……..or lack of one”
- Angus Young
Jimmy Page talking about his favorite Les Pauls
Guitar albums that made a difference…..
Blues Breakers - John Mayall with Eric Clapton (1966)
This album is also known as “Beano” as Eric Clapton felt like being uncooperative during the photo shoot for the album sleeve by reading the Beano comic. For the album Clapton used a sunburst 1960 Les Paul through a Marshall Bluesbreaker amplifier. Rolling Stone Magazine states - “Ex-Yardbird Eric Clapton’s solos here inspired his “Clapton Is God” cult. The band expertly covers Robert Johnson and Freddie King, and blows up Ray Charles”. The album went on to become one of the most influential British Blues albums ever recorded.