This is that guitar..

THIS HISTORIC PIECE OF MUSICAL HISTORY WAS AUCTIONED AT CHRISTIE'S AUCTION HOUSE IN NEW YORK DURING THE "EXCEPTIONAL SALE" ON OCTOBER 13th, 2021...

Les & Mary at a press reception - Savoy Hotel in London

For the 1952 unveiling of the Les Paul signature model with his "NUMBER ONE"

This is THE actual guitar that got Les Paul to sign off on the Gibson Les Paul Project and give Gibson the "go ahead" to start making the new Electric Gibson Les Paul guitar. It is this guitar that made all the rest possible... From Eric Clapton with John Mayall and the Blues Breakers, Jeff Beck, Keith Richards, Freddie King, Mike Bloomfield, Jimmy Page, Duane Allman, Peter Frampton, Pete Townsend, Joe Perry, Bob Marley, Neil Young, Joe Walsh, Dickey Betts, Joe Bonamassa, Ace Frehley and of course, Slash... and the list goes on and on. Their talent, combined with The Gibson Les Paul guitar's inimitable sound made the music that set the benchmark and tone for Rock And Roll and Blues music for the last five decades... and for generations!

It's simply impossible to separate The Les Paul guitar from the Guitarist at this point, as the video to the right will show.

Artist tributes to Les Paul

Listen below to the artists, in their own words,

what Les and his accomplishments means to them.

NEVER SEEN BEFORE!

Les & Mary perform onstage with Les' Number One

at the Savoy Hotel in London

Les Paul and Mary Ford. 1952 with Les' Number One

October 13, 2021 Sale Total: Just short of One Million Dollars

Guitarist Magazine interview

HOW A LEGEND WAS BORN

THE UNTOLD STORY

Finally, after almost 30 years of experimenting, dreaming, and his obsession with having Gibson manufacture his guitar….. Dad's dream came true.


My Dad was very pleased that Gibson followed his vision of a guitar that sounds, played, and FELT RIGHT FROM HIS point of view. The rest is history.


Les Paul with his ‘ Number One ’ with Mary Ford circa 1952 in Paul’s studio in Mahwah, NJ


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Pictures above, Les in Tom's New Jersey repair shop in the 1970's

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An honor to be his son.

The first production model of the Les Paul guitar in1952 sold for $210.00

EXPLORING THE MYTHS

& MODS OF "NUMBER ONE"

Gene's thoughts on why Les entrusted Tom with his Number One...

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Last words...

THE GUITAR THAT MADE ALL THE OTHERS POSSIBLE:

TOP

In late Spring of 1952, after much trial and tribulation, the Gibson Guitar Company presented to Les for his approval this Gold Top solid-body electric guitar.  It, of course, had metallic gold paint on the top, had cream binding all the way around, was outfitted with two P90 pickups and a trapeze style bridge.  Les was very pleased.  Gibson had followed his vision and produced an instrument that sounded and felt right from Les' point of view.  This guitar was the culmination of his dream, 30 years of unsung hard work, tireless, imaginative spirit, and dogged belief in his ideas. This amazing guitar is the first Gibson Les Paul Gold Top solid body electric guitar that Les Paul formally APPROVED, his Number One.  

This is the guitar that started it all!

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