A new piece on the website, Music Radar profiles the original in what is now a long iconic line of solidbody guitars, a 1952 Gibson Les Paul Model. As they note, the ads of the time marketed the guitar as “a unique and exciting innovation in the fretted instrument field.” They weren’t kidding.

The first models “sported two cream-coloured soapbar P-90 pickups, a trapeze tailpiece, a bound carved maple top, a solid mahogany back and a one-piece mahogany neck with a bound Brazilian rosewood fingerboard, and was finished in gold as standard.”

1952 Les Paul

In the article, guitarist Joel Peat, of British band Lawson, talks about how the ’52 Les Paul took his playing to the next level, saying, “When I picked up this guitar, it just made me play better! It was inspiring and sounded incredible. It’s quite special when an instrument grabs you like that - it means something when it’s that good.”

Alex Bain of Vintage ‘n’ Rare Guitars in Bath said, “The pickups sounded amazing, particularly the front pickup, but the combined sounds of both the front and back pickups were unbelievable! I’ve never known another guitar to clean up so well.”

Read the full article here. Also, here’s a video of the great Bernie Marsden of Whitesnake talking about his own 1952 Gibson Les Paul Standard Goldtop.