Tom Keifer

Cinderella frontman Tom Keifer is gearing up to release his debut solo album, The Way Life Goes, this spring. Listening to the tracks, you’ll hear plenty of Gibson guitars in the mix, and Keifer recently chatted with me about his love for Gibsons and especially his ’59 Sunburst Les Paul.

“They have a unique quality about them,” Keifer said of Gibson guitars. “The Les Paul is such unique guitars. I don’t think there are any guitars like them. I remember when Cinderella first came out in the ‘80s, we had tons of guitar companies approaching us, and their line was always, ‘We can build you whatever you want.’ I remember one time being in a dressing room and getting a hard sell, and I finally turned to him and said, ‘Can you make me a Les Paul?’ That sums up my feeling about Gibsons and Les Pauls!

“I’ve always played them. My first video, I was playing a Les Paul, back in ’86. I love Gibsons and Les Pauls. I don’t think you can go wrong with them, because they’re classics.”

Check back for’s full interview with Keifer next week.

Photo credit: Thomas Petillo.