Is it any wonder that most of rock’s greatest guitar solos have been played on Les Pauls? With its rich sustain and distinctive tone, the Les Paul is the perfect instrument for that spotlight moment in countless rock and roll classics. Below we present 10 examples, each of which offers exquisite evidence of the Les Paul’s timeless versatility.

“Heartbreaker” – Jimmy Page (Led Zeppelin)

His bandmates were absent when Jimmy Page recorded this extraordinary 45-second solo, which he came up with “on the spot.” “That whole section was recorded in a different studio and was sort of slotted in the middle,” he later told Guitar World. “If you notice, the whole sound of the guitar is different.” He added: “I think that was one of the first things I ever played through a Marshall. By that time I was using a Les Paul … a classic setup.”

“Sweet Child O’ Mine” – Slash (Guns N’ Roses)

Slash has often pointed out that the solo for this hit was done spontaneously, in one take. The former Guns N' Roses guitarist demonstrated that a handful of notes–played with emotion–could do the job of many. Only in the song's final section does he cut loose with a flurry of rapid-fire riffs, slapping a firm exclamation mark on everything that went before.

“Hotel California”  Don Felder (Eagles)

Don Felder used a 1959 Les Paul Standard to duke it out with Joe Walsh on this dual-guitar classic. Speaking with in 2012, Walsh said he and Felder inspired one another to reach for the sky. “We decided that, at the end of the song, we would have a go at one another,” he explained. “It was like, ‘Okay, watch this!’ We did that on purpose, because it created tension, that effort to be the tougher guy. You can hear that in our performances.”

“Moonage Daydream” – Mick Ronson (David Bowie)

Mick Ronson employed a simple setup to craft this jaw-dropping high point on David Bowie’s The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars. Using a wah pedal to shape the tone of his Les Paul Custom, the musician unleashed a series of soaring bends. “My recollection is that there was no discussion, beforehand, regarding what it should be,” producer Ken Scott told, in 2012. “It was more like, ‘Okay, it’s time to do it,’ and Mick just played it. David and I just went, ‘Wow!’”

“Walk This Way” – Joe Perry (Aerosmith)

Joe Perry’s solo on this Aerosmith classic was so perfect for the song, he’s since been reluctant to tinker with it in live performance. “There are certain phrases that are important to keep in there,” Perry told, in 2015, “because they’re part of the song. Your ear is expecting to hear that, just as your ear expects to hear the vocal melody.”

“Ballrooms of Mars” – Marc Bolan (T.Rex)

Marc Bolan’s guitar playing has always tended to get short shrift, but this display of his solo instincts makes a strong case for the glam rocker’s six-string greatness. “We did five takes of the solo, and I could have made a composite from all of them,” producer Tony Visconti told, in 2008. “But instead, I threw up all five faders simultaneously, with all five tracks. Marc and I just looked at each other and said, ‘That’s it. That’s the way it’s going to go down.’”

“Another Brick in the Wall, Part Two” – David Gilmour (Pink Floyd)

David Gilmour’s elegant solo on this classic was played using his famous 1955 Les Paul Goldtop. Gilmour continued to use the ’55 Goldtop throughout the ‘80s and ‘90s, most notably on major portions of A Momentary Lapse of Reason and The Division Bell. He also played a ’56 Goldtop that was nearly identical to the ’55, except for a custom-fitted Bigsby system.

“Statesboro Blues” – Duane Allman (Allman Brothers Band)

The full range of Duane Allman’s bottleneck skills are expressed on this Blind Willie McTell cover, featured on the classic At Fillmore East album. Allman uses his Les Paul like a conductor’s wand, leading the band through a perfect kick-off to one of southern rock’s defining albums. Dickey Betts’ ringing leads—also played on a Les Paul—provided the perfect counterpoint.

“Concrete Jungle”– Wayne Perkins (Bob Marley & The Wailers)

Muscle Shoals guitarist Wayne Perkins was recruited to add some rock guitar to this 1972 Bob Marley song. Perkins strapped on his Les Paul and—in one take—crafted a beautifully sinuous bridge for this reggae classic. A few years later Marley recruited his own rock guitarist—Junior Marvin, also a Les Paul player—to permanently flesh out the Wailers’ sound.

“Sharp Dressed Man” – Billy Gibbons (ZZ Top)

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Billy Gibbons delivered the second half of this blistering solo on–you guessed it–the ever-reliable Pearly Gates. “There are, of course, more intricate and demanding solos, but [this one] stands as one of the band’s favorites,” he later told Guitar World. “The track just has a really raucous delivery, which is a good ignition point on stage, sitting on the tailgate out in the middle of nowhere, sipping a cold one….”