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Invented by Les Paul in the early 50s, the Gibson Les Paul was released in 1952 as a competitor to the massively popular Telecaster (also designed by Les Paul, with Leo Fender). The all-time favorite Gibson model, and one of the most popular guitars of all time, the Les Paul Standard is recognized the world over as an icon for rock and roll. It's twin humbucking pickups, thick mahogany body with maple top and mahogany neck with rosewood finger board give the Les Paul its famous "chunk" sound, and is typically used for a light or heavy distorted sound. Thousands of guitarists have made the Les Paul their main instrument, most notably with Jimmy Page of Led Zeppelin. Like a fine wine, vintage Les Pauls only increase with value as they age, with the resale cost of 1950s Les Pauls reaching $500,000 making them one of the most desired instruments by nearly all guitarists. As Gibson’s first solidbody electric guitar and one of the most visually stunning instruments to this day, the Les Paul Model made a lasting impression since its debut, and it continues to shape the sounds of popular music today.
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