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    Epiphone Ltd Ed Tommy Thayer "White Lightning" Signature Les Paul Outfit Electric Guitar Epiphone Ltd Ed Tommy Thayer "White Lightning" Signature Les Paul Outfit Electric Guitar
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    Epiphone Limited Edition 2014 Joe Bonamassa Les Paul Standard Electric Guitar Epiphone Limited Edition 2014 Joe Bonamassa Les Paul Standard Electric Guitar
    $699.00
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    Gibson Les Paul Traditional Gold Top Electric Guitar with P90s Gibson Les Paul Traditional Gold Top Electric Guitar with P90s
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    Gibson 2014 Les Paul Standard Premium Quilt Electric Guitar Gibson 2014 Les Paul Standard Premium Quilt Electric Guitar
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    Gibson Custom Les Paul Axcess Standard Electric Guitar Gibson Custom Les Paul Axcess Standard Electric Guitar
    Gibson Custom Les Paul Axcess Standard Electric Guitar

    The Les Paul Axcess reveals a handful of upgrades including a Floyd Rose tailpiece with an R4 locking nut, a...

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    Gibson Custom 1960 Les Paul Plaintop Reissue Electric Guitar Gibson Custom 1960 Les Paul Plaintop Reissue Electric Guitar
    $4,498.00
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    Epiphone Limited Edition Les Paul PlusTop PRO Electric Guitar Epiphone Limited Edition Les Paul PlusTop PRO Electric Guitar
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    Epiphone Les Paul Special II Electric Guitar Epiphone Les Paul Special II Electric Guitar
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    Epiphone Slash "AFD" Les Paul Performance Pack Epiphone Slash "AFD" Les Paul Performance Pack
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    Gibson Custom Alex Lifeson Les Paul Axcess Electric Guitar Gibson Custom Alex Lifeson Les Paul Axcess Electric Guitar
    Gibson Custom Alex Lifeson Les Paul Axcess Electric Guitar

    Humbucker, single-coil, and acoustic tones along with Floyd Rose trem, highlight this progressive rock guitar.

    $4,399.00
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    Epiphone Les Paul Custom Blackback PRO Electric Guitar Epiphone Les Paul Custom Blackback PRO Electric Guitar
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    Epiphone 1956 Les Paul Pro Electric Guitar Epiphone 1956 Les Paul Pro Electric Guitar
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    Gibson 2014 Les Paul Futura Plain Top Electric Guitar Gibson 2014 Les Paul Futura Plain Top Electric Guitar
    $1,127.00
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    Gibson Custom 1960 Les Paul Reissue VOS Electric Guitar Gibson Custom 1960 Les Paul Reissue VOS Electric Guitar
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    Epiphone Les Paul Special II Electric Guitar Epiphone Les Paul Special II Electric Guitar
    Epiphone Les Paul Special II Electric Guitar

    One of the most popular Epiphone models, the Epiphone Special-II electric guitar gives you all the essential...

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    Epiphone Slash "AFD" Les Paul Guitar Outfit Epiphone Slash "AFD" Les Paul Guitar Outfit
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    Epiphone Les Paul 100 Electric Guitar Epiphone Les Paul 100 Electric Guitar
    Epiphone Les Paul 100 Electric Guitar

    An affordable, genuine Les Paul. The mahogany body with maple top delivers classic solid, heavy tone, while...

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    Gibson 2015 Les Paul Junior Single Cut Electric Guitar Gibson 2015 Les Paul Junior Single Cut Electric Guitar
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    Epiphone Les Paul Special I P90 Electric Guitar Epiphone Les Paul Special I P90 Electric Guitar
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    Gibson 2015 Les Paul Special Double Cut Electric Guitar Gibson 2015 Les Paul Special Double Cut Electric Guitar
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While Gibson's iconic Les Paul may be one of the most readily recognized and popular solidbody electric guitars ever created, the incredible variety of models that bear the Les Paul name is less well known, as is the man behind the model. Les Paul was born Lester Polsfuss in Waukesha, Wisconsin in 1915, and began learning the harmonica at age 8. By the time he was 13, he was earning money as a country singer and guitar player. He was also a born tinkerer, and experimented with electronics and amplification to try to get more sound out of his guitar. By the mid-1930's he was cutting records and performing on the radio. He successfully branched out into jazz, first with his own trio, and then with his wife, Mary Ford, with whom by the early '50's he had numerous chart-topping records, and a national program on the then-brand-new medium of television. And he also pioneered multi-track recording! In the '40's, however, he had grown dissatisfied with the sound of amplified archtop hollowbody jazz guitars common at the time, and began experimenting with solid electric guitar design, creating one of the very first out of a 4x4, to which he affixed side wings from an Epiphone archtop, and dubbed it "The Log." He presented this prototype to Gibson, but they declined to manufacture a solidbody electric, until Leo Fender's Telecaster began to gain popularity in the early '50's.

The first Gibson Les Paul guitar was introduced in 1952, and set the template for the model, which was meant to continue the Gibson tradition of finely crafted instruments, with luxurious appointments, to contrast with Fender's assembly-line approach to guitar building. The Les Paul featured a body of solid mahogany and a carved maple cap, for deep, rich tone with plenty of sustain, and a "set," or glued-in neck, in contrast to Fender's bolt-on one-piece necks. The guitar also featured dual single-coil P-90's pickups, a trapeze tailpiece, and a striking gold finish. By 1957, the Les Paul featured Gibson's revolutionary humbucking pickups, which delivered a deeper, warmer tone without the annoying hum from electrical interference common to single-coils, as well as a stunning sunburst finish. These Les Paul Standards from the 1957-60 model years have since become some of the most valuable vintage guitars in history. The Les Paul name was dropped in the early '60's, as Gibson switched focus to the easier-to-produce SG model, but demand picked up by the late '60's as rock and blues players like Eric Clapton and Mike Bloomfield favored the late 50's models for their incredible tone and sustain. The Les Paul model was reintroduced in 1968, and has been a best-seller ever since. Today there are dozens of variants, both from Gibson and their Epiphone subsidiary, including models loaded with three humbuckers, ones with dual P-90 single coils, Bigsby vibrato bridges, 12-string and baritone versions, self-tuning Robot models, double-cutaway versions, stripped-down Studios, Custom models with fancier binding and other details, and entry-level Jr. and Melody Maker models, as well as numerous signature axes from such luminaries as Slash and Zakk Wylde. In short, there's bound to be a Les Paul loaded with anything you could want on your own piece of guitar history. Get yours and make some!
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