2019 marks the 60th anniversary of the most legendary guitar of all time: The 1959 Les Paul Standard.
Ever wondered what makes a Les Paul so unique, genre-bending and versatile? Ever wondered why every discerning guitar-head will tell you the Les Paul 59 Standard is the holy grail of guitars? It’s a good thing for us, that blues guitar lord, Joe Bonamassa has all the answers!
Why Is the Les Paul 1959 Standard so revered?
Joe calls it the “modern day Stradavarius”. Countless guitar heroes have played them, including Eric Clapton, Paul Kossoff, Jeff Beck, Slash, Peter Green and Joe Perry. So why are they so good? Here’s what Joe has to say on the matter.
Why are Les Pauls so versatile?
There are an infinite amount of tones you can get out of a Les Paul with one guitar lead going straight into the amp and no need for a single pedal. This is what makes the LP able to handle so many different styles of music, from blues, heavy metal, through to country and jazz. The Les Paul can do it all. Joe Bonamassa tells us why: