The First Gibson Les Paul Goldtop Electric Guitar 'Number One' Strums Up For Auction

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The First Gibson Les Paul Goldtop Electric Guitar 'Number One' Strums Up For Auction

If you talk about true luxury in music or a really luxury musical trophy then the 'Number One' guitar by Les Paul should definitely be somewhere close to number one on such a list.

It is a known fact that Les Paul brought a major change to popular music after joining hands with Gibson to produce the legendary and absolutely loved electric guitar. Countless rock musicians, rock stars have performed magic with the mesmerizing Les Paul electric guitar!!

Currently there could be one in a billion who could actually bid for and end up being the proud owner of Les Paul’s personal “Number One,” the foremost Gibson Les Paul that got his nod, as it goes under the hammer very shortly this year.

Christie’s Exceptional Sale on 13th October 2021 in New York, United States will offer the “Number One” Les Paul. Gene Paul - son of Les Paul, and Tom Doyle who happens to be Les Paul's old time guitar builder, engineer and producer, will offer this luxury music collectible to one lucky person.  As per Gene Paul the 'Number One' happened to be the most historically significant, valuable, pivotal and important guitar to his father Les Paul.

Les Paul & the Electric Guitar

As a teenager musician, Les Paul was busy playing music and experimenting at the same time. Constantly innovating, Les ended up wiring a phonograph needle to his acoustic guitar and got it hooked to a radio speaker and ultimately he built a prototype solid-body electric guitar called 'The Log'. This electric guitar which he built in 1940 was made of 4x4 piece of solid pine with a neck, bridge, tailpiece, strings and hand-wound pickup attached.Ultimately Ted McCarty from Gibson created a guitar using Les Paul’s guitar design, and paid him a percentage of the royalties.

In 1952, Les Paul gave thumbs up to the “Number One,” that boasted of a metallic gold paint, cream binding and two P-90 pickups.

Whoever ends up owning the 'Number One' will surely end up owning one of the most iconic and legendary musical instruments in history.


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