Gear of the Month 2012
July: Les Paul's Log Solidbody Guitar
If there were a Mount Rushmore for electric guitar, few would argue that Les Paul and his “Log” guitar didn’t belong on it right beside Leo Fender and his Broadcaster and Adolf Rickenbacker with his frying pan lap steel. In the late 1930s, Les Paul revived his solidbody idea with two goals in mind: He wanted a solidwood guitar that would sustain longer and produce a more brilliant tone than a hollowbody. Keeping it basic, Paul built the guitar on a 4" x 4" slab of pine equipped with homemade tremolo and pickups. Just as he'd feared before, audiences weren’t receptive. So Paul cut an Epiphone archtop body in half and added the "wings" to the pine body for a more acceptable look.