The unique 1954 Gibson Les Paul ‘Black Magnificence’ goes up for public sale

The original 1954 Gibson Les Paul 'Black Beauty' goes up for auction

In the event you’re an avid collector of music historical past, you may need to think about emptying your piggy financial institution for this. On February nineteenth, the unique 1954 Gibson Les Paul Customized — higher generally known as “Black Magnificence” –(left) might be auctioned off, giving somebody with deep pockets the prospect to personal the prototype that turned maybe probably the most iconic guitar ever made. For the uninitiated, Paul, a musician and inventor, labored with Gibson to create a brand new electrical guitar within the Nineteen Fifties, with this primary mannequin being delivered to its namesake in 1954.

As he was all the time trying to enhance issues, Paul tweaked the 6-string with its justifiable share of modifications up till its final use in 1976, and as you may anticipate, it was featured on quite a lot of albums, throughout stage performances and Listerine commercials. This Gibson axe is owned my Tom Doyle, Paul’s pal and guitar tech, who was given the instrument when it was retired within the mid-70s. Along with the guitar, Doyle’s assortment consists of recording gear from Les Paul’s house studio, a Nineteen Forties pickup winder from the Gibson Manufacturing unit, Chet Atkins’ Gretsch 6120 “Darkish Eyes” prototype guitar and far more.

[Photo credit: Yana Paskova/For The Washington Post via Getty Images]

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