Journey through the career of the musical giant, milestone guitarist and recording innovator Les Paul and marvel at the world of cutting edge guitar design. This book emerged out of author Robb Lawrence's years of research, interviews, extensive vintage archives (including original Les Paul/Mary Ford articles, press photos, music and recordings) and gorgeous original photography. Read the stories of the various Goldtops, Seth Lover's Humbucking pickups, the Custom 'Fretless Wonder' and the heralded 50s 'Sunburst' standard as told by the insiders and players. Each model is lovingly described, detailing its physical beauty, workmanship, construction and special musical qualities. With a foreword by Les Paul as well and Jeff Beck talks about his Les Paul Sunbursts.
Prominent guitar expert, player and photojournalist Robb Lawrence wrote the original byline for Guitar Magazine's popular 'Rarebird' column on vintage guitars. He began his association with Les Paul in 1972 and has been his West Coast concert tech for many memorable shows. Their association has included work on The Wizard of Waukesha, a 1978 film about Les Paul and the recent 2001 Grammys tribute film.