In 1952 Gibson presented their "Les Paul"-model. Gibson had started to feel the rivalry of Fender, who conquered the raising market of the solidbody electric guitars with his "Esquire" and "Broadcaster", ancestors of the Telecaster. The "Les Paul" was developed by the famous player of the same name.
In fact Gibson had rejected Les Paul's prototype before, but now they came back to him. Gibson wanted to separate the model from the Fender-line and accented the worth and quality of a Gibson guitar. Therefore the "Les Paul" looks much more conservative than the "cheap" Fender guitars featuring a mahagony body with maple top and a glued-in mahagony neck. In 1953 the "Les Paul Standard" got an even more precious sister, the "Les Paul Custom" with Gold hardware and black finish, nickname "Black beauty".
In the hands of famous guitarists like Jimmy Page and Slash the Les Paul has become the synonym of the Rock-guitar, though old Lester Paul preferred to play clean. I start the playlist with Les Paul, who still deserves much attention as a guitar-playedr. Then Jimmy Page comes to mind at first, when we think on this instrument, so I go on with Led Zeppelin. While Page had recorded "Led Zeppelin I" with a Telecaster, the "Les Paul" sound was established on "Led Zeppelin II" with classic tracks like "Whole lotta love", "Heartbreaker" and others.
And now it's your turn
Which other famous musicians are known for using the Gibson Les Paul?
I will add your suggestions to this playlist