Part of the excitement of Les Paul’s Monday night shows is that you never know who is going to join Les on stage! The Gibson Les Paul line of guitars is universally hailed as the best and most popular electric guitars and is played by legendary musicians who come every Monday to pay homage to "The Father Of The Electric Guitar". Paul McCartney, Keith Richards, Tony Bennett, Steve Miller, George Benson, Pat Metheny, Slash and many others have "jammed" with Les on Monday nights. We expect some unannounced guests at this year’s event as well.
Les Paul was already a well-known guitarist by the 1940s, when he became the leading proponent of the solidbody electric guitar, playing a homemade instrument he nicknamed The Log. His electronic innovations, such as the six guitar parts he played on his 1948 hit "Brazil," would earn him recognition as the father of multi-track recording. His million-selling recordings with his wife Mary Ford, including "Mockin' Bird Hill" and "How High the Moon," made him the most famous guitarist in the world by the time he and Gibson joined forces in 1952 to design Gibson's first solidbody electric guitar. The Les Paul Model changed the image of the solidbody guitar from a simple plank of wood to an elegant, stylish piece of art. Except for an updated bridge and humbucking pickups, the Les Paul Standard of today is still the same American-made guitar that Les and Gibson introduced 50 years ago. The Les Paul has been the driving force behind many changes in popular music. This year, is the fiftieth anniversary of the first Gibson Les Paul.