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The Early Years of the Les Paul Legacy 1915-1963 Hardcover – March 1, 2008
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The biography section in entertaining and informative, but the guitar section is where this book really throws down the goods. Awesomely photographed and interspersed with interviews and info. I have seen and read just about every vintage guitar book and was delighted to view many prototype guitars and details never seen in any book. The wonderful up-close pictures of "Pearly Gates" and "Hot'Lanta" were highlights.
Sections on Les Paul amps, Customs, Juniors, Specials, and 45 pages of '58-'60 Les Paul Sunbursts in all of their glory...it's all here.
Do not hesitate to get this book, you will not be disappointed!
Robb Lawrence has certainly raised the bar with this book and I eagerly await volume II. Bravo Robb!!!!!
Mr. Lawrence has provided a unique and colorful overview of both subjects. Mr. Lawrence was, as I understand things, Les's west coast gutitar tech. That alone provides credibility and provenance few others have, as well as objectivity apart from Gibson or Les himself. Further, Mr. Lawrence, beyond his luthier background, is a player. Another useful perspective.
Simply, the book has great photographs of the 'original' Les Paul line up, as well as historical development information. It is organized and easy to digest, and, most importantly, a good read. It has pictures of Les Paul guitars, some unique in all the world, none of which I've seen before, anywhere.
Not a technical tome, nor a cork sniffers guide, but rather a superlative tale of history of the instrument. And better still, a tale that appears to give the perspective of the times, i.e.Read more ›
It must be said right off the bat that the book is a veritable treasure trove for fans of Les Paul and the famous solidbody guitar that bears his name. The images alone are worth the price of admission, and the author brings a unique perspective to the book that's deeply appreciated. The book is extremely well-written; there's no denying it.
Unfortunately, though, it's extremely poorly edited. I searched for an editor to blame -- it's hard to fault Robb Lawrence, because even the best of writers need an editor -- but I could find no such credit. As a result, newer fans will often find themselves lost in the course of reading the text. Sometimes lesser-known information is presented matter-of-factly on one page, only to be explained sufficiently four pages (or two chapters) later, as if it were being introduced for the first time. It's as if Lawrence wrote the book in chronological order, then someone else cut-and-pasted paragraphs into chapters by subject, without ever going back to tidy up the text.
Honestly, though, that's the only blemish on an otherwise brilliant and one-of-a-kind book. None of the other texts on Les or the Les Paul model guitar come close. The layouts are unparalleled, the images are simply breathtaking, and the personal anecdotes are priceless.
Seriously, though, Robb? If you're reading this, please find an editor before releasing the second volume! The quality of work you're putting into this project deserves that last 5% of polish.
This book goes into the historic detail and secrets that are missing from all the others, and is the ultimate 'breath of fresh air' in which EVERY variation of the Les Paul model is treated with highest regard and respect. These guitars go FAR beyond heavy metal and blues...and this is the ONLY book to expound on that, along with volume 2! This is also the best biography on Les himself, as Rob Lawrence writes as his close friend and fellow musician--rather than a mere, superficial "vintage instrument" collector or dealer. These are also the only books to expound on the TONAL QUALITIES of the various Les Paul models....another detail ALL the others completely MISS! The Les Paul guitars have so much more to offer than merely being plugged into a stack of maxed-out Marshall amps....they are the ultimate "guitar audiophile" tool for a LOT of serious music OTHER than hard rock, heavy metal and rock-blues. This book is a MUST for any guitarist, and belongs in EVERY guitar player's collection...right alongside volume 2.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This was a gift for my boyfriend. He seems to like it a lot. I would recommend this to anyone who loves Les Paul.Published 18 days ago by Suzy
Man, oh man, this book is a complete guitar geek's (who loves Les Paul guitars) seven course epicurean delight.
The book is beautifully done, inside and out. Read more
Essential first volume in the two volume set. Definitive guide. Excellent text and pictures. Well bound alsoPublished 13 months ago by Tom Pajari
I loved Les's stuff back in the day, and all the information that's come out recently are a fraction of
the legacy his music and inventions had on all of us music fans.
If you're interested about how the Les Paul guitar originally came to be, this is a good place to start. Read morePublished on December 26, 2013 by Bilbo