Les Paul’s 1954 Black Beauty: The Story, The Sound

February 11th, 2015

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By Christopher Scapelliti

Here’s a rare opportunity to hear Les Paul’s 1954 Black Beauty being played by someone who knows the guitar very well: Tom Doyle, Les Paul’s own guitar tech.

Doyle brought the guitar to the NAMM 2015 expo in Anaheim, California, and shared it at the booth of our sister publication Guitar Player. Doyle and the guitar were also featured in Guitar Player‘s February 2015 issue, where he tells all about the guitar’s history.

The 1954 Black Beauty was Les Paul’s own axe, on which he tinkered over the years, making constant alterations that made the instrument more to his liking. Among the many changes he made were to the guitar’s neck angle, tailpiece (Les preferred Bigsbys to stop tails), and pickups (he liked low-impedance).

You can read the entire story about Les, Tom and the Black Beauty right here.