Les Paul has help shaped rock through his iconic Gibson guitar. In honor of his birthday, here’s our top five active rock Les Paul guitarists.
Les Paul guitars and Zakk Wylde are a match made in rock heaven. The most notable instrument in his vast collection is his 1981 Gibson Les Paul Custom “The Grail.” Check out this guitar duel between Wylde and Slash!
It all started in 1979 in Ozzy Osbourne’s Los Angeles hotel room. Rhoads had his custom 1974 Les Paul in one hand and a practice amp in the other; he was auditioning for Osbourne’s band. Rhoads ascent into rock greatness seemed to end all too soon. Gibson re-released his 1974 guitar as a tribute to the legendary guitarist. His greatness was never more obvious than in the hit, “Crazy Train.”
When you think of rock, you think of Ace Frehley and KISS. Frehley’s Cherry Sunburst, three-pickup Les Paul Custom is a sound that is unique in that it bridges the gap between pop and heavy rock.
Billie Joe Armstrong
He may be the artist on this list who uses Gibson guitars the most. Seriously, this guy uses at least eight different models, including his very own custom made Les Paul Junior. Floyd is his closest friend; it’s the name of his favorite guitar, which is a 1956 Sunburst Gibson Junior. “Floyd is still my favorite,” Armstrong said in an interview with Gibson.com.
The hair, the shades, the top hat and the guitar; it all works. Slash has his own signature Les Paul guitar, the Slash Appetite Les Paul as well as the Slash Signature Rosso Corsa Les Paul. Seriously...this choice doesn't need any explaination. It's Slash. Enough said.