LES PAUL Was A Smart Man, Hated The Gibson SG


There are many reasons I love Les Paul (the man) even though I’m often on record as saying I’m not into Les Paul (the instrument). Not least of which, his incredible skill at jazz guitar, his inventive spirit (he created the solid-body electric guitar as we know it today, and was the first to sync two tape machines together to create multitrack recording), and his awesome personality, as shown in this interview.

I’m personally of the opinion that the Gibson SG is the worst guitar ever designed for a host of reasons (won’t stay in tune, ugly, neck-heavy as fuck, among others) and, giving me yet another reason to like him, in this interview Les Paul agrees with me! He says that he partially dislikes it because, basically, he fucking shreds and he would be going hard for a high note and bash his hand on the horns, not to mention the neck would bend too easily when playing, causing the pitch to go wild. These are all problems I’ve experienced when playing SGs and it’s comforting hearing someone that close to the instrument’s creating confirming them. Bravo Les!

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As Editor-in-Chief of Gear Gods, I've been feeding your sick instrument fetishism and trying unsuccessfully to hide my own since 2013. I studied music on both coasts (Berklee and SSU) and now I'm just trying to put my degree to some use. That's a music degree, not an English one. I'm sure you noticed.