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Graphic designer wins Les Paul Standard personalisation competition

A one-off version of the 1960 Les Paul Standard has been created by a Dorset-based man.
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A graphic designer from Dorset has won a competition to come up with a personalised version of the 1960 Les Paul Standard electric guitar.

The contest took place last year in order to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the musical instrument, with Richard Gregory announced as the winner.

A finished guitar has now been manufactured using his design, with it covered in his winning pattern along with the all-gold hardware he selected.

Mr Gregory told the Gibson website that the finished product looks "brilliant", as well as offering a high standard of performance.

"The playability - neck profile, scale, action - is fabulous. I've not played a solid-bodied electric with such easy, consistent response. The electrics are brilliant - you can really stretch those 1960s British blues tones out of it," he explained.

Mr Gregory explained that he has always been a keen musician, playing a variety of instruments in a number of different bands over the course of his life.

Original 1960 Les Paul Standards have become among the most-desired electric guitars in the world, partly thanks to the limited number that were manufactured.

Gibson recently announced it had come up with three special anniversary models of the instrument.

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Posted on 7 Feb 2011 10:45 to category : Instruments News

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