Famous Les Paul Guitar Players

Bradley DiTeresi currently serves as a partner at Casas Hof Constructora e Inmobiliaria, a real estate development company specializing in Peruvian condominiums. When he is not working, Bradley DiTeresi enjoys playing his Martin acoustic and Gibson Les Paul electric guitars.

Few names in the electric guitar industry are as recognizable as Gibson, and even fewer models are as noteworthy as the Gibson Les Paul, named in honor of the innovative American guitarist of the same name. In 2006, Peter Green of Fleetwood Mac’s standard starburst Les Paul sold for more than $2 million, while several present-day models retail for thousands of dollars. Since Gibson’s release of the first Les Paul in 1952, a number of iconic musicians have made the instrument their own.

Over the course of a four-decade playing career, Eric Clapton has played a number of different guitars, but his work with the Yardbirds and John Mayall & The Bluesbreakers was defined by his use of a Les Paul. Clapton is credited with demonstrating the various sonic capabilities of the Les Paul. Jimmy Page produced a number of sounds for Led Zeppelin with his Les Paul, ranging from the hard-rocking “Whole Lotta Love” to the somber, haunting opening of “Stairway to Heaven.” Slash, of Guns n’ Roses, has introduced the world to several legendary guitar riffs with the help of his sunburst Les Paul and Marshall stack combination, including those in “Welcome to the Jungle” and “Sweet Child O’ Mine.” Additional musicians who have played the Les Paul include Bob Marley, Billie Joe Armstrong, and the Sex Pistol’s Steve Jones.

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