Les Paul: R.I.P.

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Les Paul: R.I.P.

Postby Don Butler » Thu Aug 13, 2009 2:19 pm

Years ago I met Les backstage at the Pacific Ampitheater. Had to be around `92 or `93. He came to see The Allman Bros. I was sitting next to Gregg's Mom and I told her, "Look Momma A, it's Les Paul." all she said was "Oh, my word". I had the pleasure of escorting Les around the Allman Bros. camp introducing him to everyone. He was one of the nicest guys I'd met. I told him I had a 1959 L.P. Special and he said he thought those were great guitars.
Anyway, that's my Les Paul story. He'll certainly be missed especially everytime I look at the 8x10 photo of Les and me on the wall of my office.
Dickey and Warren were both playing their Les Pauls and Woody was playing a Les Paul Bass that night.
Another truly great musician and inovater/inventor and all round great person gone.
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Re: Les Paul: R.I.P.

Postby Epidrake » Thu Aug 13, 2009 3:44 pm

I'm so glad you felt the same way as I did Don. When I met him and got to talk to him at a private Gibson party in NYC, he was just the nicest man. I showed him a picture of my Goldtop LP Historic and he just said WOW! Then he signed the photo with "WOW Les Paul". That describes Les perfectly, WOW!
“Do not answer a fool according to his folly, or you will also be like him. Answer a fool as his folly deserves, that he not be wise in his own eyes. (Prov. 26:4–5).
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Re: Les Paul: R.I.P.

Postby Don Butler » Thu Aug 13, 2009 5:42 pm

I always wanted to send a copy of the photo to Les at the club in NYC and have him sign it. now I'm kicking myself for not doing that...
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Re: Les Paul: R.I.P.

Postby Epidrake » Thu Aug 13, 2009 5:59 pm

Me too. I took some great shots of him playing with Larry Carlton, Robben Ford, and a bunch of other great players. I really wanted to give them to him. I hate myself for procrastinating all the time.
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Re: Les Paul: R.I.P.

Postby Paladin » Thu Aug 13, 2009 7:21 pm

Les was not only a great designer & musician, he was such a great guy. I only met him once but he came across like a 'regular Joe' in every regard. I knew he wasn't doing too well as of late. A friend of mine's sister lives next door to Les' daughter. She had Les sign a photo and pick guard for us. He will be missed, but honored daily (actually every minute of the day) with the many Les Pauls gracing the music scene around the world.
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Re: Les Paul: R.I.P.

Postby Epidrake » Thu Aug 13, 2009 8:44 pm

This is a great tribute from Gibson:

http://www.gibson.com/en-us/Lifestyle/N ... at-94-813/

Watch the video too.
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