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For example, Paul specified that the guitar be offered in a gold finish, not only for flashiness, but to emphasize the high quality of the Gibson Les Paul instrument.The later-issue Les Paul models included flame maple (tiger stripe) and "quilted" maple tops, again in contrast to the competing Fender line's range of car-like custom color finishes.The sunburst 1958–1960 Les Paul – today one of the best-known electric guitar types in the world – was considered a failure, with low production and sales.For 1961, the Les Paul was redesigned into what is now known as the Gibson SG.Along with Fender's Telecaster and Stratocaster, it was one of the first mass-produced electric solid-body guitars.Les Pauls have been used in many genres, including rock, country, pop, soul, rhythm and blues, blues, jazz, reggae, punk, and heavy metal.
In 1957, P-90 pickups were no longer offered on Les Pauls.
Les Paul was a respected innovator who had been experimenting with guitar design for years.
He hand-built a solid-body prototype called "The Log", often suggested as the first solid-body Spanish guitar ever built.
However, this reversal would have caused the guitar to become too heavy, and Paul's request was refused.
Paul states that the original Custom should have had the maple cap and the Goldtop was to be all mahogany.