Wednesday, April 20, 2011


I have been asked many times what happened to you brothers Les Paul? In truth I don't really know. I have heard many tales and none of them panned out.
When Michael died, we went to his house to collect documents for the filing of his final tax return. Someone had already been there and took most of the instruments. Under the circumstances the guitars were not given much attention. In retrospect these instruments had historical value and most likely would neve come our way. I was delighted that Gibson had created the signature model but like the Holy Grail, it could never be duplicated.
Patrick wrote me that he had heard that Vintage Guitar June issue will have some new information
on the missing Les Paul. This is the first I have heard of this. It would be a relief to learn what actually occurred.

Monday, January 31, 2011

Great Players

As I write this There is a young guitar aficionado somewhere who will be the next Uber musician climbing to the top. He will have stood on the shoulders of past greats and will pay his respects for all they have taught him. He has worked tirelessly on his craft and his speed, fluidity and creativity will reflect his essence. This special talent will be perceptible from his earliest playing and through out his career.
I must confess that I am biased about guitar players in general and my loyalties are rooted in the past. Not long ago I happened to find a you tube video of Joe Bonomassa, Jimmy Vivino and Herbert Sumlin. I am sorry that I don't remember the name of the fourth player, a young kid who reminded me of a Stevie Ray. On the stage these four men represented the blues past, present and future. Each played a solo, that showcased their unique skills. Each musician had stellar talent, and I fought against the urge to say who was the best. Try as I may I found myself drawn to Joe because his tone was perfect, his facility was impossible to deny and he could really sing. It has been a long, long time since I reconnected to another player. If you get a chance please check this out.
Your friend,
Allen B.