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Les Paul’s 1954 Black Custom Guitar “Black Beauty"
1956 Gretsch Chet Atkins Black Sealed Top 6120Ampex 400 Recording Machine from Les Paul’s Home Studio
New York, NY, United States
DoneFeb 20, 2015 12:00 AM UTC

Les Paul / Chet Atkins - Tom Doyle Collection

NEW YORK, NY. On February 19, New York City-based auction house Guernsey's will proudly present the very instrument that made rock and roll possible: the original prototype of the revolutionary Les Paul Gibson guitar. This particular guitar, known as Black Beauty, was designed by and belonged to guitarist-inventor Les Paul decades ago?it is the prototype for all Les Paul models produced by Gibson to this day. Museums, collectors, musicians, and fans alike will have the opportunity to own this pivotal piece of history when it is put up for auction at the Arader Galleries on Madison Avenue in New York City.