Les Paul Log Solid body guitar – U.S.A. – 1941

Les Paul The Log Solid body guitar - 1941 - The Guitar Database


Electric Solid Body Solid body guitar


Pine body, mahogany neck

Rosewood fretboard

Self-manufactured pickups


The first electric guitars from the early 1930s were acoustic instruments with built-in pickups. A recurring problem for many guitarists was the annoying feedback caused by the high volume. Les Paul figured the solution was a solid body guitar that wouldn’t be sensitive to this problem. In 1941 he built an instrument in Epiphone’s workshop, in which a Gibson neck was attached to a piece of pine measuring more than 10 by 10 cm/4 by 4 inches, to which he again attached two self-made pickups. He attached two ‘wings’ of an acoustic Epiphone guitar to the body, making it look like an ordinary instrument and calling it ‘The Log’.

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