“As I came off the stage I said, ‘How much do you want for it?' He wanted the princely sum of 600 pounds”: Bernie Marsden plays the blues on “The Beast,” his legendary 1959 Gibson Les Paul Standard, and reveals its origin story

Bernie Marsden plays his legendary 1959 Gibson Les Paul, The Beast
(Image credit: Future)

Last Thursday (August 24), we sadly lost Bernie Marsden, a top-tier guitarist whose contributions to the blues and rock genres have influenced generations of six-stringers.

Marsden's playing wasn't showy – it had plenty of bite, for sure, but it was also imbued with a songwriter's touch (Marsden's skill in the latter department can be heard in the original version of Whitesnake’s timeless classic, Here I Go Again, which he co-wrote).

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Jackson Maxwell

Jackson is an Associate Editor at GuitarWorld.com. He’s been writing and editing stories about new gear, technique and guitar-driven music both old and new since 2014, and has also written extensively on the same topics for Guitar Player. Elsewhere, his album reviews and essays have appeared in Louder and Unrecorded. Though open to music of all kinds, his greatest love has always been indie, and everything that falls under its massive umbrella. To that end, you can find him on Twitter crowing about whatever great new guitar band you need to drop everything to hear right now.