Jared James Nichols: why I love my Epiphone Old Glory Les Paul

(Image credit: Austin Nelson)

Jared James Nichols has had a connection to the Les Paul guitar for, quite literally, his entire life. The rising blues-rock star was born and raised in Paul’s hometown of Waukesha, Wisconsin. “I started playing guitar at 15 and that shape was already iconic in my mind,” he says.

Like Paul, the now 30-year-old Nichols has already in his short career carved out a singular path - in his case, as a heavy blues shredder with a unique and aggressive finger-style attack. And he’s done it with his own customized instrument. 

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Richard Bienstock

Rich is the co-author of the best-selling Nöthin' But a Good Time: The Uncensored History of the '80s Hard Rock Explosion. He is also a recording and performing musician, and a former editor of Guitar World magazine and executive editor of Guitar Aficionado magazine. He has authored several additional books, among them Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck, the companion to the documentary of the same name.