Les Paul’s One-of-a-Kind White Custom 50th Anniversary Model is Up for Sale

(Image credit: courtesy of Tom Doyle)

A one-of-a-kind 2002 White Custom 50th Anniversary Les Paul guitar gifted by Gibson to Les Paul to commemorate a half century of their partnership has been put up for sale.

The guitar, crafted by the Gibson Custom Shop, was first presented to Paul in a 2002 ceremony at the Iridium Club in New York City as a “thank you” gift that commemorated 50 years of their collaboration. Paul went on to play and appear with the guitar regularly, including posing with the instrument for the photo that appears on the cover of his autobiography, Les Paul in His Own Words.

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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.