The "first" Gibson Les Paul approved by the man himself is going up for auction

Les Paul's Number One
(Image credit: Christie's)

The first production model Gibson Les Paul to be approved by its namesake is set to go on sale at New York-based auction house Christie’s on October 13, 2021.

The instrument was thought to be designated by Les Paul as his ‘Number One’ around 1951 or 1952. 

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Matt Parker
Features Editor,

Matt is Features Editor for Before that he spent 10 years as a freelance music journalist, interviewing artists for the likes of Total Guitar, Guitarist, Guitar World, MusicRadar,, DJ Mag and Electronic Sound. In 2020, he launched, which aims to share the ideas that make creative lifestyles more sustainable. He plays guitar, but should not be allowed near your delay pedals.