Tommy Emmanuel Holds Two of the Most Important Electric Guitars of All Time!
June 23, 2014
While in New York City last week, Les Paul's luthier and "secret weapon" Tom Doyle (who is also the maker of Les' final pickup design, the Doyle Coils Tru-Clone PAF), surprised his friend and solo-acoustic superhero Tommy Emmanuel with two astounding examples of electric guitar history: the original prototype of the 1954 Les Paul Custom "Black Beauty," and the original prototype of the Gretsch Chet Atkins 6120.
The Les Paul was owned — and continually modified — by Les Paul himself, and the 6120 was owned by Chet Atkins.
Given the collaboration between these guitar greats on their "Chester and Lester" albums, the prototypes — now owned by Doyle — are a fitting tribute to two transformative giants of the electric guitar.
See how astounded Emmanuel is about holding these pieces of history right here!