Tommy Emmanuel Holds Two of the Most Important Electric Guitars of All Time!

Here's a hint: Chester and Lester...
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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!