In 1961, Gibson decided it was time to restyle the Les Paul model it had introduced in 1952. With Fender’s more modern-looking models eating into its sales, Gibson thought it might gain back some of its market share by giving the Les Paul a sleeker look.
That decision didn’t sit well with the guitar’s namesake. Les Paul never liked the resulting Gibson SG model, with its thin body and twin pointy horns. In the video above, the late guitarist and inventor explains exactly what about the guitar bothered him.
The clip is an excerpt filmed for the 2016 guitar documentary Turn It Up!, from 71st Street Entertainment. Les Paul’s interview is among the bonus footage in the “Conversations and Extras” disc included with the Turn It Up! sets.
In the film, a host of performers - including Paul, B.B. King, Steve Lukather, Jeff “Skunk” Baxter, Slash, Jerry Cantrell, Paul Stanley, John 5, Robby Krieger, Nancy Wilson, Steve Howe and Dave Mason - tell stories about their relationship to the instrument. Shot in high-definition, the film includes performances and in-depth interviews, with narration by actor and musician Kevin Bacon.
In addition to the Les Paul interview shown above, the bonus disc includes extended interviews with the guitarists, mini-documentaries on RKS Guitars and Seymour Duncan, Robby Krieger improvising and Jeff “Skunk” Baxter’s performance from the film S.S. United States: Lady in Waiting, a documentary about the famed U.S. ocean liner.
Turn It Up! is available from Amazon. You can watch the documentary trailer below.