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Aerosmith's Joe Perry Looks Back At His First Les Paul


. (Gibson) Aerosmith's Joe Perry recently reminisced with Music Radar about a number of guitar-related topics. The first Gibson he owned, he noted, was "a Les Paul, a '68 reissue." "I really like the P-90 sound, so I [eventually] gravitated toward Juniors," he observed. "But the Black Beauty and a few others were my main guitars for a long time. Somewhere along the line there, somebody probably walked into the dressing room and said 'Hey, listen to this' and it blew me away, and I ended up using it pretty much exclusively through the 70s."

Perry also offered details about selling his cherished Les Paul in 1979, and then having it come back to him years later. "Many people had it," he explained. "And finally Slash had it. I suppose it could have gotten in the way of our friendship, because he used it in a lot of pictures, and I can see why it was hard for him to let go of it. Totally by surprise, he gave it back to me. He showed up on my birthday with it."

Perry no longer takes his original Les Paul on the road, opting instead to take a replica produced by Gibson's Custom Shop. "As it turns out, Gibson made a run of relics and copied the guitar right down to the tee, so I bring one of those on the road with me because that guitar is just too collectible to take any more damage," he explains. Read more here.

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