You can win a 1951 Fender Nocaster or a 1952 Gibson Les Paul both owned by Les Paul himself.  All you need to do is submit the winning bid (and, of course, come up with the dough) at the upcoming auction from Julien’s Auctions in Beverly Hills, California.


The Les Paul Foundation is offering through auction some of Les Paul’s personal guitars and other pieces of gear including a Ampex 16 channel recorder, an API mixing console and a Steinway grand piano.


But for many the most interest would be the guitar related gear.  Aside from the aforementioned Fender Nocaster (with Leo Fender’s signature on the back of the headstock) and Gibson Les Paul (a goldtop with Les’ signature on the back of the headstock), there’s a prototype from 1968 Les Paul Custom Recording, a 1927 Gibson L-5, and a Gibson LP1 amplifier.


Les Paul (born Lester Pulfuss in 1915) is known for the many hits he recorded with Mary Ford in the 1940’s and 1950’s, including “How High the Moon” and “Via Con Dios”, and for his role in designing the Gibson solidbody electric guitar that bares his name.  Lesser known are his contributions to modern recording techniques such as Sound on Sound and Multi-track overdubbing which he created in his own studio.  Les Paul passed away in 2009.  


The Auction is being held June 8 & 9.  More information can be found at Julien’s Auctions.