Les Paul Guitar Coaster Gift - Unique Iconic Guitar Drinks Mat
Regular price £4.95
Iconic Les Paul coaster gift - Classic iced tea finish inspired drinks mat. This very collectable high quality, hard wearing, high gloss and heat resistant melamine coaster design is unique to Rock’n’Roll Redux and is not available in stores.
Size: 10cm x 10cm (3.94” x 3.94”)
Production: Created on robust, high quality, hard wearing, scratch resistant melamine with a high gloss finish that can withstand temperatures of up to 140ºc. The coasters are hand-made ethically in the UK with a sustainably sourced Eucalyptus board base and a non-slip cork backing.
Designed exclusively for John7Arts / Rock'n'Roll Redux by multimedia artist David Lloyd, an alumni of Central Saint Martins School Of Art and the Institute Of Contemporary Arts in London. Employing the Découpe (cut-up) technique in which written text is cut up and rearranged to create a different and perhaps unexpected new narrative, David has employed shards of lyrics to give discerning fans an opportunity to engage in 'discover the songs' beneath a foreground featuring an iconic and classic guitar. The Découpe concept can be traced back to at least the Dadaists of the 1920s, but was popularised in the late 1950s and early 1960s by writer William S. Burroughs and later employed by David Bowie, Kurt Cobain and Thom Yorke. Each unique Rock’n’Roll Redux design ©2020 David Lloyd.
The Gibson Les Paul is a solid-body electric guitar that went on sale for the first time in 1952. It was designed with input and endorsement from its namesake, the guitarist Les Paul. It is typically manufactured with a solid mahogany body beneath a carved maple top, a single cutaway and a rosewood fretboard on a mahogany neck. It features two pickups, both with independent volume and tone controls and a stop tail bridge (although variants exist).
The guitar was originally offered with a gold finish (The Goldtop). A second model, The Les Paul Custom was introduced in 1953. It was a black guitar with gold-plated hardware and was quickly dubbed the ‘Black Beauty'. Both Goldtop and Custom models continued without any significant changes until 1957 when Humbucker pickups were added and then sunburst finishes in the following year. In 1958, the Les Paul saw its first major design change with another new model called the Les Paul Standard. It retained most of the features of the 1957 Goldtop. However, Standards featured a cherry-red sunburst finish and were priced higher than the Goldtop, but lower than the Custom model.
At first these Les Pauls were considered to be too heavy and old-fashioned, and initially couldn’t find favour amongst guitarists. In reaction, Gibson stopped producing the traditional Les Paul in 1961 replacing it with a lighter redesign called the Gibson SG. However, by the mid-1960s there was a resurgence of interest in the Les Paul Standard when young guitarists like Keith Richards and Eric Clapton were seen to be playing them. In response, Gibson reintroduced the Les Paul single-cutaway guitar in 1968, and the guitar remains in production still today.