Les Paul gives and gives and gives. In case you didn’t know, he pioneered the electric guitar, multi-track recording, various studio effects and recorded a wealth of classic, old-timey tunes with Mary Ford in the 1940s and ’50s. More recently, Paul donated one of his personal namesake guitars (made by Gibson) to raise funds for the Uniformed Firefighters Association Widows and Children Fund. The guitar has been painted by retired New York City fireman Peter Ortel, and is currently up for auction on eBay. The auction ends Sat., Dec. 21.
In the picture, New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg strums a D chord(?) on the guitar at a press conference to announce the return of the Grammy Awards to New York City. To view a larger image of the guitar, visit http://www.gibson.com/whatsnew/pressrelease/2002/sept9b.html. To bid on the guitar, visit ebay.com.