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Uploaded: September 26, 2008
Artist: Dawn
Difficulty: Intermediate  Intermediate Skill Level
Steps: 6
Updated: September 27, 2008
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This next drawing tutorial is going to be another guitar. The only difference is this guitar happens to be a Gibson Les Paul and that is what you will be learning how to draw. There are thousands of guitarist that use Les Paul model guitars like one of my favorite musicians Slash from Guns N’ Roses and recent band Velvet Revolver. The Gibson Les Paul guitar went into production in 1952 and was actually the very first electric model that Gibson had ever made and released. The reason behind their decision to make an electric model of their guitar is because Leo Fender, (creator of the Fender Telecaster guitar) proved that there was a high market for these loud pieces of wood and to make sure that Gibson wouldn’t be left behind the marketing lines of selling a solid body electric guitar, they approached musician and designer Les Paul himself to put his name on the new model instruments. The funny thing about that is Les Paul himself had approached Gibson back in 1945-1946 with the concept of a solid body electric to the Gibson guitar family and to say the least they politely said no and showed him the door. In 1954 the first Gibson Les Paul Custom which was painted all black, was a well talked about guitar and was later said to be an incredible work of art and labeled “Black Beauty”. The Les Paul Custom came with a mahogany top, a tune o matic bridge, and a alnico-5 pick-up. I am no guitar expert by all means but I do know that the Gibson Les Paul is a mean hard hitting piece of hardware when played. My uncle has the replica of the Les Paul Custom and let me tell you it rocks. He paid I think like four thousand dollars for his guitar two years ago and his came with a carved maple top, weight relieved back, gold hardware, the whole neck is solid mahogany, it has a 22 fret fingerboard, metal tulip turners, huckbucking pickups, and a 2 volume, 2 tone, 3 way switch. He also has a sweet looking case that he made himself out of wood instead of your typical carry on. He never takes his guitar out of the house so he built an awesome custom made case for it that is decorated with the faces of all the greatest guitarist of all time that my cousin the tattoo artist drew for him and later painted. I have always been a fan of the Gibson Les Paul and even more so now that Slash is the new face for Les Paul. In this sweet tutorial I will show you how to draw a Gibson Les Paul solid body electric guitar step by step. The instructions are super simple and the steps are even easier. You will be drawing your very own rocking guitar in no time at all with this simple online tutorial. I will be back in a bit so stick around.

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how to draw a gibson les paul electric guitar

How to Draw a Les Paul

how to draw a gibson les paul electric guitar step 1


Start this first step by drawing out the outlining of the guitar as shown to you here. As you can see the shape of it in this first step is kind of boxy and pointy but that will all change in later steps. You will then draw the guidelines for the pick-ups and the different tuners.
how to draw a gibson les paul electric guitar step 2


Now you will start sketching the actual shape of the lower body of the nicely curved guitar as well as the top. After you are done shaping out the body of the guitar you are ready to move onto the next steps.
how to draw a gibson les paul electric guitar step 3


Now you will detail the top or the headstock by adding the grips of the tuning keys. Then you will define the body of the solid wood body and then start adding the volume and tone control keys along with the pick-up selector that is off to the upper right corner. Next you will draw the neck pick-up, bridge pick-up and bridge shapes as shown to you here.
how to draw a gibson les paul electric guitar step 4


In this next step you will concentrate on the neck of the guitar by drawing the frets and the square design on the neck. You will also add the keys and then detail the bridges that you drew in the previous step. You will end this step by drawing the strap plug on the bottom of the body as shown.
how to draw a gibson les paul electric guitar step 5


This is your last drawing step and what you will do here is detail the keys and then draw the strings in. After that you can start erasing all the guidelines that you drew in step one. Then detail the tone and volume buttons as well as the pick-up selector.
how to draw a gibson les paul electric guitar step 6


This is what your guitar should end up looking like when you are done. All you have to do is color it in and then you will be done. I hope you had fun with this tutorial on How to Draw a Gibson Les Paul Solid Body Electric Guitar step by step. I will be back soon with more so stick around people.