COOL GUITAR ALERT! Paul Kossoff’s ’57 Les Paul TV Jr.
Paul Kossoff was one of the truly inspired guitarists to emerge from the late ’60s British blues scene and his group, Free, had a soulful, laid-back groove that made their hard rock punch all the more powerful.Think of the half-time swagger of “Fire and Water” or the amazing vibrato of the timeless “All Right Now”. That stuff rocks like hell.
This humble 1957 Gibson Les Paul TV Jr. belonged to Kossoff and was the first Gibson he ever owned. Of course, he later went on to glory with the classic ’59 Standard “Burst” that defined his sound; but it’s not hard to picture a teenage Paul realizing his own creative potential on this no-nonsense ’57. It really is an amazing guitar. With its dead-simple control layout of a single P-90 pickup and just 2 control knobs for volume and tone, the Les Paul Jr. has been famously dubbed, “a tree with a microphone attached to it.” It’s tailor-made for rock ‘n’ roll and has a raw, biting tone that is absolutely glorious.
Unfortunately, Paul died in 1976 when he was only 25 years old. Had he lived, there’s no doubt his musical legacy would rival that of Clapton, Beck or Page. The man was that good.
Here are some killer tracks featuring Paul Kossoff on guitar: