I have a couple cool Les Pauls. I’m totally a Les Paul guy. My favorite Gibso... more
I have a couple cool Les Pauls. I’m totally a Les Paul guy. My favorite Gibson is a ‘97 Les Paul that’s a beautiful electric blue color. It’s USA-made, but I found it in Tokyo my first trip there. I had been searching for that guitar for years, and I saw a picture of it once in a magazine, and it was gorgeous. I loved it. When I found it, I almost wept! (Laughs) I’d been looking for it for so long! It’s been one of my main guitars for 12 years now. It’s been beaten, too. It’s been on every Finch tour and Finch recording since then, and its headstock got snapped off, and I re-glued it myself, and it’s been better than ever since then!
I think a lot of it is probably that the guitar players I grew up watching and listening to obsessing over were Les Paul players. The day I played my first Les Paul, it was a ‘62 Cherry Sunburst Standard, and it belonged to the studio where I was recording. It sounded so naturally compressed and even, and every string sounded perfect. Ever since then, I get why everybody plays a Les Paul. Aerosmith’s Joe Perry is the reason I picked up a guitar in the first place, and he’s obviously a big Les Paul player.