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What happened when Paul Rodgers and Simon Kirke were reunited with Paul Kossoff’s legendary ’59 Les Paul?

When the Free and Bad Company bandmates held Koss’s beloved Burst again, it opened up a treasure trove of memories of their early years and the unabashed genius of their much-missed friend. Could it have been the guitar on All Right Now?

Paul Kossoff’s ‘Stripped’ Les Paul

In 1974, Paul Kossoff’s drug problem was spiralling out of control. He sold a number of guitars, including the iconic ‘stripped’ Les Paul. The guitar hasn’t seen the light of day since the mid-1990s, but we were recently granted a world-exclusive audience with one of the most mysterious Bursts of them all.

Paul Right Now: Paul Kossoff’s 1959 Gibson Les Paul up close

Though Paul Kossoff died in 1976, aged just 25, his blues-rock playing and distinctive vibrato continue to influence guitarists across the globe. Steve Clarke analyses his ’59 Gibson Les Paul Standard in unprecedented detail…
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