How good is a $250,000 Les Paul? Chris Buck finds out

We wager Chris Buck can make most guitars sound pretty spectacular – he really is that rarified kind of player. So the chance to see him work his melodic magic on an original 1960 Les Paul Standard is always going to be worth a watch. But is this guitar worth $250,000? 

The real question is what makes this era of Les Paul so special. And Mr Buck is happy to give us a concise history lesson on origin, features and those glorious PAF pickups. And the comparison with a '59 'Burst

If he's sold you on the idea of buying one – you can. Head to As for us, we're happy to enjoy it vicariously via Chris! 

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Rob Laing
Guitars Editor, MusicRadar

I'm the Guitars Editor for MusicRadar, handling news, reviews, features, tuition, advice for the strings side of the site and everything in between. Before MusicRadar I worked on guitar magazines for 15 years, including Editor of Total Guitar in the UK. When I'm not rejigging pedalboards I'm usually thinking about rejigging pedalboards.