"There's no dead spots on these guitars, they ring out everywhere you play them" – Tom Bukovac + a '58 'Burst in his favourite studio is making us want a Les Paul

Tom Bukovac
(Image credit: Inside Blackbird)

For as long as Tom Bukovac wants to talk and jam, we'll be happy to shout about him – few guitarists out there are as articulate in their playing as this Nashville session icon, but he has real wisdom to share alongside a great sense of humour. And today school is in session for a vintage Les Paul class.

Here he takes a break from his own YouTube output in between session work to visit his favourite studio – room A at Nashville's Blackbird – as taster of the studio's new Inside Blackbird subscription service that launched on 3 May. And it's an instruction into just how versatile a Les Paul can get. Especially a beautiful '58 example.

"There's no dead spots on these guitars, they ring out everywhere you play them," Tom notes. Here demonstrates the classic full-bore bridge pickup sound and, to be honest, that might be enough to make most of us want one. 

For more, head to insideblackbird.com 

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.