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Page 132 is as follows.

 

ICHIRO KATO interview

 

When have you begun playing the guitar?

I have begun playing the electric guitar at a high school student.

“Group sounds”(ventures,beatles,etc...) was popular in Japan at that time.

As a real rock or blues guiyarists,JIMI HENDRIX, CREAM appeared at overseas,

And guitar playing of them inspired me very much.

At that time,I didn’t know what is the Les Paul guitar Michael Broomfield playing .

Import guitar which I bought for the first time in 1960s was the semi-accoustic guitar like epiphone 330.

I was going to buy Gibson  ES-335 but I bought epiphone guitar consequently because guitar shop seller suggest me to buy that guitar.

At that time, I was playing bass guitar as a member of the band, I went to guitar shop to buy Gibson EE bass but Guitar shop seller suggest me to buy fender bass.
So I bought Fender bass...

 

When did you buy first LesPaul guitar?
I bought it in 1970’s.
Then,I was studying abroad for 2 years in London.and I have begun to look for that guitar at the place.
I looked “SELL/BUY page section of a MELODY MAKER magazine diligently.

And I went around guitar shop in Denmark street.

Then I bought 1960s fender stratocaster and some old fender amps
After all I could not get “BURST les paul”but I got 1968 Les Paul gold top and Jr.

At that time in London ,1950’s USA guitars are very little,and there’re a lot of after the middle of 1960’s USA guitars.

 

Then , were vintage guitars so unpopular in Japan ?
Yes. for example, Pre CBS stratocaster and CBS stratocaster were the similar value, and also custom color stratocaster was’t very expensive.

 

When did you bought first“BURST LES PAUL”?
After I returned home from London, I’m thinking about “BURST LES PAUL”all the while.

In 1980s  “BURST LES PAUL” started to be received a little to Major Guitar Shop finally.

Then.BURST LES PAUL was sold for millions of yen in Japan.
After I waver to buy it. Though I had not been to the United States.
I decided to go to the United States to look for that.

Firstly I went to the guitar shop in Hollywood sunset boulevard ,Los Angels,
and after that I went to valuable(famous?) guitar shop of several cities in Washington or New York etc...

I could get some GOLD TOP LES PAUL  at those place, and that was not easy to find BURST LES PAUL.

But I could find it at last in Dallas. At that time, I feel very happy because I was looking for it for all while.

 

How did you find that?

With a telephonebook I called  many guitar shops one by one from a hotel, because the internet has not been widely used yet then.

Even if I go to  guitar shop.Rare expensive vintage guitars are not almost displayed to a storefront.So I offered to guitar shop seller to take that out from backyard.

When I was going around several guitar shop in Dallas. I was introduced vintage guitar collector and went to his home.

He owned original flying V, 1958 burst les paul with birds eye top left cherry red clearly.

I liked that burst very much. First he was not going to sell it,

I offered him to sell it to me perseveringly.and He sold that to me finally.

I was very happy at that time.So I was excited, and couldn't sleep.after I returned to a hotel.and slept keeping on holding it.

 

How much was the market price of the burst then?
At that time, that was quite inexpensive. could be bought in 1/10 of the price now.

Neck repaired burst was more expensive than 1958 clean gold top.

Though You had got the guitar you wanted most at last.why did you keep on looking for BURST LES PAUL?

First, I would like to play 1958,1959,1960 burst guitars in each time,

And got all those guitars.then It was different in specification every each time(58,59,60).

My favorite was 1959 burst in them. So I came to look for only 1959 burst after that.

I liked neck grip and fingerboard / flet feel of 1959 burst more than the reason that a sound is good.

I’ve bought more than 30 of burst in total up to now,Half of them are 1959.

Does tone change by every neck grip?

Even 1959 burst model,

thick neck sounds woody tone,and thin neck sounds metallic tone.

You were replacing many guitars,and own ultimate 3 burst Les Paul guitars now.

Are there any episodes about BURST you have sold?

I didn’t want to sell even 1 burst if possible .

Actually I wanted to own all bursts I had got. So I decide to forget about BURSTS I have sold.

A short while ago,When you showed me a BURST photograph collection of you.
You guessed cerial number only you saw the grain of the top.

Do you remember those?

I could ususally memorized the cerial number of the burst in characteristic grain top.

So I can guess the specification of the outline and the feature ~thin neck,wide flet etc... by cerial number  or I can guess when it was made if a body is seen.

I paid the very high fee to know them.

Then, is there also a spicy memory about BURST?
Yes.I was cheated once before.I bought three burst LesPaul which seems to be fake from a seller.

Three burst Les Paul!?
I was very happy because I could buy them very inexpensively. But after I brought those home,I noticed those being strange here and there.

There is no decisive evidence. But somehow I thought doubtful.

After all I sold those 3 burst Les Paul which seems to be fake as replica.

I see. Even though you have bought many BURST Les Paul.
Yes.I think usually to own one BURST is enough or each year’s model(58,59,60) and 57 gold top.but I thought that is applied about BURST.

There is also an individual difference (body shape,sound,weight,playing feel) too much for BURST.

I kept on looking for BURST thinking there may be a better individual.

Flame of the top looks many varietions by the seen angle and the condition of the light.I'm seeing that and don't get tired at all.

Les Paul with nice flame tops are very attractive, Do you think those are related in sound?
I think the weight of the body and the top hardness bring influence to sound, but Flame of the top does not bring influence.

ICHIRO KATO interview    edited version

When did you begin playing the guitar?

I  began playing the electric guitar as a student at high school. The group sounds which influenced me were the Ventures,Beatles,etc...) and were popular in Japan at that time.  As a real rock or blues guitarist JIMI HENDRIX, CREAM appeared in Japan and their guitar playing inspired me very much.At that time,I didn’t know which Les Paul guitar Michael Broomfield was playing . The Imported guitar  I bought for the first time in 1960s was a semi-accoustic guitar like epiphone 330. I was going to buy a  Gibson    ES-335 but I bought the epiphone guitar  because guitar shop seller suggested to me to buy that guitar. At that time, I was playing bass guitar as a member of the band, I went to  the guitar shop to buy Gibson EE bass but the Guitar shop seller  suggested to  me to buy  the Fender bass.  So I bought Fender bass...

 


When did you buy first LesPaul guitar?
I bought it in 1970’s.  At that time I was studying for 2 years  in London  and I began to look for a Les Paul guitar
I diligently looked at the  “SELL/BUY page section of the  MELODY MAKER magazine and  went around the  guitar shops in Denmark street.   I then bought  a 1960s Fender Stratocaster and some old Fender amps  After all I could not get a  “BURST les paul” but I did get a  1968 Les Paul gold top and Jr. At that time in London, 1950’s USA guitars were  very cheap  and there were  a lot of customers  after the middle of 1960’s USA guitars.


Were vintage guitars unpopular in Japan ? 
Yes. for example, Pre CBS stratocaster and CBS stratocaster were the similar value, and also custom color stratocaster were not  very  expensive.

 When did you buy your  first “BURST LES PAUL?

After I returned home from London, I was  thinking about “BURST LES PAUL” all the while.In the  1980s  the  “BURST LES PAUL”  finally started to be received, a little at a time, to Major Guitar Shops
Then the BURST LES PAUL were  selling for millions of yen in Japan.  I wavered  to buy it and  though I had not been to the United States.  I decided to go to the United States to look for  a 'burst'
First  I went to a guitar shop in Hollywood, Sunset Boulevard ,Los Angels and after that I went to expensive, well known  guitar shops in several cities;  Washington,  New York etc... I could buy s GOLD TOP LES PAUL  at these place, but it was not easy to find BURST LES PAUL. I found  a 'burst' at last in Dallas. At that time, I felt very happy because I had been   looking for one  for a long time.
 

How did you find it?
With a telephonebook.  I called  many guitar shops one by one from a hotel, because the internet has not been widely used yet then. Even if I went  to  guitar shop, rare expensive vintage guitars were not almost displayed in the  storefront so  I suggested  to guitar shop seller to bring  them out from the  backyard.
When I was going around several guitar shops in Dallas. I was introduced vintage guitar collector and went to his home.
He owned original flying V and a  1958 burst les paul with birds eye top left cherry red clearly.
I liked that burst very much. First he was not going to sell it,  I persevered  asking him to sell it to me, which he finally did
I was very happy at that time. I was excited, and couldn't sleep after I returned to a hotel -  finally sleeping keeping on holding it.


How much was the market price of the burst then?
At that time, it was quite inexpensive. It could be bought at 1/10 of the price now. A Neck repaired burst was more expensive than 1958 clean gold top.
 
You had got the guitar you wanted most at last. Why did you keep on looking for BURST LES PAUL?

First, I wanted  to play 1958,1959,1960 burst guitars of each year and eventually bought all.  Each  was with different specification My favorite was the 1959 burst. So I looked for only 1959 burst after that. I liked the  neck grip and fingerboard and felt the feel of 1959 burst more than the reason that a sound is good.  (not too sure of this  line Ed.) I’ve bought more than 30 of burst in total up to
now, half of them are 1959.


Does tone change by every neck grip?
Even 1959 burst model, thick neck sounds woody tone,and thin neck sounds metallic tone.

You were replacing many guitars and own ultimate 3 burst Les Paul guitars now. Are there any episodes about BURST you have sold?
I didn’t want to sell even 1 burst if possible .Actually I wanted to own all bursts I had got. So I decide to forget about BURSTS I have sold.A short while ago, When you showed me a BURST photograph collection of you. You guessed serial number only you saw the grain of the top.

Do you remember those?
I could ususally memorized the serial number of the burst in characteristic grain top. So I can guess the specification of the outline and the feature ~thin neck,wide flet etc... by serial number  or I can guess when it was  made if a body is seen.  I paid the very high fee to know them.

Is there also a spicy memory about BURST?
Yes. I was cheated once before. I bought three burst LesPaul which seems to be fake from a seller.
 
Three burst Les Paul!?
I was very happy because I could buy them very inexpensively. But after I brought those home,I noticed those being strange here and there. There is no decisive evidence. But somehow I thought doubtful. After all I sold those 3 burst Les Paul which seems to be fake as replica.

I see. Even though you have bought many BURST Les Paul.
Yes.I think usually to own one BURST is enough or each year’s model(58,59,60) and 57 gold top.but I thought that is applied about BURST. There is also an individual difference (body shape,sound,weight,playing feel) too much for BURST.
I kept on looking for BURST thinking there may be a better individual. Flame of the top looks many varietions by the seen angle and the condition of the light.I'm seeing that and don't get tired at all.


Les Paul with nice flame tops are very attractive, Do you think those are related in sound?
I think the weight of the body and the top hardness bring influence to sound, but Flame of the top does not bring influence.

 
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Les paul Chronicle
”World of the history of les paul”

Following 130 pages pin up pages of vintage Les Paul ,Gibson brand and history  of the Les Paul is shown here.

How Was Les Paul guitar planned and was it born in the long history of Gibson?

Is Les Paul guitar what kind of change, trace,How was that the greatest guitar of the world?

And How is current Les Paul? The story which maybe we know and isn't learned about yet?

It started in the united States in the end of the 19th century...

Neither electric guitar nor steel string accoustic guitar have been produced yet then.

 

Early gibson

The Gibson knowns widely as the musical instrument brand which represents the United States in the long history was established by Orville Henry Gibson who was producting instrumental at Kalamazoo ,Michigan state in in end of 1800’s

Then,steel strings insruments violins, mandolins and guitars etc...  producted by Orville was very popular because It was the creative design.

GIBSON MANDOLIN GUITAR MANUFACTURING COMPANY LIMITED invested from five buisiness person in local was established  in 1902.

Orville directly doesn't concern company management. guided in musical instrument craft as an adviser .

GIBSON was the oldest Guitar company which made steel strings instruments In addition to a musical instrument of a gut string in America.

Mandolin orchestra was at the height of prosperity in America in early 1900’s.
Orville contrived flat mandolin in thin body designed body back flat touch to be based round back violin of Europe.

GIBSON made more those developed.and made plenty of original steel strings instruments that have arch top,arch back,oval soundhall,and scrolling decoration on body top.

Those were sold as MANDOLIN,MANDOLA, MANDOBASS according to the size.and Arch top guitars also added to them.

Also banjo was very popular instruments in 1910~1920s and it was one of main instruments of GIBSON.

after Lloyd Loar who built foundation of GIBSON in 1920s came to work at GIBSON,
Newer musical instrument making was accelerated.

The musical instrument by which he concerned development, F-5 mandolin,H-5 mandola,L-5 guitar which have F-hall had influence on many craftsman or company very much and The style of them was being fixed in a market.as a basic style of a musical instrument.

GIBSON started to made also flat top guitars based on small size arch top guitars in end of 1920s.

Round shoulder Jumbo size model(J-35,J-45,J50 etc...) was released in 1934 and
Super jumbo model devloped archtop L-5 model (SJ-200,J-200) was released in 1938.

GIBSON grew into an overall company of the strings instruments lined up MANDOLIN,BANJO,ARCHTOP GUITAR,FLATTOP GUITAR .

 

BIRTH OF ELECTRIC GUITAR
ELECTRIC HAWAIAN GUITAR  and ELECTRIC SPANISH GUITARS was released by RICKENBACKER company. This triggered popular sigh of new instruments “ELECTRIC GUITAR”.

GIBSON with background that original electric guitars was made by Lloyd Loar in 1920s
released electric hawaian guitar E-150(EH-150)and electric arch top guitar,ES-150 in 1935~1936,and tried to entry in electric strings instruments market.

And several electric arch top guitar instaled original pick up in pre-war.

Cobalt magnet was adopted to the early type of Charlie Christian pick up knowns as the name of famous Jazz guitarist to get an enough magnetic field.

And size of pick up was being miniaturized gradually because more strong alnico magnet was invented.

And P-90(P-480) pick up with adjustable six pole pieces was instaled in ES-175 released in 1949.

P-90 with single coil and hambucker(P-490) keep being made up to now.without changing the form,and used by many guitarists as the product which represents GIBSON.

 

LES PAUL model just before the birth

Poul Bigsby who lived in California made solid body electric guitar for Merle travis in end of 1940s and that was big news to guitar market.

And BROADCASTER(TELECASTER) which was the first mass production type electric solid spanish guitar was released by FENDER.

In west coast ,Movement of electric guitar devlopment of RICKENBACKER,BIGSBY,FENDER influenced GIBSON .and Devlopment team led by Ted McCarty, president of GIBSON started to devlop solid electric guitar while grouping possiblity to the new market.

First guitar was non cut away and solid body shape as same as ES-140 12 3/4 inchs
released in 1950. Finally cut-away was added to that ,and  AS a result body shape of ES-140 was similiar to LES PAUL.
Last prototype was 12 3/4 inches small solid body which have traditional style cut-away like ES--175 and rosewood/mahogany neck was jointed .


 

 
Page 134 edited text - i have tried to simplify the translation - some i could not understand

Les paul Chronicle

”World of the history of les paul”

Following the  pin up photos of vintage Les Paul on page 130, the Gibson brand and history of Les Paul is shown here.

 

How the Les Paul guitar was planned and how it was born during the long history of Gibson?
The Les Paul guitar and  what kind of changes, tracing, what was to become the greatest guitar of the world?
Additionally the  current Les Paul? The story which maybe we know and isn't learned about yet?
It started in the United States at the end of the 19th century...but neither electric guitar nor steel string
acoustic guitar had been produced at that time.



Early gibson

The Gibson  widely known as the musical instrument brand which represented the United States and its long history was established by Orville Henry Gibson who was producing instrumental at Kalamazoo, Michigan state at the  end of 1800’s
At that time steel strings instruments violins, mandolins and guitars etc...  were  produced by Orville and very popular because of their creative design. GIBSON MANDOLIN GUITAR MANUFACTURING COMPANY LIMITED  was established in 1902 formed with five business investors Orville was not directly concerned with company management but acted as an advisor guiding them in musical instrument craft. Gibson was
the oldest Guitar company in America which made steel strings and gut string instruments.


In  the early 1900's Mandolin orchestra's were at the height of popularity. Orville created a flat mandolin with thin body
designed and  based  around the round back violin of Europe. GIBSON made many more of these developments making original steel strings instruments that had arch tops,arch backs,oval soundholes and scrolling decoration on the body tops. These were sold as MANDOLIN, MANDOLA,MANDOBASS according to their size. Arch top guitars were also added to these products. The  banjo was very popular instruments in 1910~1920s and it was one of main instruments of GIBSON.
After Lloyd Loar, who built foundation of GIBSON in 1920s, came to work at Gibson, newer musical instrument production was accelerated. The musical instruments which he developed, F-5 mandolin, H-5 mandola, L-5 guitar which have F-hole had influence on many craftsman andcompanies very much fixed the market style of these  musical instruments.  GIBSON started to made also flat top guitars based on small size arch top guitars in end of 1920s. Round shoulder Jumbo size model(J-35,J-45,J50 etc...) were  released in 1934. Super jumbo model developed archtop L-5 model (SJ-200,J-200) released in 1938. Gibson  grew into an overall company of  stringed instruments with a  line up of MANDOLIN,BANJO,ARCHTOP GUITAR and FLATTOP GUITAR .



BIRTH OF ELECTRIC GUITAR

ELECTRIC HAWAIIAN GUITAR  and ELECTRIC SPANISH GUITARS were released by RICKENBACKER company. This triggered popular era of new instruments “ELECTRIC GUITAR”.   GIBSON with a background of original instruments turned to  electric guitars  made by Lloyd Loar. In the 1920s they released electric hawaiian guitar E-150(EH-150)and electric archtop guitar,ES-150 in 1935~1936,and then entered in the string market  Several pre-war  electric archtop guitar were  installed  with original pickups.  Cobalt magnet was adopted to the early type of Charlie Christian pickup named after the famous Jazz guitarist.  To get an enough  magnetic field The size of pick up was being miniaturized gradually as more strong alnico magnet were invented.  Later P-90(P-480) pick up with adjustable six pole pieces were
installed.  The  ES-175 was  released in 1949 with  P-90 with single coil and humbucker(P-490) They are still in production without changing the form and used by many guitarists as the product which represents Gibson.



LES PAUL model just before the birth

At the  end of 1940s Paul Bigsby, who lived in California, made a solid body electric guitar for Merle travis  This was big news for the guitar  market. The Fender company released  the  BROADCASTER(TELECASTER) which was the first mass production type electric solid spanish guitar. On the  west coast, electric guitar development of RICKENBACKER, BIGSBY, FENDER influenced GIBSON and the development team led
by Ted McCarty, president of GIBSON, started to develop solid electric guitars for the new market. The first guitar was non cutaway and solid body shape as same as ES-140 12 3/4 inchs released in 1950. Finally a  cut-away was added to that design  As a result body shape of ES-140 was similar to LES PAUL. Last prototype was 12 3/4 inches small solid body which have traditional style  cut-away like ES--175 and rosewood/mahogany neck was jointed .