"Here’s the story of how Leo really helped me: When I developed my first solid-body guitar in 1941, I took it to Gibson and they dismissed it. They called it that 'broomstick with the pickups on it.' From 1941 to 1951, I couldn’t convince Gibson to do a damn thing about putting out a Les Paul guitar. Finally, Leo decided to come out with the Fender solid-body line, and immediately Gibson said, 'Find the character with the broomstick with the pickups on it!' "
Les Paul, Nov. 1986 Guitar World interview.
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