......or in his bathtub.
That's kind of hot.
Thanks for the backup Rich. I just can't see how anyone can think it's not a signature model.
It's made by a huge company, and they put a huge artists name on it.
That's a 'signature' product.
There wouldn't be an argument about it if it had been named, 'The Log' by Les Paul.
People would just be buying Gibson 'Logs', and a signature 'Log' wouldn't be a signature of a signature, like it is today.
And as you said, Kyle, "They put his name on it."
That very sentence, to most, would indicate that it's a 'signature model', not a model that's simply associated with the artist.
Fifty years from now someone may have a signature Jem.
I mean; they'll want something different about it, with their name on it.
But since the guitar isn't called the 'Steve Vai', it wouldn't be considered a signature of a signature guitar. It would simply be 'The Joe Buttkiss Jem'.
Even though it's still Steve Vai's signature model, his name isn't on the gutiar, it's just a 'Jem'. Les' name is still on his guitar, so it will forever be his signature guitar, and any other artists name on it, with Les', will be a signature guitar of an already signature guitar.
The 'problem' here is, as you said, over the years it's had so many variations and so many have come to know it as 'just' a guitar, and not as a signature model, it gets forgotten that he didn't just endorse Gibson, he has a signature model that has endured for decades because it's a great design. (I'm not a fan, but that's just me)
If it hadn't had a resurgence with the likes of Clapton and Page playing it, perhaps no one would even care about it any more. But it's here, it seems it's here to stay, and it's still Les Paul's signature model, regardless of the fact that he's had little to no input on it's changes in the past several decades, or that he's passed away. His name is still on it, it will always be his because of that fact.
Change the name of the guitar and you can argue it's not a Les Paul signature model.
You can have an Eric Clapton signature Stratocaster...
You can have a Stratocaster, no signature....
You can have a Zakk Wylde signature Les Paul....
You can have a Les Paul.... there's still a signature there.
Again; unless they change the name of the guitar to something other than 'The Les Paul', well, I won't repeat.