Gibson have entered the keyboard market with the release of their first piano. That's right, made by Bladwin for Gibson these pianos feature guitar like finishes - the first one (signed by Les Paul himself) is a cherry sunburst finish.
At present there's only plans to release a limited edition of 100 pianos, all signed by Les Paul himself.
Whilst at Nashville Summer NAMM, 88 Les, the legendary guitar and studio innovator (he pioneered tape multi tracking and tape delays) visited the the Baldwin showcase stand where he signed all 100 pianos - must have been tiring for the old dude.
"We are thrilled to have Les Paul put his magical touch on our pianos. Les adds a distinction to the Gibson Studio model like no other performer of our time, and we re honored to have him as part of our Gibson family for over 50 years now, said Henry Juszkiewicz, Chairman and CEO of Gibson Corp.
In addition to the guitar-like finish, the piano features a rich cherry Lyptus body with arms shaped like a guitar, legs shaped like two guitar necks joined at the fretboard, feet in the shape of the top of a headstock, the Gibson logo inlaid in the center of the upper frame, guitar-style tuner buttons for the piano pulls, and brass hardware. Lyptus, obtained from hybrid noble eucalyptus trees, is a high-quality hardwood grown on environmentally responsible plantations in Brazil.
Baldwin Model 243 is the best-selling studio piano of all time, with nearly half a million instruments sold since its introduction in 1939. The 243 features Baldwin s responsive Full-Blow® action and grand piano-like tone, due in part to a No. 1 bass string length that equals Baldwin's 5-foot, 8-inch R grand.