Gibson Les Paul
|Les Paul Gibson|
Paul performing with his iconic dual tone guitar
1961–1963 (in SG form)
|Body Type||Solid, hollow, semi-hollow|
|Woodbody||Mahogany with a maple top|
|Pickups||Usually 2 humbuckers|
|Colours and Styling|
|Styling||Red and Black, Black|
Red and Black/AOTGL Roses
Paul's Les Paul Gibson started off with the Red/Black dual colour body that any Mansun fan will recognise, before the album Attack of the Grey Lantern was due to be released both him and fellow Guitarist Dominic Chad had both of their guitars covered in huge Purple rose styled stickers covering the guitar bodies entirely.
Following on from when the guitar was sold the new owner, a fan of Mansun decided to revive the original guitar body and removed the sticker, which was signed by Paul Draper but looking tatty.
In 2015 during one of the Spooky Action recording sessions the new owner (Stuart) of Paul's Red/Black Les Paul Gibson brought it along and Paul Draper was reunited with his old guitar which was used to tour with the band solidly. According to Frank Hiis' blog here (who was also invited to attend the final Spooky Action recording session) it is mentioned that Paul wanted to use his old guitar to record on one of his new songs from Spooky Action.
In late 2019 Paul's red and black Gibson was sold on to new owner and Mansun collector Steve .
Paul tended to use the black Les Paul Gibson over his red and black counterpart in the later years of Mansun Tours
In 2015 Paul Draper commissioned independent guitar luthier Paul of Rhoney Guitars to build him an Oceana Duo-Tone guitar with the same red and black styling that his Les Paul has, and intends to use this guitar to tour his forthcoming album Spooky Action with.