Tom Morello’s Gibson Les Paul “Taco Bell”

Tom bought this Gibson Les Paul in 1992 and used it for overdubs on Rage Against the Machine’s debut album.

Bought this guitar in 1992 from West LA Music. After borrowing an engineer’s Les Paul to do overdubs on the “Bullet In The Head” demo I decided I needed my own Les Paul.

Why did I choose this one? Because it was the color of Taco Bell hot sauce, a staple food group of mine at the time. It became my principal overdub guitar and is heard on “Killing In The Name”, “Freedom”, “Township Rebellion” and many others, backing up my tele. Still sounds great.

Tom Morello – Instagram

The guitar is likely an early 90s, 1991 or 1992, Gibson Les Paul Standard model finished in a solid red color (as opposed to the transparent red color which was available on the same model back in those days). Nothing on the guitar seems to be changed, so it’s completely stock.


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