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The simpler body construction significantly reduced production costs, and the new Les Paul, with its slender neck profile and small heel was advertised as having the "fastest neck in the world".
However, the redesign was done without knowledge of [[Les Paul]] himself (who had nothing to do with it). Although the new guitar was popular, he strongly disliked it. Problems with the strength of the body and neck made Paul dissatisfied with the new guitar. At the same time, Paul was going through a public divorce withfrom wife and vocalist partner [[Mary Ford]], and his popularity was dwindling as music tastes had changed in the early 1960s. Paul asked friend and former President of Gibson, [[Ted McCarty]], for his $1 royalty per guitar to be withheld. Gibson mutually agreed to end the contract. This is from a 1992 interview with Ted McCarty, who wrote the contract and was a life long friend of Les Paul.<ref>{{cite web|url=|title=Former Gibson Chief Ted McCarty on Tonewoods and the Problems of 'Top-Heavy' Management - Bacon's Archive|}}</ref>
Gibson also honored Les Paul's request to remove his name from the guitar, and the new model was renamed ''"SG"'', which stood for "Solid Guitar". Les Paul's name was ''officially'' removed in 1963, but the SG continued to feature ''Les Paul'' nameplates and truss rod covers until the end of 1963.