Thursday, August 13, 2009

RIP: Les Paul

Guitar innovator and legend Les Paul died today at age 94 from complications with pneumonia. Paul invented the solid body electric guitar and facilitated the rise of rock with multitrack recording, overdubbing, and other processes that have allowed him to be credited as "the father of modern music".

In 1941, Paul built 'The Log', a four by four block of wood fitted with steel strings that was part of an experiment in guitar amplification. When it proved functional, Paul outfitted it with a guitar shape and the concept took off. Gibson Guitars began production on the Les Paul guitar in 1952, and the iconic instrument has since become the weapon of choice for artists like Pete Townsend and Jimmy Page.


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