Saturday, August 15, 2009

Les Paul (1915-2009)

On August 12th, guitar pioneer Les Paul passed away at the age of 94. Paul was known for pioneering the invention and evolution of electric body guitars, along with recording equipment. He developed electronic echo effects and multi-track recording devices in addition to his signature invention, the electric body guitar. Prior to Paul’s development of the electric body guitar, guitars were mostly hollow or semi-hollow. Paul’s genius was in stringing guitar strings on a piece of solid wood and amplifying the sound electronically, paving the way for further electric body guitar production and development. Not just an innovator of guitar structure, Paul was famous for his guitar playing as well.

Click here to watch Les Paul play one of my favorite songs “How High the Moon” with his former wife and musical partner Mary Ford. The video also shows Les Paul showing off his developments in multi-track recording as he incorporates 24 pre-recorded tracks into their performance.

Click here to read Rolling Stone’s obituary for Les Paul:

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