Les Paul, a name every guitarist knows because of the iconic Gibson Les Paul guitar, a blazingly powerful rock guitar, died at 94 today. Every major rock guitarist has played one. They have a distinctive "fat" sound, thanks to his genius as an inventor. He created the "pick-ups" that capture the sound of the solid body guitar, another invention of his. (There was a time in my life, when I traveled with a rock band, that I could identify just about any electric guitar on the market by hearing just a few seconds of sound. Les Pauls were my favorite.)
He also was an early pioneer in multi-track recording, which made it possible to not have to sit in a room all together while making a recording. He and his wife, Mary had a number of hit records as "Les Paul & Mary Ford."
Read the Rolling Stone obit.
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