LES PAUL

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LES PAUL

Postby grammer » Fri Aug 14, 2009 12:17 pm

the guitar and multitrack inventer -LES PAUL died yesterday




Paul died from complications of pneumonia in New York, according to Gibson, the firm that sold his guitars.

In a statement Slash said: "He was an exceptionally brilliant man, musician, inventor, mentor and friend."

U2's The Edge, The Beach Boys' Brian Wilson and Billy Gibbons of band ZZ Top have also paid tribute to the musician.

'Genius inventor'

Paul is credited with developing one of the first solid-body electric guitars, which went on sale in 1952 and contributed to the birth of rock.

He also developed other influential recording innovations such as multi-track recording, overdubbing and the eight-track tape recorder.

The Edge, who is closely associated with the Les Paul sound, called him a "legend of the guitar and a true renaissance man".


His legacy as a musician and inventor will live on and his influence on rock and roll will never be forgotten

The Edge


Les Paul's 'beautiful' guitar
He added: "Les Paul disproves the cliche that you can only be famous for one thing.

"His legacy as a musician and inventor will live on and his influence on rock and roll will never be forgotten."

Fellow guitarist Joe Satriani called Paul "the original guitar hero," saying: "Les Paul set a standard for musicianship and innovation that remains unsurpassed."

Gibbons called him an "innovator, a groundbreaker, a risk taker, a mentor and a friend".

And US rock artist Joan Jett called Paul a "genius inventor, musical innovator, and a wonderful person".



"Without the advances he pioneered, the recording sciences and the electric guitar would have been left years behind."

Paul was also a successful performer in his own right, notching up 11 number one singles and 36 gold discs with his wife Mary Ford.

He was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 1978 and the Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame in 1988.


Stephen Lawson, editor of Total Guitar magazine, considers the impact of Les Paul, who has died aged 94, and his iconic guitar.

Everyone we know who spoke of him, like Slash, said he was a real gent. Everyone really respected his guitar playing. Quite often we forget that he was a really great guitarist because he invented the Les Paul guitar and multi-track recording.

It was a beautiful guitar… it was hand crafted, it was carved, it was a really beautiful looking instrument. It was produced in a completely different way - it had a set neck - not a bolt-on neck, so when it came out, people were rather impressed and it's continued to be one of the most popular models, even though it was discontinued for a while.

The great thing about a Les Paul was that you get loads of sustain - it's a powerful sound but it's also quite refined, depending on which pickups are fitted. It's pretty versatile, if you use the neck pick up and back off the treble you can get a really decent jazz sound, but then it's also known for being a real rock guitar with the likes of Jimmy Page and Slash and Joe Perry.

For the last half hour I've been trying to imagine a world without Les Paul. It would be so different - he's the man who invented multi-track recording. Until he did that, you had to make a record gathered round a microphone in the middle of a room.

It's really mind-boggling to imagine what the world would be like without him. Guitar music would be very different, the Les Paul does have a very recognisable sound and it's often played because of the way it looks.

One of the most obvious classic Les Paul Guitar solos is Sweet Child of Mine by Guns N' Roses - that intro has such a distinctive Les Paul sound to it.

It can go all the way from a mellow beautiful sound that really hits you in your soul all the way to a shredding searing led guitar tone.


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Postby Strum » Fri Aug 14, 2009 4:00 pm

Yep Grammer, the King is dead! :-|
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Postby grammer » Fri Aug 14, 2009 6:27 pm

yeh the man is gone -
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Re: LES PAUL

Postby Chiropodist » Wed May 26, 2010 7:54 pm

Les Paul was a great guitarist and it was always a pleasure to listen to his tecordings. I have one on my list called Mr Sandman and he is accompanied by Mary Ford. Great stuff.
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Re: LES PAUL

Postby pauldegrae » Fri Jun 18, 2010 11:53 am

Was delighted to see the other day that the 2010 Les Paul Award (who knew there was such a thing?) has gone to the great English guitarist/songwriter/singer Richard Thompson, who tells a nice Les Paul story. Check it out: http://www.facebook.com/l.php?u=http%3A%2F%2Flink.brightcove.com%2Fservices%2Fplayer%2Fbcpid1418433766%3Fbctid%3D95662570001&h=96acdbU_v-nEJx8KlPXB2BCeUtA
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Re: LES PAUL

Postby Toss » Fri Jun 18, 2010 5:42 pm

At he John Hiatt / Lyle Lovett gig in February, Hiatt told a story about Les Paul and Musician X (cant remember the name, but he was another known guitar picker and not Chet Atkins). Anyway, they were playing a set and Les Paul was constantly tuning his guitar all the way through. After the gig, theres much plaudits and this little kids comes up to Les Paul and asks .... Mr Paul, why were you always fiddling with your guitar while Musician X had no problems and played all the way through? Les Paul bent over and said ' you know what kid, thats because Musician X DON'T GIVE A SHIT' :lol:
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Re: LES PAUL

Postby grammer » Sat Jun 19, 2010 12:30 am

Richard Thompson -havent heard or read anything about him in years
the songs that spring to mind are -
the tearstained letter and the last bus is gone -walking the long miles home --

Les Paul --The Man -

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Re: LES PAUL

Postby grammer » Sat Jun 19, 2010 12:37 am

on the Les Paul Mary Ford -How high the moon -24 tracks --

does that remind you of the Carpenters -(Karen still one of the best pop female singers )
experts at multi tracking
and of coure Buddy Holly and his producer norman Petty
and dont forget Eddie Cochrane another forrunner in the multitracking of recordings-
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