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Electric Blues: Remembering Les Paul

“Les Paul brought six strings to electricity and electricity to six strings. Les Paul was an innovator, a groundbreaker, a risk taker, a mentor and a friend. Try to imagine what we’d be doing if he hadn’t come along and changed the world. There will always be more Les to come. That’s certified.”
~ Billy Gibbons, one of many to praise Paul

Electric Blues by Rudy Malmquist
Electric Blues by Rudy Malmquist

Les Paul, designer of the Gibson Les Paul and an incredibly influential musician, passed away Friday at the age of 94.

Wikipedia says that in addition to collaborting on the the guitar that bore his name, Paul is credited with recording innovations including overdubbing, tape delay, phasing effects, and multitrack recording. The “Wizard of Waukesha” was also one of the most influential guitarists ever, developing licks, trills, chording sequences, fretting techniques and timing that set him apart from his contemporaries and have carried through to the modern day.

There’s so much more to be said. Start with:Les Paul by Thomas Faivre-Duboz Paris, France

Photo: Les Paul by Thomas Faivre-Duboz Paris, France