View Full Version : RIP Les Paul - father of multi-tracking and electric guitar...
08-13-2009, 09:40 AM
WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (AP) - Les Paul, the guitarist and inventor who changed the course of music with the electric guitar and multitrack recording and had a string of hits, many with wife Mary Ford, died on Thursday (http://apnews.myway.com//article/20090813/D9A23P580.html). He was 94.
I cannot imagine how different music would have been over the course of the last fifty years had Les Paul not existed.
we'd be playing hollow body guitars without pickups, no tapping...
eh, maybe not. but he will be missed :(
08-13-2009, 03:06 PM
one of my heroes.
Not only was he a brilliant guitarist, but also an electronics wizard. He came to Gibson to market his invention of putting a microphone under a log and putting strings across it. And now we have the guitar that bears his Name.
Among his many other inventions and innovations was the very first 4-track recorder. PBS had a special, they showed it - a MONSTER machine (that STILL worked!).
overdubbing and multi-layer tracks? he pioneered them.
One of my biggest regrets was not seeing him perform. Every Monday in NYC at the Iridium.... no more....
Tonight i will be turning up my tube amps and playing with my guitar. i cant play like him, but i will play for him.
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