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    Default Les Paul, The Man!!!

    I didn't see a thread on Les Paul??? Could that be possible? Anyway if he didn't have a thread he does now.

    This weekend he was on VH1 Classic. It was interesting. His recent album "Les Paul and Friends" has many of the greats including Jeff Beck, Eric Clapton, Peter Frampton, Billy Gibbons, Buddy Guy, Beth Hart, Steve Miller, Keith Richards, Johnny Rzeznik, Richie Sambora, Neal Schon, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Sting, Joss Stone, and more. (no Eddie? ) Anyone have this Album??

    He talked still giging at a Jazz club in N.Y. He mentioned having set-in guests. He said Dr. Ruth was there one night and he ask to see her hands. He told her she had little hands and said he likes little hands because they make his "thing" look bigger Pretty funny coming from the 90 year old.
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    February 10, 1978...The day that changed the Rock N Roll guitar world!!!

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    Thx, what a great post!

    this man really started it all, didnt he? i mean w/o Les, what would the guitarists play!!
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    Acoustic guitar...

    Seriously, though...

    Les is a great inventor and an awesome player. He'd run circles around most players today even being 90. My brother got me a 4 disc box set years ago. Even though I'm not into all the songs, there's no doubt he can play the shit out of a guitar...
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    I found this at Gibson and felt it was my VHLinks civic duty to share this man's story with those that don't know his history.



    By 1952 Les Paul was not only the most popular guitar player in America, he was also a leading innovator in guitar and electronics design. He had been experimenting with electric guitars for as long as there had been electric guitars. He had once mounted a guitar string on a railroad tie to confirm his belief that a solidbody guitar would maximize sustain, and he had incorporated a mini-railroad rail-a 4"x4" piece of pine-into the body of a homemade solidbody electric guitar he nicknamed "TheLog."
    Les had approached Gibson in the '40s with his ideas for a solidbody electric guitar, but Gibson was already leading the industry with archtop electric guitars. Furthermore, Gibson had always been very conservative when it came to aligning with artists. In 50 years, only two players had their names on Gibson models: Nick Lucas, an early guitar star and crooner whose "Tip Toe Through the Tulips" was the biggest record of 1929, and Roy Smeck, a multi-instrumentalist so talented he was nicknamed "The Wizard of the Strings."
    In the early '50s, when the solidbody guitar first became commercially viable, Gibson designed an instrument that would change the image of the solidbody electric from a simple plank of wood to an elegant, stylish piece of art. Such a guitar would be a radical move for a traditional company like Gibson, but Gibson had been founded on the radical mandolin and guitar designs of Orville Gibson back in the 1890s. This new model would have the same carved-top contours that had set Orville's instruments apart from all others.
    With the new model almost ready for market, Gibson approached Les Paul, the obvious choice to help launch it. Les was already intimately familiar with the unique characteristics of a solidbody electric guitar. And he was at the top of his career. His 1948 hit, "Brazil," featured six guitar parts, all played by Les in a virtuoso demonstration that would eventually earn him recognition as the father of multi-track recording. When he combined his guitar and electronic talents with the vocals of his wife Mary Ford, the result was gold-two million-selling records in 1951, "Mockin' Bird Hill" and "How High the Moon."
    The Les Paul Model, as it was originally called, has changed little since its debut in 1952. Except for an updated bridge and humbucking pickups, the Les Paul Standard of today is still the same guitar. The Les Paul has been the driving force behind many changes in popular music. It powered the blues rock sound of the late '60s and the southern rock of the late '70s. By the '90s the Les Paul was providing signature sounds for every genre of rock, from alternative to metal.
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    I do have the Les Paul and Friends album, and it's getting some steady rotation at home and in the car. Good, solid tunes with some of the best out there.
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    Default Les Paul turns 100 today

    The great man would of turn 100 today if he was still with us.

    Happy birthday Lester, wherever you are.
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