The passing of a musical innovator

Posted on: August 14, 2009

With great sadness we at Innovation Manchester mark the passing of Les Paul, the musical innovator who died at the age of 94 yesterday.

Paul’s name will be forever associated as being the father of the electric guitar.

gibson custom les paul standard

gibson custom les paul standard

His innovation came with his unhappiness with the first generation of commercially available hollow-bodied guitars complaining of their thin tone and opting instead to build an entirely new structure.

The result was an instrument nicknamed “the log” but ever striving to perfection,he would cultivate a partnership with Gibson which would ultimately change musical culture for ever.

The Gibson Les Paul became the most popular electric guitar in the world,largely unchanged to this day,it was one of the catalysts to the new Rock and Roll culture coming out of America in the 50’s.

But he wasn’t just with the guitar that Paul experimented with multi-track recording in the days when that meant recording onto disk and re tapping over and over again.

I don’t think any words can describe the man we know as Les Paul adequately. The English language does not contain words that can pay enough homage to someone like Les. As the “Father of the Electric Guitar”, he was not only one of the world’s greatest innovators but a legend who created, inspired and contributed to the success of musicians around the world,”

said Dave Berryman, President of Gibson Guitar.

In this musical vibrant city of Manchester we owe a huge debt to Les Paul’s innovations.


1 Response to "The passing of a musical innovator"

I never met the man and I miss him. I have 3 Les Paul’s and record all my electric rhythm tracks with them. Funny on how it is 2009 and they are still the best guitars.

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