Backbeat: Les Paul 1915-2009 by ProQuest


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                                                          Les Paul
                                                           1915 - 2009
      Given the wide-reaching influence of the iconic guitar that          multi-tracked hit singles.
  bears his name, as well as his significant contributions as a tech-          Aside from his contributions as a player and recording
  nical innovator within the recording studio, it’s sometimes easy to     pioneer, Les Paul also stands out one of the key architects of the
  overlook that Les Paul (born Lester William Polsfuss) first made         modern electric guitar. Embraced by musicians from all genres
  his mark in the ‘30s and ‘40s as a stellar jazz guitarist.              – ranging from heavy metal to country, bluegrass to punk – the
      With a rhythmically fluid, lyrical approach heavily influenced        Gibson Les Paul is, along with the Fender Stratocaster, one of the
  by Django Reinahrdt and punctuated by crowd pleasing sonic              two most recognizable and beloved solid-body guitars on earth.
  effects and country & western flourishes, many of Paul’s early               Paul’s frustrations with electric guitars available in his early
  performances and recordings were straight-up jazz (though “The          career led him to craft “The Log” – a four-by-four slab of solid
  Wizard of Waukesha,” as he later came to be known, was always           pine with two pickups, a Gibson neck, and two “wings” fash-
  too restless to remain confined to 
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