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After a serious car crash in early 1948 (Les Paul famously had his damaged right arm permanently set at a right angle, to better facilitate playing - beat that for dedication) those studio experiments would play a greater role in his career and he and his future wife, Mary Ford, released a number of distinctive multi-tracked hit singles.
Backbeat 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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