RIP Les Paul

Les Paul RIP

Well, I doubt I need to mention it, but today is a sad day due to the passing of Les Paul. I recently watched the Les Paul documentary Les Paul: Chasing Sound and I was absolutely amazed by what he had accomplished musically and technologically. I remember when I was a kid I use to think “why is there a guitar named after Les Paul… who the hell is he?” Of course at the time Def Leppard’s Phil Collen was my idol and if you didn’t have big hair you didn’t exist. But take one look at this documentary and you’ll see why not only was a guitar named after him, the greatest guitar ever made was named after him (there’s a reason I chose a Les Paul for my logo at the top of the page).

Ever since I was a kid, a Gibson Les Paul guitar was pretty much THE guitar I wanted (Ok, the Ibanez DT555 that Phil Collen used was right up there too). Even though I bought other guitars before it, it was still the guitar I really wanted. It took a while for me to get one because I didn’t want just any Les Paul,  I wanted a great Les Paul.  I think I finally got my dream Les Paul in my 1957 Les Paul Goldtop Reissue.

Head over to the Gibson website where they have a great memorial of Les Paul.  Imagine what just about any of your favorite guitarists would look and sound like if it wasn’t for Les Paul.

RIP Mr. Paul.


Here’s a great blog article on the origin of the Les Paul guitar.

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11 Responses to “RIP Les Paul”


  1. […] was informed by Never To Late Guitar that Les Paul died at age 94. When he first approached a company about an electric guitar, he was turned down. Later, […]


  1. Effects Bay says:

    Les Paul was a genius and will be greatly missed. I love the fact he played guitar in his 90s. I love the fact that he was a fantastic musician, yet he had a mind for electronics and mechanics. I love the fact that he was always searching and more importantly, always learning.

    What a great man. We will miss you Les Paul!
    .-= Effects Bay´s last blog ..R.I.P Les Paul! =-.

  2. Retro Hound says:

    Thanks for the heads up on this. I wasn’t aware of his passing. Sounds like he had a pretty good long life.

    Reminds me of the scene in Juno where they guy has a Les Paul and she has a Harmony.

    I love the name of your blog, I’m 43 and have just started learning guitar. I bought a beautiful red Squire by Fender (acoustic) at a garage sale for $75 that has wonderful sound. (Also a Harmony 3/4 for the kids to mess around with. $25) I’m pretty impressed with myself and how I’ve gotten my fingers to move. Not that anyone else would be impressed, but it’s been a lot of fun and something I’ve always wanted to do but never thought I had the talent.

    I’ve added your blog to my bloglines reader.
    .-= Retro Hound´s last blog ..Otis Spann – Archive of Folk Music =-.

    • nevertoolateguitar says:

      Yeah, definitely a good long life. It’s sad, but at the same time he was 94 and still rockin… I think anyone of us would be happy with making it to 85 let alone still rocking out when you’re that age.

      I did your blog… I love everything retro. Keep up on the guitar and check back because I’m in pretty much the same boat.

  3. Cool blog! I dig how you pick photos for posting themes! Keep blogging & thanks for visiting my blog too!

    .-= Stratoblogster´s last blog ..God Bless Les Paul 1915 – 2009 =-.

    • nevertoolateguitar says:

      Thank! I’m glad someone noticed. I swear I spend more time finding the photos than I do writing the post!

  4. Judith says:

    You don’t want to miss Matthew Orr’s Last Word video.
    .-= Judith´s last blog ..Les Paul Made The Beatles The Beatles =-.

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