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.