Born Jun 9 1915 - Died Aug 13 2009
Solid-Body Electric Guitar
Patent Number(s) 3,018,680
His innovations led to his first solid-body electric guitar in 1941.
Coupled with his pioneering recording techniques, Paul produced a series
of extremely popular recordings that introduced the public to his fast,
multi-layered productions that frequently included Paul playing as many
as six musical parts simultaneously through the process of overdubbing.
He also designed and built his own multi-track tape recorders.
The quality and originality of Les Paul's work inspired a generation
of musicians to embrace his guitar and recording techniques. In 1952
the Gibson Musical Instrument Co. began selling its popular Les Paul
model electric guitar. It rapidly established the new instrument as
a powerful influence in the entertainment industry.
Les Paul transformed popular music by inventing the modern solid-body
electric guitar. Years of experimentation culminated in the mass production
of the Gibson Les Paul guitar. His success as a performer and recording
artist inspired a generation of musicians to master the new instrument.
Paul also pioneered innovative techniques that transformed music-recording
Born in Waukesha, Wisconsin, Les Paul became a professional musician
as a teenager and was the leader of his own trio by the age of 21. From
the beginning of his career, Paul was fascinated by the opportunities
of amplifying musical instruments electronically. He tinkered with a
wide range of techniques in search of a way to produce a pleasing and