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    • CommentTimeAug 13th 2009 edited
    for all of the guitar players, musicians and others this is a very sad day.

    One of the guys responsible for the electric guitar and so much more has passed away

    Rest in Peace Les

    Paul was a guitar and electronics mastermind whose creations -- such as multitrack recording, tape delay and the solid-body guitar that bears his name, the Gibson Les Paul -- helped give rise to modern popular music, including rock 'n' roll. No slouch on the guitar himself, he continued playing at clubs into his 90s despite being hampered by arthritis.

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    Oh man....
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    At 94 years old, I'm gonna say an excellent run in achievements. Not many could claim to have invented and refined so much musicians take for granted these days.

    Hope I make it that long. Of course, anyone would live that long carrying around a guitar that weighs as much as a Les Paul. :)
    • CommentTimeAug 13th 2009
    Still playing into his 90s, down to only two playing fingers on his fretting hand due to arthritis, still enjoying every minute of it. He was just a guy who liked to play guitar and tinker with gadgets, and continued to be that guy his entire life. I want to be that guy.
    • CommentTimeAug 13th 2009
    agreed with all - he had an amazingly full and very long life

    I want to be that guy too
    • CommentTimeAug 13th 2009
    This has actually put a very dour end to an otherwise good day for me. Jackson, Fawcett, even Billy Mays, not very much fussed. But Les? He's just one of those people that you assumed was gonna keep on going forever. That said, 94 years is pretty close.

    What a guy.
    • CommentTimeAug 13th 2009
    94 years is astounding, not a sad one good on him, his name will probably never die
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    He was brilliant, and my battered, 32 year old Les Paul (which I've had 21 years and delivered papers for two years to buy) is without doubt my most treasured posession. RIP!
    • CommentTimeAug 13th 2009
    Aw crap. RIP, Les. You patron saint of looping guitarists.
    • CommentTimeAug 13th 2009
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    • CommentTimeAug 13th 2009
    Uh ... sorry. I just duplicated this thread. I'm sorry.

    Is there apologizing in Whitechapel? Please. Once again, I'm sorry. If one of our kindly mods could delete my thread ... sorry. *makes sheepish face*

    There's a great documentary I saw on PBS about him. He was still playing at 93 in a bar in NYC. There's a part where he talks about Django Reinhart and he says "I saw HIM play and I thought 'Well, I can't beat him. I might as well go sell shoes."

    And his personal recollections of inventing a speaker, out of a phonograph needle and a radio. Tinkering with it until he invented feedback.
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    If ever there was someone who should be elevated to musician sainthood, this'd be the fellow. I insert a posthumous thanks to Les for making my awesome electric noisemakers possible. The neighbours, however, may be slightly less thankful :P