Les Paul Autographed pickguard Gibson Les Paul style
Les Paul Autographed pickguard Gibson Les Paul style in blue marker.
Lester William Polsfuss (June 9, 1915 – August 13, 2009). Known as Les Paul, was an American jazz, country, and blues guitarist, songwriter, luthier and inventor. He was one of the pioneers of the solid-body electric guitar. Self-taught himself how to play the guitar and while he is mainly known for jazz and popular music. He had an early career in country music. Credited with many recording innovations. Although he was not the first to use the style, his early experiments with overdubbing (also known as sound on sound). Delay effects such as tape delay, phasing effects and multitrack recording were among the first to attract popular attention.
His innovative talents reached into his playing style, including licks, trills, chording sequences. Fretting techniques and timing, which set him apart from his peers and inspired many guitarists of the present day. He recorded with his wife Mary Ford in the 1950s, and they sold millions of records.
Among his many honours. Paul is one of a handful of artists with a permanent. Stand-alone exhibit in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Prominently named by the music museum. On its website as an “architect” and a “key inductee” with Sam Phillips and Alan Freed. The only person to be included in both the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the National Inventors Hall of Fame.
On August 12, 2009, he died of difficulties from pneumonia at White Plains Hospital in White Plains, New York. After hearing about his death, many musicians commented on his importance. Slash called him “vibrant and full of positive energy”. Buried in Prairie Home Cemetery on August 21, 2009. Waukesha, Wisconsin.