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On August 13th, 2009, Les Paul died of complications from pneumonia at White Plains Hospital in White Plains, NY. His family and friends were by his side.


According to Wikipedia. It's all over the Gibson boards right now.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Les_Paul

He was a great innovator and recording artist, developing multi-tracking techniques as well as modern close-mic'ing.

Of course he's most famous for the Les Paul line of Guitars from Gibson, arguably the most recognizable electric guitar in the world, with the only real competition coming from the Fender Stratocaster.

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RIP Les Paul!

http://www.rollingstone.com/rockdaily/index.php/2009/08/13/les-paul-guitar-legend-dead-at-94/

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More on the story...Click here.

Has anyone impacted the recording of music as we know it more than Les? I doubt it.
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Thanks for the memories, Les. I met him almost two years ago to the day of his passing



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Mike in Colorado wrote:
More on the story...Click here.

Has anyone impacted the recording of music as we know it more than Les? I doubt it.


Agreed.
I wrote a report about him back in college in the 80's. As I did my research I was just blown away at all the contributions of his that I had never heard about before.

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I wonder what kind of tribute concerts will come about... He also did a lot of his work and lived for a long time in Mahwah NJ, up near the NJ NY border. I wonder if anything will happen up there.

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PostPosted: Thu Aug 13, 2009 12:42 pm   Reply with quoteBack to top

The legend will surely live on.........

94, that's a purdy darn good life : )

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That's really too bad. He really lived life to the fullest, though, didn't he?

Wish I'd gotten a chance to see him.

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94, that's a purdy darn good life : )


And he gigged right up until the end, didn't he?
I don't care what age I am when I die, but I hope to still be gigging when I go.

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ElfDude wrote:
Guitardan wrote:

94, that's a purdy darn good life : )


And he gigged right up until the end, didn't he?
I don't care what age I am when I die, but I hope to still be gigging when I go.


Pretty much. He's been ill with pneumonia, but he was still on the bill for Monday nights at the Iridium Jazz Club. He's had some folks subbing for him with his backup band, but only recently.

Seeing him two years ago was a real treat. I'm glad I made the trip to do it.

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Rest in Peace Les Paul, you'll be missed!

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It's no secret I'm not a big fan of the guitars that bear Les Paul's name. However...

I greatly admire and respect his talent and especially his contributions to multitrack recording. Words can't express the importance of what Lester did for that medium; anyone who's ever entered a studio or sat down at home to record owes Mr. Polfus a great deal of gratitude. Recording our instruments as we do today would not be possible without the incredible innovations of Les Paul. Additionally, the man was a fantastically talented player who has inspired many guitarists, myself included. Les Paul could shred.

RIP, Les.

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Yeah... he was instrumental in developing various studio techniques, and his collaboration with amperex basically revolutionized studio recording. People could overdub and hear other tracks to play with them while recording at the same time. The only sad thing really was that by the time amperex made him the 8 track multi-track recorder, he was not as popular anymore and wasn't actively recording.

The only les paul I think I'd want to own would be a DC, or a recording model. The standards... customs... and tons of overpriced 'reissues" and crap don't interest me at all. Maybe an LP raw power or studio. But nothing else.

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The man actually invented tape echo. Lester was also playing a working prototype of an electric guitar in 1929!

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The only les paul I think I'd want to own would be a DC, or a recording model. The standards... customs... and tons of overpriced 'reissues" and crap don't interest me at all. Maybe an LP raw power or studio. But nothing else.


I agree with most of this. There's one or two LP's I can deal with now that I know how to set them up to perfection. Still, I wonder how Les' passing will affect production of these models?

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I don't know. He doesn't seem to have been very much involved in further developments in the Les paul... and also for the most part everyone wants the les paul from the late 50's early 60's before the SG came out. They want that same magical guitar that Clapton and everyone else used. I don't think it'll effect much.

It would be totally awesome though if they re-released the recording model as a les paul tribute model.

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It would be totally awesome though if they re-released the recording model as a les paul tribute model.


Agreed, although technology has somewhat taken over with the Robot and misaligned Dark Fire models.

I think every guitar player should take just ten minutes of their time to watch this cool video:




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I have to thank Les Paul for all his contributions. I love my les paul and love the ability to use delay and multi tracking etc.

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Thanks for that link Bundy!

I find it a little sad last evening and this morning to see an almost total lack of news coverage on the major media. A 20 second headline blurb and it's on to the next story..............

Sad Sad Sad

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truedog wrote:
Thanks for that link Bundy!

I find it a little sad last evening and this morning to see an almost total lack of news coverage on the major media. A 20 second headline blurb and it's on to the next story..............

Sad Sad Sad


It's because this world is so polluted that everything is more important than the stuff that is actually important. I wouldn't care if they gave only one day of media coverage over Michael Jackson, but they gave like 3 weeks of non stop throw it in your face media coverage. It ticked me off!

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