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1 Les Paul dead at 94 on Fri Aug 14, 2009 12:22 am

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I remember Les Paul and Mary Ford from when I was very little in 1952. My mom was a fan Of Mary Ford. Paul was "just her musician husband". Little did she know that Les Paul revolutinized the entire music industry.Electric guitars had been around since the 30's,but they were big concert Gibsons and Gretschs with pickups added. Paul took a big Gibson concert guitar,sawed it apart, and inserted a shaved down 4X4 as a stable bed for the pick-ups.Gibson showed no interest, but Epiphone did and built a model. THAT became so popular that Gibson bought Epi and began the "Les Paul" studio guitar line. You can buy an exact copy,made by Gibson now,for about $3,500. I wish I had one. Until his inventions, the way you recorded a band was to strategically place mcs around the band while they recorded. Paul was a genius (and somewhat of an egomaniac) who couldn't accept less than HIS playing on his wife's albums,so....he developed "loops" and background dubbing. Loopers would use a short piece of recording tape to record the input and then quickly play it back to create a concert hall, "echo" effect. I actually handled one of these in 1964. A primitive but effective device later supplanted with spring reverb devices and now done electronically. All recorded music uses echo now to create that effect. But more importantly, he made sure HE was the only recorded guitarist by using several tape machines that would allow him to play rythm,melody,lead,base,etc. He would later mix the recordings to get a final,and sometimes amazing,result. His intial 4 track device is now supplanted with 92 track mixing consoles with every possible instrument represented. All music uses these and expansion of their capabilities is an ongoing endeavor. Les Paul was a genius allright,but at heart,a musician who played into his 90's. To say he will be missed is hardly adequate to describe his loss to the music industry. An aside to Tyler: ABC news just did a short piece on LP and showed 3 musicians they said were influenced by him. They were right, but ironically, they showed Ron Wood playing a Les Paul, Eric Clapton playing a Fender Strat, and Kieth Richards playing a Gibson SG. He is probably splendidly spinning in his morgue vault. RIP

2 Re: Les Paul dead at 94 on Sat Aug 15, 2009 9:28 am

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Yeah, they could have at least found 3 people that all played Les Paul's, no doubt. I think from the band "BOSTON" the guitar player "Tom Scholz" would have been a worthy mention. He is notorious for only playing a Les Paul, he even marketed his own distortion effects box called "The Rockman" you could buy, http://www.rockman.fr/Menu/Menu.htm I had a friend that had one and it sounded awesome.

Anyway, Les Paul will be missed, his guitar will live on and all his contributions never forgotten.

3 Re: Les Paul dead at 94 on Sat Aug 15, 2009 3:06 pm

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ok yall got me ,lol,, i have never heard of Les Paul.. but im still so young, lmao.. take care

4 Re: Les Paul dead at 94 on Sat Aug 15, 2009 4:17 pm

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Oh come'on now you've heard of the Gibson Les Paul guitar haven't you!?.lol Actually, "Lester William Polsfuss" was his real name but Les Paul was his stage name.

Here's more:

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

5 Re: Les Paul dead at 94 on Sat Aug 15, 2009 4:28 pm

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6 Re: Les Paul dead at 94 on Sat Aug 15, 2009 4:33 pm

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Love this, Thanks. I had put about his death here,but my article was a bit different from a different source..

7 Re: Les Paul dead at 94 on Sat Aug 15, 2009 4:51 pm

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Excellent video, classic.

8 Re: Les Paul dead at 94 on Sat Aug 15, 2009 5:45 pm

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Here is the band "BOSTON" with their guitar player "Tom Scholz" playing a Les Paul using his distortion effects box. This is a really nice sound, and legendary, it needed a Les Paul guitar to make it happen, crank it up to get the full effect!:



9 Re: Les Paul dead at 94 on Sat Aug 15, 2009 11:46 pm

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i have heard of gibson guitars of course but never les paul, now my dad had lots of stereo lps, when stereo first came out, it even had a LP explaining the difference from hi fi , to stereo . i still remember the RCA lps called " sounds in space",my uncle owned a applicance store. i remember stereo being new my cousin put his which had detachable speakers, in front of the front picture window, and as i said it on the record explaining stereo had the sound of a car go by blowing the horn and it took me by surprise it sounded real, the sound went from one speaker and like though the wires its sounded like to the main stereo and to the other speaker, it did the same thing with a train, like i said it was showing what stereo could do,, as before that there was only hi-fi, which did not seperate sounds, or put different sounds in different speakers, but i said all this because my dad was always a chet adkins fan and had his lps which i have now, i have lots of old lps mainly from the early 60s , the browns, sons of the pioneers, eddie arnold, ,floyd cramer. boots randolph,and some movie sound tracks, and many more these are off the top of my head but i have the lps in the basement, on the pool table, which i have not seen it in 15 years, its all covered with stuff, take care

10 Re: Les Paul dead at 94 on Sun Aug 16, 2009 1:32 am

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"Here is the band "BOSTON" with their guitar player "Tom Scholz" playing a Les Paul using his distortion effects box. This is a really nice sound, and legendary, it needed a Les Paul guitar to make it happen, crank it up to get the full effect!:" /// I did and it was good. In 1964 (?) the Stones did "Satisfaction" and it was the first time I remember hearing distortion (fuzz) being used. I HAD to get that. I took my little no-name amp's speaker signal wires and tacked them on to a simple volume pot and then hooked the output to the speaker. I discovered I could turn the amp volume all the way up (gain?) and then turn the patched in volume knob way down and voila! Distortion! Roscoe: I believe I heard that same RCA LP demonstrating stereo. Some door to door salesman came out to our projects and had a stereo outfit and was selling stereos on credit. $200 when that was a month's pay for a secretary. Now you can get a little stereo receiver and headphones for about $5

11 Re: Les Paul dead at 94 on Sun Aug 16, 2009 2:52 am

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marc i think my dad got a console stereo for i think 90 bucks from my uncles store, but it was a floor model , and got extra speakers for 25, but a real good boom box now would blow it out of the water, it was stereo but did not have the watts, it was an rca, and a wooden console model, i remember him buying new needles for it,

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