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Candy Cottingham

Love his hair wish mine was like that...Moves well...

Les Paul invented the Electric Guitar maybe...Passed away about 4 months ago aged 94

rosco 357

yep i would like to have the hair, lol


Candy Cottingham wrote:Les Paul invented the Electric Guitar maybe...Passed away about 4 months ago aged 94
No, Les Paul did not invent the Electric Guitar.

BTW, the guitar in that video Eddie Van Halen is playing is not a Gibson Les Paul, it is another guitar company called "Kramer".

Paul's innovative guitar, "The Log", built after-hours in the Gibson Epiphone guitar factory in 1940, was one of the first solid-body electric guitars. Adolph Rickenbacker had marketed a solid-body guitar in the 1930s and Leo Fender also independently created his own in 1946. Although Paul approached the Gibson Guitar Corporation with his idea of a solid body electric guitar, they showed no interest until Fender began marketing its Esquire and Telecaster models. Largely independently of Paul, Gibson president Ted McCarty and his team of engineers designed a solid body guitar to compete with Fender's Telecaster. Realizing that having a famous artist endorse the new guitar could increase sales, McCarty approached Paul with an endorsement opportunity. He was impressed enough to sign a endorsement contract for what became the Gibson "Les Paul" model, originally only in a "gold-top" version (official name: "Les Paul Standard"), and agreed never to be seen playing in public, or be photographed, with anything other than a Gibson guitar.

He is credited with many recording innovations. Although he was certainly not the first to use the technique, 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 widespread attention.

According to Wikipedia:

"The earliest extant six string guitar was built in 1779 by Gaetano Vinaccia (1759 - after 1831) in Naples, Italy. The Vinaccia family of luthiers is known for developing the mandolin. This guitar has been examined and does not show tell-tale signs of modifications from a double-course guitar.

Modern dimensions of the classical instrument were established by Antonio Torres Jurado (1817-1892), working in Seville in the 1850's. Torres and Louise Panormo of London (active 1820s-1840s) were both responsible for demonstrating the superiority of fan strutting over transverse table bracing.

The electric guitar was patented by George Beauchamp in 1936. Beauchamp co-founded Rickenbacher which used the horseshoe-magnet pickup. However, it was Danelectro that first produced electric guitars for the wider public. Danelectro also pioneered tube amp technology"

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