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    Les Paul passed on today, one of the true pioneers - I used to listen to some of the stuff with Mary Ford, IIRC, that man had some style! Check out the Chester and Lester recordings, or for those of you with the skills and tools, fire up the Les Pauls and pick one in memory.
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    Originally posted by biff View Post
    Les Paul passed on today, one of the true pioneers - I used to listen to some of the stuff with Mary Ford, IIRC, that man had some style! Check out the Chester and Lester recordings, or for those of you with the skills and tools, fire up the Les Pauls and pick one in memory.
    Wow, I had not heard the news. :(

    I really wanted to see him play in NYC, but I suppose that will never happen.

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    L.L. Beranek, Acoustics (McGraw-Hill, New York, 1954), p.208.


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      A true Genius, I have always enjoyed his music and talent.
      One of my Father's favorites. He did live a long life and gave us all something special that will live on.

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        Now playing....

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          What a legacy.

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            More than just a moment, the world has been made just a tick more silent forever with Les Paul's passing. He is one of the few people I looked upon as an icon and a trailblazer that truly changed the world for the better.

            I got a text message from a friend with the bad news while I was in a meeting today and I have to admit I got a little bit choked up when I read it. While I don't have a Les Paul (yet) I plan on picking up my Strat and play my sadly rendered versions of some sad songs in his honor. Bless you sir. I never met you but I will always consider you a friend in spirit.

            And I second the Chester and Lester recommendation. Absolutely wonderful stuff. Now I'm going to go in and try to find the old episode of Hee Haw where they had all of these great guitar legends on stage together playing an ensemble piece of country/bluegrass. My jaw was on the floor when I first saw the clip many years ago and as the members of that wonderful jam session leave us one by one, it makes my wonderment at the talent grow more and more.

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              I too was hoping to catch him in NY at some point, very sad. But, he led a life as awesome as anyone can dream of; making such a mark on American music.
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                No doubt a true pioneer. Cheers to a legend and innovator...RIP
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                  Les Paul: American Master
                  by Lenny Kaye
                  It's the "Guitar Boogie" to end all guitar boogies, with an honor guard of guitarists arrayed behind the benevolently smiling figure of Les Paul, who sits on a raised platform from where he has just finished entertaining a sold-out house at the State Theater in Cleveland and accepting an American Master award from the Rock n' Roll Hall of Fame.

                  I look down the line-up, a varied and virtuosic cluster**** history of the electric guitar in all its begat-ing generations. Duane Eddy. James Burton. Billy Gibbons. Lonnie Mack and Dennis Coffey and Barbara Lynn. Steve Lukather, Jennifer Batten. Slash and Sambora and "Skunk." Exclamation points all, and me, standing next to Nokie Edwards of the Ventures!

                  In my hands is a replica of an early '60s Les Paul Special, two P-90 pickups with the selector switch next to the tone and volume controls. It is the same model as my very first electric six-string; and as I look down on its familiar slab body and feel it nestle on my hip much as it did 44 years ago when I first introduced a barre chord to the world at a Rutgers fraternity party, my debut in a band (name, the Vandals: "Bringing down the house with your kind of music!" our motto), I think of the long and unexpected road I have traveled with this instrument that, far more than any other, defines rock and roll, whatever it may be, and whoever may play it.

                  The irony is that Les Paul's moment astride the charts presaged rock and roll; that, indeed, the pop music that hung his gold records on the wall was washed away on the Top 40 by those he would influence. Yet it wouldn't matter to his longevity as an innovator. Les was and always will be a grander presence than the hits that placed him on the celestial jukebox; his Sound, that which made the electric guitar so much more than merely amplified, provided the texture and adventurism that would characterize the guitar's phenomenal 20th-century growth into the people's instrument that it is today. For those who only know him as a name on a Gibson headstock, Paul stands at the crossroads of the guitar's evolution, the before and after, and all that comes between.

                  Now in his tenth decade of music-making, Les hearkens back to an era when not only the guitar was "acoustic," but recording was itself. The onset of electricity in the studio meant things would be getting ever louder even as that newfangled microphone allowed intimate crooners like Bing Crosby to practically whisper in your ear — and the guitar, once an instrument more suited for the parlor than the stage, now had to compete with horn sections and PA systems. Les performed a miracle of synthesis, combining technologies of the radio, telephone, and phonograph, and together with his own innate musicality, came up with a tool that proved amenable to every conceivable player.

                  His Frankenstein creation was based on attaching a magnetic pickup to a railroad track, later evolving into The Log, one of the first attempts to create a solidbody electric guitar. Refined over the years, the "Les Paul" Gibson became an industry standard, and like Karloff's creature who declared "smoke....good!" and went his own way, there is sometimes little resemblance to the purpose Les had in mind when he designed the instrument. His own tone was crystal clear, chime-y, quite inclined to the treble end of the frequency spectrum, a far cry from the infinite sustain, distortions, feedback and heavy metals that became the Les Paul stock-in-trade. Les, as is his way, enjoyed all the mutations, because he is first and foremost a manipulator of sound.

                  You can hear it in his early recordings, like "Lover," with its speeded guitar licks and cascading echoplexes, and in the unearthly riffing that surrounded Mary Ford's multi-tracked vocals. Could rockabilly have had such pinging reverb without Les paving the sonic way? Could the baritone-als of Duane Eddy, the Mos' Right soundscapes of the Ventures, the waterfall rapids of notes that shredders and speed-metallicas exult in as they push the notes-per-second sound barrier — could any of them be imagined without Les's pave of the way, his melding of the fretboard and the onboard electronic?

                  He envisioned — or perhaps enlistened — the future, not only in texture, but in machines that might capture this quantum dimension of sound. As an inventor, he cobbled together the components of the multi-track recorder, even grasped the concept of digital when he punched holes in the paper of a player piano to add his own harmonics. But it is as a musician I like to appreciate him, the wild-card swoop and swerve on the strings, his meticulous choice of notes. Watching him from the wings at his land-o'-Cleve tribute, performing with his Trio much as he does each Monday night at Iridium in New York, Les taking as much joy and energy from the crowd as he bestows back on them, I was moved nigh-to-tears by his elegiac version of "Over The Rainbow" (a must-see on YouTube). His fingers don't have the facility of his younger days, back when he took on all comers in the nineteen forties, even becoming Bing's guitarist for a time (a role in which only he could begin to replace the pioneering Eddie Lang); but in the impeccable placement and vibrato and taste of each numeral of the scale selected, he showed why his invention grew from his musicality, and why, in his down-to-earth sense of humor and wonder, he is such a vital part of today's musical soundscape.

                  When it came my turn on stage, I was gifted with not one, but two Mary Fords, Alannah Myles and Katy Moffatt. Versioning "Vaya Con Dios," "Tennessee Waltz" and "How High the Moon," negotiating the chord changes and each thrush's beautiful birdsong, intro and obliggato and solo, I got to be Les for a moment in time, as we all do whenever we tickle the strings. And then when he gives me the nod in "Guitar Boogie," I step out and let the notes fly where they might, as I've learned to make them my own, on a guitar which formed the opening strum of the life I have lived.
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                    Originally posted by biff View Post
                    Les Paul passed on today, one of the true pioneers - I used to listen to some of the stuff with Mary Ford, IIRC, that man had some style! Check out the Chester and Lester recordings, or for those of you with the skills and tools, fire up the Les Pauls and pick one in memory.
                    I still have my uncle's 1954 Les Paul in cherry red downstairs. My uncle left it in a spare bedroom at my grandmother's farmhouse in almost new condition. It was my first guitar. I never could do it justice and switched to an acoustic (still can't do them justice, either :( ), but that cherry red beauty won't ever be sold.

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                      Even if he never cut a riff on a guitar, he should be a legend for pioneering modern mixing techniques (sound on sound, sound with sound) in the 1950's Somebody who literally changed the world of music...
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                        I found out last night when I was at work. :(
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