Les Paul, master musician and inventor, died today at 94. If that much-abused word “legend” could be applied to anyone, it would be Les Paul.
As a legend, he was remarkably accessible. For years you could see him doing a regular Monday night gig at Iridium in New York, often with superstar guests sitting in. If you never got to see Les Paul in action, it wasn’t for lack of opportunity.
I realize that Leo Fender has his towering place in the history of the electric guitar, but to me those Les Paul designs will always be the first image that comes into my head whenever I hear the words “electric guitar.”