View Full Version : OT Les Paul died today at age 94

08-13-2009, 06:10 PM
Byron and Paula,
Please feel free to move or remove this if you wish. I wasn't sure where or if to post.

From other discussions here, I know several of the members of the board are musicians and Byron even owns/owned a Les Paul guitar.

I just saw that one of the true music greats died today.

http://artsbeat.blogs.nytimes.com/2009/08/13/les-paul-dies/?apage=2 (http://artsbeat.blogs.nytimes.com/2009/08/13/les-paul-dies/?apage=2)


08-14-2009, 08:21 AM
I saw that,and I've owned a Les Paul for over 30 years,my son has it now.
Most people nowadays don't know who Les was but they have heard their favorite music played on the guitar he invented.
RIP Les!

08-14-2009, 08:08 PM
I think I will plug mine in and hit a little "The Sky is Crying" in his honor. What an innovator!

If I was as good with a Les Paul as I am with a flyrod, well, maybe it is good that I am not. But I get a lot of enjoyment out of both.

08-15-2009, 10:00 AM
If I was as good with a flyrod as Les Paul was with a guitar, I wouldn't have to go to work at my job on Monday:smile:

If I was half as good with my Martin as he was with his electrics, I'd be touring the country in a bluegrass band right now.


Byron Begley
08-15-2009, 07:27 PM
I still have my old Les Paul. Bill asked me today if I thought is was worth more now. It doesn't matter. Mine is not for sale. I sold my Gretsch Chet Atkins Tennessean in the early 70's. Worst mistake I ever made. I won't ever sell another ax.

I remember Les heard Jimi Hendrix playing in a bar. The music he heard that night haunted him. He searched for Jimi for a while before he found him again. Les invented the multi-track recording machine I've been told. All it took was a head that recorded and played at the same time without the delay that 1/2" of tape made. But he thought of it. I think Sgt. Pepper was the first album recorded on the new age tape machines.

He was an innovator and a legend.