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Les Paul Google Doodle Lets You Strum Guitar, Record, Playback
pcworld ^ | Jun 9, 2011 | Keir Thomas

Posted on 06/09/2011 9:14:51 AM PDT by JoeProBono

Google has created a play-along Doodle to mark the anniversary of electric guitar inventor Les Paul's birth. Les Paul (1915-2009), for those unfamiliar, was a jazz/blues musician and inventor of the solid-body electric guitar that kicked-started rock and roll.

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TOPICS: Chit/Chat; Computers/Internet; Music/Entertainment
KEYWORDS: google; jazz; music

CLICK & STRUM(and you can record)


1 posted on 06/09/2011 9:14:54 AM PDT by JoeProBono
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To: JoeProBono

Freebird!


2 posted on 06/09/2011 9:16:32 AM PDT by ClearCase_guy (The USSR spent itself into bankruptcy and collapsed -- and aren't we on the same path now?)
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To: JoeProBono

Still waiting for the Easter/ Christmas “Google” that shows scripture.


3 posted on 06/09/2011 9:17:24 AM PDT by mikelets456
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To: JoeProBono

Actually, I thought that Les Paul invented the hollow body electric guitar and Leo Fender the solid body; but I’m no expert.


4 posted on 06/09/2011 9:17:37 AM PDT by catman67
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To: mikelets456

Bah, humbug...gimme rock n roll. Don’t punk this thread! I played with that for 10 minutes today at work. Awesome tribute to Les.


5 posted on 06/09/2011 9:21:03 AM PDT by lefty-lie-spy (Stay metal. For the Horde \m/("_")\m/ - via iPhone from Tokyo.)
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To: catman67

Les Paul didn’t invent any electric guitar. Just popularized it. I think his work with overdubbing was probably more influential than anything he did with electric guitars. There were electric guitars by the 1930s. Charlie Christian comes to mind. All that said, Paul was a sweet funny guy and a decent musician.


6 posted on 06/09/2011 9:22:36 AM PDT by Huck (The Antifederalists were right.)
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To: lefty-lie-spy

I am a Fender/ Yamaha man .... Les’ are pretty cool though.


7 posted on 06/09/2011 9:23:24 AM PDT by mikelets456
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To: ClearCase_guy
My composition
8 posted on 06/09/2011 9:25:39 AM PDT by Krankor (Her voice was soft and cool, her eyes were clear and bright . But she's not there)
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To: lefty-lie-spy


9 posted on 06/09/2011 9:27:54 AM PDT by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet)
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To: catman67

Actually, Les Paul and Leo Fender were both working on solid-body guitars independently at about the same time. Fender got his to market first, though.


10 posted on 06/09/2011 9:32:46 AM PDT by ZirconEncrustedTweezers (PAVE THE PLANET!!)
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To: JoeProBono

By far the coolest of the typically lame and obscure Google doodles.


11 posted on 06/09/2011 9:32:46 AM PDT by Retired Greyhound
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To: mikelets456

“I am a Fender/ Yamaha man .... Les’ are pretty cool though.”

I’m a dyed-in-the-wool Strat guy myself. But I’d still love to have a cherry-burst Les Paul Standard...


12 posted on 06/09/2011 9:34:02 AM PDT by ZirconEncrustedTweezers (PAVE THE PLANET!!)
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To: catman67

Les Paul had over 40 patents on music. He created over-dubbing sounds, delay effects, multiple-track recording, etc. Rock and Roll would not be what it is today if not for Les Paul.

I’m no fan of google, but I thought that was a nice tribute.


13 posted on 06/09/2011 9:41:42 AM PDT by VA_Gentleman ("Poor Al Gore. Global warming completely debunked via the very internet you invented." -Jon Stewart)
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To: ZirconEncrustedTweezers
“I am a Fender/ Yamaha man .... Les’ are pretty cool though.”

I’m a dyed-in-the-wool Strat guy myself. But I’d still love to have a cherry-burst Les Paul Standard...
Tonally, I've always preferred the Fender Strat too.

Those Les Pauls do sound good, but they weigh a TON!!!

14 posted on 06/09/2011 9:49:17 AM PDT by China Clipper (My favorite animals usually are found next to the rice on my plate.)
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To: ClearCase_guy

Goo Screwgle! They didn’t see fit to do anything special to commemorate Memorial Day! BING!


15 posted on 06/09/2011 9:55:16 AM PDT by JaguarXKE
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To: China Clipper

A Les Paul makes me sound better than I actually am. :)

The newer Pauls have chambered bodies, so they are a *bit* lighter than vintage models.


16 posted on 06/09/2011 9:57:31 AM PDT by ZirconEncrustedTweezers (PAVE THE PLANET!!)
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To: JoeProBono
Here's my own version of a Les Paul jr. Hand built by myself from a single slab of mahogany for the body, and another single chunk of mahogany of the neck, ebony fingergoard and headstock veneer.


17 posted on 06/09/2011 10:00:08 AM PDT by Betis70 (Bruins!)
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To: Betis70

Very nice!


18 posted on 06/09/2011 10:03:52 AM PDT by ZirconEncrustedTweezers (PAVE THE PLANET!!)
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To: ZirconEncrustedTweezers

Thanks! It weighs a ton, easily my heaviest guitar, but it sustains for days and days. I mostly play sitting down, so the weight is not much of an issue for me.


19 posted on 06/09/2011 10:05:52 AM PDT by Betis70 (Bruins!)
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To: JoeProBono

Okay, that was amusing. And I got to annoy someone. Win win.


20 posted on 06/09/2011 10:10:42 AM PDT by Tanniker Smith (I didn't know she was a liberal when I married her.)
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To: catman67
Actually, I thought that Les Paul invented the hollow body electric guitar and Leo Fender the solid body; but I’m no expert.

Depending on who you talk to, it is either Les Paul (who also came up with about a zillion other things, including "sound on sound" and multitrack recording), Merle Travis, or Rickenbacker (with their Hawaiian steel guitar).

Leo Fender introduced the "Broadcaster" (eventually renamed "Telecaster," after a trademark dispute) and of course, the "Stratocaster." But these were later on.

However, there's no dispute that Fender DID introduce the first Electric Bass Guitar.

Mark

21 posted on 06/09/2011 10:31:33 AM PDT by MarkL (Do I really look like a guy with a plan?)
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To: MarkL

Fender’s Broadcaster pre-dates the Gibson Les Paul by a number of years. It was the first commercially successful solid-body electric guitar.

1949: Fender Broadcaster
1952: Gibson Les Paul
1954: Fender Stratocaster


22 posted on 06/09/2011 10:39:02 AM PDT by Betis70 (Bruins!)
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To: JoeProBono
In honor of Google honoring Les Paul, I present to you a couple videos of one Jacqueline Mannering. She is an 18-year-old British girl who has made a name for herself on YouTube playing some mind-blowing electric guitar.

Jackie Mannering's YouTube Channel

Jackie Mannering 1

23 posted on 06/09/2011 10:45:01 AM PDT by hoagy62 (Help stamp out crack-pull up your pants.)
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To: Huck
While you're right about his many contributions to music, he was one of the 3 possible creators of the solid body electric guitar. Here's an interesting interview from Jinx Magazine which includes the following statement:

Denver Smith: I had read that somewhere that you did. When you first invented the solid body guitar, is it true that the first version you made, you called it a log?

Les Paul: No, the first one was a piece of a railroad track. Another one I made at the same time was nothing but a stick. Just a plank, a 2x4 plank, with a string stretched on it and a pick up on it. That was the very first time I ever made a solid body guitar. Everything else was refinements, or making a better block of wood with a string on it.

Mark

24 posted on 06/09/2011 10:54:03 AM PDT by MarkL (Do I really look like a guy with a plan?)
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To: Betis70

Correct, however I believe that Les’ first experiments at making a solidbody guitar were in the 1920s or 1930s. And of course, that Rickenbacker “Pan” is often credited as the first commercial solid body electric guitar.

Mark


25 posted on 06/09/2011 10:58:43 AM PDT by MarkL (Do I really look like a guy with a plan?)
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To: Betis70

SWEET!


26 posted on 06/09/2011 11:02:35 AM PDT by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet)
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To: hoagy62


27 posted on 06/09/2011 11:07:26 AM PDT by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet)
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To: MarkL

Absolutely.

That Ric has that bizarre (to modern eyes) pickup that wraps around the strings.


28 posted on 06/09/2011 11:07:56 AM PDT by Betis70 (Bruins!)
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To: Betis70
That Ric has that bizarre (to modern eyes) pickup that wraps around the strings.

Yes, and Rickenbacker used a similar looking "horse-shoe" pickup on their early 4000 series basses. It's got a rather unique sound, and is very much in demand. I believe that Rickenbacker created a "reissue" pickup they sold, and of course they installed it in their special edition basses, like the "Chris Squire" and "Paul McCartney" tribute basses.

Mark

29 posted on 06/09/2011 12:39:56 PM PDT by MarkL (Do I really look like a guy with a plan?)
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To: MarkL

I know he hardly ever plays a Rick anymore, but do they make a Geddy Lee model?


30 posted on 06/09/2011 12:49:01 PM PDT by ZirconEncrustedTweezers (PAVE THE PLANET!!)
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To: ZirconEncrustedTweezers
I know he hardly ever plays a Rick anymore, but do they make a Geddy Lee model?

No, but then he played a pretty much standard bass (IIRC, the only changed was a Leo Quan "BadAss" bridge).

However, Fender DOES have a Geddy Lee Jazz Bass!

Mark

31 posted on 06/09/2011 1:14:50 PM PDT by MarkL (Do I really look like a guy with a plan?)
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To: JoeProBono
A mama guitar beats a woman every time
You can strum her, you can thump her
You can throw her on the floor
You can kick her, you can dump her
But she'll only love ya more

Julius LaRosa


32 posted on 06/09/2011 1:32:01 PM PDT by Daaave ( "What'll you do when you get lonely?")
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To: MarkL

“However, Fender DOES have a Geddy Lee Jazz Bass!”

That I did know about, and I’ve played one. But IIRC, Ged’s J-Bass was pretty much a standard instrument as well.

Last time I saw Rush in concert (2007), he had a red J-Bass tuned a step down for a couple older songs. He also brought out the Rick during the encore.


33 posted on 06/09/2011 2:07:46 PM PDT by ZirconEncrustedTweezers (PAVE THE PLANET!!)
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To: JoeProBono

Biggest cotton-pickin’ EYES in the universe...and can shred like nobody’s business.


34 posted on 06/10/2011 12:51:51 AM PDT by hoagy62 (Help stamp out crack-pull up your pants.)
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To: MarkL
"And of course, that Rickenbacker “Pan” is often credited as the first commercial solid body electric guitar."

Actually the FIRST Solid Body Electric Guitar was not made by either Rickenbacker Fender or Gibson but was made by Slingerland.

Great Documentary by the Smithsonian: Electrified:The Guitar Revolution

35 posted on 06/10/2011 1:08:01 AM PDT by Mad Dawgg (If you're going to deny my 1st Amendment rights then I must proceed to the 2nd one...)
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To: ZirconEncrustedTweezers
But IIRC, Ged’s J-Bass was pretty much a standard instrument as well.

Back in 1980, after TWA broke the headstock off of my custom Rickenbacker 4001 (and paid for it), as much as I loved that Rick, I felt that the sound wasn't as "flexible" as I would have liked... While I was looking for a replacement, I found the exact same year and model Jazz Bass that Geddy uses at Stuyvesant Music on W. 48th street. The neck was really amazing, it felt different than any other Jazz Bass I had played, and it had Bartolini pickups, which sounded awesome. I nearly bought it, but I found an amazing deal on an early Carl Thompson bass that I just couldn't pass up. At the time, Carl's basses were really only known by NYC session players. I still have that bass today.

Mark

36 posted on 06/10/2011 1:57:24 PM PDT by MarkL (Do I really look like a guy with a plan?)
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