Skip to comments.Les Paul Google Doodle Lets You Strum Guitar, Record, Playback
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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Still waiting for the Easter/ Christmas “Google” that shows scripture.
Actually, I thought that Les Paul invented the hollow body electric guitar and Leo Fender the solid body; but I’m no expert.
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.
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.
I am a Fender/ Yamaha man .... Les’ are pretty cool though.
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.
By far the coolest of the typically lame and obscure Google doodles.
“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...
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.
Im a dyed-in-the-wool Strat guy myself. But Id 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!!!
Goo Screwgle! They didn’t see fit to do anything special to commemorate Memorial Day! BING!
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.
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.
Okay, that was amusing. And I got to annoy someone. Win win.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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!
“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.
Biggest cotton-pickin’ EYES in the universe...and can shred like nobody’s business.
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
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.