les paul


V.25 No.45 | 11/10/2016

Event Horizon

Change the World with Rock

Sunday, Nov 13: Freedom in Music Project

25% of all sales from customers with fliers benefit for the charity that provides at risk youth with instruments.
V.21 No.30 | 7/26/2012
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Music to Your Ears

Guitar Match-Up

Here are the four guitars given as examples on The Rock Space graph: An early ’50s Gibson Les Paul (created by Lester William Polsfuss, inventor to the solid-body electric guitar), a Paul Reed Smith (created in the ’70s, first played for an audience by a Ted Nugent band guitarist), an Ibanez (made by a Japanese company that first started producing guitars in the late ’30s), and a Danelectro (budget guitars produced between the mid-’50s and late ’90s—a handful are still made each year). Can you guess which is which?

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V.18 No.43 | 10/22/2009
The “new” Michael Anthony Trio: bassist Robert “Milo” Jaramillo, guitarist Michael Anthony and drummer Andy Poling

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Michael Anthony

Guitar Heroes

Guitarist Michael Anthony makes it a point to recognize the people who have influenced him along the way.

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V.18 No.34 | 8/20/2009

Music to Your Ears

The King Is Dead, Long Live the King

Born Lester William Polsfuss in Waukesha, Wis., Les Paul had just turned 94 in June. He died on Thursday, Aug. 13, 2009.

Les Paul’s solid-body electric guitar started as the basement tinkering of a gifted musician. Where it led was rock and roll as we know it—and the foundation of innumerable permutations we haven’t gotten to yet. Even if you just look at the instrument and the ways its architect figured out how to play it—put aside, for a moment, the game-changing recording processes he pioneered like multitracking, overdub or delay—without Les Paul’s innovations in design and technique, the Book of Rock would have scant few pages and not much of an alphabet. The Edison of amplified music is gone. But because of Les Paul, rock and roll will never die.

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FlashQuiz: Les Paul, 94, Dies

OK, this is sort of a FlashQuiz/Death Announcement. Les Paul died today (complications from pneumonia ... so, old age). Read the NYT obit of the man who invented multitrack recording and the solid body electric guitar. Then wank on rock gear trivia with the Les Paul vs. Leo Fender Quiz.