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10 Essential Electric Guitar Design Innovators

Culled from the pages of their new book, Play It Loud: An Epic History of the Style, Sound & Revolution of the Electric Guitar, renowned guitar journalists Brad Tolinski and Alan di Perna run down the 10 key innovators who made the electric guitar the ultimate rock machine it is today. ... …

Forgotten Guitar: Les Paul and Mary Ford's 1954 Guitar Duel

Les Paul—guitarist, songwriter, luthier, inventor and pioneer of the solid-body electric—was a mainstay in the guitar world during his lengthy career. In the first half of the 1950s, though, the musical team of Les and his wife Mary Ford wasn’t only known in guitar circles; they actually were two of the biggest names in music. The couple produced 16 top-10 hits, including two Number 1 tunes—... …

Eddie Van Halen Interviews Les Paul in 1986

In the summer of 1986, Guitar Center opened a mammoth music store on Sunset Boulevard in the center of Hollywood. Eddie Van Halen and Les Paul were being honored along with several other musical giants, including Stevie Wonder and amp builder Jim Marshall, as part of the store’s opening celebration. ... …

Les Paul's Top 10 Guitar Moments

To say Les Paul was an innovator would be the greatest of understatements. Although we might take his inventions and ideas for granted in 2016, his influence on the development of music—and the way it is recorded—is immense. ... …

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