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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.   Play It Loud: An Epic History of the Style, Sound & Revolution of the Electric Guitar is available in... …

Watch Slash and Edgar Winter Play Stevie Wonder's "Superstition" in 2006

On February 8, 2006, some of the world's greatest guitarists came together in Los Angeles to pay tribute to the one and only Les Paul. The performances that took place that night at what was then the Gibson Amphitheatre were filmed, but many haven't seen the light of day until now.One of these performances came courtesy of Slash and Edgar Winter, who teamed up for a sizzling cover of Stevie... …

Watch Les Paul Reveal Why He Never Liked the Gibson SG

In 1961, Gibson decided it was time to restyle the Les Paul model it had introduced in 1952. With Fender’s more modern-looking models eating into its sales, Gibson thought it might gain back some of its market share by giving the Les Paul a sleeker look.That decision didn’t sit well with the guitar’s namesake. Les Paul never liked the resulting Gibson SG model, with its thin body and twin... …

Eddie Van Halen, David Gilmour and Les Paul Play "Blue Suede Shoes" with Stray Cats

On August 18, 1988, a horde of name-brand musicians got together to celebrate the life and music of guitar great Les Paul, who was 73 at the time.The show that was filmed that night was eventually released on a now-sought-after VHS tape called Les Paul & Friends: He Changed the Music: LIVE at the Brooklyn Academy of Music in New York.In short (in contrast to the tape's ridiculously not-short... …

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 2017, his influence on the development of music—and the way it is recorded—is immense.He saw the technological limitations of his day not as an impediment, but as a source of motivation to think outside the box and find his own solution.That sort of thinking... …

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.It seemed natural to take the opportunity to put Ed and Les together in the same room to talk... …

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—"How... …

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