If he was alive today, Mr. Les Paul would have celebrated his 99th birthday this week. Unfortunately, the guitar legend has passed five years ago. It is well known that so many mighty guitarists and other musicians leave behind a great legacy, insuring throughout their lives that their music and playing keeps on forever. But Paul probably has them all beaten. Not only did he pioneered the electric guitar playing in the jazz world and scored top chart hits throughout the 40’s, 50’s and early 60’s, he also left behind something to hold in your hands, not only to listen with your ears.
For the past decades, the famous Gibson Les Paul has been one of the three most popular rock guitars worldwide. It stands on top with the Fender Stratocaster and Telecaster, yet a lot of guitarists and music fans in general will claim that the sexy Les Paul shape and style has a much more prestige look and sense to it.
Although he was also involved in building the first Gibson SG model (the very popular heavy rock guitar), The guitar legend’s spirit will always stand in the spotlight because of the guitar that carries not only his name, but also his unique take on guitar building, inspired by his original guitar from the 1930’s, “The Log”. So many rock & blues legends made Paul’s guitar shine, and still do. Players like Jimmy Page, Slash, Ace Frehley, Joe Perry, Pete Townsend and Eric Clapton (although he plays multiple guitars, Fender included). All playing wickedly and gracefully, unleashing their riffs, chords and lyrics into the world.
All of those mentioned inspired (and still does) millions of kids to pick up a guitar for the first time. Every guitarist, either if he is a professional or just an ametumer, remembers the first moment he set his eyes on the electric guitar, and wanting to play it. So many of this moments are in favor for Les Paul’s and Gibson’s creation. Whether it happened outside the local music store, spotting the guitar power outside the window, or seeing Clapton or Space Ace shredding the strings on TV.
Everybody knows – Music has changed. Everyone, everywhere can find their favorites songs and tunes within a second, and now with YouTab, also the Lyrics and chords, beat and soundwave. But to this day, and no matter how old you are, you still have to go that extra mile to actually hold an electric guitar in your hands. Maybe it won’t be an expansive Les Paul from the get-go, but as long as love is flowing to your playing – it doesn’t matter. With YouTab’s technology rapidly growing and evolving, providing the opportunity to feel the song while following his entire visual aspects – we hope that we can make you dream only a bit amount such as Paul’s guitar’s did. Pick it up, let it rip. Happy birthday Les.