Google celebrates guitar inventor

by Ada Igboanugo

A Note from Google:

PAUL, who died in 2009, was an American guitarist and inventor who is best remembered for his work in the development of the electric guitar, which made new styles of music such as rock and roll possible.

Having built one of the world’s first solid-body electric guitars in 1940, Paul’s design – called The Log – was only put into production by manufacturer Gibson in 1946 when rival company Fender put its Esquire model on the market.

He was immortalised in 1961 when Gibson, without Paul’s knowledge, changed the design to create a lighter and sleeker instrument which they named the Gibson Les Paul.

Google’s tribute pays further testament to the country and jazz music star’s innovation by letting users create – and record – their own tunes on the search engine’s home page.

It is one of a hundreds of doodles the company has featured on its home page in recent years, but is also one of the most complex and interactive.

A note from Izsna:

I LOVE GUITARS SO…WTH?! For as far as I can remember, I always wanted a guitar. I didn’t know why but I think it had more to do with the fact that I am a die-hard rock fan, so naturally I expected me to have a guitar. Over the years, I have watched my love for this musical piece escalate from a ‘mere crush’ to an item I would love to explore and probably made music out of someday. But unfortunately I haven’t been able to get one. Alas today, Google is giving off ‘free’ guitars to celebrate the life of its inventor, Lester William Polsfuss (June 9, 1915 – August 12, 2009)—known as Les Paul— who was also an American jazz and country guitarist, and songwriter.

Who knows, maybe after this post I will get an offer for a guitar like Alice Payne did with her Bucket list.

For now, I’m off to make some music. *wink*

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