Author Topic: Les Paul's 96th birthday  (Read 1618 times)

Offline denny

  • Administrator
  • Retired with too much time on my hands
  • *****
  • Posts: 19462
  • Noti OR [1991.4, 287.6deg] AR
    • View Profile
    • Dennybrew
Les Paul's 96th birthday
« on: June 09, 2011, 03:50:55 PM »
Les paul would have been 96 today.  Go to google.com and see what they've done.  Here's a story about it...

http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2386636,00.asp
Life begins at 60.....1.060, that is!

www.dennybrew.com

The best, sharpest, funniest, weirdest and most knowledgable minds in home brewing contribute on the AHA forum. - Alewyfe

"The whole problem with the world is that fools and fanatics are always so certain of themselves, and wiser people so full of doubts." - Bertrand Russell

Offline tubercle

  • Senior Brewmaster
  • ******
  • Posts: 1639
  • Sweet Caroline
    • View Profile
Re: Les Paul's 96th birthday
« Reply #1 on: June 09, 2011, 04:05:58 PM »
LP is one of my personal heros. Not just for his talent but for his innovations.

 One of my most prized possessions is a 1974 model of his namesake guitar.
« Last Edit: June 09, 2011, 04:09:05 PM by tubercle »
Sweet Caroline where the Sun rises over the deep blue sea and sets somewhere beyond Tennessee

Offline Slowbrew

  • Brewmaster General
  • *******
  • Posts: 2382
  • The Slowly Losing IT Brewery in Urbandale, IA
    • View Profile
Re: Les Paul's 96th birthday
« Reply #2 on: June 09, 2011, 04:08:40 PM »
That explains the Google home page this morning. 

It's cool you can actually play the guitar strings on screen.  8^)

Paul
Where the heck are we going?  And what's with this hand basket?

Offline gordonstrong

  • Senior Brewmaster
  • ******
  • Posts: 1355
    • View Profile
    • BJCP
Re: Les Paul's 96th birthday
« Reply #3 on: June 09, 2011, 04:10:32 PM »
'59 Les Paul Standard VOS

Remember the Spinal Tap scene in the room full of guitars?  Sustain that goes on forever...

Lifting one to Les right now.
Gordon Strong • Beavercreek, Ohio • AHA Member since 1997 • Twitter: GordonStrong

Offline bluesman

  • Global Moderator
  • I must live here
  • *****
  • Posts: 8825
  • Delaware
    • View Profile
Re: Les Paul's 96th birthday
« Reply #4 on: June 09, 2011, 04:22:26 PM »
Guitar inventor extraordinaire....and a really fine player. A guitar legend in his own right.  :)

...and a descendant of the Blatz family which I didn't know.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qZ_5ubk2H4k&feature=related
Ron Price

Offline Hokerer

  • I spend way too much time on the AHA forum
  • ********
  • Posts: 2645
  • Manassas, VA
    • View Profile
Re: Les Paul's 96th birthday
« Reply #5 on: June 09, 2011, 04:25:00 PM »
That explains the Google home page this morning. 

It's cool you can actually play the guitar strings on screen.  8^)

Paul

Not only play.  You can record what you play too.
Joe

Offline SpanishCastleAle

  • Brewer
  • ****
  • Posts: 272
    • View Profile
Re: Les Paul's 96th birthday
« Reply #6 on: June 09, 2011, 04:27:50 PM »
My plain-jane 2004 cherry sunburst standard is one of my favorite guitars.  If only I had known how the value of the originals would skyrocket.  There was a time people were practically giving them away.

Lookout neighbors!  I'm breaking out the Paul and the Marshall tonight!  And of course tipping a few in his honor.

EDIT: From the link:
Quote
Paul built his first electric guitar in 1941, but he is most well-known for the Gibson Les Paul, which debuted in 1952.

"It grew out of his desire, as a musician and inventor, to create a stringed instrument that could make electronic sound without distorting,"...
Ironic that one of the best attributes of a good Les Paul guitar is that they distort beautifully.
« Last Edit: June 09, 2011, 04:35:49 PM by SpanishCastleAle »

Offline denny

  • Administrator
  • Retired with too much time on my hands
  • *****
  • Posts: 19462
  • Noti OR [1991.4, 287.6deg] AR
    • View Profile
    • Dennybrew
Re: Les Paul's 96th birthday
« Reply #7 on: June 09, 2011, 05:42:36 PM »
Sustain that goes on forever...

At a Sanatana show many years ago, they finished the set with Carlos sustaining one note on his Les Paul.  He set it down and they walked off stage with it was still going!  A few minutes later the returned for an encore and that note was still sustaining!
Life begins at 60.....1.060, that is!

www.dennybrew.com

The best, sharpest, funniest, weirdest and most knowledgable minds in home brewing contribute on the AHA forum. - Alewyfe

"The whole problem with the world is that fools and fanatics are always so certain of themselves, and wiser people so full of doubts." - Bertrand Russell

Offline denny

  • Administrator
  • Retired with too much time on my hands
  • *****
  • Posts: 19462
  • Noti OR [1991.4, 287.6deg] AR
    • View Profile
    • Dennybrew
Re: Les Paul's 96th birthday
« Reply #8 on: June 09, 2011, 05:43:40 PM »
Ironic that one of the best attributes of a good Les Paul guitar is that they distort beautifully.

Yeah, but listen to the recording of Les and Mary Ford doing "How High the Moon".  Beautiful, bell like clean guitar sound.
Life begins at 60.....1.060, that is!

www.dennybrew.com

The best, sharpest, funniest, weirdest and most knowledgable minds in home brewing contribute on the AHA forum. - Alewyfe

"The whole problem with the world is that fools and fanatics are always so certain of themselves, and wiser people so full of doubts." - Bertrand Russell

Offline SpanishCastleAle

  • Brewer
  • ****
  • Posts: 272
    • View Profile
Re: Les Paul's 96th birthday
« Reply #9 on: June 09, 2011, 07:38:20 PM »
Sustain that goes on forever...

At a Sanatana show many years ago, they finished the set with Carlos sustaining one note on his Les Paul.  He set it down and they walked off stage with it was still going!  A few minutes later the returned for an encore and that note was still sustaining!
Gary Moore (RIP) used to sustain a note 'forever' on a song called Parisienne Walkways.  He also owned an original '59 Les Paul affectionately called 'Greeny' in the guitar world.  It was originally owned by Fleetwood Mac's Peter Green, way back when FM was a very different band than the Stevie Nicks/Lindsey Buckingham version.  I think he sold it about 5 years ago though...rumored price was around a half-million dollars. :o

Offline denny

  • Administrator
  • Retired with too much time on my hands
  • *****
  • Posts: 19462
  • Noti OR [1991.4, 287.6deg] AR
    • View Profile
    • Dennybrew
Re: Les Paul's 96th birthday
« Reply #10 on: June 09, 2011, 08:58:18 PM »
Man, I loved Fleetwood Mac back in the Peter Green days!
Life begins at 60.....1.060, that is!

www.dennybrew.com

The best, sharpest, funniest, weirdest and most knowledgable minds in home brewing contribute on the AHA forum. - Alewyfe

"The whole problem with the world is that fools and fanatics are always so certain of themselves, and wiser people so full of doubts." - Bertrand Russell

Offline bluesman

  • Global Moderator
  • I must live here
  • *****
  • Posts: 8825
  • Delaware
    • View Profile
Re: Les Paul's 96th birthday
« Reply #11 on: June 09, 2011, 09:20:27 PM »
Gary Moore was a fine guiter player...he had a real nice tone. I love the blues based stuff.

Fleetwood Mac with Peter Green was awesome.  :)
Ron Price

Offline nicneufeld

  • Senior Brewmaster
  • ******
  • Posts: 1049
    • View Profile
Re: Les Paul's 96th birthday
« Reply #12 on: June 10, 2011, 03:18:45 AM »
My LP is an early 90s Les Paul Studio, with trap inlays, gold hardware, wine red finish, and ebony fretboard.  I like it for a lot of things, but I rarely crack it out these days.  I guess I've turned more into a P90 man, I just love the clarity of single coils.

That said, the first LPs were stocked with P90s!

Les Paul was a brilliant innovator in guitar, but also in sound recording.  Multitracking, variable speed recording, he was a clever fellow, and a great jazz guitarist.

Offline rabid_dingo

  • Brewmaster
  • *****
  • Posts: 787
  • Brighton, CO :D
    • View Profile
    • Mile High Monks
Re: Les Paul's 96th birthday
« Reply #13 on: June 10, 2011, 06:46:51 AM »
I saw the Les Paul Google tribute, played the chords for about 5 minutes and thought of the forum. I like
how you can record.  I figured there would be a thread. RIP. Hoisting a pint now and going back to the
chords for a bit.

Simple fun... 8) ;D
Ruben * Colorado :)

Offline rabid_dingo

  • Brewmaster
  • *****
  • Posts: 787
  • Brighton, CO :D
    • View Profile
    • Mile High Monks
Re: Les Paul's 96th birthday
« Reply #14 on: June 10, 2011, 06:58:47 AM »
Ruben * Colorado :)