Les Paul: Scavenger

August 14, 2009 at 11:38 am | Posted in Celebrities, News | Leave a comment

gibson les paulSome of history’s coolest people have been scavengers. According to today’s San Francisco Examiner,

“None of the music that rocks the world would exist without Les Paul, who figured out how to get a bigger sound out of his cheap Sears-catalog guitar by hooking it up to a microphone he made from scavenged telephone parts. He was 13 then. He died Thursday at 94 years old, but the music his electric guitars made possible will rock forever.

“Les Paul had many disciples. Among them is Green Day’s Billy Joe Armstrong, who rocks a vintage Les Paul Jr. guitar.”

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