R.I.P Lester William Polsfuss (Les Paul)

Les Paul (Lester William Polsfuss) Died yesterday – and it was a sad day for a lot of guitarists and musicians in all.

He lived until 94 and he was still performing weekly at the Iridium Jazz Club at his age.

Les Paul is known as a “Guitar Legend” and many people will know him from the Guitar ( The “Gibson Les Paul” ), he was involved in inventing the Solid Body Electric Guitar and when he first went in to Gibson, they laughed him away.

He invented overdubbing (Sound on Sound), Tape Delay and Phasing Effects and famously Multi-Track Recording..

It is sad to see the legend go.. and many musicians around the world I’m sure will be sad too,

What really makes me mad about this, is that when Michael Jackson died there was a big fuss, and still is because MJ was the “King of Pop” – let me just say – Les Paul has done far more for music than MJ and far more than anyone, yet he does not get much of a send off. People dont realise that without Les Paul we would not have the electric guitar, meaning there would be no “Rock” sound. He also invented Multi-Track recording, now what would we do without this? not alot of bands would exist without Les Paul yet MJ gets a bigger send off.

I would like to personally thank Les Paul for inventing the Electric Guitar and also for the Multi-Track Recording, OverDubbing and everything he has done in music. And if not alot of people can see what you have done – screw them!

Rest In Peace Lester William Polsfuss
June 9, 1915 – August 13, 2009

View the news story about his death on WikiNews here
View the WikiPedia page for Les Paul here

Here is a YouTube video made for his 90th Birthday (2005)

And if you didnt know.. here is a photo of the “Gibson Les Paul”
Gibson Les Paul


  1. that was so nice and true , the whole fuss over MJ is ok but loads of others have died and they might get a little box in the newspaper. Well done niall i am with you on this.

  2. The fact that Les Paul invented the Electric guitar and also many other things for music like “Multi Track Recording” and “Overdubbing” should make the fact that he has died a bigger story. What did MJ do for music really? Les Paul has done alot more than MJ could dream of so why did MJ get a bigger send off? It is totally wrong!

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