Les Paul Biography

On June 9, 1915 Les Paul was born in Wisconsin. By the time he was a teenager he was already playing gigs mostly around the midwest. Throughout his life his love for music as well as invention became evident to all who knew him. In his early years he built an amplified guitar as well as a harmonica holder that allowed him to flip it and play both sides all while playing his guitar. He did this with a coat hanger and some wood. He took apart the family piano to understand how it worked and design new instruments. He also built his own radio station so that he could share his music with the world.

At the age of 14 he created a recording device which resulted in a lifelong journey into the discovery and exploration of sound. He created the Les Paulverizer in his 30’s that gave him access through remote control to tape recorded versions of songs from a box mounted on his guitar.

His most famous invention of course is the solid-body guitar which resulted in the guitar manufacturer Gibson commissioning him to create a Les Paul guitar which has become one of the best selling guitars in history.

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Les Paul was inducted into the the National Inventors Hall of Fame as well as the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

He was truly an extraordinary individual and to celebrate his life and invest in the lives of future musicians and inventors the Les Paul Foundation was formed.

Supporting youth through awards, grants, scholarships, and programs for students are some of the key functions of his foundation. His passion for excellence is the inspiration behind this site. We will leave you with this sample of Les doing what he loved doing for your listening enjoyment.