Les Paul's personal 71 Recording LP and his Pedal Board

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  1. Groovey Records

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    I got these shots from a great article in Modern Guitar. It's a great read and a definitive look into a remarkable pioneer and musician. Hell of a guy too.

    http://www.modernguitars.com/archives/000818.html

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    Thanks to Rick Landers and Micheal G. Stewart for the photos

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    102 viewers and no comments?

    This is Les Paul wee are taling about!

    Anyone read the article even ?

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    Fascinating stuff. Love his pedal board -- interesting he uses two delays, and nothing "boutique." Maybe it is "mostly in the hands," eh?
     
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    Les Paul more than deserves our compliments and praise. Without him and Leo Fender we'd all be playing the triangle and listening to......well, probably nothing.

    Great interview too. It's amazing to see how an inventor of a cultural icon also became famous through music, like playing for Roosevelt and, with, Bing Crosby.
     
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    His whole pedalboard probably cost him around $500... Amazing.
     
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    Million Dollar fingers, hands and ears.

    Considering he invented the phasing and delay effect in the late 40's he knows how to use effects to great economy. Check out the sunglasses. Then check out Chester and Lester.

    When Les fell and broke his right arm he had the Doc set it in a players position so he would be able to play. Still set that way, Son Of a B.

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    Thanks for a great article.
     
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    ... he didn't fall, his arm was crushed/broken in a serious car accident in an ice storm (in Oklahoma, IIRC). He was in the hospital for many months.

    That's why he always wears turtlenecks, can't really button a shirt up.

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    Yep.
    Speaks volumes in and of itself.



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    wingwalker Fuzzy Guitars

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    Thanks! Very cool read!
     
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    Is he still doing the gig in NYC?
     
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    And I thought he was just a dedacated follower of fashion. What made me sit up and notice when I saw him sit in with Slash was he wears two hearing aids. Has for some time, had some surgery there as well.

    It just shows how much he enjoys performing and getting with modern players. He could sit home and live on royalties and watch wheel of fortune but this cat is no citizen- it's in the blood as well as the hands.

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    Very cool info. I have to get up to NY and see him play sometime.
     
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    Yea he has been doing these gigs since the eighties once a week and then he sits in with others or has them as guests. First time I saw him was Fat Tuesdays but for about 10 or so years he has been playing every week at Iridium. Very small and intimate. The Man is in early ninties so hop to it.

    I saw him sit in at one of Slash's Snake Pit gigs, Peter Frampton, Carole King, Keef Richards and Les Paul at Tramps doing "Knocking on Heavens Door"

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    looks like he doesn't need the settings marked on tape anymore, as they aren't lined up.

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    I saw Les back in 1988 and I got to pluck the high E on his guitar for about 5 minutes while he tried to figure out why his guitar wasn't being recorded for some radio show they were doing that night. What a cool guy..

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    When I saw Les play at the Iridium, some guy brought a small scale fender strat copy for him to sign. Les laughed and told him he had the wrong guitar but he was kind and signed it anyway.
     
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    The legend. What a legacy of inventions and music. Les is an inspiration for how to grow old gracefully. Staying active is a big part of longevity and Les is a testament to that for sure!

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    i Just checked he is playing tomorrow(Monday Night)
     

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