Where would we be without the late, great Les Paul?
Many people have been influential in rock, but the namesake of the popular Gibson guitar model truly is a cut above them all. Not only is he a pioneer in the realm of guitar manufacturing, he's also known for being one of the first to experiment with then new recording techniques, like overdubbing and multi-track recording. The scope of his impact on music, frankly, is overwhelming.
In honor of International Guitar Month, who better to profile first than Les Paul? Enjoy the photos below of Les Paul throughout his life!
Les Paul, wearing a straw boater and denim shirt, playing his guitar with a harmonica around his neck, circa 1935
Guitarist and inventor Les Paul poses for a portrait with his guitar in circa 1946.
Guitarist and inventor Les Paul poses with his inventions for a portrait in his garage studio on in 1946.
BB King, Les Paul and Eddie Van Halen circa 1988 in New York City.
Slash & Les Paul during Gibson Guitars Honors Rock 'N Roll Legend Les Paul for 50th Anniversary Celebration at Iridium in New York City.
Richie Sambora and Les Paul during 36th Annual Songwriters Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony - Show and Dinner at Marriott Marquis Hotel in New York City.
Les Paul & C.C. DeVille during Les Paul party in Los Angeles.
Carlos Santana and Les Paul during Carlos Santana and Friends Play A&E's 'Live By Request' at Sony Studios in New York.
Les Paul during 36th Annual Songwriters Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony - Show and Dinner at Marriott Marquis Hotel in New York City.