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Guitar Genius: How Les Paul Engineered the Solid-Body Electric Guitar and Rocked the World screenshot
English | ISBN: 145215919X | 2019 | 56 pages | EPUB | 11 MB
A beautifully-illustrated true story of rock and roll legend Les Paul: This is the story of how Les Paul created the world’s first solid-body electric guitar, countless other inventions that changed modern music, and one truly epic career in rock and roll. How to make a microphone? A broomstick, a cinderblock, a telephone, a radio. How to make an electric guitar? A record player's arm, a speaker, some tape. How to make a legendary inventor?

A few tools, a lot of curiosity, and an endless faith in what is possible. This unforgettable biography, with pictures by a New York Times–bestselling children’s book illustrator, will resonate with inventive readers young and old.

“Les Paul was an innovator and musical force for the ages—he changed the world in a very real way. His story is a lesson from which kids of all ages can derive inspiration.” —Billy Gibbons, lead guitarist of ZZ Top

“Delightfully told . . . Text and illustrations radiate exuberance and joy. Readers will marvel at the perseverance and ingenuity Paul demonstrated throughout his life . . . An excellent choice for STEM programs.” —School Library Journal

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  Resident 31.05.2010 4 2221
dont belive that les paul created the first solid body electric guitar
the first one we KNOW of was made in 1934 by Vivitone but there might have been other that had built solid body electric guitars before that
  Resident 13.08.2020 41

It all gets cloudy after time and impossible for any to really be certain and as far as these things go there seems to always be a "wording" thing or some fudging of numbers along with word and marketing play.

ie; Fender was the first mass produced solid body guitar. etc., which is true enough as other companies didn't seem to think it would catch on until they saw the sales Fender was bringing in.

Rickenbacker may have preceded the Vivitone creations (interestingly, a company created by a Gibson designer) as did the gaining popularity of 'hawaiian' style instruments (difference/distinction), 'pan' and also, even prior, there was a solid body made by Slingerland. Yes, that Slingerland...which early on stopped making guitars and gained renown with drums and which also, many years later, was bought by Gibson.

*Edit: Of course nothing diminishes the brilliant man himself, his playing or all of his inventions and advancements to the music / recording crafts. Love a Les Paul myself.

** A nice little book with a cool art style as well. Thanks

From the book : It’s only fair to mention that in the early 1930s a musician named George Beauchamp and an electrical engineer named Adolph Rickenbacker teamed up to create the first commercially viable amplifiable electric guitar (the Frying Pan).
  Resident 15.11.2020 284
U'r right. Anyway Les Paul balance, resonance, sustain & other high achievements had no pair 'till those days.
  Resident 21.04.2014 1591
Same on piano. It's really difficult to understand the whole process of who really contributed to the piano, than to take just one name and put it as the "man", given that we know that the 'Sebastian Erard' muffler today makes all the difference to what we call piano, what comes before doesn't matter. One thing we learn from great historians is that the deeper we delve into history, the more we get lost. But, the history of 'Les Paul' is not that far away, we have considerable events that tell the story in themselves, we have the patent records and their dates to prove it. Now, if the guy loves Fender, honestly, what difference does it make to be the first? Will this improve your guitar sound, will your performance be better? I don't think so! I like the 'Steinway' Piano, but, what a shame it wasn't the first, it doesn't make any difference, I'm not going to rewrite history based on my guesses, we're going to put it together with the records and documents we have, if you don't have it...
  Resident 21.04.2014 1591
I will encourage Sunny to post more CHRONICLE EBOOKS about other topics.

What a wonderful summary for those who won't have time to read it, I managed to understand this genius of the Les Paul in half an hour, even children's figures are very good, drawn, the crucial part of his life was exposed here in a clear and objective way. I loved the passage where the inconsequential teacher puts a warning on Les Paul's shirt, with the words: "your boy, Lester will never learn music, so save your money".
This must have caused him a trauma, because he never learned to read music, he always played by ear, and one day at the White House, wow!

How long does it take us to read?
How many books will we be able to read until the end of our lives?
How much is it possible to read these days?

Messing with electricity to build and learn, he almost died, and was bandaged from head to toe, but he never stopped.
We owe multitrack to him, overdubbing and there's even a magazine called 'Sound on Sound'.

'Tesla and Edison' had already prepared the "ground" that 'Les Paul' would use, Edison argued that houses should not have electricity with
high voltage, but Westinghouse said that motors would run inside houses, but the humanitarian Edison worried that people might die.
But, Tesla was consulted to decide what the voltage would be in the homes of ordinary people.
But the German physicist 'Heinrich Rudolf Hertz' ended up paying homage to the name frequency unit in the International System: Hertz.
Les Paul was one of the first victims of the near-fatal collision, but he never gave up.

The inventor of the organ 'Laurens Hammond' wanted the sounds of churches in the house and when 'Donald Leslie' created his box with a rotating amplifier, 'Laurens Hammond' hated it and did everything to disrupt Leslie's business, even politically plotting against Leslie to put him out of business.

Tip: If your child touches your electrical things, send him to electronics school. On the computer, set it to program.
If your daughter tinkers with cloth and thread, take her to the cutting and sewing school. Les Paul's mother was the mother I liked the most.
  Resident 21.04.2014 1591
I would draw attention to a fact that confuses people a lot, when it comes to the PATENTED INVENTIONS.
The fact that it was produced on an industrial scale and has the patent, does not give you the right to be the first "if you steel the idea of others", (Bill Gates is a "good" example), Steve Jobs invented all that structure he used on Windows.

Bill Gates pays a very high price, for not having any good ideas, the great things we use don't belong to him, most are simple ideas that he never had, WhatsApp, Waze GPS, Youtube, Google, which proves that he didn't do all that, doesn't even have a creative team. But Steve Jobs, the more than intelligent genius, proved his true and creative strength, making the entire blue globe use a handheld computer, an idea illegally copied by many Asian companies.

Other amazing history, is that beautiful device that It sits on top of the pianos, Maelzel's or Mälzel famous metronome, it doesn't belong to him, Maelzel went to Holland and stole it from a Dutchman and patented it in Germany, swearing to God that we would never discover his fake, in old music books, we learn that it was he the inventor, but the metronome appeared around 1812, and was invented by the Dutchman 'Dietrich Nikolaus Winkel. Btw, Beethoven hated that.

Les Paul, Fender and Giibson were all friends, anyone who knows Les Paul's history understands his creative and inventive genius, but in the commercial and patent areas, he didn't understand that.

The interesting part is that many inventors have the same ideas at the same time, but if they are friends and live in the same city it is difficult to know the true. Btw, Edison is not the inventor of the light bulb.

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