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NEW YORK - AUGUST 13: Gibson Les Paul guitars are displayed at the ''30th Street Guitars'' shop on August 13, 2009 in New York City. Guitar pioneer Les Paul died August 13 at the age of 94 due to complications from pneumonia. (Photo by Jemal Countess/Getty Images)

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 what would have been his 102nd birthday, enjoy the photos below of Les Paul throughout his life!

 

 

Erica Banas is rock/classic rock news blogger that loves the smell of old vinyl in the morning.