NWR: Les Paul (guitars)
As a guitarist, I was sorry to see the passing of Les Paul this week. While I'm unfamiliar with the man and his music, his name is on one of the two definitive types of electric guitar.
It's fascinating that of all the different styles of electric guitar, there are just two main types: the Gibson Les Paul (twin humbucker pickups, glued on neck, fixed bridge, slightly shorter scale length) and the Fender Stratocaster (three single coil pickups with a five-way selector switch, bolt on neck, tremelo bridge, longer scale length). [Perhaps I'm being a little unfair to the Telecaster here.]
Guitarists are usually either Les Paul or Stratocaster. I'm more Les Paul. I've never owned a strat, but I've nothing against them.
But it seems that the Gibson Les Paul may not have had all that much to do with Les Paul himself, and that he had limited input into the wonderful design that he put his name to. Even so, his name will be on the lips of guitarists for generations to come.