June 9, 1915
American inventor Les Paul was born. He invented the Les Paul electric guitar, sound-on-sound, the eight-track recorder, overdubbing, the electronic reverb effect and multitrack tape recording.
He is best known for transforming music with his invention of the modern, solid-body electric guitar.
A member of the National Inventors Hall of Fame, Paul held at least two patents related to electric guitars. The first (U.S. Patent No. 3,018,680) was issued in 1962. The other (No. 3,725,561) was issued in 1973.
Paul was inducted into the inventors hall of fame in 2005, four years before his death at 94. He had