The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame + Museum

Les Paul

Induction category: Early Influence


The name Les Paul is synonymous with the electric guitar. As a player, inventor and recording artist, Paul has been an innovator his entire life. Born Lester William Polfuss in 1915 in Waukesha, Wisconsin, Paul built his first crystal radio at age nine - which was about the time he first picked up a guitar. By age 13 he was performing semi-professionally as a country-music guitarist and working diligently on sound-related inventions. In 1941, Paul built his first solid-body electric guitar, and he continued to make refinements to his prototype throughout the decade. It’s safe to say that rock and ...

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“This is a big day in my life. Thank you so much. Thanks to all you people. If it wasn’t for you, I wouldn’t be here...This is a wonderful night for me.”

- Les Paul at the 2008 American Music Masters tribute concert

About the most I can say is, 'Have a lot of fun with my toys.'

- Les Paul


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