Les Paul

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  • Inducted by:
    Jeff Beck (The Yardbirds)
  • Category:
    Early Influences
Les Paul


You can’t talk guitars without Les Paul.

More accurately, you can’t talk about even recording music without Les Paul. The lifelong innovator created echo delay, overdubbing, multitracking and more. You can't overstate Les Paul's genius.

Hall of Fame Essay


Andy Schwartz

Les Paul is an influential jazz guitarist and best-selling pop hitmaker, Les Paul holds a special place in the pantheon  of American musical greats. 

As a prolific inventor responsible for the development of multitrack recording and the solid-body electric guitar, he is part of a homespun tradition of scientific wizards that includes Benjamin Franklin and Thomas Edison.

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony Program Cover 1988
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1988 Inductee Les Paul with Paul McCartney
have a lot of fun with my toys.
Les Paul



 c. 1971 Electra X320 Electric Guitar
circa-1971 Electra X320 Electric Guitar