What Guitarists Already Know about Les Paul

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Byline: Jeff Tuckman Daily Herald Correspondent

Les Paul, who was born Lester William Polfus in Waukesha, Wis., is considered one of the great innovators of the electric guitar, as well as various recording techniques. He is a terrific guitar player and has performed country, jazz, easy listening and various other kinds of music. He and his wife, Mary Ford, had many hit records, and Paul also had solo hits. He was inducted into the Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame, with Mary Ford into the Grammy Hall of Fame, and into the Inventor's Hall of Fame.

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