Les Paul died yesterday from complications from pneumonia. If you have never heard of Les Paul or wonder why the music community is making such a big deal for this guy, let me share my perspective.
Les Paul created the guitar for rock, pop, country, funk, rap etc, etc. The picture included are my personal instruments with Les Paul's name on them. They are made by the brand Gibson, and here is a short list of musicians who use the Les Paul instrument- the Edge, Slash, Jimmy Page, Eric Clapton, Dean Deleo, Mike McCready and Stone Gossard, Chris Cornell, Tom Morello and the list goes on. Odds are your favorite performer had this guitar used in their band.
The testimonials for this pioneer are endless at every music source I visit. While his music was before my time, his instrument is timeless.