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Aug 15, 2019

Electric guitars have been around since the 1930’s but had some serious drawbacks including their inability to get very loud. Both Leo Fender and Les Paul strived to achieve louder sounds which paved the way for new music styles including rock ’n’ roll.

Leo Fender was a quiet, half-blind, self-taught radio repairman motivated by his curiosity and requests from local musicians. Les Paul was a brilliant but headstrong pop star and guitarist who spent years toying with new musical technologies for himself. Their contest empowered the most inventive musicians of the 1950s and 1960s—including Muddy Waters, Buddy Holly, the Beatles, Bob Dylan, and Eric Clapton— with a vibrancy and volume never before attainable.


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