Les Paul |The Original Guitar Hero

Les Paul, the prolific guitar innovator and designer, died today. I’m not a guitar expert, but I know enough to appreciate his contribution to most of the music I enjoy.

Several years ago, Steve was commissioned to paint 30 murals of musicians for a Sprint building in Nashville. One of my favorite pieces is this painting of Eric Clapton at the 1973 Rainbow Concert. His guitar–a  Les Paul, of course, believed to be George Harrison’s “Lucy”.


The story of the guitar is a little confusing, but the part that is clear is that Les Paul was the hero behind the guitar.

Thank you Mr. Paul.

Illustration copyright Steve Barbaria.

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