August 14, 2009

Lester William Polfuss

One of the most important innovators of modern times. The solid body electric guitar and multitrack recording did not exist until Les Paul invented them. That’s an extraordinary idea to ponder… one man changing everything.

I was fortunate to see him twice in NYC when used to play at Fat Tuesdays. He was well into his eighties at that point and still tore it up. After one of the shows I went up to him and told him I owned a Les Paul Custom guitar. He laughed and gave me his autograph which I put in the guitar case. And there it has stayed.