- Jun 12, 2015
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Fripp and Belew. Need I say more?
I wouldn't overestimate Les Paul as an inventor because the guitar we all love is a lucky accident. Les Paul's theory behind it is fundamentally wrong. If you attach a string to a rail and compare it with one of those Jem series guitars you will see that the latter one sustains longer. This is because of resonance. With his "rail" or "log" idea Les Paul actually wanted to eliminate the very fenomenon which makes a good guitar.^ In a league of his own when you combine skill and innovation.
It also contributed to a lot of confusion. Many people tolerate barely playable excessively thick necks thinking that they sustain better. They don't.^ I was actually referring more towards his recording techniques. But his "Log" mockup did stimulate a new line of thinking in guitar building.
I have seen and heard people call it buzzsaw style but here is a description fromI've always held the unpopular opinion that Neil Young's electric playing is better than his acoustic stuff. It's so stiff, jerky, and haphazard. It's ugly in a really cool way.