I’m a little slow in getting this up, but THIS is indeed a cool story of a man who changed history by combining technology and music, and using one to improve the other.
The obit from Wired Magazine:
The Gibson Les Paul, like the Fender Stratocaster, was one of the defining instruments at the dawn of the Rock and Roll era of music. But the contributions to the music industry by that inventor whose namesake appears on that legendary Gibson guitar didn’t stop with just a solid body electric six string. An innovator, maker and hardware hacker, Les invented the tools needed to bring his ideas in music creation and production to life. And it’s a reflection on these contributions in which we mourn the passing of a legend.