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Les Paul Inducted into National Inventors Hall of Fame

As if being an inductee into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame wasn’t enough, Les Paul can now also claim to be an inductee to the National Inventors Hall of Fame. Paul, along with five other living inductees, was inducted in a ceremony Saturday; eight posthumous inductees were inducted on Friday.

Paul was inducted for his creation of the solid-body electric guitar, which he first built in 1941 and continued to refine throughout the decade. Paul eventually worked with the Gibson guitar company when the company decided it wanted to release a stylish solid-body electric. In 1952, Gibson released its first Les Paul model, which has changed little since its debut.

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