Google honors Les Paul with playable guitar doodle

Les Paul Google Doodle

Google today is paying tribute to rock ‘n’ roll innovator Les Paul with a playable/recordable electric guitar logo. Paul would have been 96 today. He died in August 2009 from complications due to pneumonia but his legacy in music will always be remembered.

Considered the “father of the electric guitar”, Paul had been a dominant force in the music business since the Second World War. Primarily a jazz-pop musician, his techniques influenced guitarists such as Jimi Hendrix and Jimmy Page.

Now, back to the interactive doodle. You can strum the guitar using your mouse or use letters and numbers on your keyboard. When you strum, the strings light up in Google colors of red, blue, green and yellow. If you press the black button, you can record up to 30 seconds of your masterpiece. Unfortunately, the recording function is only working in the United States.

Here’s a video of Paul at a New York jazz club in 1999.