Les Paul, guitar revolutionary, dies at 94


June 18, 2010 Updated Aug 14, 2009 at 12:52 PM EDT

Les Paul, a virtuoso guitarist whose innovations in recording techniques changed the course of rock music, died Thursday in New York state, Gibson Guitar company said. He was 94.

Paul "passed away today from complications of severe pneumonia at White Plains Hospital in White Plains, New York, surrounded by family and loved ones," said Gibson, which makes the renowned Les Paul guitar.

Gibson called Paul "one of the foremost influences on 20th century sound and responsible for the world's most famous guitar, the Les Paul model."

"Today, countless musical legends still consider Paul's iconic guitar unmatched in sound and prowess," the company's statement said.

"Among Paul's most enduring contributions are those in the technological realm, including ingenious developments in multi-track recording, guitar effects, and the mechanics of sound in general."

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