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In honor of the 96th birthday of guitar legend Les Paul, who died in August 2009, Google has created an interactive homepage logo, complete with strings that users can pluck and play.

Born Lester William Polsfuss, musician and innovator Les Paul is perhaps best known for his invention of the solid-body electric guitar, a major contribution to the development of early road to rock n’ roll, according to the Smithsonian Institute. He is also credited as “a father of multitrack recording, overdubbing and the electronic reverb effect,” writes the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

Google has fittingly outfitted its Les Paul logo with a record button, letting Googlers in the U.S. create their own 30-second tracks and send their masterpieces to friends.

Simply mouse over the strings on the guitar logo to create notes. Once you’ve hit the record button, you can pluck individual strings by using the letters and numbers on your keyboard. When you finish recording, a sharable link appears beneath the logo.




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