Google’s Les Paul Logo: Coolest Doodle Ever?


Google has created some pretty cool logos, but the Les Paul logo that’s on the Google home page today tops them all … at least to this music fan’s ears (and eyes).

In honor of what would be Les Paul’s 96th birthday, the logo is an interactive guitar that you can “play” with your mouse and even record a song of up to 30 seconds. (The record button may only be available in the US.) When you’re done recording, the logo even gives you a URL so you can to listen back to your creation and share its brilliance with others. (You can listen to my first song at

Les Paul was born June 9, 1915 and is considered a founder of the electric guitar. He’s revered by rock musicians — and those in other disciplines — around the world. Chances are pretty high that your favorite guitarist has used one of his guitars: Jimmy Page, Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck, Eddie Van Halen and countless others have. When you’re done playing with today’s Google logo, check out the Les Paul profile on the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s website.

Google’s recent World’s Fair logo was pretty cool; the Charlie Chaplin logo and Bunsen burner logo were clever; and the Jules Verne logo might’ve been the best of all. But I’ll take this Les Paul logo any day. To learn more about how it was created, see Google’s blog post.

Postscript: Google has announced on Twitter that, due to popular demand, the Les Paul logo will remain online in the US for an extra day.

Related Topics: Channel: Consumer | Google: Logos


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  • B. Moore

    IMHO the coolest part of that doodle is the sound.

    The sound moves around depending on which side of the guitar you strum.

    The Les Paul Google Doodle is the 1st with Surround Sound!

  • Rick Vidallon

    Made me misty for my lost 73 left-handed black, pearl in-laid Les Paul custom. I had to sell it in Lake Tahoe/ Reno Nevada to get back home to Virginia. (Our casino band contract was up and we could not find any other decent gigs) Maybe it will find it’s way back to me one day! I hope.

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