Google doodle honors guitar legend Les Paul

Google’s hit another high note in their boundless search for frivolity.

Remember when the Google doodles actually spelled Google?

Remember when the Google doodles actually spelled Google?

Today, the online giant’s “doodle” is a working musical instrument of sorts — an homage to guitar legend and inventor Les Paul — who was born on this date in 1915.

The electric guitar pioneer and inveterate tinkerer, who died in 2009, would be impressed. The oddly-shaped virtual instrument allows users to pluck strings and concoct tunes.

Turn it up to 11 to really annoy office co-workers.

Paul, one of the first to overdub musical tracks, would appreciate the “record” button, which provides a URL so you can send your composition to those who actually work at work or create a backing track for an epic solo.

Curiously, different Google sites have different versions of the doodle. The one at Google UK has a keyboard button, which makes it a bit easier to create tunes. The Godfather theme would go something like this: d h k j h k h j h f g d.

Check out YouTube, another Google product, for a plethora of virtual rockers.

Nicely done, but you have to think the working Pac Man doodle, which absorbed 5 million man hours of productivity, is still Google’s greatest work of interactive art.

If that’s not enough to keep you slacking, consider the free Angry Birds game.

16 comments Add your comment

Paul

June 9th, 2011
10:26 am

I think the doodle does spell Google if you look hard enough.

JoeV

June 9th, 2011
10:40 am

Thank you Captain Paul Obvious!

Paul

June 9th, 2011
10:50 am

… just commenting on the caption above ( Remember when the Google doodles actually spelled Google? ) chill

They are not frivolous

June 9th, 2011
10:58 am

They usually gain interest in some historical figure or event and even how they do the doodle or that it works can be educational. And most morons can even tell they spell out Google.

Marshall Stacks

June 9th, 2011
11:25 am

Awesome way to honor the Wizard of Waukesha!

JoeV

June 9th, 2011
11:57 am

Paul

Almost all Google doodles spell google. That’s the point. Not being a dck, just kidding around.

Denise

June 9th, 2011
12:21 pm

I played with it for a bit…it’s cool. You can even record your tune.

Paul's a GENIOUS!!!

June 9th, 2011
1:22 pm

Agreeing with JoeV – ALL of the Google doodles spell out google in some way – that’s the point.

We miss Les

June 9th, 2011
1:58 pm

Pretty cool, but not as cool as my Les Paul guitar!

ssmith

June 9th, 2011
3:24 pm

IT DOES SPELL GOOGLE GEORGE MATHIS YOU MEATHEAD!!!

Paul I TOTALLY get you

June 9th, 2011
3:30 pm

I too when reading the article, read the picture caption. It basically says that the “musical instrument” shown does not spell google. It doesn’t “spell” it with straight up letters, more like outlines that hold the letters shape. But yes I am with you, it does “say” google. The caption should not be there. It should say something like, if you look hard enough, this “doodle” too, “spells” google.

To JoeV, yes you were being one, and no, you didn’t read the caption at first, until Paul pointed it out, and then I still don’t think you went back and read. Because these days we think we are right and everyone else is wrong.

Butterflygal

June 9th, 2011
4:05 pm

I love it!! I played with it for a while…

DLink

June 9th, 2011
7:40 pm

The strings light up with the Google logo colors when you play them! :P

guitarman

June 10th, 2011
5:25 pm

Hey more Google Guitar lessons here! How to play specific popular songs on the Google guitar like Metallica and Led Zeppelin!

guitarman

June 10th, 2011
5:25 pm

oops didnt post the site: http://spa­ceemperor.­blogspot.c­om

sara metz

July 20th, 2011
12:16 pm

yes I love the Art that spelled with peas “Google”