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Legendary Guitarist Les Paul Celebrated With Google Doodle

Google has celebrated the 96th birthday of guitarist Les Paul, who is largely credited for inventing the electric guitar.

The pioneers birthday has been celebrated with Google’s most unique doodle to date, which resembles a guitar fret board and comes with strings, that allow users to strum music straight from Google’s home page.

“For the next 24 hours on the Google homepage, you’ll find an interactive, playable logo inspired by the guitar developed by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee that made the sound of rock and roll possible,” Google said.

The doodle has been designed to spell out Google and lets users record their compositions. The electric guitar strings themselves are animated and vibrate when users move the mouse over them. The strings also change colors when they are being strummed.

Google said that users in the US can also record the music they play on the doodle by clicking on black ‘compose’ button. Users will be able to record 30 seconds of music using the doodle. Once users have finished recording they can also share their composition with their friends using a specially generated URL.

Google said in a blog post (opens in new tab)that the doodle was created using a combination of JavaScript, HTML5 Canvas, CSS, Flash and tools like Google Font API, and App Engine.