Les Paul, the inventor of the electric guitar, the legendary tool behind the birth of every awesome music ever made in the world, died today of complications from pneumonia at the age of 94.

He was responsible for groundbreaking inventions like multitrack recording, overdubbing, delay effects and, of course, the solid-body electric guitar. His work eventually earned him induction into the National Inventors Hall of Fame in 2005.

We owe a great big debt to this man for his work in music.