Lester William Polsfuss (June 9, 1915 – August 12, 2009)

He’s universally known for the Gibson electric guitar model that bears his name, of course. But he was also a pioneer in the fields of guitar design, multi-track recording and effects. Which is why he’s in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the National Inventors Hall of Fame. No one else has that distinction.
Plus, he was a kick ass guitar player, to boot, as we can see from this TV performance with his then-wife Mary Ford.
So today, on the 100th anniversary of his birth, let's salute the man who gave us not only a cool guitar but the various means to capture it for posterity as well.