Guitar legend Les Paul has died of complications from pneumonia, his family announced. He was 94.

He died Thursday at White Plains Hospital in White Plains, N.Y., with his family at his side.

Paul is considered the “father of the electric guitar” for his invention of the solid-body instrument.

Primarily a jazz-pop musician, Paul’s pioneering techniques influenced guitarists such as Jimi Hendrix and Jimmy Page.

At age 93, he still played weekly at the Iridium Jazz Club in New York City.

Paul built his own solid-body guitar with amplification in 1941, because he wanted audiences to hear him better.

He was trying to overcome problems with earlier electric guitars, which were hollow-body instruments that suffered from feedback and distortion.

Paul improved the solid-body guitar over the next 10 years, until, in 1952, Gibson Guitar Corp. introduced the Les Paul model.

Paul also developed recording techniques such as multi-tracking and echo delay, and he created an early-model synthesizer.

“He’s become an idol and an icon to people in the rock world, as well as people in jazz and popular music,” Terry Stewart, president of the Cleveland-based Rock and Roll Hall of Fame said in a tribute to Paul last year.

Paul was an innovator throughout his life in music.

Born June 9, 1915, in Waukesha, Wis., he first began playing harmonica at age eight. As a teen, he began performing semi-professionally as a country-music guitarist and dropped out of high school to join a country band.

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