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Exchange Exemplar: Guitar Vs Guitar And 'The Birth Of Loud'


Some of us play guitar, and some of us pretend. Question for the air guitarists in the crowd: what kind of guitar do you imagine playing?

There's a lot of history behind the question and the answer, and it comes back to two guys who believed in electric guitars long before the rest of the world. Music writer Ian S. Port tells the story of the men and their guitars in his book The Birth of Loud: Leo Fender, Les Paul, and the Guitar-Pioneering Rivalry That Shaped Rock 'n' Roll.

Do you have a favorite "axe," a Gibson or Fender or something else? Listen to the story and the sounds in this interview from 2019.

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The Jefferson Exchange is Jefferson Public Radio's daily talk show focused on news and interests across our region of Southern Oregon and Northern California. Angela Decker is the senior producer, Charlie Zimmermann is the assistant producer, and Geoffrey Riley hosts the show.