What's wrong with this Les Paul cartoon?
My hat's off to Steve Breen of the San Diego Union-Tribune for marking the death of Les Paul so wittily. But two other things are off about this cartoon. Can you figure them out? Answers below the jump.
If we are to assume that Breen is depicting Jimi Hendrix - who else could it be? - then the obvious error is that Breen shows him to be right-handed. Wrong!
The other error should be clear to guitarists: Les Paul made the Gibson Les Paul guitar famous, obviously, but Hendrix almost exclusively played . . . the Fender Stratocaster. Oops! Sure, maybe Breen's point is that Les Paul (the man) revolutionized the guitar for all rock guitarists, no matter which specific instrument they played. But still . . . don't cartoonists have editors?
- Ken Richardson