This time the tribute is in celebration of Les Paul’s 96th birthday. By now you are at least aware that Google regularly changes it’s logo into a doodle that denotes some occasion like a holiday, birthday, or anniversary. Many are obvious choices but some celebrate pop culture icons like last year’s Pac-Man, which was actually a playable mini-game. Google’s Les Paul logo doodle (which is barely recognizable as a logo at all) is clearly an attempt to out do the Pac-Man doodle and I would say they have achieved that. The logo is not only playable but recordable, spawning a host of musical “prodigies” to capture their creations on YouTube.

According to Google designer Alexander Chen, the doodle was made with a combination of JavaScript, HTML5 Canvas (to draw the guitar strings), CSS, Flash (for sound) and tools like the Google Font API, and App Engine.

In case you were curious, Google has collected all their logo doodles in one place for your convenience.