BILLIE JOE ARMSTRONG

As <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id=" PECLB004650" title="Green Day (music group)" href="/topic/entertainment/music/green-day-%28music-group%29-PECLB004650.topic">Green Day's</a> sound has become more layered, Armstrong has done it with a <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id=" PEHST001546" title="Les Paul" href="/topic/arts-culture/les-paul-PEHST001546.topic">Les Paul</a>. He was drawn to its untainted tone, saying it has a "good rock 'n' roll '50s sound to it, but you can crank it with lots of distortion."

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As Green Day's sound has become more layered, Armstrong has done it with a Les Paul. He was drawn to its untainted tone, saying it has a "good rock 'n' roll '50s sound to it, but you can crank it with lots of distortion."

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