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updated 6/9/2011 5:50:47 PM ET 2011-06-09T21:50:47

Google is known for spicing up its home page to honor holidays, the birthdays of great thinkers and inventors and other momentous occasions, but today (June 9) it brings interactive search to a whole new level.

To pay respect to the 96th birthday of musician and guitar designer Les Paul, the Google home page logo has been transformed into a playable guitar that allows you to strum, create songs and even record a tune.

The interactive logo has been a big hit so far ― the Twitter and Facebook world exploded with early-morning buzz. Many have already recorded versions of popular songs, including Lady Gaga's "Paparazzi," and posted their versions to YouTube.

Others on Twitter have urged their favorite celebrity singer and songwriters to create their own Google songs and post it for fans to hear.

By moving the computer cursor over the strings or triggering notes with letters or numbers on your keyboard, the logo sounds like a real guitar.

For those in the United States, the black "Compose" button on the Google home page will allow the user to record a 30-second track. Clicking the button again will reveal a link to share the song with others.

Alexander Chen, a designer with Google's Creative Lab, wrote in a blog post that the playable logo was inspired by Les Paul's work with digital music creation and recording.

"As well as his guitar work, Les Paul experimented in his garage with innovative recording techniques like multitracking and tape delay," Chen wrote.

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