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Experience Les Paul at the Waukesha County Museum

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The Wizard of Waukesha

1972 Les Paul Custom

1972 Les Paul Custom

1972 Les Paul Custom, sunburst, unbound neck, special experimental Les Paul guitar with unique switching system and microphone input on upper bout, not in original case. Together with a handwritten note detailing Paul’s technical observations of the guitar.

Les Paul Tribute Poster

Les Paul Tribute Poster

This concert poster was designed for the Les Paul Tribute Concert held November 19, 2009 at the Ryman Auditorium by Hatch Show Prints of Nashville. Les Paul wears a varsity style jacket with black leather sleeves and black wool body embroidered at right chest, “Les” and “Love All Serve All” at right.

Gibson Special Supreme

Gibson Special Supreme

The Gibson Special Supreme was custom made and hand painted with a portrait of Les Paul on the body. It has a custom headstock logo and super 400 inlays. The guitar was presented to Paul on stage during his 90th Birthday tribute concert held on June 19, 2005 at Carnegie Hall in New York City. The side of the guitar is hand painted with a timeline of Paul’s life and accomplishments.

Musician, Inventor, Legend

Musician, Inventor, Legend

Les Paul changed the face of the music industry with a revolutionary sound that no one had ever heard before. Through experimentation and ingenuity, he helped pioneer the solid-body electric guitar.

Opening June 9, 2013

Music fans from all over the world come looking for the origins of the Les Paul story. Les Paul spent time in Hollywood, New Jersey and New York, but he came from Waukesha County, and he returned often so that he could continue to change the world with his music. See rare guitars and artifacts that belonged to Les Paul and learn about the amazing true story of Les Paul, the local boy who put a dent in the universe.

Plan Your Visit

Experience “The Wizard of Waukesha” Exhibit at the Waukesha County Museum in the birthplace of Les Paul, Waukesha, Wisconsin. The museum is conveniently located just 20 miles outside of Milwaukee off of I-94, Exit 295.

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