Les Paul in Mahwah


Permanent Exhibit

The Mahwah Museum has a small permanent exhibit featuring Les Paul artifacts which allows visitors to learn the essential facts of Les Paul’s life and career.  There are sections on his inventions and innovations, a display of one-of-a-kind precious guitars made especially for Les, and a re-creation of the studio in which Les did his work.  Learn how this creative genius transformed rock, country, and jazz music. See how he and Mary performed for their weekly radio show from their home in Mahwah.

 Before Les had his reel-to-reel tape deck in 1949, which we have on exhibit, he recorded on a lathe which he made. This is on display at the Mahwah Museum. Les made the lathe himself. Using acetate discs, he recorded such numbers as ‘Lover,’ ‘Nola,’ and ‘Goofus.’ The Museum has on display a 1995 Les Paul Jimmy Page, a 1987 Les Paul Standard, and a 1969 Les Paul Custom from Les’ personal collection.

What is available varies from month to month as some have to be sent for repairs or are used in shows in the area.

Please call 201-512-0099 or check our Les Paul in Mahwah Facebook page for the most up-to-date information.

Play a Les Paul Guitar Session-
Indulge your Guitar Fantasy!
              Play one of Les Paul’s guitars at the Mahwah Museum.
Guitar lovers and Les Paul fans can play some of these very special guitars once owned and played by Les.   By appointment, for 45-minute sessions, musicians can play alone or together for a donation of $25 each.  There is a maximum of 5 musicians per session, and maximum audience of 5 at $5 each admission.
Those interested should email the museum lespaul@mahwahmuseum.org or call 201 -512 -0099.
Please include your name and the best way to contact you (by phone or email).
The Les Paul in Mahwah Exhibit is made possible, in part, by a grant from the Les Paul Foundation.
Learn more about Mahwah’s Les Paul at: http://www.les-paul.com/

We would like to thank the following for their help in creating and supporting the Les Paul in Mahwah exhibit:

Coda, Inc.
CCI Construction, Inc.
The Les Paul Foundation

Jim Wysocki

Ronnie Gantz