Les Paul In Mahwah

Permanent Exhibit

Les Paul


Mahwah Museum has a small permanent exhibit featuring some Les Paul history  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 Ford 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 also has on display a 1995 Les Paul Jimmy Page, a 1987 Les Paul Standard, and a 1969 Les Paul Custom from Les’ personal collection.

Les Paul Exhibit – photo by Ken Pokrowski


Other Les Paul links:

Les Paul Remembered – Gene Paul’s site 

Thank You Les – Documentary and Album


The Les Paul Foundation