Les PaulToday, AMS is celebrating the 101st birthday of Les Paul, honoring the man whose name will be forever linked with the electric guitar and the evolution of popular music. Paul's busy musical life was full of incredible breakthroughs, exciting collaborations, and was never short on the stories, many of which were shared with the now-retired Mahwah, NJ police officer, Jim Wysocki. A longtime friend of Les Paul, their friendship began when Jim was just out of high school and grew into a relationship that could only be described as family. Over the course of their 29-year friendship, Les had presented Jim with a handful of vintage guitars, artifacts, and musical relics. Jim Wysocki now displays many of these priceless mementos at a museum in Mahwah and also shares his collection through the occasional Gibson Bus tour—allowing anyone who is interested to touch, hold, and play Les' gear.

    Born Lester Polsfuss in 1915, Les Paul was a musician, an inventor, and an innovator. He spent his life searching for the perfect sound, leading him to become one of the pioneers of the solid-body electric guitar and the multi-track tape recorder, which helped kick off rock-and-roll music in general. A tinkerer and a firm believer in DIY, if it wasn't out there and he needed it, Les would make it - that's just the kind of person he was. Les Paul died in 2009.

    Jim Wysocki was gracious enough to share some of Les' legendary gear—as well as his wonderful stories—with us. We hope you enjoy them as much as we did. Read more...

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