MAHWAH, NJ – The Mahwah Museum Society has an on going exhibit Les Paul in Mahwah: A Tribute
, a nearly 1,000 square foot exhibit paying tribute to the legendary musician, inventor, recording artist, and performer. The exhibit tells the Les Paul story as it has not been told before and features rare and unique artifacts relocated from his home in the Deerhaven section of town, including a reconstructed studio and a variety of unusual and valuable guitars. The museum is open Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday, 1:00 – 5:00 p.m.
The Mahwah Museum (www.mahwahmuseum.org
) is located at 201 Franklin Turnpike, Mahwah, NJ 07430. Admission to the exhibit is $5 per person.
A new edition to the exhibit is a guitar made by Gibson as a special tribute to the 10th anniversary of the events of September 11, 2001. The guitar on display is one of three Les Paul Traditionals which feature a laser etching designed by Gibson’s top craftsmen. The luthiers started with a gloss Ebony finish. They then created a line drawing for the unique artwork of each guitar that was then loaded into a computer-controlled laser to create an engraving into the wood of the guitar body. This ensures that the artwork is a permanent part of the guitar, as opposed to simply being a part of the finish.The guitar, which the Mahwah Museum has on display, is entitled ‘Always Honor,’ a tribute to the first responders who gave so much to protect others. All three have chrome hardware, and the woods used are traditional tonal woods used on all Gibson Les Paul models, a mahogany neck and back along with a maple top.
The guitar will be in the Mahwah Museum through June before traveling to other venues. On 9/11/12 they will be auctioned for charity to benefit the families of the 9/11 first responders.
In addition to this special guitar, visitors will learn essential facts of Les Paul’s life and career. They will see displays of his inventions and innovations, one of a kind precious guitars made especially for Les Paul, a reconstruction of the studio in which he worked, a look at how he and Mary performed their weekly radio show from their home, and many hands-on video and audio displays. Visitors will also have access to a performance space where, at certain times, they can play one of Les’s guitars.
The museum will host two gallery talks one on March 6 by Ronnie Gantz and another on April 17, by Russ Paul. These will be in the museum at 7:30 pm. For additional details about the exhibit as well as the schedule of other activities and details about our upcoming raffle, log on to www.mahwahmuseum.org.
About The Mahwah Museum Society
The mission of the Mahwah Museum Society is to preserve and present the history of the community and its connection to the region. In its exhibit space, it displays information about the history of Mahwah. The Society also presents monthly programs of interest by distinguished amateur and professional historians. The Museum’s collection of artifacts, photographs, historical records and documents is carefully preserved, documented and catalogued and is available, by appointment to historians and researchers. By encouraging discovery, understanding and appreciation of the region’s heritage, the Museum provides perspective for the present and the future. For additional information visit www.mahwahmuseum.org.