If you visit Waukesha, you might notice colorful guitar sculptures scattered throughout the city. This is because Gibson Guitar Company selected Waukesha for its eighth and ninth worldwide GuitarTown designation in 2012 and 2013 to honor the birth and final resting place of guitar legend Les Paul.
Les Paul is the only person to be in both the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the National Inventors Hall of Fame. He was not only a gold record performer but also an inventor of the solid-body electric guitar and many recording industry inventions. Remnants of his past such as his mother’s player piano, to early versions of what would become the Gibson solid-body electric guitar, can be found at the Waukesha County Museum.
The immersive exhibit explores the innovative and tenacious spirit of Les. To further commemorate this music legend, Waukesha has dedicated many colorful murals to Les Paul that decorate the downtown. Maps are offered so visitors can take a self-guided walking tour of these sculptures and murals.