Jim Wysocki points to a photo of him with Les Paul. He also has one of the largest collections of Les Paul Guitars and electronic devices in the country.
Jim Wysocki is a retired Mahwah police officer and was 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, NJ, 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, as well as rock and roll 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.

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