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Les Paul expert and friend to present at museum on Saturday


A Wisconsin native changed the guitar, changed the technology of recording and through it all, changed the course of music.

As an exhibit on the guitar continues at the History Castle at the Castle, an expert on Waukesha native and legend Les Paul will visit to share his life and legacy.

Sue Baker, program director for the Les Paul Foundation, will discuss the influential musician and inventor at 1 p.m. The talk will explore his recordings, inventions and fun stories that even fans haven’t likely heard before.

Baker, a long-time friend of Paul, will share personal stories.

As an inventor, Paul was a pioneer of the solid-body electric guitar and multi-track recording. As an artist, the jazz, blues and country guitarist was a chart topper. 

The Wizard of Waukesha is part of several halls of fame including those for songwriters, inventors, big band and jazz and rock n’ roll. He passed away in 2009 at age 94.

The presentation will be part of admission to the museum on Saturday.

“Guitar: the Instrument that Rocked the World,” opened as an exhibit in June. The exhibit includes interactive displays and more than unique instruments and artifacts. Notable pieces include B.B. King’s Lucille and the world’s largest playable guitar.

Admission is $12 for adults and $7 for youth ages 5 to 17. Those younger than 5 can enter for free with a paid adult.

The exhibit continues through Jan. 5