Gibson Special: 'One of Les Paul's favorite guitars'.
Song: "Somewhere Over the Rainbow" Jim, who knew Les and works at the museum, then says this was Les' favorite song and that he loves my version and wants me to teach it to him.
This was the famous #2 LP that Les kept out west for touring (#1's in the east). He custom made this guitar himself & even installed a microphone, with goose-neck, for singing. This guitar attaches to a Les Paulverizer black box device. It has low impedance pickups.
I had asked to play a different guitar & was surprised - and honored! - when Jim said I could play this (not everyone gets to play this guitar).
There's an excellent exhibit of Les Paul guitars, recording equipment, etc. at the museum.
Mahwah Museum, 201 Franklin Turnpike, Mahwah, NJ