GuitarTown guitars arrive in Waukesha

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WAUKESHA -- The city of Waukesha took delivery of 10-foot guitars Tuesday; guitars that will be the focus of a high-profile art project for the summer.

"To talk about them is one thing but to actually see them is another whole thing and I think the excitement is just going to continue to grow," says Waukesha GuitarTown Comittee member Norman Bruce.


Last summer, a group of artists began the Waukesha Gibson Guitar Project, with the mission of getting their city named as a GuitarTown.

It's Gibson that chooses the cities to represent GuitarTown, along with giving the cities these massive guitars.

"We're over the moon. When you think of the other towns that are GuitarTowns that's huge. In comparison to Austin and Orlando and Miami, and the Sunset Strip and then there's Waukesha. We're extremely proud," says Waukesha GuitarTown Committee member Lynn Gaffey.

Waukesha was chosen by Gibson just weeks ago and Les Paul had a lot to do with that decision.

"Being the birth place and the resting place of Les Paul is important and that's what Gibson liked about us too. They wanted to help us celebrate him even more," says  Gaffey.

Gibson provided 3 of the 10 foot guitars, the other 7 were funded by the city.

On top of that, the guitar developing giant is donating 15 Les Paul guitars.

Wisconsin artists will be chosen to decorate each one of the guitars before they are put on display throughout the city.

"We're not going to be the best kept secret. We're going to be a destination for people to come and hear music and see the artists, and see all of the things that Waukesha has to offer," says Bruce.

While transforming into a GuitarTown, Waukesha is becoming a tourist destination.

And in the process, it's honoring a music legend who never lost sight of his roots.

The Waukesha GuitarTown Committee plans to announce the artists chosen to decorate the guitars and the locations of where the guitars will be on display at the end of February.

A public unveiling of the guitars will be held on June first, during the opening of the Freeman's Friday Night Live Summer Music Series.