The former Lester Polfuss of Waukesha, Wisconsin (b. 9 June, 1915) started playing guitar at age 8, and shortly after, did his first electronic experiment, attempting to combine the motor of his mother's Hoover vacuum with the innards of an upright piano. It pointed the direction for a life that would combine flashy fretwork and ingenious inventions in equal measures.
These days, you can find the 90-year old legend holding court every Monday night at the New York City club Iridium. The rest of the time, he's at his suburban New Jersey home, performing major surgery on everything from guitar pick-ups to hearing aids. continue to interview