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The guitar maker capturing the soul of old New York

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Carmine Street Guitars shop in New York City
Carmine Street Guitars shop in New York City © Colm Flynn

As old buildings in New York City are torn down or refurbished, Rick Kelly sees a chance to keep their memory alive. The legendary guitar maker uses reclaimed wood from the city's buildings to create stunning electric and acoustic guitars.

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Kelly is convinced that the age of the wood affects its resonance and overall sound, and he's not alone. Musicians such as Bob Dylan and Lou Reed agree – both have bought guitars from him.

Reporter Colm Flynn went to his workshop in West Village to meet him.

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Carmine Street Guitars, New York
Carmine Street Guitars, New York © Colm Flynn
Carmine Street Guitars, New York
Carmine Street Guitars, New York © Colm Flynn

 

Carmine Street Guitars, New York
Carmine Street Guitars, New York © Colm Flynn
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