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Brand new vintage guitars

In Read on January 19, 2011 at 7:03 am

Scott Kennerson is a luthier in Michigan who has discovered a niche in making custom aged guitars.  He builds new instruments and then distresses them in ways that naturally occur over the life of a guitar:

Proper distressing requires a deep understanding of how a guitar is played: Knowing where a sweaty palm wears the finish from the neck, a belt buckle scrapes paint from the body, a cigarette tucked into the low E string burns the headstock. It also means knowing how time changes the tone and feel of a guitar.

Scott Kenerson of SMK Music Works.  Photo: Jim Merithew/Wired.com

Scott Kenerson of SMK Music Works. Photo: Jim Merithew/Wired.com

Kenerson can build a new guitar that looks old and plays like butter in about 10 hours. It’ll run you about $1,500.

His instruments are available at a small music shop near his house (Motor City Guitar) or directly from his website, SMK Music Works.

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