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Skateboards get rock star makeovers

Thursday, October 23, 2014 - 01:28

A craftsman turns worn-out skateboards into glossy electric guitars. Roselle Chen reports.

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Working a pedal-powered carpentry machine, a craftsman is giving beat-up skateboards a new lease on life, recycling them into electric guitars that are gaining a niche fan base worldwide that includes U.S. rock band Pearl Jam. In one corner of Ezequiel Galasso's workshop in Argentina, skateboard decks and black grip tape are piled high, ready to be converted into guitars. Galasso said the idea came from a conversation with professional skater Gianfranco de Gennaro about recycling the wood that came out of well-worn skateboards. SOUNDBITE: Ezequiel Galasso, craftsman, saying (Spanish): "The skater uses it and leaves his or her mark on the board. All of this energy ends up in the garbage can. And so we saw this resistant material with colors and many things within it that could be used. I make guitars so we thought, can we make a guitar from this? And from there we started to think about how to make a guitar with minimum materials." He named the result the "skate guitar," with the instrument incorporating the curves of the board's tail and nose. Skaters are enthusiastic about the project, and are often nostalgic about what happens to their boards when they're no longer fit for use on skate ramps. Last year, Pearl Jam dedicated the song "I Believe in Miracles" to "the guy who made a guitar from a skateboard" and the band smashed one of his guitars live on stage at a gig in Argentina.

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Skateboards get rock star makeovers

Thursday, October 23, 2014 - 01:28

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