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Why Carmine Street's Rick Kelly handcrafts guitars using 'the bones from old New York'

Rick Kelly runs a guitar shop in New York called Carmine Street Guitars, where he handcrafts his instruments from reclaimed wood.
Rick Kelly is the owner of Carmine Street Guitars in New York. (Films We Like)
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Beyond being some of the most loved musicians of all time, Patti Smith, Bob Dylan, Lou Reed and Bill Frisell all have something else in common: they use or have used guitars made by the same man.

That man is named Rick Kelly. He runs a guitar shop in New York called Carmine Street Guitars, where he handcrafts his instruments from wood salvaged from old buildings all over New York. It's the reason why musicians from around the world have flocked to Kelly's store for decades.

 A documentary called Carmine Street Guitars just hit Canadian theatres this week. Kelly joined q's Tom Power to talk about the documentary, his shop and why he uses reclaimed wood to make his guitars. 

Click 'listen' near the top of this page to hear the full conversation.

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