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March 31, 2012
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Rocking out and science fiction aren't always that closely related, but Tom Bingham, a 64-year-old retired printer from England, has found a way to bring them together. Tom's a big fan of building guitars. He also enjoys the Star Wars films. Put the two together and you get this "trilogy" of guitars based on ships from the Star Wars films.

The instruments are fully playable, and each one took Bingham about three months to build. He's received offers to buy the instruments from people in the U.S. and Russia, but he says he has no interest in selling his guitars.

Millenium Falcon Guitar


B-Wing Guitar


Anakin Fighter Guitar


Tom With Some of His Creations

Photographs of the instruments have already led to a run of Star Wars guitar puns on Twitter, revealing that guitar nerds + Star Wars nerds = a whole bunch of nerdy jokes. A few of the best: "Van Halen: Hoth For Teacher", "Admiral Axe-bar ('It's a trem!')" and "The Amplifier Strikes Back".

Below is a video of Bingham talking about his many guitar creations, including an oil-can guitar and his proudest achievement, an instrument made out of a vinyl record:

We've also got actor Josh Lucas on the program this coming Monday. He'll talk to George about acting opposite Luke Skywalker himself, Mark Hamill, and how Mark feels about Star Wars today. Check that clip out below:

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