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THURSDAY, April 22, 2010

Luthier’s Co-op first annual guitar/art exhibition

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VISTA, Calif. (CBS 8) - In Sue Spray's shop, a co-op of local woodworkers slice, sand, plane and mold the world's most exotic lumber into one-of-a kind guitars.

"We all met in a woodworking course in Palomar College building string instruments, and after we finished with the course, we wanted to continue building," Sue said.

The irony of the story is, "Actually, none of us are players."

Luckily, local recording artist Peter Pupping is. He provides the soundtrack for the story.

"We take all the wood from full-dimensional lumber and slice it down into thin pieces," Sue said. "Then we use very beautiful hardwoods for the back and we add our extra little embellishment to really make them unique and beautiful.

"There's about 300 steps that goes into building each guitar, and it takes anywhere from 100 to 200 hours to build one."

Over the past year and a half, these talented woodworkers have built 18 guitars that they will never play, but they will be putting on display and up for sale on Saturday, May 1 at the E Street Café in Encinitas.

"A portion of the proceeds is going to the Helen Woodward Animal Center," Sue said.

Just know that if you buy one of these beauties, there are some strings attached.

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