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09.25.12 Andy Cush

Thirteen years ago, a van holding countless pieces of gear belonging NYC noise-rock legends Sonic Youth was stolen in Orange County. When it was found a few days later, all of the instruments, amplifiers, and pedals were gone. While a theft of this kind would do massive harm to any band, it hit Sonic Youth […]

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08.07.12 Andy Cush & Joseph Schulhoff

Carmine Street Guitars, the longstanding custom instrument shop run by luthier Rick Kelly, has seen a few stars in its 20+ years of business. Lou Reed owns a few of Kelly’s guitars, as does Bob Dylan. Patti Smith, whom Kelly counts as a personal friend, has been playing his axes for years. The true gems […]

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07.12.12 Joshua Rivera

From the scraps of buildings that used to hold the people of New York, Rick Kelly makes music. From his shop, Carmine Street Guitars, Kelly has made a name for himself, crafting handmade guitars from the ruins of New York landmarks. And he’s attracted many famous musicians. For Lou Reed, he crafted a custom guitar […]

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04.21.09 Will Sherman

In support of their work for impoverished and underserved children in Brazil, ABC Trust organized A Forca da Rua, a charity art show and auction. A dozen Brazilian and UK street-based artists, including D*FACE, REMI/ROUGH, Ramon Martins and Pure Evil, were invited to decorate a series of Gibson guitars. The decorated instruments will be shown […]

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