Often, luthiers are quite particular about where they get their wood. It’s safe to say though, that Rick Kelly, owner of Carmine Street Guitars in New York City, has a taste in wood that sets him apart from the pack.
How does Kelly get the feel and atmosphere of NYC into his guitars? He literally builds them from discarded wood he finds around the city.
This unique approach has evidently payed off for Kelly, as his clients—past and present—include the likes of Bob Dylan, the Patti Smith Group and the ultimate New York City luminary, the late Lou Reed.
Check out Kelly’s process in the video below.