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The ‘$100 Guitar Project’ sends a guitar on an epic journey

When it arrived in October 2010, a sight-unseen online purchase from Elderly Instruments, the $100 used electric guitar was a plain-looking red instrument with no name, an uncertain vintage, and a rusty, single-bridge pickup that co-owners Nick Didkovsky and Chuck O’Meara described as looking like an old radio.

In the two-plus years since, however, this humble instrument has voyaged 30,000 miles across the United States, Europe, and Hawaii; and been played on, recorded, and autographed by 65 guitarists. The tattoo of names now scrawled across its worn body reflects a surprising range of players, amateurs to pros, from Wilco rocker Nels Cline to classical musician David Starobin to avant-garde minimalist Rhys Chatham, including four local musicians: Michael Bierylo, Steve MacLean, Ken Field, and Roger C. Miller.

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