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About four years ago somebody handed Geoff Benge a clear piece of plastic—brand name Lucite; another form of the stuff is Plexiglas—and he decided to apply his trade to it. Benge, who owns an instrument repair shop in Roscoe Village, made the plastic into a guitar.
Since then he's made a handful more translucent instruments from the material: three bass guitars, three or four conventional six-strings, and three baritone guitars. Right now he's working on an electric solid-body resonator mandolin, and next he plans to cash in on the ukulele craze: clear ukes are in the works.
"The response I usually get is, people love shiny shit," Benge says. "And they're shiny. They look good in the window. They happen to sound really cool, and look cool."
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