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Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Show us your . . . clear guitars

Each week, we ask you to show us something. This week it's Geoff Benge's CLEAR GUITARS.

Posted By on 08.30.11 at 10:52 AM

click to enlarge Geoff Benge - ANDREA BAUER

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."

Got something to show us? showus@chicagoreader.com

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