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Guitar Maker Teaches Musicians To Build Their Own Instruments

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Tryon, N.C. -

There's no denying it, Jay Lichty was born with a gift. He can play and build guitars.

"It definitely takes patience and skill, but not as much as one would think," Lichty said.

A guitarist since the 1970s, Lichty didn't start crafting his instrument of choice until 2009, and more recently began teaching others.

Inside his workshop, Lichty holds guitar building classes with three-to-four students.

"The least experienced of the students typically do the best because they don't have some preconceived notion on how to do something," says Lichty.

In 12 days, students will cut, grind, mold, seal and eventually assemble their very own guitars.

Litchy compares the process to giving birth.

"You are not sure what is going to come out until you actually get to hold it and see it," says Litchy.

Litchy's latest class finished their instruments Monday, one day ahead of schedule.

"This is now something that is going to keep me happy and keep me occupied in retirement," said

Terry Schager of Tryon.

"There is always something else you don't know how to do, so a guitar you want to pick up and play is a guitar that will move you along," says Dave Sprague of Hendersonville, "and this guitar is definitely one I really want to pick up and play."

As for Litchy, hearing the excitement, love and motivation to begin playing from his students is music to his ears.

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