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Big Guitars Hit Town

From the 04/04/2013 Waukesha Freeman

WAUKESHA – Gwenda Helgert and her husband, Mark, unload a 10-foot guitar Wednesday. Helgert is planning on painting the guitar in an homage to Georgia O’Keefe, noting that one of Les Paul’s most requested songs was “Georgia on My Mind.” The big guitars will be unveiled to the public June 7 during the first Waukesha’s Freeman Friday Night Live.

Helgerts unload giant guitars

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10-foot guitars are unloaded on North street Wednesday

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10-foot guitars are unloaded on North Street Wednesday. Artists were on hand to pick up their guitars for the second phase of GuitarTown.

Jim Guthrie ties a guitar to the roof of his car Wednesday

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Artist Jim Guthrie ties a guitar to the roof of his car Wednesday. Guthrie will be creating an homage to Les Paul’s prototype electric guitar, “The Log,” with his father and son as Team Guthrie.

Lynn Gaffey takes a photo

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Lynn Gaffey takes a photo of Wis and Jim Guthrie as they leave with a 10-foot guitar on the roof of Jim’s car Wednesday.