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Lufkin native shares love of music through homemade guitars

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The love of music for a former Lufkin High School band member started at an early age and has never left. Now, Carl Wallace shares that love by making some pretty interesting instruments.

When browsing through the wide selection of guitars at Sound Techs in Lufkin, customers will find a corner that is home to some unusual guitars made out of cigar boxes and other types of containers.

"People always asks, ‘How did you think of that?', and really it is nothing new," Wallace said. "If you look at old pictures dating back to the civil war, you will see troops around campfires with instruments made out of boxes and barrels."

Wallace admits these are not the quality of Gibson guitars, but said he is satisfied with the sound.

"People can make music real complicated," Wallace said. "I just thought I would make music very simple with three strings, a cigar box and a stuck for a neck."

Wallace said there is nothing fancy about his creations, and that they come from a lifetime of loving of music.

"There's something about being able to make it and I like to make it cheap," Wallace said. "A little bit of the effort is browsing flea markets and thrift stores looking for nice boxes."

Wallace says he never tries to spend over $5 per item.

Guitars aren't the only things he has created. Wallace finds small boxes that he can turn into homemade amplifiers. He has even found a way to create a drum kit out of a bed pan and suitcase, proving that everything has more than just one purpose.

"As you start looking for things, you see more possibilities," Wallace said. "As in any part of your life, you have to look a little deeper."

Wallace said that each guitar is different, but for right now his favorite one is a 12 days of Christmas cigar box he found at a thrift store in Houston.

To find out more about Wallace and his guitars you can visit his blog.

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