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Nov 25, 2012 10:17 PM by Hope Hanselman, KSBY News

Local music shop strikes "a chord" with holiday decorations

With Thanksgiving over, the holiday decorations are already coming up.

One small business in Templeton got to work today to decorate the biggest Christmas tree in town; and it's striking "a chord" with the community.

"If it's used, it vibrates. It picks up the energy of the person," Matt Franscioni said, describing how the music coming from his shop Matt's Music is alive. "I guess you play it and you give it life."

But when the notes stop, the instrument dies and usually ends up on his fence.

"We like dead instruments better," Matt said.

He's collected more than 100 dead guitars. He says he can create a future for the instruments no longer useful.

So rather than lay them to rest, he and his coworker are hanging them up.

"We were sitting here one day, relaxing and looking at all these instruments that were stacked up against the house, (matt's coworker) was looking from here up into the tree and he goes, that would be the coolest Christmas tree in the world."

Covered in glitter and donned with lights, they carry them 80 feet into the air. That's where they can be seen by all, sparkling with a second chance at life.

Community members donated each of those guitars. This year Matt put half a dozen more up. He says he'll keep doing it as long as people keep bringing them in.

The work can take up to 16 hours. If you'd like to see it yourself, the tree is located on Main Street in Templeton. We suggest going at night.

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