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Paraplegic guitar builder in tune with his craft

Published: September 28, 2011

Orders for custom built guitars are backed up these days for Mike Trelenberg, a luthier from 100 Mile House who now makes his home in Kamloops.

Noting it’s a little overwhelming at times, the 28-year-old says he just deals with it, much like he has with other tough things that life has thrown his way.

Trelenberg, who is paraplegic, is the sole builder of handcrafted Riversong guitars at Lee’s Music, on Battle Street. He was also the inspiration.

How he came to be a luthier involved a twist of fate, a love of music and more desire than money to own a really great guitar.

The journey started at the age of 14, when Trelenberg suffered a spinal cord injury while riding a motocross bike.

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