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The Force is strong: Star Wars guitar is a big hit

Saturday, February 18, 2012

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Brian Fisk shows his Millennium Falcon guitar. A video clip featuring the custom-built guitar on YouTube has had over 81,000 viewings and prompted an interview with Fisk by CNN. Scott Welton, Staff
SIKESTON -- You've never heard of the Millennium Falcon? It's a guitar built for light-speed Han solos.

With this guitar, you should be able to play "Eruption" in less than 12 parsecs (even if those are units of distance and not time).

OK, I'll stop now. But the "Star Wars Millennium Falcon Guitar" video by a Sikeston native is showing no signs of slowing down.

As of Friday, the YouTube clip posted by Brian Fisk, 22, featuring his custom-built guitar had over 81,000 views after being up for just over a week.

"It's kind of blown up: it gets about 10,000 views a day," Fisk said. "When I put it on there I just put it online for fun. I had no idea that many people would look at it."

After all, it isn't the first musical instrument made out of a toy Millennium Falcon, the highly-modified YT-1300 light freighter which transported Luke Skywalker to his first space adventure in the 1977 film "Star Wars."

But the video has attracted a lot of attention.

"Some people from CNN emailed me a couple of days ago," Fisk said. "They did an email interview with me and that led to a post on CNN.com which then was picked up by local news stations around the country."

You may not think she looks like much but she's got it where it counts: it is a fully-functioning electric guitar with two pickups and wooden bracing inside to withstand the string tension.

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