A guitar fit for the Grammys

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FREEPORT, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - A local custom guitar maker is sending an instrument to one of the music industry's biggest events.

Musician Chris Alvarado doesn't just play guitars, he also makes them.

"I can shape each piece and component of my instruments to be as musical as possible," said Alvarado. "Factory guitars are just run through machines and put together so they're the most durable, not the most musical."

Demand for one of Alvarado's Driftwood Guitars (they aren't made of driftwood it's just the name) has grown with his reputation. Each instrument takes three to four months to make. The wait-list to get a custom masterpiece? Two years.

Alvarado crafts guitars for some of the biggest names in the music industry. His work even caught the attention of arguably the biggest music event of the year.

"I was asked by the Recording Academy, which is the Grammys, to build a guitar for the band Fleetwood Mac who is being honored for Person of the Year for Music Cares non-profit."

The guitar itself is top secret.

"We can't show images of it," explained Alvarado. "But we're allowed to finally talk about it which is really exciting."

Alvarado says making the guitar for Fleetwood Mac was particularly special.

"When I was thirteen I got stopped in my tracks by 'Landslide.' I heard that song and I just went man I got to learn to play guitar. So now I get to present these guys with a guitar that I made and it's just this kind of like, 'Wow, how did this happen?' kind of moment for me."

Chis Alvarado will travel to New York in January to present the guitar at the Grammys.