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Third-Generation Guitar Maker Keeps Family Legacy Alive

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. - As part of Hispanic Heritage Month, NewsChannel 5 is highlighting some of the talented people living in Music City.

Last week, reporter Jennifer Reyes met Manuel Delgado, a third generation guitar maker. Delgado learned the craft from his father and grandfather, both of whom started making guitars in Mexico back in the 1920'.

His family moved the business from Mexico to California in the 1930s and opened up a shop in Los Angeles in 1948.

Delgado moved to Nashville in 2005 after his father suggested they open a shop in town.

He can make 35 different string instruments by hand.

The list of celebrities who own a guitar made by him or his family is long, and it includes Jose Feliciano and legendary classical guitar player Andres Segovia, who is regarded as one of the greatest guitarists of all time.

Delgado's latest project includes a series of guitars made with material from Elvis Presley's estate.

Hispanic Heritage Month runs from September 15 to October 15.

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