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David Kriesel, in his second year of the Guitar Repair and Building program, works on his second guitar. The bracing pattern is unique and there aren't many models for him to base his guitar on, he said. (Republican Eagle photos by John R. Russett)

The difference a year makes


As small, thin, curled pieces of multicolored wood pile up on David Kriesel’s work station as he shaves down the braces on his guitar, Curren Effinger — just one room away — places the bindings on his own acoustic guitar.

There is more, however, that separate Kriesel and Effinger than a door, a short hallway and another door at Minnesota State College-Southeast Technical — the two guitar builders are one year apart in the program.

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