"Shredding" is part of skateboarders' and guitar players' vocabulary. Ezequiel Galasso of Buenos Aires, Argentina, fused his love for both in making the world's first skate guitars. Galasso was trained by a master luthier and was approached by a friend and skateboarder, Gianfranco de Gennaro, with the idea to build guitars from discarded skateboards. "Thousands of skateboards are broken every day. They are made of maple, a strong and quite expensive kind of wood that has been used to make classic electric guitars since 1941. The laminate and glue of the skateboard construction gives the instrument an outstanding stability," says Galasso.