In countries ravaged by war, hundreds of thousands of AK-47 assault rifles remain as a memory to the bloodshed that occurred. In Columbia, an instrument maker named Luis Alberto Paredos found a way to make use of the discarded AK-47's and give music to the community.
Colombian instrument makers Jose Paredes assembles an AK47 rifle to be used as an electric guitar in his workshop in Bogota. Musical craftsman Luis Alberto Paredes and his family have branched out from their fine classic string instruments to fashion electric guitars from shotguns and AK47s once used by fighters caught up in the country's lingering conflict.
Colombian instrument maker Jose Paredes converts an AK47 rifle to an electric guitar at his workshop in Bogota.
Colombian instrument maker Luis Alberto Paredes plays an electric guitar converted from an AK47 rifle as he sits among classic instruments designed by him in his workshop in Bogota October 2, 2007.