PUP 2019 news
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PUP guitarist Steve Sladkowski is being honored in his home country with the honor of receiving Canada’s “Maple Leaf Forever” guitar for the next year.

According to Exclaim!, the guitar is made from a silver maple tree that inspired legendary Canadian musician Alexander Muir’s famous 1867 song “The Maple Leaf Forever” and is shared by iconic musicians for a year at a time.

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Sladkowski is sharing a photo on his social media with some details about the instrument. In the post, he explains the guitar has a silver dollar in the headstock and a maple leaf fretboard inlay.

The song inspiring the guitar’s creation was crafted as a celebration of the country’s confederation. As a result of the 100-plus-year-old tree fell in 2013 following a severe storm, the public petitioned to have pieces of it used for various projects.

Blue Rodeo guitarist Colin Cripps and Canadian politician Craig Scott made the two guitars in 2014. In addition to Sladkowski, it’s been used by the likes of the Tragically Hip’s Paul Langlois, Royal Wood, Sam Roberts and Jason Barry.

You can see Sladkowski’s posts below showing off the instrument.

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