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Kansas man wins air guitar's top title

A Lawrence man has riffed and thrashed his way past 16 other contestants from Europe and Japan to win the world air guitar championship.

Eric Melin is known as Mean Melin on the air guitar circuit, where contestants pretend to be playing a guitar. He became the newest World Air Guitar Champion in Finland on Friday.

The Lawrence Journal-World reports Melin came in second at the U.S. Air Guitar finals in Los Angeles, which meant he hadn't qualified to compete at the World Air Guitar Championships in Finland. But in the air guitar competition world, there's a Dark Horse round, which Melin won.

Then he went to Finland and won.

Melin says he had been planning to hang up his virtual guitar, but now he'll keep strumming.

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