Trigger – The Life of a Guitar

November 18, 2013 posted by



The guitar—a Martin N-20 classical, serial number 242830—was a gorgeous instrument, with a warm, sweet tone and a pretty “mellow yellow” coloring. The top was made of Sitka spruce, which came from the Pacific Northwest; the back and sides were Brazilian rosewood. The fretboard and bridge were ebony from Africa, and the neck was mahogany from the Amazon basin. The brass tuning pegs came from Germany. All of these components had been gathered in the Martin guitar factory in Nazareth, Pennsylvania, and cut, bent, and glued together, then lacquered, buffed, and polished. If the guitar had been shipped to New York or Chicago, it might have been purchased by a budding flamenco guitarist or a Segovia wannabe. Instead it was sent to a guitarist in Nashville named Shot Jackson, who repaired and sold guitars out of a shop near the Grand Ole Opry. In 1969 it was bought by a struggling country singer, a guy who had a pig farm, a failing marriage, and a crappy record deal.

Willie Nelson had a new guitar.

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  1. steve kelley
    Nov 18, 2013 @ 12:43:41

    he stuck with the one that “brung him”


  2. Dave Hensley
    Nov 18, 2013 @ 17:08:32

    A photo I shot of Trigger, being played by Willie in concert, was as close as I’ve come to having a photo go “viral” – it made it onto Willie’s Facebook page and got approximately 10,000 likes. My photo:


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