Archive for the ‘guitars’ Category

Willie Nelson on guitar

Saturday, November 21st, 2015


Musician Willie Nelson plays a guitar that was donated to the Library of Congress by Burl Ives, during a tour of items from Musical Division at the Library of Congress in Washington, Nov 17.

Nelson is being honored as the new recipient of the Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song and with him are his wife Annie D’Angelo (left), and son Lukas Nelson.

Texas Inmates make guitar for Willie Nelson

Thursday, May 14th, 2015


Take a look at what some of the inmates at the Polunski Unit in Livingston, TX made for Willie. The letter that came with the handmade guitar said, “I know you’ll probably never play it but I am satisfied in my heart that I did the best I could do with what I had to work with.”


“We couldn’t agree with him more. This guitar is an absolute work of art. Incredible, a job well done Ketch, Joey and Ricky. Every single hour you spent on it is appreciated. What an honor. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.”

— Willie Nelson and family


Willie Nelson autographs four millionith guitar

Saturday, April 11th, 2015


I made that up. But don’t you wonder how many thousands of guitars he has signed, and how many millions of dollars have been raised by his autographs?

Thanks, Willie, for all the good you have done and continue to do.

Willie Nelson Guitar Pick of the Day: Two Legends Tour 2015

Saturday, March 28th, 2015


“Of course, Dr. Budrock had to have a special pick just for these Two Legends Tour.

His idea and design, as for me, I just had to make it work…All my best to you..!”

Guthrie Thomas

Farm Aid Selling Guitar signed by Willie Nelson, Jack White, and more

Wednesday, March 18th, 2015


Following last September’s Farm Aid benefit concert, festival organizers had some of the legendary performers including Jack White and Willie Nelson autograph a Gibson guitar. Now you can have it for a mere $8,500 via the memorabilia site If Only.
The Les Paul 50?s Tribute Vintage Sunburst guitar was also signed by Neil Young, John Mellencamp, Dave Matthews and Gary Clark Jr. The description for the guitar refers to it as “an incredible rock ‘n’ roll keepsake from one of the biggest music events of the year.”

Since 1985, Farm Aid, with the help of its contributing artists, has raised over $45 million “to support programs that help farmers thrive, expand the reach of the Good Food Movement, take action to change the dominant system of industrial agriculture and promote food from family farms.”

Read More: Farm Aid is Selling a Guitar Signed By Jack White + More |

Willie Nelson Art: License Plate Guitar, by Peter Geiger

Sunday, March 1st, 2015


“I had to go with red white and blue when creating this acoustic license plate guitar art to pay tribute to Willie Nelson. He’s an American country singer/song writer who stands up for the little guy. He was born in Texas during the Great Depression, and is best known for his song, On the Road Again.


This one’s for you, Willie.” — Peter Geiger


You can get yours here for $890.00

Monday, January 12th, 2015


Willie Nelson Guitar, photos, and other rock and roll memoriabilia from Colorado Caribou Ranch up for Auction

Monday, December 22nd, 2014

by: Matt Miller

Willie Nelson Owned Burton Acoustic Guitar together with worn guitar case bearing stickers from Willie Nelson’s 1976 Fourth of July Picnic concert and a Jesse Colin Young and Emmylou Harris concert sticker.

During one of his visits, Willie Nelson left this guitar behind at Caribou Ranch; at which point it became the campfire guitar and was used by any number of musicians during their stay.

A guitar used by Willie Nelson used  while recording at Nederland’s Caribou Ranch is up for auction.

Willie Nelson Owned Burton Acoustic Guitar together with worn guitar case bearing stickers from Willie Nelson’s 1976 Fourth of July Picnic concert and a Jesse Colin Young and Emmylou Harris concert sticker.

During one of his visits, Willie Nelson left this guitar behind at Caribou Ranch; at which point it became the campfire guitar and was used by any number of musicians during their stay.


The 1910 Steinway & Sons grand piano used to record Elton John’s “Don’t Let the Sun Go Down on Me” is one of 400 pieces of music history memorabilia from the legendary Caribou Ranch that will be auctioned next month by Leslie Hindman Auctioneers in Denver.

Objects and instruments from the collection of music producer Jim Guercio will be on display from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Jan. 19-23 at the Denver Design Center East Building and from 10 a.m. until the auction begins at 3 p.m. Jan. 24.

This summer, Guercio and his family sold the 1,600-acre Caribou Ranch property near Nederland to Indian Peaks Holdings LLC for $32.5 million.

In its heyday, Caribou Ranch attracted a long list of stars to its studio, including Chicago, Michael Jackson, Earth Wind and Fire, and Stevie Wonder.

The the auction estimates the value of the piano Elton John used on his “Caribou” album at $10,000 to $15,000.

Other instruments offered for sale include a Burton acoustic guitar left at the ranch by Willie Nelson that then became the “camp guitar,” used by other artists when they played around the campfire during their stays at the ranch, auction house spokeswoman Maron Hindman said. The sale also includes a Wm. Knabe & Co. baby grand piano that was used by Elton John, Billy Joel, Michael Jackson, Frank Zappa and others.

The catalog includes Western furniture and saddles, as well as the Hammond B3 organ used by nearly every artist who recorded at Caribou, a Gibson Thunderbird bass played by Terry Kath of Chicago, a Bosendorfer grand piano used on albums by Chick Corea and Al Di Meola, and even a 1985 black Corvette with personalized Caribou license plates.

A portion of the proceeds from the auction will go to The Colorado Music Hall of Fame, which Caribou Ranch will be inducted into this year.

At the time the ranch sold, Jim Guerico’s son Will told The Denver Post that about half of the memorabilia from the ranch would be given to the Colorado Music Hall of Fame to be displayed at the Trading Post at Red Rocks Amphitheatre.


Bid on a Willie Nelson Autographed Martin Guitar

Wednesday, November 19th, 2014


Bid now to take home this Martin SWDGT guitar signed by American Legend Willie Nelson and played on his bus at Farm Aid 2014 in Raleigh, NC.

This Martin SWDGT was created in accordance with Martin’s responsible guitar building practices. The Martin SWDGT from the Sustainable Wood Series features a solid Sitka spruce top, certified solid cherry wood back and sides, mahogany neck, and a certified katalox bridge and fingerboard. The neck has a low profile shape and an adjustable truss rod. Appointments include pearl dot inlays and a natural satin finish for enhanced tone.

Includes a deluxe Martin hardshell case and a photo of Willie playing the guitar on his bus at Farm Aid.

Donated By: Martin Guitars and Willie Nelson

Auction ends:  November 25, 2014

Willie Nelson autographed guitar to benefit Rocky Mountain Hemp Association (Auction!)

Thursday, August 14th, 2014

RMHA Auction

Willie Nelson is a long time supporter of industrial hemp. As a special gift to RMHA, Willie has autographed this Yamaha Guitar which we will be offering to the highest bidder in this RMHA Auction. Go see the auction page on eBay.

Guitar Details

  • Shiny, New, Yamaha Solid Cedar Top, Classic Guitar
  • Model 142 CH
  • Deluxe Hardshell Case, Planet Waves Headstock Tuner
  • Beautiful playing and sounding instrument
  • One Extra Set of Strings

Auction Detail

  • The Auction runs from August 13-23
  • Hosted by eBay, the most trusted auction site on the web
  • The highest bidder at the end of the auction will be the winner
  • Guitar will be shipped as soon as payment is finalized
  • Shipping to any location in the Continental US is included free
  • Payment can be made via Paypal, Credit or Debit Card

RMHA Auction




Willie Nelson’s guitar featured in “108 Rock Star Guitars”

Monday, August 11th, 2014

photo:  Lisa Johnson
by: Kiley Armstrong

Willie Nelson’s Trigger, named for movie-cowboy Roy Rogers’ horse, bears dozens of autographs, including Leon Russell, Roger Miller, Kris Kristofferson, Gene Autry, Waylon Jennings and Johnny Cash. Trigger’s top is worn clear through; Nelson chooses to leave it that way.

“The two of them,” notes the book, “continue to mature together.”


Take a Tour of Trigger’s Birth Place: C. F. Martin & Company

Sunday, August 3rd, 2014

By Ann Witmer

For 175 years a small factory in Nazareth, Pennsylvania, has been turning out acoustic guitars, guitars so good that even Eric Clapton plays one.

If you take C. F. Martin & Co.‘s free one-hour tour, you’ll learn more about guitars — the wood, the bracing, the frets, the strings and the sound – than you could ever imagine. Plus, if you’re a player, you can try some out.

Tours — first come, first served — leave the Visitor Center in groups of 15 at regular intervals from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

And if you want to make it a weekend, consider booking the Martin Suite at the historic Hotel Bethlehem, 15 miles south of Nazareth. At your request, a bellman will deliver a D-40 Martin guitar to the suite for you to use during your stay. You can strum to your hearts content amidst photographs of other Martin guitar players like Clapton, Paul McCartney, Dolly Parton, Willie Nelson and Johnny Cash that line the walls of the suite.

If you go:

C. F. Martin & Co., Inc.
510 Sycamore Street
Nazareth, PA



To read the entire article, and see more photos, go HERE.

On the day I arrived, Skip Beltz pulled our group together after a short wait and handed out audio gizmos so we could hear him clearly as we walked the sometimes noisy factory floor.  Beltz, now director of product management, was manager of manufacturing here for 21 years. He knew everything there is to know about making a guitar and the skilled workers who make them.

200 guitars a day

They turn out 200 guitars a day here using a blend of old craftsmanship and modern technology. The company employs nearly 600 people in Nazareth and another 400 in Mexico where the strings and more affordable guitars are made.


Willie Nelson Art

Monday, July 28th, 2014


I found it on ebay: Willie Nelson Guitar

Sunday, March 3rd, 2013


Epiphone Willie Nelson acoustic
Starting bid:  $650

Willie Nelson, Pat Simmons, Michael McDonald autographed guitar up for auction, for good cause

Tuesday, December 11th, 2012

Willie Nelson autographs the guitar. 

Some folks in Hawaii are helping a friend, and have this brand new acoustic Marting Guitar, autographed by Willie Nelson, Pat Simmons, Michael McDonald, is being auctioned off on e-bay, along with these pics of the artists with the guitars.    100 percent of proceeds will go to help their friend. 

See the auction on e-bay here.