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Iconic Trigger

Thursday, August 6th, 2015


photo:  Andrew Shapter
by: John Chesler

The guitar has always been at the center of rock ‘n’ roll, ever since its roots in blues music. Musically, visually, physically, it’s the single backbone of modern music’s most famous genre, although some are more recognizable than others.

Among the millions of guitars that’ve seen the lights of a rock show in the last several decades, here are 10 that stand out from the crowd.


2. Trigger – Willie Nelson

Willie Nelson’s Trigger is among the most famous acoustic guitars of any style and era. Trigger has definitely seen better days, now surviving despite a giant gash in the body from decades on the road (and being played with a pick, rather than its intended finger-plucking use), but the dozens of autographs on its surface make it a relic as much as an instrument. At its core, it’s just another Martin N-20, but it’s really so much more than that.


photo by: Jim Louvan

1. Lucille – B.B. King

Technically, Lucille was more than one guitar, it was whatever guitar icon B.B. King was primarily playing at the time. However, it’s synonymous with King’s black Gibson ES-355 since Gibson first manufactured an official Gibson Lucille model in 1980. From the backstory of how Lucille got its name to its legendary status in the music world, there’s no doubt that Lucille is as famous of an instrument as exists today.

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Trigger and fans in Utah

Saturday, July 18th, 2015

Michelle Manning Barish


photo:  Michelle Manning Barish, of Utah
(Thanks, Brad Wheeler, for sharing photo)

Willie Nelson, on guitar, on the 4th of July

Thursday, July 9th, 2015


Jay Blakesberg photography, “Guitars That Jam”

Wednesday, June 24th, 2015

photo: Jay Blakesberg

“Trigger… It is what it is. I have pictures of Willie playing Trigger back when I was in high school. Pictures that I took in 1979. It’s obviously taken on mythological proportions at this point. I mean that hole in the guitar alone is enough to be an entire book and conversation starter. But you know, it’s the guitar that Willie loves the sound of and he’s not filling in that hole because it’s part of the personality of that guitar. I think it’s such a beautiful instrument. I love the close-up of that particular guitar. The detail of it, the autographs… When you get up close to it, a lot of the autographs were written in ballpoint pen… on that soft wood gives it that bumpy look. The guitar is gorgeous as it is, a beat up and dilapidated instrument and someday it’ll probably be in a museum, behind glass and never played again.”
by: Joe Raniere

In the mid-seventies, rock photographer Jay Blakesberg started shooting concerts with his father’s camera as a way to produce his own personal memorabilia. In the years that would follow, his photos would go from being his bedroom wall décor to being published in magazines, books and on websites, social media pages, album covers and album sleeves. Like his hero Jim Marshall before him, Blakesberg’s extensive body of work includes portraits and live performance shots of many of the most iconic music figures of his time, such as; The Grateful Dead, the Rolling Stones, Neil Young, the Who, Carlos Santana, Joni Mitchell, Willie Nelson, Tom Waits, John Lee Hooker, the Allman Brothers Band, Phish, B.B. King, the Black Crowes, Tom Petty, U2, Pearl Jam, Soundgarden, Metallica, the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Jane’s Addiction, Nirvana, Radiohead, the Talking Heads and many more. In more recent years, his career has grown to include titles such as filmmaker and publisher.

On May 19th, Blakesberg released Guitars That Jam, a new coffee table book that includes nearly 200 pages of photos of legendary, big-name and on-the-rise guitarists with their beloved axes. Accompanying the photos are personal tales written by the guitarists about their instruments featured in each shot. Together, Blakesberg’s vibrant photos and the featured guitarists’ passionate and informative words result in a multimedia celebration of the most defining instrument in rock music.

Shortly after the book’s release, we caught up with Blakesberg to talk a little bit about Guitars that Jam and what else he has in store for 2015.

First question, so who is this book for?

This book is for music fans. I think that there’s a lot of mystery about guitars that non-musicians would like to learn about. There’s also a lot of information that guitar players would want to hear from the musicians in this book. There are gazillions of people out there who are closet guitar players… Who have bought guitars and tried to learn to play guitars… I think that those people would enjoy these stories.

Some of the stories in the book are very technical and some of the stories are very emotional and personal. So it’s a good mixture of how people relate to their instruments, or at least how the musicians in this book relate to their instruments.

What was it that inspired this project?

 In my previous book, Jam, there was a whole bunch of close-ups of guitars on the inside cover and those photos really resonated with a lot of people, which gave me a really cool idea. I just kind of took off on the original concept of Jam, which was to have the artists talk about playing onstage, to improvise and you know, the connection that made to the music. I took that same theme and same idea and applied it to the musicians talking about their instruments. I had a bunch of shots like those on the inside cover of Jam,some of those made it into the book and some of those didn’t. Once we came up with this idea, I went out and shot a whole bunch of new artists and new guitars and new shots of the same artists that I already had shots of previously in Jam. A publisher then approached me and said they wanted to do the book. That was a publisher that passed on Jam, and I think that after they passed on Jam they were like “Hmmm, maybe we shouldn’t have passed on Jam.” They liked the idea of this book and we partnered up and the editor of the publishing company that I was assigned to did all of the interviews and we got some great stories out of the artists about their instruments and I think that’s how it all sort of came about.

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Sunday, May 24th, 2015



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Tuesday, April 28th, 2015



photo:  Andrew Shapter

Friday, April 24th, 2015

Mardh 26, 2015 Whitewater in New Braunfels,Tx-3468

Willie Nelson, on guitar

Saturday, April 4th, 2015

Mardh 26, 2015 Whitewater in New Braunfels,Tx-3467

photo: Thanks to Janis Tillerson

Trigger, at the Heartbreaker Banquet Banquet

Thursday, March 19th, 2015

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Thank you, Janis Tillerson, for the photo of Trigger, waiting for Willie Nelson, last night at the Banquet at the Heartbreaker Banquet fundraiser at Luck, Texas.

Willie Nelson’s guitar

Friday, January 2nd, 2015

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More great photos from Janis Tillerson.

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Saturday, December 27th, 2014


photos: Keith Spera

Willie Nelson’s Magic Guitar

Saturday, December 13th, 2014

Sun Magazine
Country music’s megastar Willie Nelson is beloved by fans for both his unique musical sounds and his action-packed movies, but much of his energy and excitement on stage comes from the magical power of his golden-toned guitar.

So says noted Chicago area psychic Joseph DeLouise who explains Nelson’s guitar is a tremendous reservoir of creativity because of the autographs of all the country music greats who have signed the instrument.

It’s those high energy signatures, as much as Nelson’s innate talent, that give the star much of his magnetism.

This metaphysical instrument, named Trigger, Jr., is an acoustic Martin N-20 Classic made of rosewood, spruce and ebony which retailed for $475 when the performer purchased it back in 1969.

The star remarks that Trigger Jr. wasn’t his first guitar.  “The Baldwin company gave me a guitar with a pickup on it,” relates Nelson.  A pickup is a device to electrically amplify the instrument.

“I dropped the Baldwin one day and busted it.  So I had the Baldwin pickup put in this Martin Classic.”  The tone knocked me out when I first heart it.

“I’ve tried putting other Baldwin pickups in Martins, but I can’t get an equal sound,” he explains.

According to Nelson, Leon Russell told him having somebody sign your guitar was a good insurance policy.

“I had Leon sign it, and as I traveled around, I got everyone else I worked with to autograph it,” the singer smiles.

Nelson says he has so many names on the instrument now he can’t even remember everybody who has signed it.  The all star crew includes such big guns as Kris Kristofferson, Waylon Jennings and Rita Coolidge.  DeLouise explains that the signatures contain the energy of the stars they belong to, and this energy is transmitted to Nelson everytime he picks up his instrument.

“Nelson is a metaphysial genius,” says DeLouise. “By having fellow performers sign the guitar, Nelson taps into their greatness.  Their talent and their energy becomes part of Nelson’s talent and energy.

DeLousie claims Trigger, Jr., is so powerful that if you placed the guitar in a museum, people walking by it would feel the energy.

“There is no way Willie can have a bad day or perform an off concert when he uses that guitar,” states DeLouise.  “All he has to do is run his fingers over some of those names.”

According to DeLouise, most successful people use a metaphysical technique similar to this one to help achieve their goals.

It’s the same idea as trying to touch somebody who is famous or wanting a photograph of somebody great.  By having that part of the person whom you admire in your possession, some of that person’s magic rubs off on you.

Tuesday, December 2nd, 2014


Willie Nelson tells how he met Trigger

Friday, November 28th, 2014