Archive for the ‘Trigger’ Category

Taking care of Trigger

Tuesday, November 18th, 2014


Willie Nelson and Family

Friday, November 14th, 2014



Saturday, October 4th, 2014


Willie Nelson’s Trigger

Sunday, August 3rd, 2014

Another amazing video by Andrew Shapter and his team.

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.


Sunday, August 3rd, 2014


Saturday, June 21st, 2014


photo:  Andrew Shapter

Willie Nelson’s guitar featured in Acoustic Guitar Magazine (July 2014)

Tuesday, June 3rd, 2014


“The July issue of Acoustic Guitar Magazine features this cool close up photo that I took of Willie Nelson’s guitar.” — Jay Blakesberg,

Jay Blakesberg Photograpy


Thursday, May 15th, 2014



Monday, April 28th, 2014


Thank you Phil Weisman, for this great photo of Trigger in the studio, resting.

the calm before the show: waiting for Willie Nelson and Family

Saturday, April 5th, 2014


Thank you to Margret Kentgens-Craig for sharing her great still life photo of the stage.


Saturday, March 22nd, 2014


another amazing photo by Jay Blakesberg


Saturday, March 15th, 2014


photo:  Jay Blakesberg

Thursday, January 23rd, 2014


Willie Nelson’s guitar “Trigger” featured in Cake Boss TV Show

Tuesday, December 24th, 2013

TLC’s hit series Cake  Boss returns to Monday nights at 9pm starting December 30, and the season  kicks off on a high note when Buddy and the Carlo’s Bakery team are asked to  make a cake for Willie Nelson’s  80th Birthday. Get a sneak peek below!

In the episode, airing at 9:30pm that evening, Buddy creates a replica of the  legendary musician’s beloved guitar, “Trigger.” The carefully constructed cake  is layered with fudge filling and every munchy imaginable – including chips,  pretzels, and popcorn, and then delivered to the artist at a special concert at  the Hard  Rock Cafe in Times Square, NYC. But, Buddy is in a tough jam when he  realizes he has to pick between two different events that night – will he chose  to honor his wife, or Willie? (sneak peek and photos below)

The winter season of Cake  Boss features even more crazy confections, including a 14-foot, 800-pound  alligator cake, a one-of-a-kind samurai cake, and a special wedding cake for  NEXT GREAT BAKER winner and bakery employee Ashley Holt. The entire Valastro  family also rallies around Momma Mary, who continues to battle her ALS diagnosis  with new treatment options. A sneak peek at the season can be previewed at

Buddy is also featured in the new series BAKERY BOSS, where he helps  transform struggling family-run bakeries across the country, airing Mondays at  10pm starting December 30. That evening, TLC sets up the perfect New Year’s treat with Cake  Boss Kickoff LIVE, featuring Buddy live on-air from 8-11pm with the,  offering the audience the chance to Watch-and-Win special prizes and engage  directly with the “Boss” himself on the network’s digital and social platforms – and @TLC. The night will also be the  launch of weekly live tweet commentary from @CakeBossBuddy around the new  episodes, giving behind the scenes details and more

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