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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.
Another amazing video by Andrew Shapter and his team.
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
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.
“The July issue of Acoustic Guitar Magazine features this cool close up photo that I took of Willie Nelson’s guitar.” — Jay Blakesberg,