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Published on August 19th, 2014 | by Art News

Three of Muisc History’s Most Influential Guitars


There’s a serious misjustice that needs rectification. Everyone knows about the guitarists behind some of music’s most legendary albums, but few actually know about the guitars that produced those pieces of music. Instead of letting these unsung heroes collect dust in the shadows of music history, let’s shine some light on them.

Here are a few of the most legendary guitars to ever influence modern music.

Willie Nelson’s Trigger.

Back in 1969, Willie Nelson busted one of his guitars, so he sent it to a repair shop in Nashville. The guy there told him that his sound equipment had irreparable damage, but they did have some other musical instruments for sale. In particular, there was a Martin N-20 that the owner thought Nelson would like. Sight unseen, almost like people purchase guitars from online music stores, Nelson bought the instrument and fell in love with it, naming it Trigger after Roy Rodgers’ horse.

B.B. King’s Lucille.

Back in the 1950s, people used to heat dance halls by setting barrels of kerosene on fire, despite the obvious risks. Naturally, one night in Twist, Arkansas, a fight broke out and someone toppled over one of these barrels, setting the place ablaze. One of the musicians there escaped, but realized he left his guitar inside with all of his other sound equipment. Not wanting to lose his investment, B.B. King ran back in to his sound equipment and grabbed his guitar. Later, he’d learn that the fight was over a woman named Lucille. King would then name his guitar after her as a reminder of what might happen when you fight over a woman.

Eric Clapton’s Blackie.

In 1970, Eric Clapton stumbled across a deal so good it’d put whatever sales online guitar shops are having right now to shame. While visiting a sound equipment shop in Nashville, he came across a rack of vintage Fenders that were all on sale for $100 each. Seizing the opportunity, Clapton bought six of them, giving three away and experimenting with the remaining three. He took them apart and combined, building the “Super Strat” Blackie.

These are just a few of the most influential pieces of sound equipment in all of music history. If any of your favorites were excluded from this list, feel free to share the story of your favorite piece of legendary sound equipment in the comments. Read this website for more information:

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