"I'm playing a Gibson LG-1, it's a black acoustic guitar which I asked to be made when we went to the Gibson Custom Shop for the first time in Montana this summer. I finally got a vacation, and my best friend lives in Bozeman, Montana, and while I was there, Gary Briggs from my label called and said, "Are you going to be anywhere near Bozeman, Montana, any time soon?" and I said, 'Well, we're here on vacation right now." Gary said we should stop by the Gibson Custom Shop to see how they make the acoustic guitars. It was a really cool, educational tour. As a musician, you're always like, "Where is my guitar made?" It's like that with anything you have; you wonder, "Where is it made?" and "Who's making it?" The Gibson shop answered those questions. They make their acoustic guitars in Bozeman just because they're able to control the humidity a lot better there than they can in Tennessee, which I thought was pretty interesting. I also saw that they have a staff of 95 people who do about 100 guitars a day; each person has one component of the guitar that all goes into each instrument, so I got to see that there was a fret guy and an inlay guy. There's even a guy who does the little silver things in between each fret. Meeting all of those people was really cool. At the end of the tour, we were looking at different guitars and I obviously like the LG-1; it comes as a blonde, but I wanted a black guitar, and there was some discrepancy as to whether that would be allowed. But we received it about a month ago in the Austin Custom Shop while we were there for Austin City Limits; Gibson let me take it to play for a couple of events. I asked why there was a concern about making a black guitar, and they said that it had taken a while to decide to do a black one because they hadn't made a black acoustic guitar since Johnny Cash died. I wasn't allowed, obviously, to have his model, but I was able to have the parlor-style, which is the LG-1 that I wanted anyway. So now, me and Johnny Cash — that's pretty cool and really flattering! I've enjoyed breaking it in and hopefully not breaking it." - Lane in an interview with TheCurrent.com (http://www.thecurrent.org/feature/2014/11/26/the-current-s-guitar-collection-nikki-lane-)more
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