“I have been an ambassador for Martin ever since I first heard Stephen Stills playing his D-45s. My first Martin was a D-41, which I bought new in ‘72 or ‘73 at Wooden Music in Chicago. Some credited it’s unique tone to the fact that it was strutted in such a fashion as to suggest it was meant to be a lefty guitar. That cannot be verified as the guitar never arrived at baggage claim in San Francisco. I would have gladly bought a $25 ticket for that unique instrument, but I had no cash on me, and couldn’t yet qualify for a credit card. I do miss that guitar, but haved soothed the pain of my loss through regular additions to my beloved collection old Martin Dreadnoughts. I could go on and on about my love of Martin Guitars.”more
In this article in the Martin Journal of Acoustic Guitars, Sturgill talks about his number one guitar, his HD-28v. He tells the story of trading for the guitar at Gruhn's Guitar's in Nashville. This is the main acoustic Sturgill used throughout the first few years of his career. Sturgill carved his name and strumming pattern into the guitar so he could never sell or trade it.more
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