> No. I have a 1955 Martin D-18 that’s my main guitar and was the only guitar... more
No. I have a 1955 Martin D-18 that’s my main guitar and was the only guitar I played on the record besides a Nashville high-strung Yamaha that belongs to Tucker [Martine, producer/engineer] that I used to double some parts here and there. The Martin was my uncle’s guitar. He passed away recently, but he gave me that guitar out of nowhere. I had gone to visit him and he used to collect instruments and had all of this random stuff in his attic, and he was like, “Oh yeah, I have this guitar for you.” It was in terrible shape. The neck was coming off and it’s one that was built before Martin started putting truss rods in their guitars, so it required quite a bit of work when I got it back to Nashville. The neck had to be reset twice at a shop called Cotten Music, and the first job got it playable—but the action was really high. They got it right the second time and it had a refret about eight years ago. That guitar has been through a lot since. It has traveled a ton with me, so at this point it feels like a material extension of myself.