A 1967 Gibson J45. “It’s almost everything you want in a vintage instrument. It’s got that natural wear and old sherry color. All the parts are original too. My friend who used to work for Gibson put this guitar right up to his face to sniff the glue and could tell it was made in the Kalamazoo factory. Made me realize how unique this kind of guitar really is.” - Peter C.  #ThisIsMyGuitar

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As a form of social media content for the Nickel Bronze guitar string campagin, the #ThisIsMyGuitar story series featured acoustic guitarists and their first hand accounts of why their instruments were so special to them. The campaign asked that players use Nickel Bronze strings to reveal the unique character of their guitar and these anecdotal portrayals fit in perfectly.

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 A 1967 Gibson J45. “It’s almost everything you want in a vintage instrument. It’s got that natural wear and old sherry color. All the parts are original too. My friend who used to work for Gibson put this guitar right up to his face to sniff the glue and could tell it was made in the Kalamazoo factory. Made me realize how unique this kind of guitar really is.” - Peter C. #ThisIsMyGuitar

A 1967 Gibson J45. “It’s almost everything you want in a vintage instrument. It’s got that natural wear and old sherry color. All the parts are original too. My friend who used to work for Gibson put this guitar right up to his face to sniff the glue and could tell it was made in the Kalamazoo factory. Made me realize how unique this kind of guitar really is.” - Peter C. #ThisIsMyGuitar

 A 1967 Gibson J45. ”The first time I saw it was in an old family photo. It was my father-in-law’s in the 60s when he and his college roommate formed a band called ‘Greenwich Village Open Roast Beef Sandwich’ (they got paid in sandwiches and beer). After college they were drafted to Vietnam, so it just sat dormant for all those years. I asked around the family to see where it might be, found it and got it restored. I wasn’t even looking to hunt down a cool family heirloom, but it was just one of those things that aligned for me to have it. It’s such a rare find.”- Peter C. #ThisIsMyGuitar

A 1967 Gibson J45. ”The first time I saw it was in an old family photo. It was my father-in-law’s in the 60s when he and his college roommate formed a band called ‘Greenwich Village Open Roast Beef Sandwich’ (they got paid in sandwiches and beer). After college they were drafted to Vietnam, so it just sat dormant for all those years. I asked around the family to see where it might be, found it and got it restored. I wasn’t even looking to hunt down a cool family heirloom, but it was just one of those things that aligned for me to have it. It’s such a rare find.”- Peter C. #ThisIsMyGuitar

 A 1949 Gibson J45. “It doesn’t have a standard sound… Apparently the thing was beaten to hell at one point. The entire back was replaced with mahogany and the sides remained rosewood so it sounds different than any other J45. And because it’s so old, this one has a certain resonance that rings out because the wood has had time to open.” - Mike A. #ThisIsMyGuitar

A 1949 Gibson J45. “It doesn’t have a standard sound… Apparently the thing was beaten to hell at one point. The entire back was replaced with mahogany and the sides remained rosewood so it sounds different than any other J45. And because it’s so old, this one has a certain resonance that rings out because the wood has had time to open.” - Mike A. #ThisIsMyGuitar

 A 1949 Gibson J45. “Julian Lage tweeted that he was selling his guitar. I think he’s a great player, so I wanted to check it out. I hopped on a train to go see it in the showroom at @trcrandall in Manhattan. The minute I put my credit card down to buy it, Julian walked in the shop. I said, ‘Hey man, I’m buying your guitar!’ So he grabbed one off the wall and we started playing together.” - Mike A. #ThisIsMyGuitar

A 1949 Gibson J45. “Julian Lage tweeted that he was selling his guitar. I think he’s a great player, so I wanted to check it out. I hopped on a train to go see it in the showroom at @trcrandall in Manhattan. The minute I put my credit card down to buy it, Julian walked in the shop. I said, ‘Hey man, I’m buying your guitar!’ So he grabbed one off the wall and we started playing together.” - Mike A. #ThisIsMyGuitar

 A 1985 Takamine EF360E. “It’s not a collectible and I don’t have a terribly emotional attachment to it. But I won’t trade it in. I’ve never cleaned it, never shined it. That’s not what it’s about for me. It’s like that good pair of worn jeans that you won’t get rid of. It just feels comfortable. It just feels like home. It’s got a lot of miles on it and it still drives like I need it to.” - Brian V. #ThisIsMyGuitar

A 1985 Takamine EF360E. “It’s not a collectible and I don’t have a terribly emotional attachment to it. But I won’t trade it in. I’ve never cleaned it, never shined it. That’s not what it’s about for me. It’s like that good pair of worn jeans that you won’t get rid of. It just feels comfortable. It just feels like home. It’s got a lot of miles on it and it still drives like I need it to.” - Brian V. #ThisIsMyGuitar

 A 1985 Takamine EF360E. “This guitar is like a workhorse. I’ve spent tens of thousands of hours playing this guitar and I’ve written a couple hundred songs on it. It might be the only guitar I still have from my teenage years.” - Brian V. #ThisIsMyGuitar

A 1985 Takamine EF360E. “This guitar is like a workhorse. I’ve spent tens of thousands of hours playing this guitar and I’ve written a couple hundred songs on it. It might be the only guitar I still have from my teenage years.” - Brian V. #ThisIsMyGuitar

 A 1958 Hofner Archtop Senator. “It’s cool to think that this guitar has seen over 50 years of the world. I mean think about it. It’s a piece of wood that’s maybe as old as my dad. So that means every year my dad grew up, this guitar was somewhere being used by someone. It traveled from London to the United States at one point and managed to stay in great shape. Guitars back then were built to last.” - Steve M. #ThisIsMyGuitar

A 1958 Hofner Archtop Senator. “It’s cool to think that this guitar has seen over 50 years of the world. I mean think about it. It’s a piece of wood that’s maybe as old as my dad. So that means every year my dad grew up, this guitar was somewhere being used by someone. It traveled from London to the United States at one point and managed to stay in great shape. Guitars back then were built to last.” - Steve M. #ThisIsMyGuitar

 A 1958 Hofner Archtop Senator. “I respect it because it’s old. This guitar is only a couple thousand serial numbers away from the guitar John Lennon owned. It’s the rarest guitar I was lucky enough to find.” - Steve M. #ThisIsMyGuitar

A 1958 Hofner Archtop Senator. “I respect it because it’s old. This guitar is only a couple thousand serial numbers away from the guitar John Lennon owned. It’s the rarest guitar I was lucky enough to find.” - Steve M. #ThisIsMyGuitar

 A 2011 DG-370 Gitane. “When I was in college I played viola in the orchestra. I have a memory of sitting toward the back near the drums and horns. When you’re back there, your body is shaking from all of the sound. You’re in the center of the freaking orchestra. That feeling is pretty amazing. And what I like about this guitar is that it’s such a boomy instrument, so it creates that warm, loud, enveloping sound. When I play certain deeper chords, it brings that memory back.” - Clay P. #ThisIsMyGuitar

A 2011 DG-370 Gitane. “When I was in college I played viola in the orchestra. I have a memory of sitting toward the back near the drums and horns. When you’re back there, your body is shaking from all of the sound. You’re in the center of the freaking orchestra. That feeling is pretty amazing. And what I like about this guitar is that it’s such a boomy instrument, so it creates that warm, loud, enveloping sound. When I play certain deeper chords, it brings that memory back.” - Clay P. #ThisIsMyGuitar

 A 2011 Gitane DG-370. “I didn’t necessarily buy this guitar because I wanted to play gypsy jazz. I bought it because I like the way it sounds, different than any other guitar i’ve played, and I wanted to make my own fusion of music and mixture of cultures through that music.” - Clay P. #ThisIsMyGuitar

A 2011 Gitane DG-370. “I didn’t necessarily buy this guitar because I wanted to play gypsy jazz. I bought it because I like the way it sounds, different than any other guitar i’ve played, and I wanted to make my own fusion of music and mixture of cultures through that music.” - Clay P. #ThisIsMyGuitar

 A 2010 Martin DCX1E. “One thing I love about this guitar is that it smells amazing. Every time I open the case it’s like I’m walking into a spruce forest. That’s actually one of my favorite things about this guitar.” - Zach S. #ThisIsMyGuitar

A 2010 Martin DCX1E. “One thing I love about this guitar is that it smells amazing. Every time I open the case it’s like I’m walking into a spruce forest. That’s actually one of my favorite things about this guitar.” - Zach S. #ThisIsMyGuitar

 A 2010 Martin DCX1E. “My dad bought me my first guitar as a Christmas gift when I was five years old. I started taking lessons when I was six. Fast forward to my high school graduation and he bought me this awesome Martin. He was a professional musician for 25 years. That’s really what inspires me to keep playing.” - Zach S. #ThisIsMyGuitar

A 2010 Martin DCX1E. “My dad bought me my first guitar as a Christmas gift when I was five years old. I started taking lessons when I was six. Fast forward to my high school graduation and he bought me this awesome Martin. He was a professional musician for 25 years. That’s really what inspires me to keep playing.” - Zach S. #ThisIsMyGuitar

 A 1994 Sigma Martin. “I got bored with the plain black pick guard so I slapped on this sticker of Frank Ape. I live around the artist who illustrated it. It just needed some character. There’s also a pattern around it that was created just from the pick hitting that spot.” - Sean L. #ThisIsMyGuitar

A 1994 Sigma Martin. “I got bored with the plain black pick guard so I slapped on this sticker of Frank Ape. I live around the artist who illustrated it. It just needed some character. There’s also a pattern around it that was created just from the pick hitting that spot.” - Sean L. #ThisIsMyGuitar

 A 1994 Sigma Martin. “There’s something about Martins that are very timeless. They’re very warm and have a lot of character. It just sounds right. You want to be able to feel like you can write the stuff you want with your instrument and not feel awkward about it.” - Sean L. #ThisIsMyGuitar

A 1994 Sigma Martin. “There’s something about Martins that are very timeless. They’re very warm and have a lot of character. It just sounds right. You want to be able to feel like you can write the stuff you want with your instrument and not feel awkward about it.” - Sean L. #ThisIsMyGuitar

 A 1966 Martin D12-35. “I remember seeing Peter, Paul, and Mary live in 1965. This was before pickup systems in acoustic guitars existed and Peter Yarrow played this exact model with proper microphone placement. I was amazed at how well it sounded and wanted to get one for myself. This particular guitar was acquired directly from Martin in ‘66 with a Geib Manufacturing hard case that has since been replaced. It has a spruce top with a beautiful Brazilian rosewood back and sides. It’s been very stable and easy to play for a 12 string.” – Jim D. #ThisIsMyGuitar

A 1966 Martin D12-35. “I remember seeing Peter, Paul, and Mary live in 1965. This was before pickup systems in acoustic guitars existed and Peter Yarrow played this exact model with proper microphone placement. I was amazed at how well it sounded and wanted to get one for myself. This particular guitar was acquired directly from Martin in ‘66 with a Geib Manufacturing hard case that has since been replaced. It has a spruce top with a beautiful Brazilian rosewood back and sides. It’s been very stable and easy to play for a 12 string.” – Jim D. #ThisIsMyGuitar

 A 1966 Martin D12-35. “This guitar sounds amazing. It’s one of the most beautiful instruments I own and it brings back many memories for me. In 1966, my wife and I had a folk group called The Guild and we won the Nassau County Teen Talent Competition playing “San Francisco Bay Blues” at Eisenhower Park. I used this 12-string for that performance. We were 16 years old.” – Jim D. #ThisIsMyGuitar

A 1966 Martin D12-35. “This guitar sounds amazing. It’s one of the most beautiful instruments I own and it brings back many memories for me. In 1966, my wife and I had a folk group called The Guild and we won the Nassau County Teen Talent Competition playing “San Francisco Bay Blues” at Eisenhower Park. I used this 12-string for that performance. We were 16 years old.” – Jim D. #ThisIsMyGuitar

 A 1989 Taylor 914. “This was the first guitar my daughter strummed. We’d write all kinds of stupid songs together. Of course she’d make me play the same song for like 40 minutes straight. But I didn’t mind, those were some cool moments with her. I’ll definitely pass this down to her one day.” - Rob C.#ThisIsMyGuitar

A 1989 Taylor 914. “This was the first guitar my daughter strummed. We’d write all kinds of stupid songs together. Of course she’d make me play the same song for like 40 minutes straight. But I didn’t mind, those were some cool moments with her. I’ll definitely pass this down to her one day.” - Rob C.#ThisIsMyGuitar

 A 1989 Taylor 914. “I’ve played every acoustic show I’ve ever played with this guitar. My hands have been in it. Sneaking wires through, drilling holes, taking it apart, putting it back together. It’s got a lot of scratches everywhere and they all mean something.” - Rob C. #ThisIsMyGuitar

A 1989 Taylor 914. “I’ve played every acoustic show I’ve ever played with this guitar. My hands have been in it. Sneaking wires through, drilling holes, taking it apart, putting it back together. It’s got a lot of scratches everywhere and they all mean something.” - Rob C. #ThisIsMyGuitar