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Has an acoustic guitar ever looked as dangerous, or as downright desirable, as when the King first claimed his crown in the mid ‘50s? The template for every acoustic-slinging hip-swinging frontman ever since, Elvis was the first and, arguably, the best.
The guitar: Elvis broke through playing a battered Martin D-18 that he’d pounded the life out of and decorated with a set of stick-on letters.
Key cover: That’s Alright, released in the summer of 1954, is 1:57 of acoustic-driven alchemy. He did a great version at the ’68 Comeback Special too…