GQ's 10 Things You Can't Live Without series has hit peak form with singer-songwriter Chris Stapleton – from the chair from his home that follows him everywhere to a 1979 Jeep-Cherokee and two wonderfully worn guitars, it's an especially personal selection. But naturally, we gravitated immediately to the acoustic and electric guitars – and they do not disappoint.
It came to him in quite a state, but he clearly saw something in it that has been repaid many times over in the songs it's helped him mine.
"It has a replaced neck on it and replaced tuners," he explains. "Somebody probably used it as a canoe paddle – there's mud in it and so many repaired cracks you probably can't count them.
"I bought this guitar very early in my songwriting career and most songs I've written have been on this guitar," he adds. "These are the foundations of most of the music that I've made in my songwriting and record making career," he says of the Gibson and Fender.
The LG-2 proves that some guitars need a lot of TLC and money put into them to reach, or reclaim, their potential.
"I paid about $380 for this guitar," says Stapleton. "It took about $900 to make it work currently. But it's earned its keep and I don't know all the stories that made it look like this, but it's certainly been with me for a lot of good ones."
The Jazzmaster is the "first nice old guitar I ever got", reveals Stapleton. "When I received it, it looked very mint and I kept it that way for a while and then I started feeling bad. It's a tool to me and it's meant to be used so I've used it over the years and it's certainly in the room for everything I've ever recorded, even if it's not played on everything I've recorded. It's played on a lot of things that I've recorded."
We love the "honest wear" Chris has made from using it. "It's served me well," he adds.
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