The Story Behind Willie Nelson’s Legendary Guitar “Trigger”

Every cowboy needs a trusted sidekick

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Next year marks the 45th anniversary of Willie Nelson’s breakthrough country outlaw album, Red Headed Stranger. To celebrate, you can preview or stream music from Willie Nelson here. Bonus: We’re giving away a 14-LP Willie Nelson vinyl prize pack!

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Every cowboy needs a trusted sidekick. Butch Cassidy had the Sundance Kid. The Lone Ranger had Tonto. And the original country outlaw, Willie Nelson, has “Trigger,” one of the most famous and recognizable guitars in popular culture. Above, you’ll learn the story behind Nelson and Trigger’s lifelong partnership and how it’s led both to fame and stardom.

So, saddle up and ride along!

Be sure to listen into The Opus: Red Headed Stranger with new host Andy Bothwell, aka Astronautalis. Never miss an episode by subscribing now. You can also revisit a selection of Willie Nelson’s best tracks via all major streaming services.

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