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How hard would it be to make Trigger?

Discussion in 'Acoustic Heaven' started by spurgie79, Oct 15, 2020.

  1. spurgie79

    spurgie79 Tele-Afflicted

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    If you bought a Martin classical guitar?
     
  2. mexicanyella

    mexicanyella Friend of Leo's

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    Now THAT would be a relic job for the ages.

    Can you phrase like Willie Nelson now? That could also be a deep hole.
     
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    Not THAT far! Just setting it up for steel strings.
     
  4. Fretting out

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    He doesn’t use steel strings does he?

    I thought it was some sort of hybrid set
     
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    Why not just put steel strings on it

    The thing about trigger is the Baldwin bridge/pickup
     
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    Taking a classical guitar to put Steel string is basicaly taking a muscle V8 and putting a flat 6 in it.

    There's absolutely no point in doing so.
     
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    He uses nylon strings. Steel strings would blow that guitar up. Classical guitars are built very lightly, braced differently, etc. You can't just slap steel strings on one and expect it to survive long-term.

    As Fretting says above, the pickup is the main thing that gives Trigger it's unique tone. That, and the man that plays it, though the extra holes and playwear probably contribute to the sound, too.
     
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    Why would one really want to?? Best left alone IMHO...
     
  9. Jakedog

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    This. You’ll rip the bridge off, probably do internal damage, and definitely destroy the tuners. Willie doesn’t use steel strings on trigger. Never has.
     
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    Yep. My first guitar was my mom's old spanish classical guitar. I didn't like the sound of the nylon strings so I strung it with some steel strings not knowing any better. The guitar didn't totally disintegrate but the resulting bowed neck action from the increased tension was shall we say quite interesting.
     
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    I guess that it would take about 51 years to duplicate Trigger .
     
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    Huh, I thought Trigger was bashed up from using steel strings and a pick...

    I had been looking at a 00-28 and thought about Trigger, my bad.
     
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    You would have to leave your stash inside and go back into the burning building....
     
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    Trigger is indeed bashed up, but it sounds great, and plays beautifully.
    I’ve played it twice, and it, like it’s owner is a work of art.
    God bless Willie, coolest Texan ever!
     
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    A coworker gave me a Mexico classical guitar a while back. It really wasn't worth anything so I very carefully replicated the extra sound hole and some of the wear. It looked a lot like Trigger, but didn't sound good. Actually very bad.
     
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    Tie it to yer truck bumper and head down a 10 mile gravel road.
     
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    Here it is, with some old hippie, about 12 years ago.
    I was careful, and didn’t drop it.
     
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    I read or watched a video some time ago with Dan Erlewine and Willie about Trigger. Dan said it was the most beautiful sounding guitar he's ever heard and he kept re-enforcing the top and Wille commented that you weren't supposed to use steel strings on classical guitars. I took that to mean that he did. I could be 100% wrong about all of this. I think Willie and Trigger are cool and I know Willie's most popular songs but that's about it.
     
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    Physical or Emotional?

    You can make an Emotional Trigger simply by telling certain people they didn't win.

    For a Physical trigger I suggest 4140. It'll last a long time.

    For a Musical Trigger you could ask Willie what his process was, but Willie remember it??
     
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