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side, so that became her character guitar.
It really says something for a 20-year-old
girl to be playing that guitar. Aubrey knew
exactly what was cool about it, and why it
was perfect for Layla."
Prior to that, the songbird had been seen
strumming another super-cool American
timepiece.
"There's a scene where Layla goes into
a tent where someone is selling guitars
and - without being directed to do so - she
picked up is a '62 Harmony Monterey," said
Linden. "She's just drawn to archtops, and
we pay a lot of attention to those details
when choosing character guitars."
And the selection rides hand-in-hand
with the plot. "When creating the characters, musically, they started to figure out
what's in these guys' wheelhouse," Rowe
said. "Gunnar (Sam Palladio) initially
had an LG-2 that belonged to [singer/
songwriter] Julie Miller, then we had a
reissue that served as his clunker to bang
around on and work stuff out. Once he
started going to bigger arena stuff, he
started using Colin's '67 Gibson Country
Western."
Of working on Gunnar's parts, Linden
recalled how Palladio became a better
guitar player in the last couple of years. "I
kind of know what he goes for and what
he likes," he said. "I play his parts on a
guitar that his character would play,
like the Country Western. He has
borrowed that guitar for gigs
because he's really comfortable
playing it; it has become part of
his persona."
Other key guitars include
a '64 Guild Starfire IV with
mini-humbuckers Rowe puts
with the band backing Scarlett and Gunnar.
"Gunnar also uses Buddy
Miller's older Danelectros, and we use

Colin Linden
with his 1951
Gibson CF-100e.

some Kay reissues in his music
room," he said.
Throughout the series,
characters identify with an
array of unique axes.
"Avery [Jonathan Jackson]
started with a '60s Harmony
Rocket, then once he made a
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Charles Esten
with a '66
Martin D-18.

little money, moved on to a 335," Rowe
noted. "He also plays a '51 Gibson CF-100e
with a Florentine cutaway; it's an amazing,
beautiful guitar."
While many of the guitars are rented,
others are pulled from Linden and Rowe's
personal collection.
"I had my eyes on a 1940 Gibson L-00 at
Corner Music, but the bridge was pulling
up, there were no pins in it, and it needed a
re-fret," Rowe said. "Still, it spoke to me; it
had the ebony tuning
keys and there was
a rattlesnake rattle
in it. So I bought
it for myself as a
front-porch guitar and
took it for Gibson to
go through. They called and
said, 'Your guitar is done, but Miranda
Lambert wants to play it in her video for
'Automatic.'" When I got it back, Callie
needed a guitar for Deacon to give Rayna
(Connie Britton) at the end of season
two, for their daughter, Maddie (Lennon
Stella); something with a story. I said, 'I've
got this L-00 and the story could be that
Deacon had worked with this guitar and
he wanted his daughter to have it.'
"From then on, Lennon played it in the
show, and she loves that guitar. She's so
great at it, and when you're seeing her play,
Colin recorded her parts with that guitar."
Deacon, one of the protagonists, is a
Nashville go-to guitarslinger and session

Colin Linden: Laura Godwin. Charles Esten: Mark Levine.

lie, you think of him playing that guitar.
People are bound to play more than one
instrument, but you also know that every
guitar player has a 'food group.' Making
those choices really helps say something
about the nature of that character."
The team also does an incredible job
intertwining personalities with the script.
"In season three, Layla made the transformation from sort of a fluffy pop singer
to a more-serious artist," explains Linden.
"Buddy thought she should be playing
an archtop, and I'd recently found a '35
Gibson L-5. It had a badly repaired crack,
but the crack had some pathos to it - like
the guitar had seen some pain. The character had gone through something pretty
difficult and was coming out on the other


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