Spin has a pretty nifty feature up today that tells the stories behind the instruments of some of the more iconic rock artists of our time. Among others, you get to read about guitars, pedals, and other gear used by the likes of Kurt Cobain, Stephen Malkmus, Sonic Youth’s Thurston Moore and Kim Gordon, Yeah Yeah Yeahs’ Nick Zinner, and Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon.
Vernon’s tale is particularly captivating, as he outlines the fact that his vintage acoustic guitar basically wrote “Skinny Love,” off For Emma Forever Ago, for him. He also explains the fact that he’s not even sure when the guitar was made, though all signs point to some time in the late 1920s or early ’30s. You can read about it below:
It literally wrote a song for me, a song called “Skinny Love,” which was a really important song for our band and our first record. The guitar seemed to exist to write that song, although it has been around for eighty years and who knows where it has been. It makes me feel humble in its presence because I know it’s older than me, and that it has brought more music to the world than I ever will have the time to make. I will never get rid of it, and I take it everywhere that I go.