Appearing on the Late Show With Stephen Colbert, Springsteen brought out the well-played instrument to tell its story. As well as being well-played it, of course, also appears on the cover of Born To Run.
“I’ve played this guitar for 50 years. I bought it when I was 22 years old for $185 on Highway 34, I think in Belmar, New Jersey, from a great guitar man named Phil Patillo, and I’ve had it ever since.
“It’s kind of a mutt. It’s made up of two guitars but this guitar has been in every club, theatre, arena and stadium across America, and most of the world,” he said, before adding: “It’s been around a bit,” while showing off the extensive wear across the guitar’s body.
Colbert then asked how Springsteen feels when he plays other guitars, ones that he hasn’t been playing for half a century. “This [guitar] feels like my arm,” Springsteen explained. “If I have this guitar on, I don’t have anything on. Anything else I pick up, it’s a guitar. I’ve played this for so long that it just became part of [my] natural physique.”
“I don’t play it as much these days because… I’ve sort of put it a little bit out to pasture, as it’s done so much good work for me.”
See Springsteen tell the story below.