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“Trent is a huge fan of technology in music,” Jora Bart, the X’s PR manager, told me. “Our event manager, Jon Koehler, is a huge fan of Trent’s and knew what the perfect gift for him would be — a custom-made USB guitar.
“The USB guitars that were being made were not super high quality and in turn were not selling all that well, so they were actually discontinued. So what Jon came up with was the idea to get a nice guitar and install the cutting-edge technology that Trent is really into right now.”
After Koehler worked with Richard Leach Guitars in St. Cloud, to build this one-of-a kind guitar, the next big hurdle was getting permission from the NIN tour manager to present the guitar to Reznor.
Permission was granted, but when Bart called Koehler “he was tied up getting the doors open for the show and was not able to join us. My heart totally broke because this gift was his brainchild. We did our best to tell Trent about all the thought and research that went into making this gift. And you know what? He LOVED IT! He seemed genuinely touched.”
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