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1 What’s the skinny on Brad Pais­ley, then? Prob­a­bly the hottest and most en­ter­tain­ing coun­try singer, song­writer and gui­tarist to hit the scene in decades. Film star looks, un­be­liev­able tone, tech­nique and down-toearth at­ti­tude have made him one of Nashville’s favourite stars.

2 And a pais­ley fin­ish, too! What’s that? Although the name is de­rived from the fa­mous Scot­tish tex­tile town of the same name, the ‘twisted teardrop’ shape that char­ac­terises the de­sign you see here is ac­tu­ally of Per­sian ori­gin, where it was known as boteh or buta.

3 What wood does the body use? The body has a paulow­nia core. It’s an East Asian tim­ber that’s used in fur­ni­ture, for sound­boards on cer­tain East­ern in­stru­ments, for surf­boards and even clogs. Al­most as light as balsa but sig­nif­i­cantly stronger, it’s also known as ‘Princess’ wood, said to have been named af­ter princess Anna Pavlovna of Rus­sia. Front and back are faced with spruce.

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