Ashley Stroud got a “once in a lifetime” gift last month at the Mid-America Trucking Show, courtesy of the folks at Mack Trucks – a handcrafted Johnny Cash commemorative Martin & Co. guitar.
Stroud, a diesel mechanic and OOIDA member from Wilmington, N.C., won the guitar via a random drawing held at the Mack exhibit at MATS.
Courtesy of Mack
MATS Guitar Winner Ashley Stroud, right, and Robb Mariani of “American Trucker” on the left.
“Everybody asks me, are you gonna sell it? I said, no, you don’t sell something like this,” Stroud said in a phone interview with Land Line Tuesday. “This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to win something like this. You damn sure don’t sell it.”
A lifelong fan of Mack trucks, Stroud said he put his name in the drawing while waiting for a chance to participate in the Mack test drive event.
“I was over at the DAVCO booth talking with them about fuel filters, when my girlfriend answered the phone and said, ‘Hey, they want you to come get the guitar,’” he said. “I told them ‘bye’ and ran over yonder to the Mack booth.”
The guitar, the first-ever from Martin to be finished entirely in black, was a favorite and signature instrument of “The Man In Black” Johnny Cash for nearly 20 years. Martin & Co. recently released a replica of the guitar to commemorate Cash.
Stroud said he plays guitar “a little bit” but since winning the guitar, he’s been playing a lot more.
“My goodness that thing sounds good,” he said. “I bought a practice guitar about seven or eight years ago. This one’s got that deep, resonant sound compared to that practice guitar. It’s got a good base to it, doesn’t have that echo to it that some of the cheaper guitars do. … I’m not much of a musician. I’m a better mechanic than musician.”
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