Donald Trump kept a Gibson guitar next to secret documents – and guitarists are dying to know what it is

Donald Trump and the Mar-a-Lago Gibson guitar case
(Image credit: The Washington Post / Getty / Justice Department)

Guitarists across the web are speculating about the contents of a Gibson guitar case stored alongside top secret documents at former president Donald Trump’s Mar-A-Lago residence.

The photo was reportedly sent to an unnamed Trump staffer by the ex-president’s ‘bag man’ Walt Nauta in December 2021 and has now emerged as part of a 49-page indictment document issued by the Department of Justice.

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Matt Parker
Features Editor,

Matt is Features Editor for Before that he spent 10 years as a freelance music journalist, interviewing artists for the likes of Total Guitar, Guitarist, Guitar World, MusicRadar,, DJ Mag and Electronic Sound. In 2020, he launched, which aims to share the ideas that make creative lifestyles more sustainable. He plays guitar, but should not be allowed near your delay pedals.